Sunday, November 15, 2015

Maximum Sunday: 2004 Nissan Maxima SE

All Nissan Maxima...all Sunday long.  Wait, what?  Seriously, it is going to be an all Maxima day here on the web's best source of El Caminos, monster trucks, and controversial engine swaps.  But none of that today...just pure cheap maximum carnage.  First up is this 2004 Nissan Maxima SE 6-speed offered here on eBay for $5,860 buy-it-now located in Paterson, NJ with 2 days to go.

The sixth generation Nissan Maxima (internal code A34) was built exclusively for the North American market and sold from 2004-2008.  It is easily recognized by the funky mohawk sunroof, technically called SkyView, which this example is thankfully missing.

Powering the A34 is Nissan's fabulous VQ35DE V6, a dual-overhead-cam 3.5 liter V6 that is rated at 265 horsepower and 255 ft-lbs of torque when mated to the optional 6-speed manual gearbox.  Unfortunately the 6-speed was phased out of the Maxima lineup in 2007 and replaced by an insufferable CVT.

The inside of the A34 Maxima is a combination of hard plastics, poorly painted surfaces, and cheap switches -- the early 2000s were not just a low point for Nissan in terms of interior quality but general vehicle quality as well. 

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  1. Wow I was kind of interested in this car (6 speed manual, 268 hp) then you mentioned the part about " the early 2000s were not just a low point for Nissan in terms of interior quality but general vehicle quality as well. " Then I moved on...

  2. maxima hit with the ugly stick.....No Mas !

  3. Hah! I got one for ya: very detailed and obviously well documented

  4. or perhaps one of these!


  5. That interior is absolutely ghastly. Reminds me of a friend's G35 from the same era; great engine but you have to look at that dash every time you get in -- no thanks.

  6. Yup. I was actually considering the G35 vs the 330ci as my first big boy car after graduation. I loved the power and throttle response of that G but the console...shudder. I drove the titanium 330 home and never regretted my decision.


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