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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#535 of 684 Re: BMW [flightnurse]
Dec 27, 2008 (9:32 am)
It simple why Nissan is using the same sloagn, it worked....
Excuse me? What "worked" back in 1995 was Nissan delivering a superior product. That had real "substance" relative to its competition. Attempting to resurect that marketplace success with a marketing slogan instead of substance is why the current (or at least immediately prior) Maxima models sell a small percentage of the volume of the former one.
You might fool a couple of naive consumers with a catchy slogan, but sooner or later you have to deliver substance or you simply embarass yourself. If I was Nissan, I'd market the 2009 Maxima for what it is - a very nice entry level/near luxury family sedan - and avoid embarassing myself by having a sales person try to expalin why a "4DSC" doesn't have anything but a CVT transmission option.
As for a CVT taking a while to get used to - more so than an M5 6-speed manual? You lost me on that one as well. I'm successfully (mostly) teaching 4th-5th grade girls to do a crossover dribble between their legs. Please explain the challenge you had in putting the transmission into D and depressing the accelerator? Maybe I can make some beer money on the side.
#536 of 684 09 Max in Motor Trend
Dec 28, 2008 (4:14 pm)
Just a suggestion for those of you who own the 09 Maxima, Motor Trend January 09 issue identifies the reasons for which the car did not win Car of the Year and why it is not considered a good value. Those of you who have been criticizing the CVT and the designation as a "4DSC" will find validation in the article. I would pay close attention to the last sentence in the article, Nissan would need to drop such a power plant and match it with the right transmission into the "Sport Package" version to really back up its claim, until then the $2,300.00 option should be called the "Sport Appearance Package."
Enjoy and to all a Happy New Year!!!!
#537 of 684 Satelite Radio Option
Jan 09, 2009 (9:51 am)
I've looked at the Maxima and the satelite (sirius/xm) is available as part of the tech package. Does anyone know if the satelite radio can be added to the SV without opting for the expensive Tech Package?
#538 of 684 Re: Satelite Radio Option [mitsurob]
Jan 09, 2009 (3:35 pm)
You can go on www.nissanusa.com pick the Maxima and build your own, all models and options are available that way. Having satellite radio is a great thing.
#539 of 684 Re: Satelite Radio Option [mitsurob]
Jan 10, 2009 (8:16 am)
The xm radio is standard with three months free service. No need to order the tech package.
#540 of 684 I Was All Set To Fall In Love...
Jan 27, 2009 (11:50 am)
And then I drove the car. On a positive note, I love the exterior styling and the interior is pretty sharp too. The steering is superb and the brakes are awesome. I think the orange dashboard lighting is glaring and tacky. I found the nav system to be nowhere near as clear as that on my current Lexus ES350 (2007). Now for the really negative. The engine under acceleration was unbearably loud and the CVT transmission felt like a very loose rubber band. I suppose you could get used to those things but I really don't want to feel like I'm driving a Mack truck every time I pull away from a light. A real shame because I thought this might be a real steal in the under $40k category. I guess it just goes to reaffirm the old point..."if it's too good to be true, it probably is."
Too bad. I was all set to be in love.
#541 of 684 Re: I Was All Set To Fall In Love... [draz2]
Jan 27, 2009 (4:07 pm)
Take a test drive in a cadillac cts [rwd or awd]. Rated well and priced right.
#542 of 684 Re: I Was All Set To Fall In Love... [jayrider]
Jan 27, 2009 (4:14 pm)
Cadillac CTS is also distinctively styled but not overwrought, better engined and transmissioned, better color options, and the interior is truly luxurious (no fake wood that looks like contact paper). ENJOY!!
#543 of 684 Re: I Was All Set To Fall In Love... [jayrider]
Jan 28, 2009 (8:39 am)
I might except for the fact that my wife has always sworn that she would never, ever, drive in a Cadillac. Something about 80 year olds with blue hair and Miami Beach. Hell, I can't even get her to let me consider the Lincoln MKS. Once she sees the CTS I may be able to get her to rethink these positions but I'm not holding my breath.
So I'm thinking the Acura TL (probably too small in the interior), the Acura RL (sells like crap so there are probably some awesome deals out there), the Audi A6, M-B E350 (I can get a lease on an outgoing E Class for $725/month on a 20k mile/yr lease) or the BMW 5 Series.
I'm still pissed the Maxima was/is not a better car....I really thought I had found a steal. Grrrrrrr
#544 of 684 Re: I Was All Set To Fall In Love... [draz2]
Jan 28, 2009 (9:52 am)
Depends on what kind of ride you like
If you think TL is small..RL is smaller
Infiniti M is another good car and not selling well.
Hyundai Genesis..yes its hyundai.. but its best value out there
Jag XF?..If you are considering MB then XF may not be out of your price range