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#627 of 684 my 1-year old 2009 Maxima
Jul 02, 2009 (8:25 pm)
I haven't been on here in awhile - thought I'd post a quick update on my experience with the '09 Maxima.
I just past my 1-year mark at the end of June with this car. Mine is an '09 SV w/ technology package. I've put 33k miles on it over the past 12 months, which means I may well have more mileage on the '09 Maxima than anyone in the country.
In a nutshell, I'm almost as pleased with the car today as I was when I first bought it. I've hit every scheduled maintenance visit (many oil changes during the year, the 15k service, and the 30k service), and the car has been trouble-free.
I'm really surprised at how well the original tires have held up! I've still got a lot of life left in these tires. I thought I'd be getting close to replacing them by now, but they've held up really well. (Almost too well, as I've planned on upgrading to some after-market wheels when I finally do need to replace the tires, but at this rate that won't happen for another year!)
The only annoyance my car has given me is a slight "pop" sound. Entering my driveway, I go over a bump, and when I do so while going slowly and turning left into the bump, there is a strange popping sound. It might be coming from the suspension - I'm just not sure yet. I've been meaning to get it into the dealership to see if they can find out what is making the sound. I'm due for another oil-change right now, so I'll have them look at it this next week. The sound is almost identical to a sound that my 2000 Nissan Frontier used to make. It took the dealership weeks to figure out what was going on at that time: Turned out a small break had occured in the weld between the truck's frame and body, and when turning at certain angles, the weld seam would 'pop'. Perhaps the same thing is happening with my Maxima? I'll find out.
In any case - aside from that popping sound under the right conditions - the Maxima has proven to be a great purchase.
#628 of 684 Re: my 1-year old 2009 Maxima [cyberpunk]
Jul 03, 2009 (5:22 am)
I've heard that same sound in two previous generations of the Maxima (2003 and 2006), and both times it turned out to be a failed tie-rod end. When they fixed the 2003, the dealer told me it was a common failure. In 2006, they wouldn't admit that to be the case, but seems to me that if I had the same thing happen in two different installments, then Nissan might have some trouble with the engineering on those components.
#629 of 684 Re: my 1-year old 2009 Maxima [poodog13]
Jul 03, 2009 (8:35 am)
Good to know! Thanks for the info - I'll use that when I take my car in this next week. I'll post what they have to say.
#630 of 684 Why TL vs Maxima?
Jul 07, 2009 (4:27 pm)
I didn't realize my comparison between the 2009 maxima and 2009 TL exterior appearance would generate such discussion. I simply was just comparing the exterior appearance and changes. The TL was change so drastically for 2009 that I feel the exterior has become ugly looking. That is my opinion but I have read many professional opinions who agree with me. I can make this statement because I currently drive a 2008 TL which is gorgeous inside and outside the vehicle and I hate what acura did to the TL for 2009. I would not get one and am thankful I got my 2008 when I did. For god sakes, the 2009 TL changed so drastically that it's dimensions now could classify it as a large luxury sports sedan. I had brought up the maxima because I like what nissan did to the vehicle for 2009. The exterior appearance is far superior to the TL. I do agree that the interior of the maxima is not as nice at the 2009 TL but Nissan has made great stride in the interior of their vehicles since 2007 and while the TL has a better interior the maxima interior is very nice. What I am sick of is people constantly comparing the maxima to the TL in regards to performance, quality, etc. You are comparing a luxury automaker (Acura) to a non-luxury automaker (Nissan); that is like comparing apples and oranges. A luxury automaker is almost always going to have a nicer and better quality product (mechanically and quality) because they charge more for their vehicles and can invest in better materials because of their higher price. Lexus has better quality than toyota, infiniti better quality than nissan and acura better quality than honda. You need to compare luxury division to luxury division, not non-luxury division to luxury division. Stop comparing the TL to the maxima and start comparing the TL to the G37 sedan and ES350. Those are the appropriate comparisons for material quality. The Nissan Maxima's interior is very close to infiniti quality but a little shy. The problem is toyota and honda have not had a vehicle in awhile and should really come up with a decent model that can slate above the accord and camry that can be compared to the maxima because those divisions are non-luxury manufactures such as nissan. All you can really compare the maxima with is the avalon but that is not contest because the max wins hands down in all areas. I know someone will argue that you can compare the maxima because of price but that just doesn't cut it. I do agree though that nissan needs to scale down the price on the maxima because even semi-loaded the maxima severely encroaches upon G37 sedan territory and the G37 is obviously a better vehicle to the max but there again you fall into the trap of comparing to luxury division vehicle to a non-luxury division vehicle. Both the TL and maxima are good cars in their respective segments and lets stop comparing them.
