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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Aug 05, 2003 (11:56 am)
Frankly, as an owner of a 1995 Maxima SE 5-speed with a measely 190hp, I think Nissan has overdone it with 265 hp. I haven't driven the 2004 SE 6-speed yet, but the 2003, with 255 hp, had enough torque steer to be dangerous. And, for all that additional horsepower since 1995, the 2003 was only marginally quicker in real life (at least up to 70 mph). Another 10-20 horsepower probably won't make much of a difference.
I think if you are trying to go down the memory lane of your Chvy Impala, you should consider doing so in a RWD car. I assume you considered the G35?
Aug 05, 2003 (1:44 pm)
Texex the FX35 has 270 hp not 280+, differences in the exhaust and intake make up the differences the Max has a more restricted exhaust than the 350. Habitat once more the 95 is 7/10th's of a sec slower to 60 than the 03 manual which is considerable not marginal lots of car lenghts while at speed and traps some 7-8 mph more in the 1/4 than the 95 (the difference in the automatics is even greater in acceleration). That is a great difference and you must remember that the Maxima has gained a few hundred pounds since 95 as well. The 3.5 is much improved over the 3.0 in every way except for vibration, and torque steer shouldnt be a problem unless your gunning it from every light which most people donot do!
#7173 of 8984 190 HP Maxima
Aug 05, 2003 (2:06 pm)
There is nothing "measly" about the 190 HP of the fourth generation Maxima. For one thing, the engine is wonderfully smooth and quiet and delivers very good fuel economy for the level of performance it produces. I would say it is a very happy medium between performance and fuel economy. I do not believe that subsequent generation Maximas are capable of delivering steady 27 MPG in combined driving with A/C on.
Aug 05, 2003 (3:50 pm)
I seem to recall the 2004 (and 2003) Maxima 6-speed rated at 6.3 seconds from 0-60. The 1995 5-speed was rated at 6.7 by Car and Driver in June 1994. Those may not be exactly apples to apples, but that actually isn't that far off from my butt meter.
I guess my point would be better illustrated by relative competititon. When I bought my 1995 Maxima, the BMW 328i w/ 189 horsepower was almost identical in it's acceleration ratings. Now, 9 years later, the 265 hp Maxima is not as quick as a similar weight 225 hp 330i. And it's way slower than the previous generation 240 hp M3.
I agree with p100, that the Maxima is a good balance between performance and practicality. But if you want to really push the performance dimension, you will get a lot more bang for your additional horsepower buck by going to RWD. Not to mention better weight balance and handling.
This doesn't diminish my respect for the Maxima as one of the best FWD sedans available at any price.
#7175 of 8984 RE:habitat
Aug 05, 2003 (4:06 pm)
I was referring to the 02/03 which was tested at 6 flat Habitat in the Novememer 2002 C/D and you said you tested a 03 we all know the 04 was tested slower and recall what they said " the drive by wire was acting up"? I recall a 95 being tested at 7.4 in road and track back in July 1994 and the test you claim and your buttmeter is ok but not to accurate because like I said 7/10's of a sec is alot of car lengths and not to mention its going several mph faster at the same point than the 95.
Aug 05, 2003 (4:11 pm)
not that it's all that surprising, but now that my wife is aware that one of her rims is bent, she can feel it....
so I guess I'm gonna have to fix it afterall....
Can I get away with putting 16" rims on a 2003 SE?
from eyeballing it, it looks like the brakes would have adequate space - but I wanted to check - Tire Rack didn't show anything less than 17" - I think with a little more meat on the tires, it may protect the rims from the harsh new england roads.
#7177 of 8984 More Horses
Aug 05, 2003 (5:23 pm)
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to race (not that I didn't in my old SS), so I won't be having torque steer problems. I just like the combination of size and power on the highway.
#7178 of 8984 bent wheels
Aug 05, 2003 (6:13 pm)
I do not have any experience with companies that repair damaged alloy wheels but there is quite a few of them. Search Google under "alloy wheel repair".
Some companies also offer new factory alloy wheels at substantial discounts. One option is also to buy two used factory wheels from a wrecking yard at a reasonable price. Try www.silverstarrecycling.com. But I would make sure that I need those rims first. 2003 Maximas come with notoriously lousy Bridgestone Potenza tires. They probably require frequent rebalancing - something like every 5K miles, and it must be done correctly.
#7179 of 8984 remote starter; tires
Aug 05, 2003 (7:12 pm)
Does anyone know whether installing an after market remote starter will void the warranty on a new Maxima? I thought it is a good gadget for winter driving, which allows you to warm up the car before you get in.
As an aside, how frequently (mileage wise) should one rotate the tires? One of my Max (with 38k miles) needs a new set of tires. The original stock 16" Potenza RE 92 tires are quite bald and the garage recommends Yokohoma tires (a set of four costs about $350). Any thoughts?
#7180 of 8984 Edmunds long term test on 2002 Max GLE
Aug 05, 2003 (8:01 pm)
For those that are interested, please read the long term test written in July 2003, which, in my opinion, summarizes why I like the Max -- it is not the best sports sedan or the most comfortable luxury car, but it makes a good compromise between those objectives at a reasonable price.