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Old 03-09-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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What generation of the maxima is the quickest?

I have always wondered about that question.

For example, lets compare a 6 speed 5.5 gen, 6 speed 6 gen, and an 7 gen. It seems that these 3 generations seem to be the quickest out of the bunch.

Which maxima would have lowest times to 60 and 1/4 mile under identical conditions with the same driver? Please no biased opinions, thanx.
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I have always wondered about that question.

For example, lets compare a 6 speed 5.5 gen, 6 speed 6 gen, and an 7 gen. It seems that these 3 generations seem to be the quickest out of the bunch.

Which maxima would have lowest times to 60 and 1/4 mile under identical conditions with the same driver? Please no biased opinions, thanx.
Since the "HP" gets higher damm near everytime the generation changes one would think that the newest is the quickest, but then you have to factor in the weight of these vehicles when you talk about "quick" which is the ability to move, and not how fast you can go honestly I think the 4th gen might have been the quickest maxima I've been in. As for as the 60 and 1/4 miles time go just look at the facts.
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i have my $$$ on 7 and 5.5 gens
but 7 is sooo nice
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If I had $10 for every time one of these threads were posted.

As far as I've seen and read, stock vs. stock, the 5.5 gen is currently the quickest of the 7 gens.
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If I had $10 for every time one of these threads were posted.

As far as I've seen and read, stock vs. stock, the 5.5 gen is currently the quickest of the 7 gens.
I don't always lurk on the maxima forums, so I wouldn't know how many times someone posted threads like these. I tried to use the search but not much came up. Thanx for the 0.02
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i have driven them all and it seems to me that the 5.5 gens are the quickest over all
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If I had $10 for every time one of these threads were posted.

the 5.5 gen is currently the quickest of the 7 gens.
if a 5.5 gen was the quickest it would be with a manual transmission.

but to me by looking at many stats, quarter mile times etc, the 5.5 (manual) is basically the same as a 7th gen, its really a drivers race
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purely stock......i think the 5.5 gen is the quickest of all the gen's
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5.5 6speed.
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if a 5.5 gen was the quickest it would be with a manual transmission.

but to me by looking at many stats, quarter mile times etc, the 5.5 (manual) is basically the same as a 7th gen, its really a drivers race
This is true. I'm not sure how different 1/4 times are comparing the 4AT to the 6MT. I do know our 4ATs lose a lot more power than the 6MTs, though.

I love your car, btw.

One of the best-looking 7th gens on here.
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which "quick" are we talking about?
1/4 mile? if so, my money is on the vq35 swapped 3rd gen
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which "quick" are we talking about?
1/4 mile? if so, my money is on the vq35 swapped 3rd gen
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^ Still the best one of all time.

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Yup, im talking about showroom stock.
it does seem to me that it would be a tie between a 7th gen and a 5.5 gen 6 speed both from a dig and a roll...
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^ Still the best one of all time.

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why would this get locked?
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why would this get locked?
because we get alot of these threads and one with "out of the box, which gen is the quickest?" in it was posted a month ago not even

and JoeBoosts JDM VG30ET 3rd gen > all
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Well since technically Generation 0 Maxima is the Datsun 810, it should be included in such a debate... "The six-cylinder engine transforms the car from the usual four-cylinder sedan where all the get-up has gone to one that gets up and goes. We noticed the markedly different performance as soon as we picked up the car and confirmed it during our acceleration testing: 0-60 mph in 12.2 seconds, which puts the 810 in a class with the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT"
http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/maxima/history.html
"Road & Track measured its 810 Maxima traipsing to 60 mph in 12.3 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 19.0 seconds at 75.5 mph. Solidly competitive for the era and enough to make the new 810 a hit even though the Maxima's price was just a few bucks short of $10,000." referring to the '81 model year.
"And that meant this car was seriously quick for its time, as Car and Driver's five-speed-equipped Maxima SE ripped from zero to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds at 80 mph." the all-new 1985 Maxima.
"The magazine also measured its Maxima SE running to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and turning the quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds at 84 mph." about the '89 Maxima SE.
"The SE romps from zero to 60 in 7 seconds flat," Car and Driver gushed, "and fails to match the SHO's 141-mph top speed by only four mph. Its braking and road-holding figures wind up within a hair-split of the others, and they all tied at 20 mpg on a rollercoastering Ohio trip." the 1992 Maxima
"SE's five-speed manual transmission, the result was a scintillating performance — zero to 60 in just 7.4 seconds and the quarter-mile flying by in 15.7 seconds at 90.0 mph, according to Road & Track. It was intoxicating power." 95 Maxima
"SE blasting to 60 mph in just 7.0 seconds and running the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds at 91 mph." The 2000-model year.
"It blasted to 60 in just 6.3 seconds and swept through the quarter-mile in just 14.9 seconds" 2002 was that the engine got bigger as the Maxima got a version of the VQ-series V6 now displacing 3.5 liters...
"In track testing the new Maxima went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds." referring to the 09 (and according to the site it's referred to as the 9th generation.

