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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Dec 17, 2003 (9:37 am)
To most people, a Nissan Maxima is another Nissan, not a Rolls Royce or Mercedes. The current Altima is a fine car and is selling well, and has been a success. It has enough "panache" as the base level Maximas of the 90's.
In fact, a lot of pre 2004 Maximas were in rental fleets, a local Hertx lot has three 2003 Max's for sale. Also, I rented one on a business trip in 97.
#7696 of 8985 dont forget...
Dec 18, 2003 (7:22 am)
nissan will sell close to 300,000 altimas this year, which MORE than makes up for a 15k drop in the maxima sales. heck...the altima might just squeak onto the top 10 list in volume this year. it'll be close.
#7697 of 8985 Altima is a great car ...
Dec 18, 2003 (4:56 pm)
.. no doubt. If only they can get better quality materials inside it will be even better. Even the rear of the car can use some design changes to make it a little more attractive.
I hope the 2005 Altima will be a more attractive car. I don't know if a comment about Altima belongs in the Maxima discussion, hey what the heck!
#7698 of 8985 Exploring The Maxima
Dec 18, 2003 (10:27 pm)
HELLO. MY NAME IS SEAN. I'VE HAD A 95 MITSU GALANT FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS AND I JUST RECENTLY SENT IT OFF TO THAT BIG SCRAPYARD IN THE SKY. ENGINE AND TRANNY WENT ON ME WHILE GOING UP A STEEP, ICY HILL TO GET TO MY HOUSE. I'VE ALWAYS HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE MAXIMA AND NOW I'M LOOKING INTO GETTING EITHER A 2000 OR 2001 SE. I'M LOOKING FOR A CAR THAT IS FUN, FAST, HANDLES LIKE A CHAMP, YET WILL HANDLE THE DAILY ROUTINE AND LONG TRIPS ALIKE. I'VE SPENT MANY HOURS STARING AT ALL THE CARS LISTED FOR THESE 2 YEARS, BOTH COUPES AND SEDANS ALIKE. MY PRICE RANGE IS SOMEWHERE AROUND 12 OR 13 GRAND. FOR THE MONEY, I CAN'T SEEM TO FIND ANOTHER CAR THAT HAS THE STATS OF A MAXIMA OR THE PERFORMANCE.
I'D LIKE TO HEAR WHAT ANYONE IS WILLING TO TELL ME ABOUT THEIR MAXIMA SE'S THAT FALL WITHIN THESE 2 YEARS OR WHAT THEY'VE HEARD ABOUT THEM. THIS IS A CAR THAT HAS TO LAST ME FOR YEARS TO COME AND I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT ALL THAT I CAN ABOUT THESE CARS. ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS AND NICE TO MEET ALL OF YOU.
Dec 19, 2003 (4:54 am)
Try unlocking caps next time - it's tough on readers.
Regarding yur question, I have a 1995 SE that has been supurb for 9+ years and 148k miles. However, I have 3 friends/associates who bought 2000/2001 Maximas (2 SE's, 1 GLE) and none are as pleased with their ownership experience. They have all had more brake/rotor repairs & replacements in under 60k miles than I have in nearly 150k miles. And, in spite of the 2000/2001 being "rated" at 222 hp, it is essentially the same 3.0 liter 190 hp engine in the 1995-1999 (in fact, the torque to weight ratio of my 1995 is better than the 2000/2001). Combined with the higher weight of the 2000/2001, I find that particular model to be neither as quick or as nimble handling as the 1995 5-speed; but that is only my subjective opinion.
If I were you, I'd save even more money and find a very good condition 1998-1999; or if you can afford it, go for a 2002/2003 with the 3.5 liter engine and 6-speed transmission. The 2000/2001 would not be on my shopping or recommended list.
Dec 19, 2003 (6:39 am)
like habitat said... i would go look for a 99 maxima. i have a 2000 max gle and it looks like i have to change out my rotors at 41k miles..if i get them resurfaced again, im sure i'll have to change them out at 60k miles.. either way, it sucks....
#7701 of 8985 2001 Maxima
Dec 19, 2003 (6:51 am)
I have a 2001 Maxima and so far no problems at all (knock wood) after 31000 miles. According to Tom and Ray (Car Talk), ALL cars, no matter what the make, have to have brakes and rotors replaced more often than they did in the 90's because the replacement material for asbestos is not as long-lasting and is thinner, causing rotors to warp sooner. So some of your complaints may not be Maxima-specific but general as to the automotive world.
And while we're on the subject, it must puzzle some people who have just bought 04's and are ecstatic about them to see all the previous Maxima owners complaining so much! I think the Maxima has always gone for being "different" and has changed its looks quite often. If you want the same or slightly modified look, year after year, get an Accord (a great car, BTW). I think cars in general keep getting bigger, perhaps as we boomers do . . .! Look at the size of an 80's era Accord -- it looks smaller than today's Civic. So for those who don't want the extra room, the solution is to downsize, as some people were recommending with the Acura TL.
But it might be nice for some folks with 04s to talk about what they like about their car without fearing the wrath of the earlier gen owners! I'd be interested to hear what they have to say.
Dec 19, 2003 (8:45 am)
Nissan could ahve called the current Altima the Maxima, complete with a base 4 cyl car. That was one possibility when they had to replace the smaller old Altima. But, they didn't want to dilute the brand, so they moved it up.
Dec 19, 2003 (10:20 am)
No wrath will befall any '04 owner who would like to post about his/her Maxima here. There just doesn't seem to be that many '04 owners frequenting this board.
#7704 of 8985 Hey Bowke
Dec 19, 2003 (10:55 am)
Maybe you can guess why 04 Maxima owners don't seem to be hanging around Edmunds?
My real question is, do you see a difference in 03 and earlier Maxima buyers vs. 04 buyers? Age, sex, etc.? It would be a shame if the 04 truly alienated the "enthusiast" crowd, which most of us are.
Maybe I should go take a look at the Altima board - I wonder if they mirror us in general makeup.