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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Jul 13, 2003 (4:55 am)
I hope your 1998 SE is holding up as well as my 1995 SE has (knock on wood).
I think "extreme" is an apt way of describing the direction Nissan has taken with vehicle / interior design. Again, not to age myself, but back in 1995, the Maxima fit nicely on the continuum between less expensive cars like the Accord and Camry and the more expensive BMW and Mercedes offerings. And it generally looked the part, especially the interior. Many of my then 30-something friends and associates who owned 3rd and 4th generation Maximas graduated into 5-series and E-classes.
The "need" for constant redesigns when you essentially have something that works isn't apparant to me. Refinement and evolution are one thing. But abandoning the family tree and going mutant is another. Now, rather than be a nice midpoint between a Honda Accord and a 530i, the Maxima looks like it was infected by some garish GM/Pontiac stains in its DNA.
I believe time will prove our respective 4th generation Maxima's to have been the peak of Nissan's success with the model. Certainly the peak of respect. Adding 75 horsepower to a FWD platform and shaving a miniscule 0.3 seconds off the 0-60 time since 1995 isn't enough to overcome the "de-volution" of the interior design and material quality.
Jul 14, 2003 (3:15 am)
Well that proves that new Max's popularity isnt as good as one might think.
I heard Nissan's also targetting for fewer sales than '03 models, not sure whether its true or not though
Habitat1, where is the dealer youre talking about? In what area? Just wondering since I havent given up my hope yet to get a nice Onyx or Red '04 max
Jul 14, 2003 (7:14 am)
I bought my 1995 Maxima from VOB Nissan in Rockville, MD. I have been generally pleased with the customer service since.
Interestingly, they had many 2004 Maxima's in stock and pushed me to take one for a test drive. When I asked for a SE 6-speed, they didn't have any and indicated that those versions will be produced in even lower volume/percentages than the outgoing 2003 due to "limited demand". If that is the case, either the "sport sedan" market is shrinking (doubtful) or the Maxima has become less appealing to those buyers (more likely).
This morning my wife asked me what I would replace our Maxima with if it were crushed by a tree tomorrow. (A distant neighbor's old BMW suffered this fate a week ago). I was unable to immediately respond. A 530i sport is my first choice, but it's $43k+/- and going through a model changeover. The $38k 330i is a bit tight for our family. In the $30k price range, the G35 sedan may be a decent choice, but I am not a fan of it's looks, inside or out. The Acura TLS is dated and boring - and besides, I don't know how to drive a so called sport sedan equiped with an automatic transmission. There is almost nothing that pops out in the $25k price range that wouldn't feel like a performance and/or quality downgrade compared to our 9 year old Maxima.
Needless to say, I'm not parking under any trees in a storm.
Jul 14, 2003 (7:47 am)
Nissan reduced their expected sales of the Maxima when the new Altima came out. Last I hear the target was 75-85K per year. They are currently producing 1,790 per week in Smyrna (acc. to autonews.com)
#7121 of 8984 1999 Nissan Maxima SE advice please
Jul 14, 2003 (1:59 pm)
Hello, I'm about to enter college, and I think I've decided on the right car. I currently own a 1991 Nissan Maxima SE, and I love it, but it burns more oil then gas, and I really don't trust it on long distance trips.
I'm thinking about going for a 1999 Nissan Maxima SE. I know the styling is a little more..."bland" then the current model I have, and looks "generic" among its peers, but at this point, styling isn't really high on the list. The "generic" styling will change a bit if I add the Skyline body kit anyway.
I'd really appreciate anyone's opinions on this model, or if you feel like I'm going in the wrong direction, a suggested different course would be welcomed. I basically want a sedan with lots o' punch, good gas milage, and decent reliability. Thanks in advance. - Matt
#7122 of 8984 1999 Maxima SE
Jul 14, 2003 (5:23 pm)
Based on my positive experience with a 98 SE, this should be a good choice. With 5 speed manual I get about 27 MPG on premium fuel in combined driving with A/C on. The car is extremely reliable.
One negative: These cars are very sensitive to correct wheel/tire balance. And it is increasigly more difficult to find a place that can balance your wheels properly.
#7123 of 8984 Still Can't Leave My 95GLE
Jul 15, 2003 (2:41 am)
I just can't warm up to the 2004. And I've tried. Too expensive & interior is too "artsy fartsy" for me. I give them credit for doing something different though.
I bought the 89SE when it came out and loved it more than I thought possible to love a car. Never should have traded it in. But I just had to have the 95GLE I saw in the showroom.
And now that I just completed 9 years with my 95GLE, I think I may never let it go. I absolutely love this car more than when I first got it. Especially the interior. And the reliability is ridiculously fantastic. It simply is not possible for any car to be as reliable as my 95 has been.
I guess......"If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Jul 15, 2003 (6:08 am)
If my Max were crushed tomorrow, my choices in the sub $30k range would be TSX, 6, or a used 3 or 5 series.
At least one review I've read suggested that the TSX, despite being a 4 is akin to the 4dsc days of the Maxima. Haven't driven one yet though...
#7125 of 8984 TSX or 6
Jul 15, 2003 (7:43 am)
Yeah, I'd probably get a TSX or 6, too. However, a beemer is too small for my family requirements.
#7126 of 8984 Regarding 99 Maxima SE advice
Jul 15, 2003 (8:32 am)
I have a 99 5 speed Maxima SE and am very happy with the car. I am the original owner and the car has been trouble-free since I purchased it. My only expenses have been oil changes, alignments, and just got new Michelins to replace the Goodyears. I am still on my original brakes. The car is quick, roomy,reliable, gets very good mileage, (30-31 mpg hwy) 24 combined. You can't go wrong with the car!
Just make sure u check the car that u want to buy on www.carfax.com to make sure the title is clean.