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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#228 of 684 Re: Real World MPG [spiritinthesky]
Aug 20, 2008 (11:35 am)
you would be a financial idiot to put regular octane gas in a high compression engine designed to extract the maximum performance (MPG and acceleration) out of premium octane gas.
I think you were too kind in using the "financial" qualifier.
At 156,000 miles, my 1995 Maxima is still capable of 0-60 in under 7 seconds, has averaged 24.2 miles per gallon over 14 years and the engine compression is "within new car tolerances" according to the dealer who tested it last year. In addition to changing the oil/filter every 4,000 miles, I have never considered using anything but the recommended premium fuel.
If, as Forest Gump would say, "stupid is as stupid does", you can't get much dumber than buying a $30k+ car and putting cheap, lower octane gas in it that forces the engine management computer to retard the timing to keep it from knocking. Maybe Nissan needs to come up with computer that "un-retards" the owner.
#229 of 684 Re: Real World MPG [habitat1]
Aug 20, 2008 (12:28 pm)
Yep. In the case of the 2009 Maxima, I agree that one should stick with the Premium gas as specified in the Owners Manual. GS 350 may be a bit different story based on "recommended" vs. "required" octane levels.
BTW, I also own a 1997 Maxima and have had similar luck with the engine staying great over 150K. Most reliable car I've ever owned! Its actually the MAIN REASON I decided to stick with a Maxima, rather than going with a higher end luxury brand vehicle. If the 09 Maxima is even "close" to this car in long-term quality, I'll feel blessed. M35 was my first choice, but I couldn't get over the poor gas mileage. I hope that gets fixed in 09 with the new 7-speed transmission.
#230 of 684 Re: Real World MPG [habitat1]
Aug 20, 2008 (12:52 pm)
Seems the 95 Maxima was a well loved model. I bought a 95 SE from my FIL back in 2000. It had a total of 11,000 miles on it and I think we paid $9,000. for it. I kept it for 5 years and gave it to my son who had it up until about 6 months ago when he sold it for $5500. It never missed a beat in the 14 years it was in the family. A great car.
#232 of 684 Re: Real World MPG [go_mdx1]
Aug 21, 2008 (3:09 am)
Good luck with your new Maxima. My 1995 was also the most reliable car I have ever owned, at least among those that went more than 100,000 miles. My Nissan service manager claims that the 4th generation, especially the 1995-1997, were the most reliable car Nissan ever made. Last to be built 100% in Japan, overengineered, and before Nissan went wild with electronic "do-dads". For example, I've only been through 2 sets of brake pads and the rotors didn't have to be replaced until 154k miles. Even my clutch is original with no signs of slippage or wear.
If Nissan made a 3,200 lb 6 speed manual SE Maxima that had the fit and finish and fun to drive feel of my 1995, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
#233 of 684 Re: Real World MPG [habitat1]
Aug 22, 2008 (5:09 am)
I always thought the one I had (1990) was the best, but sounds like the '95 was more reliable. Didn't they get rid of IRS in '95 and put in beam rear end? Did you notice the difference? I really like the looks of '09 but can't believe it only comes with a CVT transmission. I am not sure if I can live with that.
#234 of 684 Small 2009 Maxima?
Aug 22, 2008 (4:34 pm)
I own a 2000 Maxima and was salivating over the '09, which, if reports are to be believed, sounds like the best vehicle since 2002.
The problem: My old Maxima seats 5 (fairly large) adults reasonably snugly, but relatively comfortably, in a pinch. I saw the '09 in the showroom, and it looks and feels like a true 4 seater. Anybody have any thoughts about whether I should look for something else, and if so, what?
#235 of 684 Re: Small 2009 Maxima? [schmave717]
Aug 23, 2008 (3:29 am)
Anybody have any thoughts about whether I should look for something else, and if so, what?
Avalon. That was the choice of a friend for his wife who could care less about sporty performance/handling, but wanted a car that could carry 5 adults reasonably comfortably. And, as a former Maxima SE 5-speed owner, he would claim that the automatic Avalon is nearly as much of a "4-door sports car" as the current CVT only Maxima. Meaning that neither are, so no loss.
Pre-owned Mercedes S Class: Another friend of mine picked up a pristine loaded 2004 S500 4-Matic with 31k miles for $32,000 and then paid $3,000 for an extended warranty giving him an additional 4+ years and 50k miles. At $35k total for a car that looks and drives like new (and originally stickered for over $85k), that is one heck of a deal that I will seriously consider next time around.
#236 of 684 Re: Small 2009 Maxima? [habitat1]
Aug 23, 2008 (5:14 am)
Do u want FWD or RWD or do you care?
Do u want new or used?
What's your top price you want to pay?
Let me assume since you looked at the Max and talked about a MB S Class that you don't care if its FWD or RWD...
Check out the Acrua TL the current model is a great car, sporty, looks good, handles well, gets good MPG and holds its value well. This is really the only competetion the new Max has since they are both FWD sporty sedans.
RWD, look at the Infiniti G35 Sedan, but for 09 it gets the 3.7 liter 330 hp engine from the coupe, u can't go wrong there at all.
BMW 335i the twin Turbo engine is a blast to drive, gets good mileage for the engine output.
The current S class is a great car but you need to wonder why is a 85K car selling for 32K with only 31K mileage... There relaiblity hasn't been all that good the las 5 yrs or so and even with the extended warrenty you are covered, but if the car is in the shop for little things then you aren't enjoying your purchase..
#237 of 684 Re: Small 2009 Maxima? [schmave717]
Aug 23, 2008 (5:37 am)
I'd still seriously consider the 2009 Maxima. We just took a nine hour trip with 5 adults and everyone was comfortable (Perhaps the person in the middle wasn't thrilled - but it was only my mother-in-law.)