This is all based on Edmunds, which referred heavily to Car&Driver and Road and Track... which did various testing on these cars when they were new...

Sorry for the long post - but there are lots of facts and stuff...
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im not gonna lie, i stopped reading after "generation 0"
its wayy to late to read all that
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Well since technically Generation 0 Maxima is the Datsun 810, it should be included in such a debate... "The six-cylinder engine transforms the car from the usual four-cylinder sedan where all the get-up has gone to one that gets up and goes. We noticed the markedly different performance as soon as we picked up the car and confirmed it during our acceleration testing: 0-60 mph in 12.2 seconds, which puts the 810 in a class with the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT"
http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/maxima/history.html
"Road & Track measured its 810 Maxima traipsing to 60 mph in 12.3 seconds and completing the quarter-mile in 19.0 seconds at 75.5 mph. Solidly competitive for the era and enough to make the new 810 a hit even though the Maxima's price was just a few bucks short of $10,000." referring to the '81 model year.
"And that meant this car was seriously quick for its time, as Car and Driver's five-speed-equipped Maxima SE ripped from zero to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds at 80 mph." the all-new 1985 Maxima.
"The magazine also measured its Maxima SE running to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and turning the quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds at 84 mph." about the '89 Maxima SE.
"The SE romps from zero to 60 in 7 seconds flat," Car and Driver gushed, "and fails to match the SHO's 141-mph top speed by only four mph. Its braking and road-holding figures wind up within a hair-split of the others, and they all tied at 20 mpg on a rollercoastering Ohio trip." the 1992 Maxima
"SE's five-speed manual transmission, the result was a scintillating performance zero to 60 in just 7.4 seconds and the quarter-mile flying by in 15.7 seconds at 90.0 mph, according to Road & Track. It was intoxicating power." 95 Maxima
"SE blasting to 60 mph in just 7.0 seconds and running the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds at 91 mph." The 2000-model year.
"It blasted to 60 in just 6.3 seconds and swept through the quarter-mile in just 14.9 seconds" 2002 was that the engine got bigger as the Maxima got a version of the VQ-series V6 now displacing 3.5 liters...
"In track testing the new Maxima went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds." referring to the 09 (and according to the site it's referred to as the 9th generation.

This is all based on Edmunds, which referred heavily to Car&Driver and Road and Track... which did various testing on these cars when they were new...

Sorry for the long post - but there are lots of facts and stuff...
wow, thanx for the extensive post. 5.5 gen edges out this one by a hair pin over 09
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cliffs would be appreciated on that huge paragraph, but 1st gen aka 810 will always be win for having a inline 6 engine, RB20 and RB25 swap are nearly straight swap, can use 280zx and other Z parts, and theyre RWD. theyre not the fastest, but sick still

VG30E (2nd gen, 1st half of 3rd gen SE and all GXE) are solid engines too, not a ton of work needed for a Z31 turbo swap (VG30ET), SOHC and timing belt but who gives a crap. 160hp isnt alot now but its still decent for its time

i only like the body style of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gens though. whats scared me about 5th gens is all the oil burning threads and 6th gens being stuck in 5th gear yet Nissan apparently isnt making a recall
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cliffs would be appreciated on that huge paragraph, but 1st gen aka 810 will always be win for having a inline 6 engine, RB20 and RB25 swap are nearly straight swap, can use 280zx and other Z parts, and theyre RWD. theyre not the fastest, but sick still

VG30E (2nd gen, 1st half of 3rd gen SE and all GXE) are solid engines too, not a ton of work needed for a Z31 turbo swap (VG30ET), SOHC and timing belt but who gives a crap. 160hp isnt alot now but its still decent for its time

i only like the body style of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gens though. whats scared me about 5th gens is all the oil burning threads and 6th gens being stuck in 5th gear yet Nissan apparently isnt making a recall
Oil burning is the exception not the rule for the 5/5.5 gens.

