As much as we would like to believe that we always know why people do the things they do, fact is that sometimes we don’t have even the slightest idea. Take this monstrously modified Nissan Maxima for example. It’s as if the owner of the Kuwaiti licensed plate vehicle went into an automotive supermarket randomly picking out accessories and parts for the mix. Here’s a shortlist of his “groceries”: BMW 7-Series fascia, BMW M3-like front bumper, Lamborghini style front scissor doors, two-part hood, gullwing rear doors and a Supra-like rear wing are just a few of the countless items that he added to the poor Maxima. What can we say…
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The Nissan Maxima is a Full-size car manufactured by Nissan. The Maxima debuted in 1976 as an upscale version of the Bluebird and was spun into its own line in 1980, having been made continuously since then. Most pre-2004 Maximas were built in Oppama, Japan, until the current North American Maximas started being assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee.
NISSAN MAXIMA EXTREMELY MODIFIED TO BMW 7 SERIES PHOTOS – NISSAN MAXIMA / CEFIRO INFO
The Maxima models are also known as Nissan Cefiro or Nissan Laurel in various markets.
The 2000 Maxima (designated A33) was a refresh of the previous car, designed at Nissan’s La Jolla, California design studio. The engine was a 222 hp (166 kW) 3.0 L VQ30DE V6. This variant of the VQ30DE was referred to the VQ30DE-K. In this variation, there were three models (GXE, GLE, and SE). The “GXE” was the base Maxima. The GLE was the “luxury” variant and had 16 inch wheels. The GLE was the basis for the Infiniti I30, (JDM Nissan Cefiro). A 2001 20th Anniversary edition got an increase of 5 hp (4 kW), different interior treatment, body kit, special wheels and other tweaks. The common problems on this Maxima are ignition coils, and mass air flow sensor, which incidentally, trigger the check engine light.
2002-2003 Nissan Maxima GLEIn 2002, the engine was replaced for the whole lineup with a 3.5 L VQ35DE that produced 255 hp (190 kW) and 246 lb·ft (334 N·m) of torque. In addition, the model got a slight refresh with a larger grille opening, headlamps with high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams, a six-speed manual transmission with optional helical
Torsen limited-slip differential, revised 17 inch six-spoke wheels on the SE models, new 17 inch seven spoke rims on the GLE models, clear taillights, and some interior and exterior refinements over the 2000 to 2001 models.
In 2003, there was a special package called the Titanium Edition with special wheels and interior treatment, as well as a Meridian Edition package which included heated seats and steering wheel (most of the time leather, although some were available with heated cloth), and a GPS navigation system.
The Titanium Edition was available in all colors, but a new color was available only with the Titanium Edition (Polished Titanium). The last generation Maxima GLE was the basis for the Infiniti I35. In Russia, the Maxima is being sold as Nissan Maxima QX.
The sixth generation Maxima, code-named A34, shares its platform with the third generation Nissan Altima, in addition to several other Nissan models, and this Maxima is only sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico (all countries where the Altima is sold). In the US, it comes with the venerable VQ35DE, a DOHC V6 engine that now produces 265 hp (198 kW).
Interestingly, in Australia, the Maxima has the same engine, but Nissan has set the maximum power to only 170 kW (228 hp). The Australian version is code-named J31 (however it is almost a completely different car other than the VQ engine), initially only came with a four-speed automatic transmission, and obviously has quite noticeable styling differences to the North American version. In 2007, it received a minor mid-life facelift and an all new CVT automatic transmission. However, SE models can be had with an optional five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is still standard on some models.
The rear independent suspension returns, this time using a multilink setup similar to the Altima.
A smaller Maxima, from 2003, is sold in the Asia-Pacific region (as well as in Australia) and based on the Nissan Teana. In some markets, it is sold as the Nissan Cefiro. It is built on the standard FF-L platform of the Altima/ US Maxima combined with certain pieces of the JM Nissan Presage design same as the Nissan Teana previously mentioned. The American Maxima is known for a balance between sport and luxury; other models tend to focus more on comfort.
2007 Nissan Maxima For 2007, the U.S. Maxima became available with a standard Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) (similar to the CVT in Nissan’s Murano) as the only transmission choice, a manual transmission is no longer offered. It features a freshened front fascia (now lacking the center block, the new grill closely resembles that of the 2007 Altima). Headlights are also more squared around the edges.
For 2008, the Maxima’s fuel economy drops from 21/28 to 19/25 due to new EPA measurement methods. A Platinum Edition package of convenience features is added for 2008 on both SE and SL trim levels.
The Maxima was redesigned for the 2009 model year and made its debut at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. The newest Maxima (A36) is built on the Nissan D platform sharing this platform with the fourth generation Nissan Altima and second generation Nissan Murano. The exterior and interior design are somewhat similar to the Infiniti G and Infiniti M, with an updated navigation interface and optional iPod interface system that works with the main console monitor and steering wheel controls. It will come equipped with a revised version of the VQ35DE engine producing 290 horsepower (220 kW). A revised version of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with paddle shifting will be the only transmission offered (no manual). A diesel version is expected to be released for the 2010 model year. The new Maxima will be offered in S and SV trims with several premium and technology packages available. The seventh-generation Maxima also marks the return of the “4-door sports car” but with no corresponding decals on the rear side windows. The current Maxima’s design trades unneeded height and length for sleeker styling, although the width has been increased slightly. The keyless ignition now uses a push button start. In the U.S., the seventh generation Maxima went on sale in late June 2008.
0 – 60 mph: 5.5 sec.
0-60 mph with 1-ft Rollout: 5.2 sec.
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration: 0.83 g
1/4 Mile: 14.7 sec. @ 96.9 mph (155.9 km/h)
60 – 0 mph: 128 feet (39 m)