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#1 of 136 2010 Maxima News
Aug 11, 2009 (6:33 am)
The 2010 Maxima is due out sometime this month with some minor changes to colors, package options, and the wheels; there is suppose to be more standard tech on the SV and I wanted to know what everyone thinks about the changes, good or bad, and if there is anything people think Nissan missed that should be done for 2011? Below is a list from Nissan/Infiniti Newsroom of what is changing on the maxima for 2010 if you don't know it already!
2010 Nissan Maxima
The popular Nissan Maxima enters the second year of its seventh-generation design in 2010 with two new exterior colors and fine-tuning of available option packages. The “four-door sports car” is again offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV – each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters.
Along with its breakthrough sports sedan styling, the 2010 Maxima’s sporty interior design combines a driver-oriented cockpit and ample comfort and luxury for passengers. The wide range of available technology includes a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® real-time traffic information and XM NavWeather® (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive. The 2010 Maxima goes on sale in August 2009.
Revisions for 2010 include:
* New wheel finishes for 18-inch (fine silver) and 19-inch (hyper silver) wheels
* iPod® connectivity is changed to USB connectivity
* XM® Satellite Radio becomes standard on Maxima 3.5 SV (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
* Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System is now standard on 3.5 S (also standard on 3.5 SV)
* 7-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor, auxiliary audio/video input jack, iPod® net and 2GB Music Server added to new Monitor Package
* DVD playback capability, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and XM NavWeather® added to Technology Package (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
* Two new exterior colors added – Crimson Black and Ocean Gray
#2 of 136 2010 Nissan Maxima Complements and Problems
Sep 19, 2009 (4:36 pm)
since the 2010 max's have been out a few weeks now I thought a forum for both what people like about their car and any problems they have would be appropriate
I just leased a 2010 Maxima SV (~$38k) super black exterior with cafe interior; overall I'm really happy with the car, how it performs, the interior layout and comfort and the technology in the car, especially the sound system and display screen for audio, climate controls, fuel econ, etc
there are a couple of problems that have already cropped up such as the passenger front seat vibrating and shaking violently while driving when no one is sitting in it; brought it to my local dealer and they said there is a recall on the seat and that this was a known problem with the 2009 and that it looks like the 2010's will have it too; so the car has to go in for work next week to get that corrected
the other thing I was surprised about it the amount of interior squeaks and rattles in the car right from the get go while driving the car; I'm hearing a buzzing/rattling sound in the driver door handle area, the armrest where the center console is, and a third noise coming either from the moonroof or rear ceiling somewhere; I would expect a car that cost ~$38k to not have sounds like that coming from pieces that are either loose or not fit together properly; luckily, the sound system is good enough that I just turn it up and drown out all the other noises; eventually I'll try to pinpoint them and have them looked at during a scheduled maintenance interval
also I was a bit disappointed with the navigation system; my own street is not registered in the database so my own home address is unknown and there are a lot of locations or places missing from the database; for instance, the only fastfood joints listed in my in the database are KFC and Wendy's; its missing the McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Subway that are also in town, so I guess none of those food chains are listed anywhere; a lot of big name chain stores and restaurants are also missing from the nav database
now don't get me wrong these are all minor issues in my opinion and they do not take away from the overall driving experience of the car and I feel the max drives, rides, and even handles better than the infiniti I previously leased; in fact I've gotten 3 complements from complete strangers in just the two weeks I have had the car how nice the body style looks
look forward to hearing other peoples likes and dislikes/problems with their 2010 maxima
#3 of 136 2010 Maxima SV Premium + Technology
Sep 27, 2009 (6:16 pm)
I am negotiating to purchase a new 201 Maxima loaded up and have read the above minor issues. Should I mention this prior to signing the paperwork to head off another trip to the dealer ?
#4 of 136 2010 phone and Ipod Questions
Sep 29, 2009 (3:33 am)
After driving Cadillacs for 20 years, I switched to a 2010 Maxima SV with all of the premium upgrades.I really enjoy driving the car. However, I am having some problems learning the advanced phone/radio/navigation system
When trying to download my address book to the phone's internal address book, I repeatedly get a message telling me it can't transfer the information because it can only accept 1000 entries, far more than I am trying to transfer.
