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Nissan Maxima Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 255 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Nissan Maxima

  • Not so much a family sedan anymore, the Maxima aims for the Acura TL and Lexus ES 300.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Impressively powerful V6 engine, sports car moves, plenty of room for five adults.

  • Cons

    Odd styling details, high price, rough ride quality with SE suspension.

  • What's New for 2002

    The Maxima receives updates this year that make it less of a family sedan and more of an entry-level luxury sport sedan. Headlining this year's upgrades is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces a stunning 255 horsepower. For maximum performance, sport-tuned SE models now combine this engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Other changes include revised exterior styling, additional feature content and an optional GPS navigation system.

Full 2002 Nissan Maxima Review

What's New for 2002

The Maxima receives updates this year that make it less of a family sedan and more of an entry-level luxury sport sedan. Headlining this year's upgrades is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces a stunning 255 horsepower. For maximum performance, sport-tuned SE models now combine this engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Other changes include revised exterior styling, additional feature content and an optional GPS navigation system.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Fast and good looking but

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)

Bought my Maxima in 2011 with 106000 car runs great and fast when using premium fuel. Mine has needed strus since the day I bought it. I have put 27K on it and i'm putting KYB strus on. My mechanic said the monroe struts are too weak for a cra of this performance level. Hard to believe my car burns 2 qts every 1k miles. With that said this car runs strong will fry the tires in first and second gear. I have replaced the factory stereo (that was junk) The interior is roomy and trunk is cavernous. I love the Zeon headlights most cars from 2002 don not have these in this price range I have replaced the radiator because the plastic tank developed a pin hole Still have original clutch




2002 nissan maxima

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Excellent vehicle, i would highly recommend it. It was very reliable and had an amazing engine. Perform regular maintenance and this car will not let you down. Only draw back was the poor MPG and recommendation for premium fuel



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An outstanding car

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

We've owned our 2002 Maxima GLE since it was new. It's been a bull: smooth, comfortable, reliable. Next to nothing to fix - except the CD player - outside of normal maintenance. We still own it. It still drives beautifully. Congratulations, Nissan.




2002 maxima gle

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Love this car (model/year) - bought in Dallas with 84K and it runs great with 171k now. Just recently I found that during heavy traffic it slips a little. It sort of goes with oil but got that fix. I don't know anything about buying transmissions but where do you start to figure the cost?




Great motor wrapped in crappy

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima GLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I didn't buy this car out of love for Nissan or the Maxma, I just wanted a big sedan with creature comforts for not much money. This fulfilled that need. Granted, the car IS ten years old now but in the two years that I've owned it I've gone through 4 rear calipers, a new radiator, an O2 sensor, trailing arm bushings, and much, much more - I would say I've spent over $4,000 in repairs thus far. The other thing is this fantastic motor (not sarcasm)0 uses oil and gets piss poor MPG in any kind of mixed driving.




Worlds best synthetic oil/premium gas/air

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Bought my Maxima in "06" and switched to Full synthetic oil within the 1st 3k-4k miles and have always ran Marathon/Speedway brand Premium gas almost always except for traveling on vacation. After studying more about syn. oil and air filters. I found that Amsoil syn. 0w-30, Amsoil oil filter, and a nano fiber air filter that they recommend that filters down to the smallest particle size(oil filter also) on the market that last 100k(vacuum every 25k) to keep your oil clean between 10k-12k between oil change intervals or once a year. I only have to add around 1 qt of oil between intervals. Since owning the car the MPG improved after switching to listed above to 30 mpg hwy and 27 average.



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joeyg1
joeyg1
10-31-2001
Hi, I was intending on purchasing the 2002 Maxima SE in Icelandic Pearl in the next few months & have been researching the car as compared with others. The Maxima on all accounts except one, appea...


larryls92
larryls92
09-12-2001
FOR THE FUEL CUT PROBLEM.I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY NEW POSTS ON THE FUEL CUT SINCE JUL.26,2001.HAS NISSAN REALLY FIXED THE PROBLEM THIS TIME.I DON'T HAVE A 5TH GEN.MAX BUT WOULD LIKE TO LOOK INTO THE 2002.I?...


maximacrap
maximacrap
07-24-2006
The Maxima 2002 fix is get the nose,brackets,grill,foglights,head lights,wire harnesses from the 2001 and put it on your 2002.The 2001 headlights from the AE version look the best(also get the clips)N...



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