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#1 (permalink) Old 09-23-2006, 09:21 PM
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The 540/6 is better than my new car which is...

...a 2003 Maxima 6-speed "Limited Edition" with helical limited slip differential!

So, I finally got to check out that Maxima and drove it home today. Compared to the 540 it seems...well, flimsy. I guess something's got to give in something that's similar in overall dimensions as a 540, yet weighs 500 lbs. less and costs about 1/2 the MSRP.

I am sure counting on the "reliability" card because its ergonomics aren't as good and it is much louder in cruising. I darn near got that Acura TL Type S, but I didn't want the mandatory automatic and was scared of that transmission failure issue they all seem to have.

I am pretty sure my Maxima has had some re-paint somewhere, but overall the exterior paint is quite nice (I've clay-barred it and I'm letting a coat of "Zaino" polish "cure" as I type this, so it should look awesome by tomorrow). But the interior is a bit rough, even for 69K miles. The sunroof doesn't quite close all the way, someone smoked a lot in it, and the carpeting is all stained (oh and it came with no mats and only one key and key fob). And the 6-disc in-dash changer-ed Bose premium sound system doesn't work. At least the leather seats are nice (and heated, assuming THAT works). So I'm not real happy, but this is the path I've chosen. Maybe I should have just bought a 4-cyliner 2003-04 Accord and gotten a 5-speed manual on that...

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Well, it may not be all that bad. I liked my buddy's 02 maxima, it was a blast to drive, sure not as great as 540, but still. Now with his car, he did have several issues, including transmition issues. So hope yours will be different.

Congrats on your purchase, hope you going to enjoy it!
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and change your sig - you already got the maxima

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Thanks SD. I guess what's ticking me off is that I discovered (upon clar bar-ing the entire car last nite) is that the entire passenger side of the car has been re-painted (decent quality job though), the no-highs-no-low-must-be-Bose radio display and CD changer are both non-functional, and the moonroof has a major-league wind leak. Mechanically I guess the car's OK, by as my son observed this morning while in a parking lot, it "has the turning radius of a Mack truck". Actual driving it isn't half-bad.

I am wishing I hadn't bought it and had just bought a Honda Accord V6 sedan with its mandatory automatic...

Is your friend's maxima a manual or automatic?

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he used to have a 6spd
he sold it and now has 2005 G35 6spd
it's nice but it's alraedy starting to get problems (transmition, rattles, etc) and it has like 20-30k miles!


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I once strayed from BMW, because of maintanence costs. A move I regretted. No other car gives me the enjoyment of a BMW. That's why I choose to stick it out as far as the work, and costs, on my car. I own a 4 cylinder Camry that I use for normal commuting. Great car, not exiting to drive at all. I think you are going to pick this car apart, and come back home. Until then, good luck
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I once strayed from BMW, because of maintanence costs. A move I regretted. No other car gives me the enjoyment of a BMW. That's why I choose to stick it out as far as the work, and costs, on my car. I own a 4 cylinder Camry that I use for normal commuting. Great car, not exiting to drive at all. I think you are going to pick this car apart, and come back home. Until then, good luck
I appreciate the sentiment, but you identified exactly why I let the 540 go. It had to be my reliable daily-driven vehicle, AND I have a wife and children to feed. I HAVE no Camry, or anything else long-term. The 540 was it.

There's no doubt it's better than anything else in that price range, but so's a Ferrari & if you gave me a Ferrari with 130K miles on it I wouldn't be able to keep it either, for such use. Maybe if I worked 60 hours+ per week and my wife also worked outside the home it'd be different, but I am not sacrificing the way I want to raise my children, for a car. I'll drive a Kia Rio, Subaru Justy, Geo Metro (fill in the name of your favorite tin can) before I do that.

Besides, a 540 sitting in my driveway awaiting parts while I drive an old borrowed black Civic without air conditioning half the time I own the 540 is not what I want to experience on a daily basis anyway, even if I COULD afford the fixes. I can't LOVE a car that kicks me in the nuts like that. I want to be able to LOVE my car (which I realize may never happen)....

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...a 2003 Maxima 6-speed "Limited Edition" with helical limited slip differential!

