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Today I bought a 2010 Maxima
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By BHM
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1997 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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This is the best car that I have ever owned. The style and performance today are nearly as good as when I bought it new in 1997. You can not find a more reliable car and a cheaper one to own. It has never needed any major repairs and has never left me stranded. I have 218,000 miles and it still starts right up, handles beautifully, and runs great. My wife has had 3 new cars (not Maximas)since I bought it. This car will not nickel and dime you like some American cars. I get 50,000 miles on the brakes. I love my Maxima so much that I just bought a new one. I will miss my "97" but I am confident that some lucky kid will enjoy another 200,000 plus miles. 1997 NISSAN-MAXIMA...What a car


Best Features

Quality, reliability, and still modern looking. I have seen many cars over the past few years that have tried to look similar. Great handling and performance even after 218,000 miles. Doesn't cost a lot to maintain. Will run forever.


Worst Features

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My Maxima is falling apart....
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By Peter
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1997 Nissan Maxima Sedan GXE 4dr Sedan


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I brought car used at 40k miles from my Sister - mint condition, California car. Driven mostly 7-8k per year (light). Powerful, smooth, quiet and great for a road trip, but..... The car is fragile! The starter went out at 65k($375 replace), the front strut bearing plates broke at 75k ($750 including struts and labor), the check-engine light came on at 76k (Evaporator system problem ($650), Rear brake calipers slightly locking up due to frozen/corroded parking mechanism ($600 to fix refurb calipers inc labor). I have no clue why the car is falling apart right before my eyes. I'm going to trade it soon. Sad, what a powerful and smooth vehicle. :-( Peter


Best Features

Powerful and smooth. Super comfortable over long trips - pretty good gas mileage while on road ~29mpg


Worst Features

Feels disconnected from the road...sort of like you're driving a Farm Combine...or other farm implement.


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disappointed
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By will
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1997 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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Purchased used at 101k from dealer who picked up at auction. I heard that the 3.5 engine is indestructible so I bought it. To date. I have replaced typical parts for high mileage (front axel/cvboots, power steering pump, starter, ignition switch, and master cylinder recently which brings me to my dilemma. (brake equpt.). I have spent about 3k in 5 yrs and 89k miles. Bad gas mileage and reliability. Cheaper parts than Toyota


Best Features

engine hp, interior and features for the money, handling.


Worst Features

better gas mileage with 87 octane fuel


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Great all-arounder
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By bigtex144
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1997 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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I bought my 97 Maxima SE 5-speed about 2 years ago and am in love with it. The fact that it's my 4th car in under 2 years says a lot! I bought it with 307K miles on it (a testament to how unbelievably solid the car was and still is to this day). I'm now over 343K miles and have had to replace little; The 02 sensors, the struts (which were original), and slave/master cylinders. I get 30-33 mpg almost every tank, and that's even with mixed city/hwy. Power is still great after all these miles when I need it too! Did not come with the Bose stereo; stock CD player and volume knob didn't work and all 4 speakers were rotted out, so I replaced those and it sounds great now


Best Features

Smooth and torquey V6 for pleasant daily driving; fun manual tranny not common in most sedans; build quality of the car inside and out is unmatched; ease of oil changing/maintenance. The interior is perfectly executed; simple, solid, and very functional. Practical sedan but an engaging car too.


Worst Features

Slightly plain exterior has greatly benefited from some minor spicing-up I've done to the front and rear lights. Front seats could use a tad more back support. Also, a K&N cone air filter is highly recommend; the sound at full throttle is worthy of a Grammy :) I will keep her til she dies!!


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What A Great Vehicle
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By Pleased Customer
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1997 Nissan Maxima Sedan GLE 4dr Sedan


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I purchased my Nissan at 32000 miles,I now have 394,000 miles. I still get excellent gas mileage 24 city and 30 hwy. This vehicle is driven slightly over 1000 miles weekly. I replaced the alternator due to a recall, only oil changes as recommended, tires and of course brakes. The Bose stereo system still sounds awesome. Slight tear on driver leather seat. If you perform the maintenance required on this auto I can surely guarantee you will find this car to be a keeper.I will continue to drive this car until sadly it has to go to the "Automobile Haven". This is truly is a well handling vehicle on highway.


Best Features

Display of dash lights at night.


Worst Features

None


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