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#7416 of 8984 2005 SL
Oct 13, 2003 (10:07 pm)
If I were to get a new Maxima, I would get an SL for the more luxurious interior and quieter ride. However, I don't know why Nissan gave an all-new design a 4-speed automatic in this day and age. 5-speed automatic is the norm for new design now. Is Nissan really saving very much when they have to manufacture 2 different automatic transmissions for the Maxima?
I hope they update the grill and make the 5-speed automatic standard on the SL by 2005 instead of waiting until the 2007 or so revision.
Oct 14, 2003 (4:13 am)
I don't think Nissan stands to save much by dropping one of the two transmissions from the Maxima lineup - I am sure both are used in a number of vehicles.
If top performance/acceleration is not a priority I'll take the four speed transmission any day. Every time you go from a full stop to cruise you have one less shift. Which translates to less stress on the transmission, which in turn translates to better longevity.
Five speed transmissions are generally fine, but I'll be wary of using any new one before it is thoroughly tested by time - look at all the Acura TL problems.
#7418 of 8984 Auto transmission
Oct 14, 2003 (8:40 am)
Qualification: I am not likely to buy an automatic transmissioned sedan as a replacement for my Maxima SE 5-speed, unless it happens to be the forthcoming Mercedes E320 turbodiesel which will employ a 7-speed automatic.
That said, I have driven a number of Maxima competitors with automatics and have found the former Maxima to be sorely lacking as far as it's automatic. Granted, the TL 5-speed has major reliability problems, but it felt lot smoother and quicker shifting than the Maxima. So is the Accord V-6. As are the G35's. And, in performance tests, no car suffers more by equiping it with an automatic than the Maxima.
I cannot think of a single car in it's class that has a better engine than the Maxima (which I give a solid 8 out of 10), but I only rate the automatic transmission about a 5 out of 10, above its domestic counterparts, but below most of its Japanese and all of its European ones.
So, it also perplexes me that Nissan would split the model between 4-speed (presumably a carryover?) and 5-speed (presumably an improved upgrade?) automatics. This was one mechanical area that I thought warranted improvement, even more than the independent rear suspension.
Oct 14, 2003 (9:32 am)
My 2001 Maxima GLE is my first car with an auto transmission. Actually, I wanted to buy the 5 speed SE initially, but didn't like the stick shift at all. I test drove two SE's and both were not satisfactory, IMO. My previous car was a 97 M3 and the manual transmission shifted a lot better.
However, I really like my auto transmission. I think it shifts very smoothly. Maybe I am not too picky?
#7420 of 8984 Cost of front brake job... comment on rim costs
Oct 14, 2003 (10:32 am)
I'm heading in for an oil change next week on my 2001 Maxima SE. Can people let me know how much I should expect to pay if rotors can be turned? If rotors must be replaced? I had the rotors turned under warranty at about 20,000 miles due to vibrations.
Also, I killed a 17" rim last winter on a curb and the dealer wanted $375. My guess is the new 18" rims are easily over $400. These rims and tires are extremely expensive!! Good luck replacing them. FYI, I ended up buying a refurbished rim for $150.
Oct 14, 2003 (3:28 pm)
Th 4spd spd auto in the 02/03 Maxima is much improved over the 00/01's, Nissan beefed it up and is noticeable. As far as performance the auto 02/03 Max acceleration times are just as good as the TLS's and many guys at Maxima.org have better times than TLS's. What the Max lacks in gears it makes up for in torque being underrated for 02/03 and 04 as well many Dynos prove this. Most people buying SL's could care less about a 5spd auto most are going for luxury not sportiness, the revs are low in enough in the 4spd auto at speed to give decent MPG.
Oct 14, 2003 (5:02 pm)
hound97 - rotors - my dealer charges $110 plus tax to resurface the rotors. If you want new OEM rotors, all I know is that the parts cost the dealer about $90 per rotor. Then, you have to add their markup and labor on top of that.
Also, have in mind they may want you to change the pads as well. (Probably change them if you are getting new rotors, otherwise leave them alone as long as they are not almost or completely worn out.)
In your case if you've turned the rotors only once, the chances are you can get away with turning them again.
You can pay a lot less or a lot more with aftermarket parts and work done by a mechanic. Unless you know what you are doing though, it is best to stick with the stock stuff.
Finally, make sure the lug nuts are torqued to spec (80 lbs per sq. inch), otherwise the rotors will warp again in 5 to 10 thousand miles.
#7423 of 8984 5 speed automatic
Oct 14, 2003 (7:11 pm)
Is not all about sportiness. Most newly-designed higher end luxury-oriented cars have the 5 speed automatic.
The ratios are closer together with less jerking and rpm drop between gears making the shifts more seamless.
It will also have a higher top gear giving it a more quiet highway drive and better fuel economy. So, it is not all about racing and saving 3/10ths of a second at a drag strip or they could go back to 3 speed automatics from the 70's.
#7424 of 8984 Now my wife wants a new Maxima....issues??
Oct 15, 2003 (6:44 am)
we've been looking at saab 9-3's to replace her old 9-5 but i told her to go check out the new maxima. she liked the car a lot, not sure about the seating comfort (she has short legs and on lots of cars the seat bottom cushion is too long, causing an uncomfortable seating position). i have read through this forum a bit and haven't found any glaring issues (other than lights getting stolen, not much of a problem where i live). am i missing anything, what are your major dislikes with the car?
also, haven't seen any recent pricing discussions here, curious where these cars trade. my dealer said only about $2k off sticker which doesn't sound like as much as i would like.... lots of hail damaged cars on ebay/traderonline though!!
Oct 15, 2003 (11:06 am)
s852 said: It will also have a higher top gear giving it a more quiet highway drive and better fuel economy.
Not at all. Normally the top gear (and even the one before top) is the same, and you just get more gears between first and top.
Applies to stick shift too. Take the RSX and RSX-S (we have an RSX-S in our household). First gear is exactly the same. 4th in the RSX is EXACTLY the same as 5th in the RSX-S, and 5th (top) in the RSX is EXACTLY the same as 6th (top) in the RSX-S. (I got this from the user manual which lists the gear ratios for both cars.)