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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
May 04, 2004 (7:07 am)
i think its pretty cool, though, that the car went over a year in production without incentives, and STILL got over the target mark for sales.
i have seen lots of people dog on the maxima for being too big, too luxury, etc...but almost a year ago i explained nissan's intentions:
the maxima was PURPOSEFULLY moved into the 'entry lux' market to capture tha avalon/TL/gs330 market. this was also done to make room for the altima 3.5 to move into the "4-door sports car" role in the lineup.
nissan even changed the wording on the monroney sticker from "4-door sports car" to "nissan's flagship"
previous generation maxima owners also dog on the altima without trying it. by my own experience, the 2002+ altima 3.5 performs at least as well as the maximas before.
people are starting to move toward the altima now. here in KY, the altima was the best selling sedan overall last year, including the accord, camry, taurus, etc...
i think its time to forget about the maxima being the sports car after 2003.
May 04, 2004 (7:21 am)
the Altima and G35 have assumed the 4DSC role. The Maxima serves an important, yet distinct niche that may crossover into the Infiniti I30's market.
I wonder if Nissan plans to phase out the I30 so as to focus the Infiniti line-up solely towards rear wheel / all-wheel drive platforms consistent with luxury makes such as Lexus, BMW, Merc and now Cadillac.
BTW, the 1.9% expired yesterday. Its worth noting that the incentive really wasn't well publisized either and that I agree with Bowke that Maxima's sales to date aren't really incentive dependent.
May 04, 2004 (7:42 am)
does the current i35 have the same body style as the 2000-2003 maxima?
May 04, 2004 (8:07 am)
but not for much longer.
May 04, 2004 (9:31 am)
The I35 will be gone soon. It's rumored a V6 version of the new M45 will take it's place.
Also, Lexus isn't exclusively rear-wheel/all-wheel drive just yet. The RX330 and ES330 are FWD and will probably stay that way as long as they're based on the Camry platform.
#8128 of 8984 HELP!!!! Rodent Infestation in my 02 Max
May 04, 2004 (9:36 am)
Ok...Mice are getting into my car. At first, I thought it was just a random thing, set a trap and caught the first one. Now, a second one has arrived, and shredded a styrophoam container, and it looks like it's shredded some insulation material.
My question is, is there something in the design of the max that would facilitate them getting in? I park outside, by a stand of trees, so I'm assuming they're coming in from there. I don't leave doors, windows, SR open. I would hate to have to set traps daily in my car to keep them from doing damage, but right now I don't have any clues. Anyone else?
May 04, 2004 (10:15 am)
prodigalsun, Mice can do some serious damage! If you don't have children, get some moth balls and leave them near where they set up home ( sometimes just outside the car or in the engine compartment/trunk should do it) Over the winter a family of mice set up residence in the muffler of my motorcycle. By the time I found out it was too late and I had mice and mice condo pieces flying out the exhaust.
#8130 of 8984 max near lux
May 04, 2004 (12:28 pm)
I agree with some of the posts above, but what I don't like about the new Max (and Nissan's direction in general) is the interiors. Look at 2002-2004 Altima, new Titan, even Z. Nissan has gone cheapo on interiors in favor of engines and performance. Build quality doesn't seem as good as before either. Japanese Pontiac? Haven't seen an 05 Altima yet, heard it's much better. But my .02 is that if Nissan wants the Max to compete with the likes of TL, I30, 3 series, ES330, etc they better up the quality of interior materials on the Max like they're doing for the Altima. I spend 95%+ of my time looking at and touching the INSIDE of my car. I do understand keeping things cheaper to make performance affordable, but that's what Pontiac is for.
May 04, 2004 (1:03 pm)
I think the Max interior is pretty good, given its price for less equipt cars. I particuarlly like the fabic around the back of the instrument panel.
The quality in other Nissan's has been abysmal. Ever try that center storage bin on the Z? Embarassing!
It seems however, that Nissan faced a choice when creating this generation of products in relation to its financial crisis. One, they could spend what development dollars they had on the "go" parts or on the "touch" parts. They clearly choose "go". It was probably the right decision to separate themselves from Toyota and Honda to be a more performance oriented alternative, as Mazda has also done. Hopefully, the 05' Altima is an indication that they intend to improve the "touch" part of the equation with mid-cycle updates.
May 04, 2004 (1:10 pm)
Unfortunately, I do have kids, so I'm a little dubious about the mothball approach.