Style to the Max

Nis­san changed a bor­ing car into a win­ner, writesGRAHAMSMITH

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Cars 2003- 2006 Nissan Maxima J31 -

BE­FORE 2003, Max­i­mas were roundly con­demned for be­ing bland and bor­ing, but no one could crit­i­cise the J31 for lack­ing style. Out went the plump curves and gen­er­ous pro­por­tions of the older mod­els. Out too went the grey plas­tic. The all-new J31 ex­uded style with a sweep­ing sil­hou­ette and lan­guid lines.

The J31 Max­ima was one of the new gen­er­a­tion of cars from the re­vi­talised Nis­san af­ter the takeover by Re­nault. It was as mod­ern and stylish as the out­go­ing model was dated and bor­ing.

Though Nis­san ditched the styling that an­chored pre­vi­ous Max­i­mas in a time warp dat­ing back to the ’80s, it kept the me­chan­i­cal pack­age that made the older Max­i­mas such good cars.

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