I purchased my 1996 Maxima GXE used with about 18,000 miles on it. I now have approximately 188,500. Very few repairs. Those of you who are buying high octane are wasting your money. I have been using 87 or 88 octane for the 9+ years I have owned it, and it performs just fine. I have tried 91 octane and couldn't detect any difference. Using 88 octane several years ago, it went up to 127 mph on a long empty straight stretch of road in Wyoming, and still had more to give when I backed off the throttle.
Performance and low maintenance. Still looks great at 10 years old.
Rear end doesn't look great, but it doesn't bother me.
So I bought my max with 146k miles on it and it costed me under $4,000 on the road. Also it's my first car, it's the best and it's fun to drive. I drive around 70 miles each day to and from work and to college. Even though I make 15 mile trips each way with driving hard, MPG is about 22-24 and I drive hard.But You never feel underpowered on highways and you never get bored with it's audio. I think it's the best car for your money. It's reliable, quick, cheap, fun to drive. My dad has 98 camry v6 and compare to my 96 maxima , it's not as breathtaking to drive a camry as my maxima. It's VQ engine is the best- very smooth and quick-you can outrun more than 75% of the vehicles on the road.
awesome engine, great audio MAximas have something uniqe. MAximas may seem ugly but when you test drive it-you will understand why they are called "MAXIMA" They are fun to drive and never makes you disappointed on the road. Best car for your money espesially if u are a student