I have an Ipod which is supposed to work with a standard Ipod-USB cable cord. After buying 3 new cords, I can't get any input from the Ipod, and can't find a possible cure in any of the owner's manuals.Does anyone have any clues to address these problems, or am I faced with a defective radio?
#6 of 136 Re: 2010 phone and Ipod Questions [annielitical]
Sep 29, 2009 (5:58 am)
while I don't have a Ipod I was unable to transfer my address book from my LG version phone into the car's phonebook; after playing around it for days I just gave up and manually entered each number into the vehicle phonebook, but of course that took about 45 minutes to an hour to do; I also am disappointed with the voice recognition for the phone/sat radio/navigation; it really gives me problems with the phone and navigation voice commands; it constantly doesn't recognize what I'm saying and half the time keep hearing "please say again" like 3-4 times until it does the command I want; even if the voice recognition recognizies what I'm saying with nav locatinos it lists something completely different on the screen; I've already complained to my service department about how inaccurate the voice recognition system is on the car; I even made sure I went through the practice so that the system could get to know the sound of my voice but it made no difference!! the whole point of the bluetooth is suppose to be so you don't take your hands off the steering wheel but the constant screwup and "please repeat commands" get me so fustrated that I just take my phone out and manual call; I also have a Acura TL with bluetooth and have had absolutely no problems with the voice recogniition on it so I use that as a comparison and the nissan's voice recognition is very inferior to the Acura
#7 of 136 2010 Nissan Maxima
Sep 30, 2009 (12:05 am)
The new gen does nothing for me as far as the styling and I've been a fan of Maxima's since 1985
I do like the side profile and the rear but not the face. It looks odd.
#8 of 136 Re: 2010 Nissan Maxima [2000protege]
Oct 02, 2009 (10:33 am)
Couldn't disagree more on the face styling. I've owned a 2003 and currently own a 2006. The 2003 looked great from profile and from the front, but looked odd and perhaps even a bit "cheap" from behind. The 2006 nose design is far too mainstream for this car and the grill is ugly. It almost stopped me from buying the car, but the deal I got was too good to pass up. I think this is the first time that Nissan's got the entire design package right since around 2000.
Oh, and before you finalize your opinion, make sure you see the interior. Phenomenal.
#9 of 136 Re: 2010 Nissan Maxima [poodog13]
Oct 02, 2009 (11:05 am)
yeah, I couldn't disagree more with 2000protege; the main reason why I got the 2010 was because the exterior body style, front, back, side is just absolutely phenomenal; if you look at the pics for the 2011 M it has a very similar exterior body style to the new max and really looks quite snazzy except it is going to be much larger and there are some minor styling differences!! so basically the max is going to turn into a baby M once the 2011 M comes out; also, I came to found out that pictures do not do the new max justice; it looks way better from every angle in person; the body style can't be that bad if people mistake it for a infiniti and infiniti themselves are using several of its styling cues on the new M; I've had several people all ready complement me at gas stations, banks etc how great the body style is and two people thought it was an infiniti; I also agree the interior is really nice on the max and it is comfortable
you want to get a car with a ugly front end look at the new TL; that grill just screams ugly; that is why a lot of Acura dealers and outside body shops are offering to paint most of the grill the body color to hide the damn thing because it is so ugly!!
#10 of 136 Re: 2010 phone and Ipod Questions [annielitical]
Oct 02, 2009 (7:33 pm)
To see whether your phone is compatible (not all are), you can find out at:
It appears that the 2010 Max isn't in the mix yet, but try the 2009 and see what it says.
Regarding the iPod/usb issue - when you plug your iPod into the usb port, it should automatically be recognized by the car, and the Nissan logo should display on the iPod screen. You might need to cycle through the Disc-Aux button on the radio until you see iPod in the top left of the display, but it should do that automatically. If not, you should take it into service and have them look at it. It truly is plug-and-play. Here's a link to the Quick Reference Guide (go to page 10):