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#75 of 700 Re: It's true [flightnurse]
Aug 11, 2006 (5:40 pm)
Actually the Maxima has NOT been faster than the Altima, even in 05-06 models. Further, would it not be 04-06 models since the Maxima was redesigned for 04? The only difference between the 04-06 Maxima is that the SE models have had a 5spd automatic and 6spd manual since 2004, while the SL didn't gain that 5spd automatic until toward the end of the 2004 model year and the beginning of the 2005 year. The current Maxima is not even faster than then the previous Maxima (which for the most part was even or slightly slower than the current Altima)
So there is no way the 05-06 Maxima would be faster than the current Altima, even though the Maxima has more power.
Again, the current Maxima is not faster than the previous Maxima because it only gained 10 hp while gaining weight after being redesigned for 04.
They may tie in some instances, but overall the Maxima has been no faster than the current Altima. The current Altima can reach 0-60 in 5.9 seconds with a 5spd manual. I think the Maxima may have reached that number in previous model years, and maybe be able to pull it off with the 04-06 (since 07s ONLY come with CVTs) but I haven't read a publication that states the Maxima getting a 0-60 time better than 5.9 seconds on any 04-06 Max.
The Max may be rated more...but the Maxima has never been "faster" per se than the Altima since 2002. And if it has been any faster...it's within a tenth of a second. Most publications have even went on to state that the Altima is slightly faster due to a weight advantage.
You are right about the 3.5 being basically the same in lower hp versions of the variant engine. HOWEVER, the 3.5L used in the new 07 Altima is a REDESIGNED version of the 3.5L used in the current model.
Nissannews.com states this.
Redesigned, next generation VQ35 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with an estimated 265-plus horsepower and 255-plus lb-ft of torque or a refined 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with 165-plus horsepower and 170-plus lb-ft for stronger acceleration and improved sound quality
· Standard dual exhaust with both engines, with larger intake and exhaust manifolds
· New Xtronic CVT (available with both V6 and 4-cylinder engines) designed for fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation – V6 utilizes an all-new controller with adaptive logic and performance-tuning
· New 6-speed manual transmission with a narrower gate and shorter shift stroke for improved shifting feel, performance and fuel economy (available with both V6 and 4-cylinder engines)
· All-new “D” platform featuring much improved body rigidity, reduced NVH and 30 millimeter lower engine mounting position
· New front suspension design with new geometry, half shafts now equal angle and more parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating torque steer
· Improved rear suspension design with an emphasis on nimbleness and good ride comfort
· Sport-tuned suspension with larger diameter stabilizer bars and unique spring rates and strut damping on 3.5 SE model
· New power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system helps provide light effort at low speeds, secure feeling at high speeds
· Enhanced interior feel with refined workmanship, expanded use of soft materials (such as padded armrests) and chrome accents
· Roomy yet sporty interior space with innovative amenities, including new Fine Vision Gauge instrument display panel, standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, convenient covered storage compartments and nine cup or bottle holders
· Available Bluetoothâ Hands-Free Phone System with voice recognition, RearView Monitor and Nissan Navigation System
· Standard front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection
· Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection
· Available in 3.5-liter V6, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or Altima Hybrid models (details on the early 2007 Altima Hybrid launch are forthcoming)
And the G35's 3.5L is 80 percent new for 2007 as opposed to the 3.5L used in the 2006.
So while it may have been true that the >280 hp versions of the 3.5L where essentially the same for 2006. This will not be the case for the 07 model year because the 3.5L is heavily revised, a redesigned from the 2006 model year.
Please don't tell me this is going to turn into the whole "facelifted vs. redesigned" fiasco again?
Nissan is my passion..the company is in my blood...lol
#76 of 700 Darn! I won't be able to sample the 2007 Altima
Aug 11, 2006 (5:45 pm)
(Sigh!) I was getting pretty excited about the
2007 Altima, but my '02 Maxima got wrecked
almost three weeks ago. I was just informed
today that the car would be totalled out.
So now, I'm gonna be shopping for a new car
within the next couple of weeks. Too bad the
2007 Altima won't be out in a few weeks.
Aug 11, 2006 (6:01 pm)
I am sorry to hear that accident! It can be a PAIN..trust me I understand. While my car was in the shop I had to find transportation to school, work and back and forth home until I FINALLY got my hands on a rental car! I know what you are going through, even though my Altima ended up not being totaled.
So what are your options? Getting another Maxima or something else? Do you have another car you can drive? If so it might be worth the wait on the new Altima.
