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Used Nissan Maxima Overview And How To Buy At The Lowest Price
The Nissan Maxima serves as a fine bridge between the somewhat boring family sedan and the more expensive and performance oriented European sport sedan. Its a great choice for those seeking a combination of roominess, luxury and superior driving performance.
We've been impressed by our own experiences with the Maximas we've had in stock. We feel it has advantages for those car buyers who value comfort, roominess and power. It's also undergone a series of amenity and comfort upgrades to differentiate it from the redesigned Altima.
For those shopping for a used Maxima, here's some background information on those models you're most likely to come across in the second-hand market.
The Maximas produced from 2004 to 2008 (the sixth Maxima generation) can still be found in today's market. There's two primary models from this period: the 3.5 SE and the 3.5 SL. The "3.5" refers to the liter size of the V6 engines (with 255 horsepower). The SE is the sport version of the sedan, with a firmer suspension and 18 inch wheels.
Standard equipment on the SE include more upscale features such as the 18 inch wheels, keyless entry, an 8-speaker CD audio system, and one-touch up-down front windows. And the more luxury-themed SL comes with a softer suspension, leather upholstery, heated seats, HID headlights, 17 inch wheels, wood interior trim and a 320-watt Bose sound system.
And both models come standard with safety features such as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags. Many used Maxima models from this generation can also be found with stability control and traction control that had been added as an option.
In terms of transmissions, 2007 and 2008 Maximas are equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while earlier models are either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
The seventh generation, which debuted in 2009, was slightly shortened in length for still better handling and a more distinctive look. The models were changed to the 3.5 S and the 3.5 SV.
The base S model is already well-equipped with notable standard features such as keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a full complement of safety features. The SV model boosts the luxury quotient with features such as leather upholstery and a premium 9-speaker Bose audio system.
Used Maxima models from this newest production run can also be found with options such as voice-activated navigation, iPod integration and a rearview camera.
Also to be found are used Maximas produced from 2000 to 2003 (the fifth-generation). We still find some with reasonably low mileage and in good condition. Powering these well-equipped and roomy models is a very competent 222 horsepower 3.0 liter V6 engine.
Overall, we believe the Maxima is a car worthy of very serious consideration for car buyers who value roominess, comfort and performance.
Add in the "Nissan" reputation for quality and reliability and, in our opinion, the Maxima makes an excellent choice as a used car purchase. There's just an awful lot of style, performance and features for the dollar. And we can make some suggestions to help you save when buying one.
How To Get The Best Price On A Pre-Owned Nissan Maxima:
There are actually several different ways to buy a used Maxima at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.
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