It just seems that when the ones that do burn oil start to, it gets bad. I've got almost 170k on my car, and it burns little to no oil depending on viscosity.
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5gen automatics are the fastest ...........with A head start
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This is true. I'm not sure how different 1/4 times are comparing the 4AT to the 6MT. I do know our 4ATs lose a lot more power than the 6MTs, though.

I love your car, btw.

One of the best-looking 7th gens on here.
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This is true. I'm not sure how different 1/4 times are comparing the 4AT to the 6MT. I do know our 4ATs lose a lot more power than the 6MTs, though.

I love your car, btw.

One of the best-looking 7th gens on here.
Not much different in some cases, there are few auto's stock trapping higher than me. I think I'm pretty good for a stock auto, I need to run it again soon to see if I can better it.
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Raw 1/4 mile stats are cold. Personally, I'm more interested in what's the most fun, not which is the quickest. The 7th gen Maxima is about as much fun as you can have in an automatic sport-sedan at $30k.

My point being, between the 5.5 and the 7th gen, both models are awesome in their own way, and their own time. I love my car, but if the 7th gen had a 6MT, I'd own one.
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I would hand this one to the 5.5 gen, even if the numbers were even.

Reason being, I look at this not just the generations compared to each other, but to the competition as well. Back in late 2001, when the 2002 Models first hit showroom floors, there was absolutely nothing that came close to a Maxima's performance in a midsize sedan. NOTHING. It would run circles around the competition.

Now, Nissan has failed to progress where others have. The 2010 Maxima is no faster than the 2002 (although I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE the styling on the 7th gen). Now compare a 2010 Camry to its 2002 counterpart... Accord... ALTIMA...

Hence, when you say "quickest", I don't think anything fits better in my mind than the 5.5 gen.
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I have googled quarter mile times and came up with a couple of websites that showed the 2009 Maxima as being faster 0 - 60 and quarter mile than the 2002 Maxima.
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Now, Nissan has failed to progress where others have
Nissan is failing with alot now, even the employees are saying that the 370z isnt anything like the legacy they started with the 240z. Most Nissan enthusiasts that i talk to say the same as me, they need to make 2dr NA/turbo RWD car with popup headlights thats sleek like 180sx and 240sx were

and i agree, the 7th gen reminds me of a Camry, and the R35 GTR to me is just like a Ferrari or a Lambo, out of the box performance that businessmen or other wealthy people have as a toy. R31, 32, 33, and 34 had out of the box power but they are all more tuning oriented, something the R35 isnt IMO.
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^ Still the best one of all time.
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I have googled quarter mile times and came up with a couple of websites that showed the 2009 Maxima as being faster 0 - 60 and quarter mile than the 2002 Maxima.
Problem with just Google 1/4 times, is that your not getting showroom stock results mixed in, that's why I choose a source that tested them when they were new.

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Nissan is failing with alot now, even the employees are saying that the 370z isnt anything like the legacy they started with the 240z. Most Nissan enthusiasts that i talk to say the same as me, they need to make 2dr NA/turbo RWD car with popup headlights thats sleek like 180sx and 240sx were

If Nissan had imported the Skyline instead of the Altima or Stanza, think of how the market would have been different today.

and i agree, the 7th gen reminds me of a Camry, and the R35 GTR to me is just like a Ferrari or a Lambo, out of the box performance that businessmen or other wealthy people have as a toy. R31, 32, 33, and 34 had out of the box power but they are all more tuning oriented, something the R35 isnt IMO.
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Raw 1/4 mile stats are cold. Personally, I'm more interested in what's the most fun, not which is the quickest. The 7th gen Maxima is about as much fun as you can have in an automatic sport-sedan at $30k.

