This car has been in my family for 11 years & it's been great! My mom has put a/b 100 miles a day for the past 3 years. Not too much work, had to replace brakes & engine. Cute little car. Looking at the 2004 model for my mom's new car. i'm 16 & its gonna be my first car- GREAT first car! We've put 272,000 miles on it & its going strong. Hopefully it will last a few more years or at least to 300000 miles!
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.
I've owned this car for 9 years and
finally selling. It's been overall a
good used car. The engine is very
strong and reliable. The only
complaint I have concerns the brakes.
This car goes through brakes every 30k
miles and you need to settle for
Nissan factory brakes that cost
$700.00. After market brakes from
other companies don't last as long.
Recently had some sporadic electrical
problems, which is impossible to
detect - I simply replace the fuse.
Otherwise it has been a good car (145k
Engine, Comfortable ride, solid, well
Brakes wear to quickly. Electical
problems after 140k miles.
Owned since new. Solid driver w/ good
HP readily available; minimal to mild
torque steer. Compliant ride w/
reasonable handling for a FWD. Fuel
economy acceptable. Sometimes balky
autotranny when cold. Clean, well-
designed interior. Weakest area has
been cabin electronics (Bose stereo,
clock, window lifts, rear-window
defroster), and engine electronics
(notably the coils and ECM). Defective
VTC sprockets. No fold-down rear seat,
intrusive trunk hinges. Prehistoric cup
holders. Surprisingly rattle-free after
all these years.
Build quality, good outward vision.
Solid styling, if a bit dated for 2004,
but still the best looking Maxima
iteration out there (my opinion).
Replace the tepid Bose/Clarion audio
system, which tend to fail with age
anyways. Original 92 VTC sprockets were
a flawed design; mine failed under
warranty but for others Nissan
should've picked up the tab.