So, I finally got to check out that Maxima and drove it home today. Compared to the 540 it seems...well, flimsy. I guess something's got to give in something that's similar in overall dimensions as a 540, yet weighs 500 lbs. less and costs about 1/2 the MSRP.

I am sure counting on the "reliability" card because its ergonomics aren't as good and it is much louder in cruising. I darn near got that Acura TL Type S, but I didn't want the mandatory automatic and was scared of that transmission failure issue they all seem to have.

I am pretty sure my Maxima has had some re-paint somewhere, but overall the exterior paint is quite nice (I've clay-barred it and I'm letting a coat of "Zaino" polish "cure" as I type this, so it should look awesome by tomorrow). But the interior is a bit rough, even for 69K miles. The sunroof doesn't quite close all the way, someone smoked a lot in it, and the carpeting is all stained (oh and it came with no mats and only one key and key fob). And the 6-disc in-dash changer-ed Bose premium sound system doesn't work. At least the leather seats are nice (and heated, assuming THAT works). So I'm not real happy, but this is the path I've chosen. Maybe I should have just bought a 4-cyliner 2003-04 Accord and gotten a 5-speed manual on that...


still cant believe u sold ur e39 and got a maxima which doesnt come close to ur e39's performance and man u had a 540 with 6 speed, i am just telling u what i think, just look at the class and do u even like the maximas interior after using the bimmer for along time, no wood grain nothing.
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but I am not sacrificing the way I want to raise my children, for a car. I'll drive a Kia Rio, Subaru Justy, Geo Metro (fill in the name of your favorite tin can) before I do that.


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Congrats on finding something new.

I've now driven the 540 well over 1000 miles. This thing is incredible!



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Congrats on finding something new.

I've now driven the 540 well over 1000 miles. This thing is incredible!
Go on - keep rubbing it in!!

Actually, I like hearing how much you are enjoying that car; I guess I feel I can still vicariously enjoy it though your notes. If "Murphy's Law" is in full effect, you will likely drive it 2 or 3 or more completely trouble-free years. I was just tired of the alcoholic spouse syndrome of, "OK, after I fix THIS, nothing else will break for awhile".....

The more I drive this Maxima, the more I enjoy it. It is definitely quick (255HP in a 3200-lb car + 6-speed), albeit a bit unrefined getting there. I am REALLY (relatively) enjoying the Limited Slip Diff. It makes powerful front wheel drive SO much better - it ought to be required on ALL V6 and V8 FWD cars. (AND it should have been std on all 540's too, at least the 6-speeds)

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The kill list so far is an S320, a C5 Corvette, a Magnum R/T, a Charger R/T, a C230, an FI VW Jetta, and an FI Golf. All on the highway from 65 in 3rd gear.



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Go on - keep rubbing it in!!

Actually, I like hearing how much you are enjoying that car; I guess I feel I can still vicariously enjoy it though your notes. If "Murphy's Law" is in full effect, you will likely drive it 2 or 3 or more completely trouble-free years. I was just tired of the alcoholic spouse syndrome of, "OK, after I fix THIS, nothing else will break for awhile".....

The more I drive this Maxima, the more I enjoy it. It is definitely quick (255HP in a 3200-lb car + 6-speed), albeit a bit unrefined getting there. I am REALLY (relatively) enjoying the Limited Slip Diff. It makes powerful front wheel drive SO much better - it ought to be required on ALL V6 and V8 FWD cars. (AND it should have been std on all 540's too, at least the 6-speeds)
there's a fwd v8????


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there's a fwd v8????
Yep, GM is pushing their new Impala SS and a Pontiac equivalent that sport a 305HP (or thereabouts) small-block V8. As always, they only got part of the equation right, so the rest of the car is so ho-hum that no one wants them.

I believe there were numerous Cadillac Northstar FWD V8's running around through the years too, as if they matter at all...

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The kill list so far is an S320, a C5 Corvette, a Magnum R/T, a Charger R/T, a C230, an FI VW Jetta, and an FI Golf. All on the highway from 65 in 3rd gear.
...and how many of those 'victims' had over 131K miles on the odometer?

Can't you just IMAGINE a S/C on that thing?!?

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