I purchased this car with the idea that I would be obtaining a fun to drive and reliable car. It delivered well on performance, the VQ30 engine is very responsive and extremely smooth and the gearing of the 4 spd. auto transmission is pretty well suited to my sometimes spirited driving style. The ride and handling of of the Max is great; it was smooth enough to drive long distances yet firm enough to take you through the corners, despite it being the GLE model designation. The style is simple yet it works - but thats where it stops because as of recently (The past year or so) I have not been able to catch a break when it came to mechanical issues which is the biggest downfall of the 00 Max.
Love the nippy engine, efficient design, interior layout and space, trunk space, great 7 speaker bose sound system and simple functions.
Car has serious reliability issues. I have changed the MAF sensor, O2 sensor, front struts, alternator, belt tensioner, starter since acquiring ownership. The previous owner changed all 6 ignition coils. I wish Nissan would honor the costs of some of these problems as all owners experienced them.