Posted by Andi on December 21, 1998 at 12:11:04:
In Reply to: Re: Chevy Lumina? Don't tell me you really mean t posted by Brian on December 21, 1998 at 11:28:03:
: Dude, it's the holiday season, it was a joke - lighten up. Ever driven a Lumina? (Ever rent from Avis?).
: And my other question was.
: Is there a BIG difference between Sport and Non-Sport?
: Look, I can read the brochure too. And I know that there is less body roll with a stiffer suspension. I was actually looking for an REAL WORLD comparison. (Do you have to be driving at the limit to even notice? OR, The does the sport suspenison feels entirely better ALL the time.
: I wasn't able to drive both, and I was looking for the opinions of those who have.
I can't answer from the Sport owner's perspective since I don't own a BMW... *but* I just put Eibach Pro-Kit 1" lowering springs and Tokico Performance Gas shocks on my Maxima. It rides a bit harsher over small bumps but handling in every respect is better. Much less body roll on turns, less dive when braking from 100MPH, et cetera...
I don't know if the non-sport -> Sport 323i upgrade is as big as the stock Maxima SE -> Eibach/Tokico upgrade, but I would expect similar results: slightly harsher ride and dramatically improved handling in terms of body roll, squat, dive, et cetera.. Oh yea highway oscillations are taken much better now, much less floaty...
I would definitely get the sport package. But then if I were in Nissan's place I'd sell a Maxima SE-R with these suspension bits already installed from the factory... The SE is way too softly sprung..