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2001 Nissan Maxima Sedan

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2001 Nissan Maxima Sedan


2001 Nissan Maxima SE

Source: The Car Connection

Caring about us average Joes.

by Jill Amadio

When an auto manufacturer cares enough to give you 45 seconds after you've switched off the ignition to close the windows you've stupidly forgotten to power up, you know the designers were thinking of us average Joes.

This attention to detail in Nissan's Maxima, the flagship model that tops its two-tier lineup of compacts and midsize sedans, is seen throughout its engineering and design. Small touches mean a lot when you spend hours daily in your vehicle, and Nissan provides many, such as a power outlet on the dash for your cell phone, an on/off fog light switch on the headlight lever, an auto-reverse function for the power sunroof in case you left your surfboard sticking through it, and a light that happily blinks when the traction control is doing its work and limiting wheelspin. After all, you may have PAID for a traction control system but have you actually seen it?

As for styling, Nissan's 2001 model is still very European. It is basically the same as its brand-new 2000 fifth-generation version with very minor changes. Designed with the kind of elegant sculpting back and front one admires in the top luxury cars from Germany, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, the new sedan is understated externally but high-performance within. Moving away from too many Japanese carmakers' preferences for bland, homogenous architecture, or adding too many design elements, Nissan's Maxima creates a subtle but dramatic impact that distinguishes it from every other car in the company's lineup.

As European cars have begun to discard the jellybean look for more exciting, edgy styling, Nissan has caught the mood and moved right in. Nothing extraneous mars the fluid bodyline and smooth, sweeping roofline. Even the side-view mirror design is restrained, joined neatly to the A-pillar. My favorite part of the car is the back end where gracefully designed taillights are sculpted to sit between the quarter-panel and bumper.

A call for loyalists

If you're a Maxima loyalist and roll over your car budget every two years to the newer model, you'll find literally thousands of improvements in the 2001 version versus the previous Maximas. While most of the changes are small and undetectable, the major change, engineered last year, is beneath the aerodynamic hood. You'll definitely feel instant, rocketing power once you press down on the gas pedal. The V-6 engine boosts horsepower to 222 ponies, thanks to air intake resistance reduction, while torque jumps to 217 ft-lb due in part to a rotary valve type variable-intake system. The 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve engine, the same as in the last generation of Nissan's 300ZX sports car and making the 2001 Maxima the class-leader, gives you 20 miles per gallon city and 28 miles per gallon highway, in spite of a marked increase in performance.

Handling is a lot more responsive with an innovative rear suspension and a rear stabilizer bar, while control has been improved through changing the steering gear. I found the special sport-tuned suspension a little hard on the bones over bumps but nice to have a feel of the road. Steering vibration has been cut due to more rigidity in the steering column. Buyers said they wanted more sensitive brakes, so Nissan engineers came up with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that's been upgraded from an eight-bit unit to a 16-unit that gives drivers better control. While ABS is standard on all Maxima models, an optional traction control system (TCS) is available, giving you increased performance during starting, acceleration, turning, lane changes and in winter driving conditions. In cases of wheelspin, the TCS works together with the ABS system and sends signals to switch the automatic transmission shift schedule and reduce torque through fuel control. You may not need to know all these technical details, but rest assured the technology works.

While "sporty" and "fun to drive" are terms that have been so over-used they should be drowned in the ocean, the fact is that the Maxima's high-performance engine and handling characteristics, carried over from last year's model, are indeed responsive enough to warrant calling it great to drive, and if you want true sportiness, you can order one with the kind of 17-inch wheels usually found on roadsters.

While we're discussing "fun to drive" I must admit that the five-speed I tooled around in improved the muscle tone in my right forearm but it wasn't exactly the kind of fun I was seeking. Sticky and notchy, the shifter was a reluctant partner on an 800-mile test drive, but I was assured by male colleagues they had no such trouble. Shrugs and remarks like, well you're a girl, dismissed my complaints. Well, unless the women who buy the Maxima with a five-speed manual want mismatched muscles in each arm, I'd venture to guess they'll pick an automatic every time.

Along with the shifter, I also whined about the adjustable center console. Unless I drove with its lid up in order to allow my elbow to dip into the storage tray and remain somewhat level with the shift stick, I couldn't change gears easily. Oh well.

Ergo inside

So what's inside? This five-passenger midsize sedan sits on a larger wheelbase than its predecessor, measuring 108.3 inches with an overall length of 190.5 inches, making the passenger compartment bigger all around. Like the 2000 version, doors swing wider, the trunk opening has stretched, and driving is less fatiguing thanks to less noise, more ergonomically designed seats and a steering wheel set at a more comfortable angle. The glass on all doors is thicker, and their seals strengthened, helping to keep out noise. The 2001 update adds steering wheel mounted audio controls (optional on the GXE).

Split fold-down, lockable rear seats are a convenience, and the center console that sweeps up into the dashboard puts controls and switches in more reachable positions.

The best-selling V-6 import since its debut in 1981 with 1.7 million on the road, the 2001 Maxima is at dealerships in four versions: the $21,049 GXE, the $23,649 SE, the $26,249 GLE, and a special SE 20th Anniversary Edition with a peppier 227-horsepower engine than the standard V-6, 222 horsepower engine, a viscous limited slip differential, and spoilers. Only the GLE has standard automatic transmission. The GXE and SE have a five-speed manual with automatic an option. Other features and options include heated four- or eight-way seats, wood trim, green-tinted glass, rear window defroster, sunroof, front and side airbags, remote keyless entry, child seat anchors, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, and a rear 12-volt power outlet.

My tester added four different special equipment option packages: a $1,799 group of extras that included a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, eight-way power driver's seat, HomeLink, intermittent wipers and a cargo net; a $1349 package with leather seats, auto climate controls, four-way power passenger seat, and outside temperature display; an $899 Bose audio system, and finally, the Meridian package with heated seats and side-view mirrors, side airbags and trunk lid trim.

All in all, the thoroughly comfortable, powerful, affordable and good-looking Maxima is a fine sedan, especially for long trips, and comparable to those several thousand dollars higher in price.

2001 Nissan Maxima SE

Base price: $23,649
Price as tested: $28,755
Engine: 3.0-liter, V-6, 222 hp
Transmission: five-speed manual
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Length: 190.5 in
Width: 70.3 in
Height: 56.5 in
Weight: 3199 lb
Fuel economy (city/hwy): 20/28
Major standard equipment:
Air conditioning
Security system
Anti-lock brakes
Sport-tuned suspension
Cruise control
AM/FM/cassette/CD player
Tilt wheel
Rear defroster
Remote entry

© 2000 The Car Connection

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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