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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Mar 24, 2003 (4:50 am)
I'll break rank with aromas and suggest you may be better off with a loaded Maxima SE 6-speed. Here's why:
1. For a FWD sedan, the 2003 Maxima SE is as good as it gets and it's an exceptional value with the current incentives. The G35 is, IMO, a decent value, but it's still second fiddle to either a BMW 3 or 5 series in driving dynamics. Frankly, I wouldn't stretch for it. I'd get the Maxima and set my sights higher the next time around. Drive a 330i or 530i w/ sport package and if you can't tell a big difference between them and the G35 in handling and steering, then perhaps the G35 is for you. Not for me.
2. You mentioned that you are from Maryland. In the DC area, VOB Nissan is a hell of a lot better relative to customer service than Coleman Infiniti. That has been verified by at least 4-5 business associates and friends who have had experiences at one or both. I'll wash my own car, thank you. I just don't want to pay double for a 15,000 mile or 30,000 mile service because of Infiniti "prestige".
3. In spite of being "out dated" I think the 2003 Maxima looks better than the 2004 model. And the G35 Sedan for that matter. I'm not sure why Nissan / Infiniti decided to go to a heavily chromed, fat sided slab body & hideous front grill design strategy, but I don't like it. Not to mention that, for all it's prestige, the G35 interior is dissapointing at best. It's certainly no BMW or Audi in terms of clean lines and quality materials. This is my purely subjective opinion, and if you like the looks of the G35 or 2004 Maxima, more power to you.
As a 1995 Maxima owner who actually "stretched" at the time to justify it over an Accord and Camry, I know that a lot of value trade-offs are subjective. If I were going to "upgrade" today a premium RWD sedan, I can afford and to go with a 530i via European Delivery. But if I were back in my old shoes and looking to be prudent and get a great deal on a great car, the 2003 Maxima SE has few comparables.
Whatever you decide, good luck. I overstated some points to make them, but either car is a good choice.
#6588 of 8985 Foglites again....
Mar 24, 2003 (7:16 am)
I have seen the 02-03 fogs lit at nite..AND IF THEY ARE the same as the 00-01..then the new lens severly limits their ability...I dont agree that the 00-01 fogs are sooo bad ...they do a better job than the 02-03's IMHO.
I dont know what all the hub-bub is about with the current HID's ....yes they are briter...but not that much briter....they are definetly whiter...but true HID's that knock your socks off are on Mercedes and Beemers...From the sounds of it they're really expensive to replace as well...A pair of Silverstars could be the answer for non-HID Max's...Joe D.
Mar 24, 2003 (9:03 am)
I think habitat covered most of the comparo bases for you. His points are excellent.
I've considered the same choice as you, and if I was going to buy today I'd go with the 03 Max (although I'd opt for the SE version). It's slightly larger inside than the G35 for the family, but it still looks good and it can really scat.
It's hard to imagine a better deal right now than the rebates on the 03 Maxs. Plus maintenance and repairs should be much less, if that's a factor.
#6591 of 8985 engine coolant change interval
Mar 24, 2003 (10:04 am)
I know i asked this question before... but i was concerned with changing out my engine coolant fluid so i took a look in the manual for my 2k maxima. it says that the first time it should be changed is at 60k and then at 90k and 120k and so on.
how do you guys feel about this? i thought it should be changed every 30k miles, but iwant to follow the owners manual and avoid having to service my car/spend time i dont have... if it's unnecessary....
#6592 of 8985 kyleknicks - antifreeze
Mar 24, 2003 (10:44 am)
Most cars in the last decade have the extended engine coolant (antifreeze) initial replacement periods. While I do not know the reason for that, I would not change it before 60K unless I'd have a good reason.
To make double sure, I'd first look at the external coolant bottle for color and dirt problems. If that proved inconclusive, I'd draw a sample from the radiator and have it examined by a mechanic I can trust.
But then, if you are approaching 60K or 48 months, you might go for it anyway. The replacement procedure is well described in the Owner's Manual and it can be done in an hour.
Mar 24, 2003 (3:26 pm)
Saw a post a while back regarding a "hissing" noise that someone was experiencing when the blower ran at a low speed. Anyone have a similar experience or familiar with a fix for this problem, i.e, TSB. I have the auto temp control, so the fan is usually running at a low speed, and usually hissing.
#6594 of 8985 Re: habitat
Mar 24, 2003 (3:26 pm)
Victor I agree with habitat totally on this and I have both vehicles a 2003.5 G35 and a 2003 Max for the wife. Personally we get more positive comments on the Maximas styling vs the G35's. Here is the breakdown, the G35 handles better on turns on flat roads the Max taked the honors. Acceleration is a tossup, my wife who likes to stoplight so do I Have lined them up one day. One light I was at the Maximas front door up to 65 her not pulling or me not gaining. The second light I got a better launch and she was at my Trunk so acceleration is truly a tossup. Interior quality sorry but the 03 Maxima has higher quality materials and the thing I hate about my G is the seat controls nar th center console. I would recommend either but to be honest the Maxima is a better bang for the buck, it has more features than My G for a better price! One thing that I dont like about either are the grippy breaks but hey you get used to it. whast funny people talk about the rear beam but looking at previous handling numbers the 95-99 did better than their competition weaving through the cones and the 2000-2003 also generated higher numbers.
Mar 24, 2003 (10:16 pm)
Maybe true but where the independant rear suspension shows its stuff is when the turns are not perfectly smooth like they are on a skidpad.
#6596 of 8985 rotor warpage
Mar 25, 2003 (7:15 am)
Thanks for the lead norbert444. I'll check out those posts.