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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#211 of 684 Re: The CVT experience [greanpea68]
Aug 05, 2008 (6:59 am)
I don't believe either of you have really driven this 2009 Maxima.... I'll bet you haven't even driven the Sport model. Or better yet driven the vehicle in Ds mode...
I am currently looking for G20 replacement and Maxima was one of the choices. I dont have to, nor do I want to convince you that I test drove the car. What I said was just my OPINION.
Listen everyone has a opinion but I think your just being biased
You probably are right..I am biased because I had better expectations from Nissan. Specially after what they have done with Altima, Infiniti Division, Brought skyline to USA...so I thought 4DSC will family sports car.
We have owned several Nissan (Original Sentra SE-R, First gen Altima, G20, J30, first gen Q45, and 2000 I30 (essentially a max clone). Of all these cars 2000 I30 was the worst handling-good highway cruiser car
2009 Max is leagues above 2000 I30, but as I said it cannot touch earlier Max/Nissans.
If I was in the market for a FWD family sports car in 35K range I probably would consider Max a good buy for what it is...Not for what it pretends to be
Also please read relatively lukewarm (from drivers perspective) driving impressions in current issue of Car and Driver...and contrast it with 95 Max review of same car in the same mag in which they compare it to BMW (per habitat1)
I think I am digressing so will refrain from any more posting on this topic.
#212 of 684 1997 vs. 2009 Maxima - safety
Aug 05, 2008 (10:55 am)
Food for thought....
Lots of earlier discussions about comparing older Maxima's to the new generation Maxima (performance, styling, etc...) Yet, one item not in the discussion is how much safety features have improved over the years.
Example: Morgan Freeman's unfortunate accident in a 1997 Maxima which left him with broken bones. I wonder what the extent of his injuries would have been had he been in a 2009 Maxima with all of those extra air bags and more body rigidity!!
Given that I currently I drive (or my kids mostly drive) a 1997 Maxima, I'm left to ponder this safety question. Of course, I'm sure my kids would be more than fine for good ole' dad to do the safety upgrade for them:)
#213 of 684 Re: The CVT experience [greanpea68]
Aug 05, 2008 (3:30 pm)
Buy a Lexus for the same amount of money!!
#214 of 684 Re: Maxima Miles Per tank and cost [flightnurse]
Aug 05, 2008 (9:36 pm)
$79 to fill up the tank in an Altima??? Flightnurse, how can this be? Are you pretty much at empty when you're filling up? I'm paying $50 to $54 a week to fill up my Lexus RX350 SUV; granted I usually have a quarter of a tank in it when I fill up every seven days, and my tank holds 19 gallons. You're not the first one that has mentioned these kind of figures. A friend of mine has a 2000 Altima and she's paying 50.00 a week to fill up. But, she does drive more miles per week than me, as I live closer to work than her.
Aug 07, 2008 (2:49 am)
Just bought the SV w/ premium and tech and I love it. They're throwing in a free spoiler and now I'm not so sure I want it. Does the spoiler decrease the MPG b/c it increases drag? And is there a way to remove it so that it doesn't leave a mark?
Thanks in advance.
#216 of 684 Re: The CVT experience [westgmn]
Aug 07, 2008 (10:31 am)
It is a 100 times friendlier user than a BMW 5 series
I have driven quite a few of them...
I also hope that you have driven "older" maxima's as well since this would help in determining which is "by far the best."
I have been selling Nissan for 6 years and feel confident on my comment.
I appreciate you keeping me honest
#217 of 684 Re: real spoiler [oasis340]
Aug 07, 2008 (10:35 am)
And is there a way to remove it so that it doesn't leave a mark?
Once it is in it is in. They screw it in.
#219 of 684 Re: wow. this 4DSC talk is pretty awful [flightnurse]
Aug 07, 2008 (11:50 am)
U miss the point altogether, there are people who want a FWD Lux car that is sporty, and that is what the new MAX is. I havae never heard Nisan say the new MAX is a true sports car....
I think it's U that is missing the point. I would NEVER call my old 1995 Maxima SE a "true sports car". I've had a Honda S2000 and Porsche 911S in the meantime and I certainly know the difference between a sports car and a sport sedan..
But, by the same token, "sporty" has become a silly, meaningless term. Slap a non-functional spoiler and 18" wheels on any underengineered piece of crap car and someone will call it "sporty".
My issue is with substance. In 1995, the Maxima was three rungs above of any other FWD mid size sedan produced by Japan in terms of overall performance and driving dynamics. That included the V6 Camry, Accord, TL and ES, Mazda 626, etc. And it offered a proper manual transmission for those who didn't want to make fake shifting noises, but actually enjoyed DRIVING and having complete control of the transmission. The 1995 Maxima, was good enough that, even with a FWD platform, it held its own against the RWD 328i, the benchmark of driving dynamics.
Today, every friggin $25k+ sedan from Japan is called "sporty". And, unfortunately, the Maxima isn't any better than most of them in substance. It pissed away a significant competitive advantage and leadership position - along with about 65% of it's former sales volume - trying to out Avalon an Avalon. Or out ES an ES. Or out "friendly" a BMW.
In any event, if you want to call the Maxima a "sporty" family sedan, it would be fruitless for me to try to deter you. But please don't try to put it in the "sport sedan" category. The transmission alone is disqualification.
#220 of 684 Color & Options
Aug 09, 2008 (9:25 pm)
In which color does new Maxima looks better & which options is better, SV + SP + TP or SV + PP + TP. In Tech Package does it have DVD options & Rear View Camera.