My point being, between the 5.5 and the 7th gen, both models are awesome in their own way, and their own time. I love my car, but if the 7th gen had a 6MT, I'd own one.
hmm Fun to drive is a whole other matter altogether isn't it.. and that would have (of the Nissans I've owned be my 83 280ZX(Custom TT) 2+2.... massive HP, could drift like mad, and could smoke most V8 powered American (street legal) cars...
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if a 5.5 gen was the quickest it would be with a manual transmission.

but to me by looking at many stats, quarter mile times etc, the 5.5 (manual) is basically the same as a 7th gen, its really a drivers race
So whats the quickest with a automatic transmission?
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I have always wondered about that question.

For example, lets compare a 6 speed 5.5 gen, 6 speed 6 gen, and an 7 gen. It seems that these 3 generations seem to be the quickest out of the bunch.

Which maxima would have lowest times to 60 and 1/4 mile under identical conditions with the same driver? Please no biased opinions, thanx.
It's the 5.5 because of its weight and it's stock aerodynamics. But the 6th is also the same but with a different manifold. I heard they both cn beat a 350Z. So far I think it's 50/50 with a 5.5 and the 6th
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I would hand this one to the 5.5 gen, even if the numbers were even.

Reason being, I look at this not just the generations compared to each other, but to the competition as well. Back in late 2001, when the 2002 Models first hit showroom floors, there was absolutely nothing that came close to a Maxima's performance in a midsize sedan. NOTHING. It would run circles around the competition.

Now, Nissan has failed to progress where others have. The 2010 Maxima is no faster than the 2002 (although I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE the styling on the 7th gen). Now compare a 2010 Camry to its 2002 counterpart... Accord... ALTIMA...

Hence, when you say "quickest", I don't think anything fits better in my mind than the 5.5 gen.
What do you mean? :P 02 Altima of course.

I owned one, and I gotta be honest, the '02 3.5SE 5MT Altima feels slightly quicker than my '02 SE 6MT. I could be wrong, but that was a fast car.
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never been in a 5.5 gen but i have a feeling that that gen is pretty quick compared to the rest...
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So whats the quickest with a automatic transmission?
Automatic is actually faster than stick, 99% of the time stick is faster but if you full on floor it, auto is faster because of the torque converter and other stuff, me and CapedCadaver were talking about it halfway through a thread last year
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I would hand this one to the 5.5 gen, even if the numbers were even.

Reason being, I look at this not just the generations compared to each other, but to the competition as well. Back in late 2001, when the 2002 Models first hit showroom floors, there was absolutely nothing that came close to a Maxima's performance in a midsize sedan. NOTHING. It would run circles around the competition.

Now, Nissan has failed to progress where others have. The 2010 Maxima is no faster than the 2002 (although I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE the styling on the 7th gen). Now compare a 2010 Camry to its 2002 counterpart... Accord... ALTIMA...

Hence, when you say "quickest", I don't think anything fits better in my mind than the 5.5 gen.
You are right, at the track the 09's that I have seen run and its been quite a few have not put down times that differentiate it from 5.5 auto's and some 6th gen auto's, and I'm at the track often. They seem to be pretty bogged down till say 30 then after that they haul.....the extra 35 horses is mainly making up the difference of th extra 300 pounds of heft its gained its gained since 02.

Well I would say the the 02 3.5 SE Altima is just as quick as the 09/10 3.5 Alti although, it just made major strives in the interior dept since.

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Raw 1/4 mile stats are cold. Personally, I'm more interested in what's the most fun, not which is the quickest. The 7th gen Maxima is about as much fun as you can have in an automatic sport-sedan at $30k.

My point being, between the 5.5 and the 7th gen, both models are awesome in their own way, and their own time. I love my car, but if the 7th gen had a 6MT, I'd own one.
Again I completely agree with you Rochester.
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neat thread, I've driven a second, third, several fourths, a 5.0 gen, and a 6 gen..... never a 5.5......i never thought about that, lighter like the 5th gen, but more powerful.....never really liked the 6th gen

how would a 6th gen compare to stock 4th gen and 5.0 gen
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^ Still the best one of all time.

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5.5 6mt ftw. sorry 7th gens. no 6mt no win.
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5.5G 6 speed without a doubt in my mind.
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