by corona1373 on Aug 13, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan
An amazingly reliable car after 210,000 miles and 17 years of service.
It is dependable and has never let me down or left me stranded.
I bought my 1997 Maxima SE about 17 years ago and it has been the most reliable car I've ever owned.
It is super easy to service, replacement parts are inexpensive and the engine/transmission still run flawless.
With 209,000 miles it still cruises quietly down the highway and gets about 25-26mpg on highway trips.
The motor is smooth and the transmission shifts perfectly.
I frequently see many of the 4th Generation Maximas still on the road.
If you can find a rust-free one that has been well maintained I think it's a good bet as a used car.
by 97vq30de on Jul 23, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan
I bought this car with 188k miles. It now has 231k miles. This is my second car. I've replaced wear and tear parts like any other car would go through. I've done some upgrades. Fun to drive. 120mph + stays glued to the ground. I get 24mpg 70city/30hwy. The engine is very quiet, even under load. Awesome Bose audio system. Great looking exterior, especially when lowered with wide wheels ;). Plenty of cargo space. A lot of visibility; easy to park. My girlfriend liked it over her Ford Focus. I plan to keep this car until it literally starts to fall apart. Very good job Nissan.
by tan5 on Jan 14, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan
...bought my 97 Maxima GLE in Sep of '97, 14.3 years ago, and it has been the best car ever!
There have been no major expenses/repairs outside of basic maintenance and minor wear & tear part replacement.
The engine light didn't even go on until my 13th year of owning it and, even then, the repair cost was minimal.
...am about to hit 232,000 miles and had the goal to see if it could make 400,000 (had heard of an owner that did hit 400K).
However, the 0% financing Nissan is currently offering drew me in so I am now selling my Maxima.
Tears will be shed when "she" is driven away.
by brandon1031 on Jan 12, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan
Bought this car with 120k, and now just hit 161k in a year and a half I can only say one thing-this car is awesome. I've driven brand new cars that dont drive as great as this. Normal things had to have been replaced but nothing that its to expensive. Love this cars power, reliability, roomy interior, and the bose stereo is phenomonal. Not completely crazy about the outside looks, thats the least of my problems. Would reccommend this car to anyone!
by jerrymax on Feb 26, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan
Just wanted to update the review I wrote back in March 2008 about my 1997 Maxima GLE.
At that time I had 154k on the odometer.
Last week the car turned 200k for another 46,000 miles worth of trouble-free driving.
This car amazes me.
I've driven it up and down the East Coast from Maine to North Carolina in all kinds of weather, it is NEVER garaged, yet it still looks like new.
It has not had a tune-up in 82,000 miles [had platinum plugs put in] but it always starts and still moves like a rocket when I tap the accelerator.
I'm really planning on getting another 200,000 miles out this car and will be happy to drive it the rest of my life if at all possible.
I love my Maxima!
Not sure if this is related or not, but there was a recall issued for Maxima's, including 97's, for the althernator. Seems a diode was installed incorrectly and can short out later in life. I'd look...
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