• Jun 18, 2008
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You know how it goes with the rumormill. Sometimes it tends to be spot-on in its predictions; sometimes... not so much. Such is the case with recent reports that the upcoming clean diesel engine in the Nissan Maxima would be equipped with a manual transmission only. As we reported at the time, a move like that would surely limit the new diesel's appeal to the stick-averse American buying population, and therefore hurt sales. Fear not, slushbox fans, Motive has confirmation from an engineer at Nissan that the Maxima, even in diesel form, will in fact be offered with an automatic transmission as standard. Moreover, it's the shift-it-yourself gearbox that now seems a bit unlikely. As much as we enjoy the thought of rowing our own gears with tons of diesel-supplied torque on hand, delivering the Maxima with an automatic is surely the right choice to make.


[Source: Motive]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Slushbox drivers are sissies!!! ;P
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kotse, if it makes you feel good about yourself, say anything you want
        • 6 Years Ago
        OKEY mister..."Big". Ain't bragging on anything...

        No need to be "defensive" now. Your..."point", taken. (Yikes!!)

        ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your name is Big Mac Large Huge?
        anywonder you dont like manual front drivers?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dustin, let me just say this for brevity sake...

        "The Truth Hurts!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kotse, why are you such a douchebag?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah! Stop whining like crybabies..
      • 6 Years Ago
      personally i really hope they offer both...but this senario seems a lot more likely then the previous one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully the option is still there for a manual. It would open up a niche market as one of the few near-luxury sedans with a torquey diesel and manual tranny. Can't wait till the Audi diesels get here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man I love stick, but I knew Nissan wasn't going to build a Maxima trim in stick only. Given the target market for this car, it just wouldn't make any sense. I explained why ad nauseum in the previous thread.. so at the risk of saying I told you so, well.. I told you so.*


      *so did a whole bunch of other posters. Don't shoot the messenger. :-P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having worked for a Nissan dealership from 2000-2002 and driven Maximas with both automatic and manual transmissions(5 and 6 spd OD),it's a good thing to see a manual back in the car again(last ones were built around 2003,by which time the Altima took over using manual transmissions). If they offer both(which more than likely they will),then there will be a little something for everyone.
      Jon Russell
      • 6 Years Ago
      personally stick or auto on this car doesnt make a difference because its crazy ugly
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        Yep, I'm wondering how many more facelifts before the headlights reach back to the doors
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well when the story was it only came with stick, 99% of Autobloggers cried and yelled that they had knee problems, had to eat while they drove, feed the kid, talk on the phone, dont know how to drive stick, there is traffic, they live on a mountain, it snows, and every other excuse and lambasted Nissan for not offering an Auto.

      Now that it is Auto only and "maybe" a stick will be offered, 99% of Autobloggers will now come out of the woodwork demanding there be a stick, how sticks are more fun, sticks are more efficient, stick is more powerful and on and on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To quote a line in Gladiator...

        "The mob is fickle, brother..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Stop beating on the Astra. An Astra failure doesnt make a Fiesta or Kuga flop.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 - you said it better than I did.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL. Though the controversy was fun, this makes more sense from a marketing standpoint.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A much better choice for Nissan, but I'll still take a stick one if it's available. Diesel or not, the Maxima is on my short list.The new Maxima looks, in my brother's words, "dope". Indeed...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it coming with a face lift? It's absolutely horrid and sickening to look at. I have no idea what Nissan is thinking or what wrong way their design team is heading.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like it already comes with a stick...an ugly stick. Please, somebody cover it up with that Gina Light fabric.
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