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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Apr 22, 2003 (7:36 pm)
i saw a black 04 max last week. HOT CAR.
#538 of 576 Saw first 04 Max
Apr 22, 2003 (7:52 pm)
in Center City, Philadelphia last Saturday. It was a copper SE, and it looked very sleek, and smaller than it does in pics. The wheels look huge and really fill the wheel wells well ( try saying that 10 times quickly) Of course, I didn't see it from the front, but it is not a disaster, like a lot of people seem to believe (unlike the 04 Malibu which looks pretty horrific overall, but you knew that already Regfootball, right )?
Apr 22, 2003 (8:29 pm)
Which car is better '04 Nissan Maxima, or '04 Audi A4? I would really like to hear your opinons!
#540 of 576 question about A4
Apr 23, 2003 (9:06 am)
Taurus2 you can read the Motor Trend article (available on line) where they compared the two cars. If I recall correctly they liked both cars but went with the Audi because of it's refinement but stated if you want more room, more power, and design that is a little more bold then go with the maxima. I stated my reasons for buying the new maxima in post 511.
Apr 23, 2003 (1:54 pm)
without digressing to the point where another one or ten of my posts would get deleted, let me say I think the Maxima front end could've been better, yet its not anything bad. The Malibu's really goes off in a direction for which I have a lot of comments but if I say them they'll get deleted so I'll just say its not as successful as the Opel Vectra, which is its Epsilon trim and really would've made a perfectly fine front end for a Chevy Malibu. In fact, the whole exterior of the Vectra should've been left in tact.
To me on the Maxima, the headlight assembly looks a little cheap for a higher buck car. They could play around with changing the grille opening and grille some. Maybe make it more like the 350Z.
Overall the Maxima is fine. Its doesn't have the visual impact of the best cars. But it does appear crisp, which is envogue and has real clean lines. It doesn't offend in any way IMHO. I think the dashboard and console could've been different and more substantial. The door panels and seats are fine.
Skyview is flat out dumb. Why not a 2 panel sunroof like the Mercedes Cclass 2 dr?
At least you can still get the sunroof. If it was GM they'd make the skyroof standard and not give you the option of the sunroof.
Apr 23, 2003 (3:20 pm)
I totally agree with you about the Malibu and Vectra. The front end of the Malibu is worse than the Maxima IMO. Given the info and pictures of the 04 Malibu, I don't see it competing with the Altima and Camcord.
But back to the 04 Maxima, I think the biggest mistake by Nissan was not making the 5 speed automatic a choice on both the SE AND SL. Just because the SL is the "luxury" version, doesn't mean that the buyers don't want a quicker downshifting, more efficient transmission.
Apr 23, 2003 (5:07 pm)
YO! We should set up a time to grab a drink and talk about the new Max... you up for Mad Mex? You going to Blue/White this wknd?
Apr 23, 2003 (6:10 pm)
I just sent you an email. BTW, does alpha01 signify that you belong to a fraternity, just curious?
Apr 23, 2003 (7:39 pm)
the GM faithful will argue that the Malibu doesn't need to be an equal competitor to those class leaders.
See that maxima TV ad with the black Max? me want.
Apr 23, 2003 (8:53 pm)
For some strange reason, the copper color appeals to me(with a black interior). Yummy!!