#631 of 684 2009 Maxima Rebates?
Jul 07, 2009 (4:37 pm)
I currently drive a 2008 TL which I love and my Dad has been shopping around for a 2009 Maxima SV for himself. A lot of people on hear have been saying Nissan has been given large rebates which have what helped to sell the cars. I don't know if it is the area of the country but hear in the Mid-Atlantic area, PA, NJ, DE, and MD we have been to five different Nissan dealers shopping for prices and all the salesman have said there are no rebates on the Maxima right now because they are selling really well without them and each dealer we have been to is selling 10-12 max's a week; my Dad has had a really hard time getting a good deal because they are selling so well so I'd love to know where these rebates are so I can tell my Dad!!!!
#632 of 684 Popular Mechanics - Long term review on Maxima
Jul 08, 2009 (5:37 am)
This month's Popular Mechanics had its final review on the long term Maxima. It had roughly 8000 miles. Over time, gas mileage had improved. Only defect they experienced was the battery went dead in the key fob. Repair cost was $35 at the dealership.
If any of us hit this issue, they recommend we just fix it ourselves (at a cost of $2) as this was not covered under warranty.
#633 of 684 Re: Why TL vs Maxima? [smarty666]
Jul 08, 2009 (5:58 am)
I know someone will argue that you can compare the maxima because of price but that just doesn't cut it.
Sorry, but in my opinion price is the FIRST basis of comparison, or at worst second only to vehicle size / class. If you're going to charge nearly $40k for a sedan with all of the modern amenities and technology, I'm going to compare it to whatever else I can get for around $40k.
The problem with comparing Nissan is that they've actually positioned the Altima as the competitor to the Accord and Camry, leaving the Maxima in it's own class.
For my money, I wish they'd put a bit less into maximizing HP and refining the interior. I'd gladly take a 250hp engine with better gas mileage and slightly less refinement for $32k.
#634 of 684 Re: Popular Mechanics - Long term review on Maxima [go_mdx1]
Jul 08, 2009 (7:07 am)
Regarding the battery of the Key FOB, I just replaced mine, I have a 08 Altima, I was notified by my dash Infomation center that the Battery in my FOB was low and needed to be changed. So why did Popular Mechanics take it to a dealership? Also 8K on a long term driver???
P.S. It took my less then 15 minutes to change the battery, this includes reading the owners manuel on how to it.
#635 of 684 2009 NISSAN MAXIMA 4dr SV W/ PREMIUM PACKAGE
Jul 08, 2009 (8:57 am)
2009 MAXIMA 3.5 SV 4DR PREMIUM PACKAGE
WINTER FROST, CAFE LATTE, FLOOR & TRUNK MATS
I really need help, how can get the best deal with putting $500 -$1000 down? In live in GA. I need my payment to be $400 per mo or less.
I'm working with the dealership via the internet. Here are the numbers they sent me. They gave me a deal of:
Vehicle Price: $37,900.00
Theft Protection Program: + $299.00
Preferred Customer Discount: - $3,416.00
Selling Price: $34,783.00
Sales Tax (estimate): + $2,476.74
Title Fee: + $46.00
MVWR: + $3.00
Documentation Fee: + $599.00
Balance Due (estimate): $37,907.74
This would be for a 36 month lease 12k per year.
The money factor is .00139
The residula value is $20,446
#636 of 684 Re: 2009 NISSAN MAXIMA 4dr SV W/ PREMIUM PACKAGE [dmccallum]
Jul 08, 2009 (9:06 am)
I think you need to look at a much less expensive car.