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.