00 Nissan Maxima

00 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is a full-size car (previously mid-size) manufactured by Nissan and sold primarily in North America, the Middle East, and China. Making its sales debut in 1981 for the 1982 model year as the Datsun Maxima, it replaced the earlier Datsun 810. The name “Maxima” dates back to 1980 for the 1981 model year when the upscale 810 sold as the “810 Maxima” in North America. Like the 810, early versions of the Maxima had their origins in the Datsun/Nissan Bluebird. The Datsun brand was phased out in favor of Nissan in 1983 for the 1984 model year, thus becoming the Nissan Maxima.
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00 Nissan Maxima

The first car to wear the Maxima name, the second generation Datsun 810, was introduced in 1980 for the 1981 model year. It was essentially a Japanese-market Datsun Bluebird with a 3.9 in (99 mm) longer nose to accommodate the inline-six engine. This model replaced the Datsun 810 (first generation). The second generation Datsun 810 was not sold in Japan, only in North America as the more basic Datsun 810 Deluxe and the fully equipped 810 Maxima. Both were available with either sedan or wagon bodywork. In 1981 for the 1982 model year, all 810s were rebranded as Datsun Maxima. In 1983 for model year 1984, the last year of the first generation Maxima, North American Datsuns began carrying the “Nissan” badge as well. Only 1984 model year Nissans have both “Nissan” and “Datsun” badges on the back of the car, although earlier models had a “Datsun” badge with a tiny “by Nissan” section underneath.
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00 Nissan Maxima

Nissan Australia began importing the J30 series for a May 1990 release to replace the locally assembled Nissan Skyline (R31) sedan and station wagon. Powertrain comprised the 3.0-liter VG30E V6 rated at 122 kW (164 hp) and a four-speed automatic. Nissan made the Maxima available in two equipment grades, the M and Ti. The M featured air conditioning, alloy wheels, central locking, cruise control, power steering, and power windows. The Ti added a rear spoiler, climate control air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, electric seats and a PIN touch-pad locking system. The M-based LE of late 1991 featured a CD player and sunroof. There was also a leather/sunroof pack optional on Ti. Nissan Australia released a facelift in January 1993 that included a new grille insert, revised tail lamps, wheels and cabin trim. A driver airbag was now fitted to the Ti, and made optional on the new Executive trim that replaced M. The J30 in Australia was replaced in February 1995 by a new Maxima based on the Nissan Cefiro (A32).
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00 Nissan Maxima

We know we’re picky. We like affordable, comfortable cars that go fast and look good. In 1989 the Maxima was just that. In 2000, Nissan has moved away from that ideal. We still like the Maxima, but are worried that future fiddling will dilute this car’s greatness. As it is, the Maxima is moving away from its sport sedan roots and towards middle-class sedandom; a place dominated by the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. We prefer Maxima’s stature as a move-up car, something to be aspired to. All we can do is hope that Nissan doesn’t muddle it anymore.
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00 Nissan Maxima

In 1989, Nissan introduced a Maxima that had the public drooling. The car was an honest-to-goodness sport sedan that looked even better than it drove. In 1995, Nissan went a step further with the Maxima, improving the car’s driveability and interior accommodations. To our horror, however, the once-beautiful Maxima didn’t emerge from under the surgeon’s knife unscathed. In the process of improving the drivetrain and interior, the designers lost their direction with the exterior styling. The resulting rhinoplasty and body sculpting made the car look unbalanced whether coming or going. In particular, the rear-end treatment and taillight cluster looked like something a fifth-grader might put together for a science project. Nissan realized their error, and began fussing around with different lights, fascias, spoilers and trunk lids for the next four years of the car’s life. By 1999, they had a sedan that looked decent from the front, good in profile, and not too ugly from the rear. Better still, the car stood out nicely from Accords and Camrys in performance and comfort.
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00 Nissan Maxima

