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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#518 of 576 I agree with Mirth on the Torque issue.
Apr 15, 2003 (3:50 pm)
The Nissan Maxima's price point when loaded with the driver/journey/elite package is in the Acura TL range.
Still, the Nissan Maxima is a great car. But torque steer has always been a problem with Nissan Cars. I remember test driving a 1995 Nissan Sentra SE-R, the thing only had 140 HP, but it was pretty quick. When I romped on the accelerator however the torque steer was so strong that I had to fight with the steering wheel.
Come on Nissan, you can do better than this!
#519 of 576 '04 is a complete redesign...
Apr 15, 2003 (9:42 pm)
Unlike the previous generation, the new generation is based on a modified Altima platform.
#520 of 576 talon, that is correct...
Apr 18, 2003 (5:34 am)
but the powertrain is essentially a carryover from the 02/03 Maximas...with something like a 10 hp boost for 04.
#521 of 576 Torque steer
Apr 18, 2003 (12:43 pm)
Keep in mind that the 04' is 200 lbs. heavier and the horse power is only up 10 and the ft/lbs torque only 9; therefore, I would not think that the torque steer would be too much worse than the 03'.
I owned a 91' SE-R (manual) and torque steer was present when you hopped on it but it was a fun car to drive and not too objectionable (torque steer). Personally I would not be too concerned with the torque steer if it is similar to my SE-R because when I did everyday driving and accelerated to pass it was not an issue, imo.
I agree it would have been nice for Nissan to correct this with the 04'. It would have made the car a real killer and put it above the rest, imo. In addition the Motor Trend and Car & Driver tests ( I have not read the Road & Track) were manuals and they test them to their extremes.
Apr 18, 2003 (4:17 pm)
So it's more accurate to say the body and chassis are new, while the drivetrain is a slightly modified carryover design.
Apr 20, 2003 (10:41 am)
I had a look at the 2004 4 seater model at the vancouver car show. Have to admit it caught a lot of eyes including mine. It was a very nice looking piece of car.Bronze color. Smart interior! Classy lines. Will try one out when they come on line!
Apr 20, 2003 (8:38 pm)
saw one yesterday on the street it really looks great
at the car show it grabbed alot of attention, the interior i=s really nice in tan, it is pretty high quality
is much better than what some ppl have said about it
Apr 20, 2003 (8:45 pm)
the whole torque steer issue is overkilled by the toyota-honda loving press, and they test their cars out by flooring them, no one drive a car by flooring it constantly, so u might have to fight the wheels a lil during harsh acceleration, that IMO is not a good reason not to buy a car as the steering overall is rated pretty good, they should definately fix this problem quick though it would bring in alot better reviews
Apr 21, 2003 (3:13 pm)
Have you seen the new Mitsu Galant debuting in NY? It has so many Maxima styling cues, it looks more like the Max little brother than the Altima.
For those who kept complaining about the Max design, Mitsu certainly doesn't share your complaints!
The Lexus HPX concept has lots of FX styling cues also. Very possible, and even expected, that styling of Murano, Z & G35 styling will be displayed by other manufacturers!
Apr 21, 2003 (5:56 pm)
That's a pretty big stretch, IMO. I can see some vague similarities, but you can see mostly a lot of standard Mitsu styling cues, especially side and rear views. Clearly an evolutionary take on the previous generation Galant. The front follows the direction that they've been going towards for the past couple of years. They hinted at it with the mid-model refresh of the Galant, and really established it with the Outlander and Endeavor. Now they've carried this theme over fully to the new Galant.
So I don't think there's much in the line of tribute to the Maxima here. But if there is, Nissan should take notes on the Galant's front end, as it has far more pleasing shapes to the grille and headlights than does the Maxima.