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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#455 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [strehlow]
Oct 19, 2008 (8:53 am)
I bought a brand new 2000 Maxima when they first hit and didn't have any problems out of the ordinary so I am not too worried about the new model being a problem
The 2000's came out in US after they have been around for two years in Japan as Nissan Cifiaro (Spelling??). Hence it was not a TRUE first model year. I too bought first model year 2000 I30 and have been happy...but it was essentially third model year
This MAX is totally new.
#456 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [sanjaysdca]
Oct 19, 2008 (9:53 pm)
... and build in US.
On the other hand someone who does not appreciate driving dynamics of G should not get one
#457 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [SergeyM]
Oct 22, 2008 (9:26 am)
... and build in US.
Interesting observation. My 1995 Maxima was the last generation (4th) to be built in Japan. And, according to my Nissan service manager, was the best Maxima ever in terms of solid reliability and durability. Brake pads lasted 90k+ miles, rotors were not replaced until 150k, original clutch, driving chain never needs replacement, etc. And, the quality of the paint and finish is HIGHER than on my 2004 Acura TL, built in Ohio.
I hate to say it, but in my own personal experience U.S. quality is simply not up to Japanese or German quality. Neither of my Acura's, both US built, have the precise fit and finish quality of my former Honda S2000. Proving there is a big difference between do-dads and craftsmanship.
#458 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [habitat1]
Oct 22, 2008 (10:53 am)
Totally agree here..
Recently I replaced my 1995 G20 (Japan Built) with 2008 MDX (I believe built in Ontario Canada)
The quality & craftmanship of G20 is/was far superiot them MDX. Just the type/quality/fit and finish of the headliner was enough to make the distinction...
Love the MDX for power and drive...The paint, the cloth seats, etc were great...no fading, no sagging....
#459 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [sanjaysdca]
Oct 22, 2008 (2:51 pm)
2000-2003 Maximas were build in Japan too.
#460 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [habitat1]
Oct 22, 2008 (3:09 pm)
Here here to that, U.S. built Maximas (2004-2008) are terrible in materials, craftsmanship, fit and finish, and overall reliability. If anyone has one or sees one, look at the panel gaps around the trunk, the left front fender gap with the front left door is large enough to see the bolts holding the door in place and in addition the top of the left fender sticks out from the top of the left door, totally crappy stuff. On the inside, the 2004 had uneven panels leading from the doors to the dashboard and the glove box would hang from the right side. The 2007 (redesigned) has a gap at the top of the right door that is farther away from the dash board than the same panel on the left side. The sad part is that after 4 years in production, Nissan has not improved/addressed any of the crap they put out. I am not even addressing the shimmy in the rider for the 04/05 models, and the fading roof rails (definitely not like the BMW 7 series rails).
Bottom line, Carlos Goshn ran Renault, that is a company that does not do business in the U.S. for a reason. But also, customers (myself included) keep going to Nissan dealers and buying this crap, the 09 quirks will soon be coming out too.
Nov 08, 2008 (3:18 pm)
Is there a way to watch a dvd without the e brake on? I know it's a safety but can it be over ridden like in the cadilac?
#462 of 684 Re: 09 maxima [kclark7425]
Nov 09, 2008 (9:59 am)
I would imagine that the over ride would have to be done by a professional. The Nissan dealer may be able to answer your question and do it, or an automotive electronic shop, there is lots of those. Be careful with warranty coverage when it comes to over riding OEM.
#463 of 684 Re: 2009 maxima or 2008 Infiniti G35? [habitat1]
Nov 15, 2008 (12:39 am)
1995 4th gen Maxima last to be built in Japan?
My 2002 5th gen Maxima was built in Japan.
#464 of 684 2009 Maxima v 2009 Mazda6
Nov 17, 2008 (10:35 am)
I'm doing a little homework here for my in-laws for they are considering trading their 2004 Maxima for either a 2009 Maxima 3.5 SV (possibly with tech) or a 2009 Mazda6 s GT (possibly with Nav).
They are similar in size, although the Max is bigger which is not a good thing in their eyes since they thought the 04 was a bit too big. They are very similarly equipped too. The Mazda has Bluetooth, Xenons, leather, dual climate, fuel computer, every safety feature under the Sun and Blind Sport Monitor detection system, something the Max does not have. TO get Xenons on the Max, you need to get Nav. Not the case with Mazda, since they are standard.
Power goes to Max with 290hp / 261 tq vs Mazda's 272 hp / 269 tq. Fuel economy is similar, however, the Max recommends Premium, is that correct?
The price advantage will go the the Mazda as well, for I can get them the Mazda6 s GT w/ Nav, moon roof / Bose Audio / Sirius radio for under $30,000. What are the Maxima's selling for? Particularly the SV with Tech, Bluetooth and Xenons?
BTW, I work for Mazda, so there is no need to educate me on the 6. I don't wanna hear any Ford talk either. Ford does not build or engineer the Mazda6. I'm really looking for useful input on the Maxima. Thanks in advance!