It comes equipped with a revised version of the VQ35DE engine producing 290 hp (216 kW) and 261 lb·ft (354 N·m) of torque. A revised version of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously variable transmission) with paddle shifting is the only transmission offered, with no manual or regular automatic available. A diesel version was expected to be released for the 2010 model year, although those plans were not realized. The new Maxima is offered in S and SV trims with several premium and technology packages available. The current Maxima’s design trades height and length for a sleeker styling, although the width has been increased slightly. The keyless ignition uses a push button to start and stop the engine. In the U.S., the seventh generation Maxima went on sale in late June 2008. The SkyView center glass was replaced by a retractable panoramic moonroof for A35 series Maxima.
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00 Nissan Maxima

2000 Maxima Overview The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry may be the best mid-size cars for the masses, but the new Nissan Maxima is arguably the best in its class for those who view cars as more than transportation appliances.Totally redesigned and re-engineered, this fifth-generation Maxima is being introduced as a 2000 model.Its free-revving V6 puts out 222 horsepower, its rigid new chassis comes with a sports suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and high-performance tires, and a five-speed manual gearbox is available for driving enthusiasts.Sporty new styling replaces the bland sheet metal of the previous generation.This new Maxima is practical as well, with roomier front seats and a bigger trunk than the Accord and Camry.Hide Full Review
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00 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima was redesigned in 1988 for the 1989 model year as the J30 series (not to be confused with the unrelated Infiniti J30) model. Bigger dimensions made it the second Japanese sedan sold in North America to qualify as a “mid-size” (after the Mazda 929). Nissan marketed this generation Maxima in North America a four-door sports car and even gave it a “4DSC” window decal showing this, and this generation was briefly sold in Japan, replacing the Nissan Leopard sedan at Nissan Bluebird Store locations. A refresh occurred in August 1991 for the 1992 model year (from July 1991 production), adding a driver’s side SRS airbag and the facelifted version was no longer offered in Japan.
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This generation was used for the Infiniti I30 (a rebadged Nissan Cefiro). The 2001 Maxima had a special edition of the SE model which commemorates the 20th anniversary of this particular Nissan. In addition to the usual SE content, this car has the Infiniti I30’s engine, special side skirts (ground effects) all around the lower perimeter, and a few special touches to the interior. The last addition includes drilled metal “brushed metallic” pedals, a brushed metallic shifter, and stainless steel door sill plates that bear the name Nissan Maxima. The optional leather is perforated, unlike that in the regular SE. Finally, the “SE Comfort and Convenience Package” which includes a sunroof, 17-inch chrome wheels, and a few other things is standard.
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We like it when manufacturers cut their price, but we are less impressed when the efforts are obvious. The 1999 Maxima had a masterful interior that could satisfy drivers accustomed to much more costly vehicles. The 2000 Maxima may not be able to do that so easily. Put simply, the quality of the materials seems to have fallen this year–plastics are a bit shinier, storage compartments are a bit flimsier, the headliner feels a bit thinner. The changes aren’t anything that reach out and smack you in the head, but we couldn’t help feeling a little less special when seated behind the wheel of our test car. In fact, it made us wonder if the Maxima was worth the extra money it costs compared to a Volkswagen Passat or Mazda 626; cars that heretofore were always a step down from the Nissan.
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First, the good stuff. The Maxima’s engine has always been a delight for automotive journalists and enthusiasts. The free-revving 3.0-liter V6 has been rated one of the 10 best V6 engines by Ward’s Auto World for five straight years. Last year the motor made 190 horsepower, enough for us to name Maxima the winner in a sport-sedan shootout that included impressive competition such as the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Contour SE V6. This year Nissan has upped the ante by bumping the car’s output to 222 horsepower and 217 foot-pounds of torque (up from 205 in 1999). The curb weight of the Maxima has also risen in the past year, however, so the extra power doesn’t translate into a markedly faster car.
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Part of the reason the Maxima has been such a hit with enthusiasts is that it has long been one of the only midsized sedans available with a V6 engine and a manual transmission. This tradition is continued on the ’00 Maxima, where buyers of the SE model can save $500 by selecting the do-it-yourself gearbox. Although we appreciate Nissan’s commitment to entertaining our right hand and left foot, we wish they had made the shift pattern smoother and the gear lever shorter. We cursed the Maxima’s tractor-like gear selector and notchy detents as we missed the second-to-third shift during our first few days with the car.

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