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#6684 of 8984 Nissan's current holdback
Apr 05, 2003 (4:49 am)
is something I don't know any longer. The language Edmunds showes appears to mean choice #2 from the way I'm reading it.
(Back when I bought my 00 SE in Sept 1999, it was calculated as 3.85% of the MSRP).
You can certainly use the holdback in your dealings but be cautious, most of that holdback money is probably "used up" at this point in time.
The cars (03 Maxima's) sitting on the lots now have been there for about 4 months minimum (since production ceased on the 03's).
Apr 05, 2003 (5:46 am)
I was cross shopping both the GLE and EX-V6(haven't bought either yet). Here is what I liked/disliked:
Liked the interior, dual climate, comfortable seats (subj). Disliked the exterior(subj) and the limited color choices (i.e. can only get black leather w/ silver exterior).
It's bigger, has memory seats, better color choices, heated mirrors, but no dual climate, and I don't think the interior is quite as nice (subj). At the time, it was also $2K more.
Really, I was just test driving the Honda because I thought I should at least compare it before I bought the maxima. After test driving both, it made the choice more difficult because I really liked the honda - not that I disliked the max - i just wanted to be "wowed" by a car that I'm going to drop 25K for. As much as I liked the max, it was hard to justify paying 2K more for a car i liked about the same (although my heart was with the max).
For my wife and I, we aren't going to get the honda because there was not a color combo we liked (not a big deal to a lot of people). Now, they are probably less than a thousand bucks apart. You just need to test drive both, and go with the one you like, with the amenities you like. The good news is you can't go wrong.
Because we couldn't decide, I went and test drove a TL and liked it but will wait until the 04s come out if I decide on that. I am also going to test a I35. Even though it is just a dressed up GLE, I'm hoping there will be something in it that makes the decision easy (plus they are down to around 27 or 28). Good luck - I feel your pain.
#6686 of 8984 $2K rebate AND 1.9% for 5 years
Apr 05, 2003 (6:51 am)
That's the current deal on the remaining '03 Maxs, according to dealers in my area. I'm pretty sure that is a national program. If you want one, now's the time to jump imo. Carsdirect has a lower purchase price that what dealers are offering in my area, though the dealer agreed to match carsdirect's price on my last Nissan purchase, so here's hoping. Good luck all.
#6687 of 8984 Warped brake rotors
Apr 05, 2003 (9:17 am)
socal_racefan: Sorry to hear about your warped brake rotors. I have a 97 SE with 149k miles and get service (oil, plugs, cooling, etc.) at either of 2 nearby Nissan Dealers. Whenever I know that the service department will be taking off one or more wheels, I check the torque on the lugs as soon as I get the car home. At my last oil change, I agreed to have a "free" inspection and sure enough they removed and reinstalled front and rear wheels to check the brakes. When I got home, I found the torque on the lugs varied from well over 100 ft-lbs to 60 ft-lbs. I then retightened to the correct amount. I have had this (incorrect torque) experience on other car brands and other dealers over the years. Apparently, some techs (mechanics) and their service managers just don't care to do the correct job - or is there an ulterior motive?
#6688 of 8984 03 Max vs. 03 Accord Ex-V6
Apr 05, 2003 (12:22 pm)
With the huge discounts Nissan is offering on the remaining 03 Max, I think it is no brainer as to which car one should choose. But if you want better mpg, go with Accord since it is more fuel efficient, otherwise pick the Max, even though it may cost slightly more than the Accord(no more than $1k at current price for similar equipments). No matter what your choice is, you cannot go wrong with either one. Just my two cents.
Apr 05, 2003 (4:41 pm)
Well, I just bought an '03 Maxima SE. Silver with grey interior (how bland huh?). Oh well, I like the car very much. It had 9 miles on it and still had the peel off sheets of plastic on it this morning when I test drove it. The only options I got were the sunroof, rear spoiler and floor mats. I really really like this car though.
Oh, I got almost $4,000 off MSRP and 1.9% financing for 5 years. What a deal!!!
#6691 of 8984 Bought 2003 GLE for $5200 under MSRP (Phila)
Apr 06, 2003 (2:16 pm)
Just bought a Silver GLE, everything but Nav and spoiler for 24,800 (MSRP of 30,022). $6K under would be great, but I'm satisfied and got Kelley Blue Book for my trade (POS 98 Taurus). Less then a 100 miles on it and enjoying the ride.
#6692 of 8984 03 Max vs 03 Accord EX V6
Apr 06, 2003 (2:52 pm)
I test drove the 03 Accord EX V6 about three months ago. The MSRP was about $ 26K. You get a lot of standard equipment for the money, including power sunroof, leather interior, heated seats, 6 airbags, 6 CD in-dash changer, power front seats (both sides). The car comes with excellent Michelin MXV V-rated tires, lot better than anything they put on Maxima (especially the lousy Bridgestone Potenza tires on the SE model). Fog lights are a dealer installed accessory. The engine is a 3.0 liter V6 and puts out 240 HP and is very quiet and refined. It still uses a timing belt, but the replacement interval is 105K. The Accord is designed to run on regular unleaded, while Nissan recommends premium in the Max. Fuel economy in the Honda may be better - it is listed as 30 MPG highway. Honda will also have better resale value than Maxima. Do not expect much discount on this car, but it is already priced considerably lower than a Maxima with the same equipment.
#6693 of 8984 MPG does not matter to me
Apr 06, 2003 (5:19 pm)
Well, the Max and Accord are both solid, reliable vehicles. The Accord also has the advantage of a 5-speed auto. But the Accord is more a "plain jane" vehicle that directly competes against the Altima, imo. The Max is in that nebulous "entry luxury" class of more upscale cars. I personally love the standard HID headlights. And a few miles plus or less per gallon or regular versus premium fuel is of no importance to me.