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Nissan Maxima, Honda Accord, Sedan
#65 of 574 Good Price Revisited..
Mar 18, 2001 (9:20 am)
Hey everyone, I also am interested in a Nissan Maxima SE. I just totaled my 1990 Maxima when I hit an Ameritech truck (I was having really bad phone service). I love the new Maxima's and would like to find a 4 door Sedan under 24,000. I am also considering an Accord or a Passat.
So first of all, what do you think between the 3 choices. I would even consider a 4 cylinder Honda or VW to lower the costs. A Maxima would definitely give me a great V6 engine, but I would likely have to cut down on the options to keep my prices below 24K.
I was also wondering about using premium fuel for the Nissan and VW. Is this a an absolute necessity? Is this a reason to steer toward an Accord? Am I just being cheap?
Finally, does anyone know if Nissan is giving manufacturer's rebates during April?
Mar 18, 2001 (3:22 pm)
My dad just drove the Honda Accord EX-V6, and was absolutely appalled at how much he disliked everything about it. He now owns a 95 Maxima SE and has driven the 2000 Maxima, and the Accord does not even come close to either one.
I would definately go with a Maxima SE.
#67 of 574 first time shopper seeks help
Mar 18, 2001 (4:04 pm)
I am buying a car for the first time on my own. Have tested several and narrowed it down to the Honda Accord EX with V6 and the Nissan Maxima GLE, Meridian edition. The Honda dealer wants $23,465 and the Nissan dealer wants $27,125. They both said these are near invoice prices. Are these good deals, or are they out of line? Also, anyone know how they compare?
#68 of 574 Gretel
Mar 18, 2001 (11:06 pm)
Hi Gretchen...the price on the Honda seems ok. I believe invoice is around 22,700 or so...you may be able to get the car at lower than the 23465 you quoted. However...I have no idea what accesories (foglights/splashguards/rear spoiler etc) may be on it. If it is just a regular EX-V6 with Leather...22,700 is invoice for that car. On the Maxima...again depending on options/accessories...the car you describe (GLE with Meridian only) would invoice for about 24,700. However, if you start throwing in rear spoilers, floormats, sunroofs etc...your invoice can get up into the 26k area real quick.
As you describe it, the Nissan price seems high but I don't know what is coming on these cars. I have driven a 2000 GLE extensively (with Meridian) as my in laws own it and we have driven it on long trips. A very nice riding car. Roomy and comfy...and the heated seats are worth every penny the Meridian edition charges!!! I test drove the Accord EX-V6 when we bought our Max SE and the Honda is a very nice car no doubt. But the amenities in the Max feel more luxurious, the ride is "softer". I thought the Accord felt a little cramped...with bland styling. The Max is a little bigger with more trunk and passenger space...and you have more options with the Maxima. (Bose, Homelink, etc..) But...these are just my opinions. Both are excellent choices. Good luck!
Mar 19, 2001 (8:50 am)
Just bought an SE for 25k in Silver Mist w/ SE package and Bose system,mats ,micro,deflector,and had them throw in the mirror with compass,list is at 28k...this is just an outstanding car and a looker...we got a thumbs up from a few folks on the highway..is this a good price?..Thanks...Joe D.
#70 of 574 2001 Maxima SE under $26k with everything on it =0)
Mar 19, 2001 (10:57 pm)
Hi, I'm so happy. After reading your posts, I finally decided on buying a new 2001 Maxima SE auto with all the options except the 6 cd changer. I got the silver mist with black leather. I must say, the interior is very luxurious. I got more that what I expected. I paid $25,963 ($28,343 with 8.25% taxes and registration) with 6.9% financing. I actually had a shouting match with the finance guy because they thought they will make more money trying to jack up my interest rates to 9.9%. Anyway, the car is awesome. So much power that I can't wait after the break in period. My last car was a 95 bmw 325i so the first thing I noticed was the handling. The steering is light and effortless. The max's ride is also a bit choppy and I do notice that long radius on turns. On a smooth highway however, man, I'm going 80 at 2500 rpm and the car feels like its just coasting. I think that is where it stands out - Comfort on those long drives. About the stereo, I don't understand what the big deal is with the bose. I find it having way too much bass for listening purposes. The clarity is also not up to par with some good systems out there.
Sadly, I have to bring my max back to the dealer this week due to a wheel alignment and headlight adjustment. Also, I've noticed on a couple of occasions that it wont start on the first and second try. I waited 5 seconds and then it started. Don't know if its a problem but it did happen a couple of times so that makes me wonder.
Just have a question. Has anyone gone to the carwash with those 17 inch rims? I heard from someone not to bring it cuz the tracks on the carwash scratches the rims.
Mar 21, 2001 (2:54 pm)
That is a problem I wouldn't mind having. You have a sub in your Maxima, right? Does it have variable output? Can you adjust the sensitivity? What size is it? What kind of power is supplied to it and from what source? When I testdrove an SE 20th Ann with the Bose system, the stereo sounded great to me. It had a sub in between the two back speakers. It sounded great. My main listening interest is classical, though, and I hardly ever can get enough bass with that.
#72 of 574 Gretel
Mar 24, 2001 (4:19 pm)
I can't speak to the Honda, but the price for the Maxima seems high. I bought a GLE with the heated seats/side air bags, sunroof, traction control last summer for $26,300, including destination. Unless you're quoting a price that includes tax, title and tags, seems like too much.
Suggest you try another dealer. You will love the car if you buy it! One plus the Maxima has over the Honda in the convenience dept. is the split folding rear seat. We use that a lot, put the dog's crate/bed flat on the smaller part of the fold-down.
Good luck, whatever you decide.
Mar 24, 2001 (5:20 pm)
I recently bought a pristine '95 Max from an individual and am deliriously happy with the
deal and the car. The seller said it is an SE but I see no markings inside or out or on
paperwork which indicate the trim level. Can this be determined from the VIN number?
Help! Deliriously Happy in Indiana.
#74 of 574 Nissan
Mar 24, 2001 (7:20 pm)
I think it would be great if Nissan (Infiniti) comes out with a performance vehicle that competes against BMW 3 series. Lexus IS300 has done it. However, when it comes to performance and handling, I think Nissan is light years ahead of Toyota and Honda.