by mhorn325is on Dec 16, 2014 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima
I bought my 97 SE with a 5 speed manual trans in 2006 with approximately 90K miles. The car appealed to me for a variety of reasons: silky 3.0 liter V6, plush creature comforts, impressive factory Bose unit and the relative ease of finding a reasonably priced variant with a proper 3rd pedal. I certainly indulged in a bit of wrench time - Koni struts, Eibach springs, Centerforce clutch, front/rear Brembo cross drilled rotors and a few Stillen add-ons - that greatly increased the pleasure of being behind the wheel, but the car was a solid, quick-ish workhorse even with the OEM equipment. Be mindful of rust and leaks (oil, coolant, etc.), but I'll miss the old girl when I trade her in this week
by corona1373 on Aug 13, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Maxima
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
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
...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
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!
I have a 1998 Nissan Maxima and have several electrical problems. All the gauges are all over the place, don't know if the are right or wrong. Radio doesn't work started with the volume adjustment now...
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