Maxi has been a good car but I have also had the rough engine engine problem (its the fuel injectors clogging up, folks - use Techron every 3 - 6 months from the day you buy the car or you'll be replacing them). The fuel filter isn't as efficient as it could be. I've replaced the CV's, rear struts, the clutch, 2 injectors (so far - at least one more is going bad), but it doesn't use a drop of oil and it always starts. How much can you really complain about a $1,500 car?
Horsepower is pleasing. Mileage is good for this powerful a V-6. Good Seats and comfortable positions. Lots of room and a huge trunk.
Fold down rear seats, better rust- proofing on added rear spoiler. A much better fuel filter system.
I bought this car from a private party in 1998. It has a lot of power, looks attractive, is comfortable to drive. Fuel economy is good. It was a good choice then and it continues to have a timeless appearance to it. Everyone is always surprised to learn that it is a 1995 vehicle.
After only 2 months owning this car, I've never been so disappointed. With only 139,000 miles (not even broken in for a Maxima- or so I thought) and already internal motor work needed??!!!!! You've GOT to be kidding, Nissan!! It's running on 5 cylinders and a very uncomfortable ride. Has bad valves! Still does have power left, but at idle, it's rough. Stumbling and bucking upon slow acceleration and slow braking. I'm VERY leery about purchasing another. ANY year. I'm told the engines are smooth as silk from '95- 2001. With a used one, $3000. New/rebuilt-$5000. This problem is unacceptable! Now I'm starting to doubt the build quality of Nissans. Get with the program, Nissan!
Leather, comfort, was fun to drive before this problem! Love the Bose CD/sound system, tranny pure silk and still is reliable and hasn't lost much power.
Regular gas would be so much cheaper, trunk release too close to my thigh (driver side), better place for cup holders, needs easier to reach interior light switch.
Overall, I have been very happy with my
Maxima. In recent times, however, it has
been a disapointment. Once it reached
160000 miles, everything seemed
programmed to break. In a two month
period of time, I have had to replace
the calipers, rotors, struts, strut
mounts, coil springs, battery, tires,
front and rear axles and catalytic
converter. The only thing that remains
unfixed is the engine and the
transmission. Before this time, I was
generally fine with replacing worn out
struts every 15K miles, but now at 165K
the brakes and struts are going again.
The engine, without a doubt, and the
8-way power driver's seat.
Find a way to make the car stop eating
struts and make shifting past 40mph much
This car is the first I've owned and is great. It performs and handles well. It is a fairly unique car in the marketplace--it doesn't exhibit the luxury of a Lexus ES or Acura Legend of the same era, but is cheaper and offers equal, if not superior, performance. It's an ideal enthusiast car on a budget. I've had to replace the left control arm bushing and both of my rear power windows are inoperable (one is the arm assembly, one is the motor). Other than these minor problems (in addition to brakes and clutch replacement) the car has been very reliable, requiring only routine maintainance. The performance of the VQ engine is very smooth and rewarding, but carries a penalty in gas milage.
The engine and chassis are great for curvy two-lane roads like the one I commute on. The Bose system is great. Plenty of interior room and trunk space.
Cupholder is terrible. The linkage is not nearly as nice as Honda/Acura/BMW. The fuel economy is not particularly good either. The trunk does not seem to have enough insulation, as the floor gets quite hot from the exhaust after the car hs been driven hard. Don't carry ammunition back there.
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