I got my Altima back about two weeks ago and it is NOT the same car. The bodyshop (which is afiliated with a Nissan dealership) did the repairs but the car is still not right. My front end alignment is destroyed, the steering feels about 30 degrees heavier than before (which I kinda like since the Altima is known for it's super light steering) and the horn doesn't sound right (they used a horn from the previous 2nd Altima)
I've also noticed that when driving my car at high speeds you can hear a loud rubbing noise and the steering gets hard to control. So the car will be going back in the shop on Monday and I'm not taking the car back UNTIL EVERYTHING is right! I worked too hard for that car for it not to be right. I really really wished it had been totaled. If it had, I think I would have just kept my ole Accord and gotten myself another car after graduating from College.
#78 of 700 Re: It's true [maxamillion1]
Aug 11, 2006 (8:57 pm)
all of the car mag's had the MAX faster then the Altima by a couple of tenths. I never rely on what the Manufacture says....
No reply of the Redesign ver Facelifted, even tho I was right about the 02 model yr..
#79 of 700 Re: It's true [flightnurse]
Aug 11, 2006 (11:45 pm)
Naw you weren't right...seeing as the 2002 was NEVER a facelift...nice try though.
And you still aren't right about the Maxima being faster than the Altima. Especially the current Maxima vs. the current Altima. Max has more hp (until 07 models anyway) but Max was a bit more....thus the power is null and void.
I never said I would use Nissan's manufactured numbers? I always use numbers from car mags.
I'll go dig up some articles tomorrow. I'm sure you don't trust what the manufactures say afterall, Nissan themselves touted that the 5spd 2002 Altima 3.5SE with manual transmission could reach 0-60 in 6.3 seconds, but when the car was tested by Motortrend and a handful of other car mags, the Altima reached 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. Nissan's time was slower than any time posted in the car mags.
But either way, we all know that the new Altima will be LIGHTER and have MORE hp than the current Maxima. Look for that to change in 2009 when the Max gets a redesign!
#80 of 700 When is the 07 suppose to hit showrooms?
Aug 14, 2006 (11:08 pm)
Anybody know when the new 07 Altima will hit the streets? I think the new Altima reminds me of how good the old Maxima used to be. I used to own a 1992 5-spd "4DSC", and a 1998 w/automatic. This car has so many features and it's updated looks are great! Also, anybody know how these CVT transmissions drive? I've never driven one before and am curious but hesitant. I think when I try the CVT with the power of the 3.5 VQ I'll either be blown away or unimpressed. I'll drive the 6-spd as well but don't know if I can live with for day-to-day LA traffic. I'm also planning to check out the 07 G35 so it'll be nice to compare the new front-drive enhancements of the Altima vs the awesome rear-drive G35. I bet the Altima will run about 7-9K less expensive. Also curious to compare the V6 Altima SE with the 06 Accord EX-V6 Navi that I drive ocaisionally (amazing car btw). I'm thinking about stepping out of my 06 525i E60 (beatiful but too slow!) and maybe cutting my payment in half with a loaded Altima V6 w/ Nav. Am I Crazy??
#81 of 700 Re: When is the 07 suppose to hit showrooms? [jmcmbz]
Aug 15, 2006 (4:55 am)
From what the dealer has told me the Altima who hit the showroom in Nov.
I have a 07 Versa with the CVT and let me tell you, I will NOT go back to a conventional transmission... The 07 MAX is out and it has a CVT, give it a try...
#82 of 700 Re: When is the 07 suppose to hit showrooms? [flightnurse]
Aug 15, 2006 (9:14 am)
good idea, thanks.
#83 of 700 Re: When is the 07 suppose to hit showrooms? [flightnurse]
Aug 15, 2006 (8:39 pm)
Any word if the MPG will change at all? It hasn't been mentioned in the press releases. It would be nice if the CVT improved the v6 mileage.
#84 of 700 Re: Maximafan... [maxamillion1]
Aug 15, 2006 (10:02 pm)
At this point, I've pretty much narrowed it
down between two totally different cars:
2006 Acura TL(comparable to the Maxima) and
the 2007 Lexus RX350 SUV. They let me take
the Lexus home for an overnight test drive.
I could really get used to this vehicle. It
rides very nice for an SUV. And I've also got
to say the treatment at Lexus has been A-plus
I'm going to try and do the same thing with
the Acura and try and get them to give me a
rock bottom price. I like the 2007 Maxima,
but the car keeps growing in length. It's now
over 3 inches longer than my '02 Max was.
I've got a single-car garage and I like to
put my vehicles in the garage. I just don't
think I can fit the '07 Max in it. There were
some other cars I've been researching, but I've
pretty much lost interest in them.
I have rental reimbursement through my insurance company of up to $750. So I'm
driving a Nissan Sentra rental car. Although
the car is somewhat underpowered, it actually
has a smooth ride and feels pretty nimble.
It fits in my garage perfectly!(lol) Just don't care for the ho-hum looks.
Hopefully, I'll be in my new car by next week!