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.
VQ30DE. Pretty fast for just 190hp. Very quiet, even under load. Fuel efficient for a V6 and its old technology. A truly 4DSC.
Brake calipers could have been at least 2piston calipers rather than a 1piston caliper. I will be upgrading to G35/350z calipers/rotors soon.
...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.
Minimal cost to maintain!!!
The GLE is supposed to take regular unleaded but, it made knocking sounds.
It performed significantly better when I used midgrade gasoline.
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!
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!
The climate control still works perfectly and is very easy to use.
Unlike the complex electronics on some new European cars, you can master anything on the '97 Maxima's dashboard in 60 seconds.
The motor is a jewel, smooth and powerful, and I love the way the car hugs the road.
I feel very safe and in control when driving this car.
Well it is too late to "improve" this car, since they ended this model after 1999, but my only complaint would be that the Bose sound system stopped working around five years ago.
I installed an after-market system that still uses the old Bose speakers, which still have an awesome sound.
As I said last time, I think Nissan made the perfect mid-sized sedan with this Maxima, and I might add that although Honda and Toyota appear to be the darlings of the automotive world, I've owned both and I think their reliability is highly over-rated compared to Nissan and that Nissan builds a better car.