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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Aug 25, 2003 (5:07 am)
I agree that the exterior of the new Maxima is decent looking. I would have done a couple of things differently, but overall, I think it's even better looking than the G35 sedan and many of the other Japanese mid-price offerings.
The interior, on the other hand, is dissapointing. Nissan just doesn't get it. Audi does. BMW does. Mercedes does. Even Honda mostly does.
Design by MTV insipired committee is not what a lot of us who would like a $30k alternative to a $40k+ 5-series want. It's not that hard to get clean lines, quality materials and attractive ergonomics. My 1995 Maxima had it for it's day. Nissan needs to clean house when it comes to their interior design group.
#7243 of 8984 habitat1
Aug 25, 2003 (5:35 am)
I totally agree with you about their interior quality issues (based on my experience with the new Altima). They hit a home run because they were able to build a car that looks great on the exterior but then fumble when it comes to the interior quality. Some manufactures seem to be able to get all of the ingredients right...like BMW. I have to say I recently went to the Mercedes C-Spot event and drove several of the C's and was not impressed. The G35 is a better built car inside and out.
Why don't they pull some real people into these prototype review sessions so we can say "uh...do you realize that the interior looks like the plastic that was used on my 1977 Olds Omega?" And if they are using people from the public to give feedback, get some with taste!
I saw a story that Nissan is using customer input heavily on the new Titan pickup truck...maybe that will improve our concerns and make them see the light.
#7244 of 8984 2K SE w/ black leather
Aug 25, 2003 (6:17 am)
Yep, that's what I have, a 2000 Icelandic Pearl colored SE Automatic with the stock black leather interior. It's loaded w/ all options that were available at the time. I bought in Oct/Nov of 1999 when the new design had just come out. I even have the stock 16" wheels instead of 17"ers.
Aug 25, 2003 (8:47 am)
The main problem with the new Maxima is that Nissan jacked up the price beyond the budget of a lot (or perhaps even most) of the current Maxima owners. So where are the current owner's to turn - the Altima, a car with a cheaper interior and less power than the retired Maxima? I think not.
Aug 25, 2003 (9:33 am)
So where are the current owner's to turn - the Altima, a car with a cheaper interior and less power than the retired Maxima?
Mazda6, Passat, Accord, GP-CompG would be my guess. If I wanted a coupe I'd check out that new Solara, has a really nice almost Lexus'ish interior. Funky looking on the outside though.
Aug 25, 2003 (11:46 am)
nissan may lose a few previous maxima owners, but they will pick up alot more "others" dissatisfied owners of avalons, TLs, CTSs, LSs, etc...
Aug 25, 2003 (12:20 pm)
With the exception of the CTS and it's usual GM tupperware, all those have a much better interior than the new Max. My humble opinion of course.
Aug 25, 2003 (12:43 pm)
i disagree, but not by much...i think the max has a poorly thought out interior, but the materials are just fine to me.
#7250 of 8984 Cheap Canadian Pricing - '04 Maxima
Aug 25, 2003 (3:08 pm)
Correct me if I'm wrong. I saw posting here that MRSP for a fully loaded SE Auto is US$35K+-. However a fully loaded SE auto in Canada is listed at $37K (auto leather package)or $38K w/. sunroof. This give approx. USD equivalent of US$27K!
I assume people in US usually get deeper discount while those in northern border don't.