Maxima Car Audio

My Maxima!With the new job and a decent paycheck, it was time to trade in the Mattmobile and get a new ride in September 2000. After plenty of research, I settled on a 1998 Nissan Maxima SE with a 3.0 liter fuel-injected V6 putting out 190 hp, 5-speed manual transmission, 16" aluminum wheels, moonroof, spoiler, and power everything. And with 28,500 miles, there was even still some factory warranty left to burn. It's nice and smooth, and a blast to drive stick.

After nine months of saving money and stealing time away from class and work to scan maxima.org for ideas and advice, it was time for some serious car audio mania when summer 2001 rolled around:

  • Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X717 CD player
  • Kenwood eXcelon KDC-CX87 CD changer
  • Rockford Fosgate G250a2 amplifier (sub)
  • Alpine MRV-T301 amplifier (front)
  • JL Audio 12W0 sub
  • Polk dB 6-1/2" coaxes (front)

Since finishing the stereo, I've made a few other minor mods: removed the pinstripes, added a front strutbar, and installed new shifter boots. The Alpine CDA-9827 head unit with KCA-420i iPod interface previously installed to support my 20 GB iPod has recently been replaced by a Bluetooth-capable Pioneer DEH-P980BT with iPod adapter.

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