Decent car but with mixed reliability
By wolfinblue on
2001 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I bought the car with 64K miles on it, now have 99K. Mixed reliability. Non-major problems indlude: STAINLESS STEEL exhaust has needed replacement. Brakes worked on 3 times. Suspension is on it last leg, but that isn't surprising at near 100K miles. Leather seats are cracking and peeling. Bose sound system is pretty much shot now and needs to be totally replaced according to the dealership. On the plus side, the engine/tranny combo is smooth and powerful. Major mechanicals (engine, trans, etc.) reliabililty has been rock solid. Front and rear seats are VERY comfortable. As long as the major mechanicals hold up, no plans to sell this car any time soon despite the constant minor repairs.
Smooth and reliable engine & transmission. Plenty of V6 power. Very comfortable seats and ergonomics. Plenty of room for 4 adults, even 5 if you need it.
Cabin noise is horrible, like driving a pickup sometimes. Brakes are average at best. Bose sound system is disappointing. Suspension is too stiff for a 4 door sedan, even for a Sport Edition as the SE trim indicates. Gas mileage of an SUV almost. Tires are expensive!