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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#7254 of 8984 ccermak - Sad comment...
Aug 26, 2003 (4:35 am)
That due to pricing and/or interior quality some prospective Maxima buyers might venture towards a Solara or Pontiac. One drives like a Buick the other is built like one. As much as I would like to see Nissan get their interior styling act together, I hope prospective buyers don't go that far in the other direction.
It still seems to me that among 4 door FWD sedans, the Maxima provides the best bang for the buck in terms of driving dynamics and performance. It's one of the few offered with a 6-speed. I'd keep my 1995 SE another 5 years before I'd go soft with a Camry Solara.
Perhaps Nissan's designers will read this thread and make some changes before it's too late.
Aug 26, 2003 (5:32 am)
The NEW Solara is tightened up for more sportier handling and the interior is mint looking. I read an article on it in a mag but can't remember which mag, Automobile I think. Supposed to be A LOT better than the previous model. I also looked at an 04 Altima 3.5 SE loaded and it seemed like the interior wasn't quite as bad as I remembered. One or two more iterations and refinements and I think it'll be where it needs to be to really crush the Camcords.
#7256 of 8984 Maxima Interior good
Aug 26, 2003 (6:32 am)
I just purchased a 04 SL. I love the interior. I love the way the instrument cluster looks similar to the Z. I love the way the dash seems to "float" as it moves from door to door. I love the power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. I love the new sky view roof. The seats are very well designed. Don't confuse different with poor quality.
I think what most are complaining about are the little buttons for the radio and air-conditioning. Could be bigger, but after driving the car for two weeks, I an quite used to them.
#7257 of 8984 I will say that I have seen
Aug 26, 2003 (8:23 am)
quite a few 04 Maximas on the road over the past couple of weeks. It seems to be catching on, so even if previous Maxima owners may be a little disappointed with it, there obviously are others who find it appealing.
Maybe a monochromatic grill would help the front. In any event, I hope the car is a success because the Maxima has always been a reliable alternative to the boring family haulers that we otherwise would have to choose from.
Aug 26, 2003 (9:48 am)
the reason those canadian prices look so cheap is because the maxima SE actually STARTS at $27k USD. it ranges up in excess of $36k USD as well. the SL model falls in between. ($29k-$31k USD)
#7259 of 8984 interiors...
Aug 26, 2003 (11:37 am)
As an owner of an 02 SE...gotta say I like the interior much better in my car than the 04's. Especially the dashboard layout/backlighting.
#7260 of 8984 Bowke28 - Canadian Price
Aug 26, 2003 (4:42 pm)
It still puzzles me. A fully loaded SE AT 5 seats (only option not included is NAV, which cost Cdn$3K), the MRSP is Cdn$38K, compares to US$36K in US. Even if we pay MRSP, it's still 40% cheaper!
Aug 27, 2003 (6:55 am)
Well, car manufacturers price cars differently depending on the market. Also, the exchange rates move up and down, and the prices, obviously, are not adjusted every day. So as a result you get this discrepancy between Canadian and US prices.
There are many people who have imported their cars from Canada; there are some people even on this board who have done this. If I remember correctly there was a guy who imported a Pathfinder some time ago.
You may save a lot of money, but then there are some drawbacks - warranty work may (or may not) be denied in the US as manufacturers generally don't like this practice of importing cars to save money. Getting a bank to finance the loan may be problematic as you are buying a foreign car. Even if you get a loan the interest rate may not be competitive, thus negating some of the savings. If you have the cash though, it is not a problem. Also, the odometer is in KM. You may therefore have problems re-selling the car, and if you change the odometer to miles, again, you end up with problems explaining why the odometer was touched. Again, if you plan to keep the car for 10 years +, this is not a problem.
Aug 27, 2003 (8:33 am)
this is also true about warranties. insurance premiums also rise significantly with a canadian car in the US. duty charges will also apply at an astronomical rate, especially at the detroit/windsor border. this charge could actually offset the price difference.
one other factor, is that nissan knows that canadians have less disposable income after taxes than americans do, therefore, lowering the price on a few cars sold in canada may make the difference between selling 10000 and selling 1000.
Aug 27, 2003 (9:34 am)
duty charges will also apply at an astronomical rate
Not true. There is a 1.5% duty on cars imported from Canada. Small change, really.