This car has been with our family since new. However this car has had no problems with power, there is always reserve avail. Only problems were Fuel Inj.(Replace all 6 at once and 2 were bad), Transmission died at 134K mi(Replaced with a rebuilt one), all 4 power window reg. went bad, the tape player(Replaced with aftermarket)bit the dust, alternator, hood struts, the hot/cold temperature adjuster(Replace the entire unit from Dealer Part), Power Locks only work when it wants to, Power Antenna, Rear Trunk Key latch, the AC blows cold and never serviced. Curr. at 183K
V8 Power, smooth ride, solid well built, ahead of its time. All quality materials used in interior. V6 is well made. Heated Side mirrors. AC blows ice cold with Highly Durable Parts, never serviced in 17 years. Every part was made above average. Considerable Eng. went into making car rattle free.
No improvements needed the car was ahead of it's time. I am still discovering nice little touches in the car that went with the engineering. This car was made right the first time unlike Detroit.
I loved this car. Was a little beat up when I got her, but what a fine first car! She wasn't an SE, just a plain ol GXE but still pretty fast. The car weighs somewhere near 2900 lbs and the GXE engine puts out 160 hp, 180 ft lbs of torque which is more than enough to move it at a brisk pace. Great sounding engine too. Only felt uncomfortable on 1 really long 5 hour drive that I took, and aside from that I fit great and I'm 6' 1". I must have picked up a lemon though because I seem to be the only person who had so many issues with reliability.
Great looks for its age, the engine note, satisfying and fun to drive.
None really. If you want an improvement on a GXE Maxima, then move up to an SE!
I bought this car with 221k miles on it... today it has 235k and it's still going very strong. I changed out the radiator, battery and windshield wiper motor... I got the car for $450 bucks off my buddy who had the car since it was new and he said the auto tranny has NEVER been worked on. This car refuses to die... starts up in dead winter.. it makes my friends laugh at how durable this thing is... they call it "the beast." The auto tranny started slipping recently but I added some tranny treatment and its working like new... crazy car, they dont build them like this anymore.
If you're looking for a point A to point B car without bells and whistles then there are no improvements needed.
I needed a reliable car and I got one. Once the car hits 2000 rpm this car can take off. I'm the second owner and the only thing I've replaced was the batt., radiator and starter. But bigger, more expensive problems are starting to occur like the exaust system, motor mounts,and tranny. Beyond my budget to fix, so I'm just going to run this car down to the ground and get ready to to buy another maxima. Newer of course.
Engine-It's very reliable.For a 14 year old car.it's still got it!The body,I'm not a fan of square cars but I've seen these cars with body kits on them and what a difference it makes.
It's a plain boring car to cruise in.The tan interior doesn't do it for me and the seating is too low.But of course nissan has improved all this already.I love maxima's but I will never get a GXE again because of the comfort reason.
Bought it in August 2000. Changed
timing belt and water pump and tires
right away. Door window stopped
working. Changed wires and exhoustion
system. Changed 4 injectors. Changed
alternator and battery(2times). Changed
wiper motor. Cassete stopped working.
Going to change CV joint boots, ball
joints, strats, actually almost all
suspension system. Do not know what is
next. Cost of repair in 4 years is
about $5250. Right now 160,000miles.
131,000 miles when bought. It rusts a
lot. If I have money, I will buy a new
car, toyota maybe.