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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#628 of 684 Re: my 1-year old 2009 Maxima [cyberpunk]
Jul 03, 2009 (6:22 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 (9:35 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 (5:27 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 (5:37 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 (6:37 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 (6:58 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 (8:07 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 (9:57 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 (10:06 am)
I think you need to look at a much less expensive car.
#637 of 684 Re: 2009 NISSAN MAXIMA 4dr SV W/ PREMIUM PACKAGE [dmccallum]
Jul 08, 2009 (3:43 pm)
After reading all the comments on the 09 Maxima, including my own critical comments, I finally walked into a dealership and got myself one. Mine is Precision Grey with Frost Seats (no-way would I ever buy it with black seats). I must say it took some driving around to find the car without black seats but well worth the extra effort. Here is the deal I got.
Sticker for SV + Sport Package + Splash Guards + Trunk and Floor Mats = 36,505
Wholesale below dealer cost 29,900 for the car, plus taxes and fees. So I think your dealer can do better with the price of yours. Rebate may very well be in the deal package. Add to that the fact that I gave in my 07 Maxima 16months before the lease end on that one and was 5K upside down on that car. I still walked out paying 499.00 a month for 39 months with ZERO (0) money down, just the 1st monthly payment and that is it. If you calculate all those numbers, the dealer really went to bat to sell that car. Now take into consideration that it was the 30th of the month, at about 11pm and the dealer needed to make its quota. Nevertheless, I got the deal I needed to say yes and went from paying 429 for an 07 to 499 for an 09. How the additional 2,800.00 covers all the taxes, upside down payoffs, fees, and 6K higher sticker price on my 09 compared to the 07, I will never know but don't care either.
In general I miss the 07's power folding mirrors, rear sonar parking assist, trip computer display on the center stack in large numbers vs. on the instrument panel in small numbers, dual auto dimming side mirrors, and the ability to have only one side mirror fold down in reverse vs. both.
I gained a much better handling car, sweeter sound from the engine and exhaust, more horsepower and quicker pick-up, paddle shifter, way better CVT, and better fit and finish.
I have only had it a week so more to follow as I drive more miles. Bottom line is I have to now put aside all my past criticism of the vehicle and enjoy having the latest Max on the road.