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Fast and good looking but eats oil
By lostinfresno on 06/21/14 12:09 PM (PDT)

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

Review

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
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Problems, but it never left me stranded. Car changes its own oil. .
By driftisfun on 05/03/12 00:09 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Ok it's been 5 years since we purchased our gunmetal grey 2002 Maxima w/6 speed manual. The car had roughly 78k on it at the time certified pre-owned vehicle from West Covina Nissan. Now has well over 160k fast, hard miles. Maintenance has been: Front brakes three times, goes thru tires a lot. Front right wheel assembly and hub became loose. Replaced clutch as well. Sound system broke. Power steering leak. Uses 2.5 quarts of oil every month or so, which is a lot. This is very common as are the individual coil packs failing (there's 6), and O2 sensors (4 I believe),Catalytic converter failed. These days my Maxima is firing on only two cylinders and we have thrown in the towel. Car still runs!
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
2002 Black on Black SE 6M
By 2002 Black on Black on 11/05/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

OK, I am back. OIL CONSUMPTION caused me to lose the engine. Even after caring for the car like a baby. Always made sure it had the correct oil level. Replaced the engine, car runs great with quirks. Should have kept my '94 Maxima. Nissan blew it with this model year. Just an fyi not all have this problem. If you're interested buying this car, look at the tail pipe. If the pipe is heavy dark black color. Great chance it's burning oil. At that point (NEXT!!!) keep it moving. Also I suggest premium gas. It makes a difference
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1 of 9 people found this review helpful
2002 Maxima with Manual Shift=AWESOME
By jhkmsu on 05/08/10 11:12 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

This is a great car. Mechanically, it is unbeatable by any other car. The only re-occurring issue with these cars is that one side of the Bose 6 CD in- dash CD Stereo stops working at some point. It is only does this when using the CD player; the other modes still produce great sound. Some cars have the heater/AC blower motor go out around 100,000 miles, but it is easy to fix. The car maneuvers great and has great power for its time. The gas mileage is good, but since I have a 6- speed manual, I drive a little faster and quicker (Ok maybe that was an understatement) my gas mileage is a little less that average. I get about 18-19 mpg in the city
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Take care of it!
By 2TH Doc on 05/02/10 06:31 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought brand new and have had NO problems out of routine. Still have original clutch, orig struts (not same ride but is fine), maybe down a quart between changes. OEM stereo died a few years ago, purchased from Crutchfield and upgraded myself. I LOVE this car and am planning on driving it to 300K or more! This is also my 4th Maxima.
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Eating Oil
By coyote on 02/15/10 09:46 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

Purchased the car new in 2002, fun car to drive initially.6 speed gear box and acceleration can get you in trouble with law enforcement.I have owned car for 8 years and had little or no problems.Problems began at 120k, electric cooling fans out,power plug cig lighter quit working,car started making a clacking noise that sounded fatal.Car towed to shop, found low oil on stick , noise from lifters clattering due to electronic timing off and air in system due to low oil. Car maintained meticulously with Mobil 1 syn 5w30 reg change.Repaired and back to normal. Happened again same problem.Car eating oil, no smoke or serious leaking. Mechanic friend chk pcv, stuck on Saturn and ate oil.I have to ck
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2002 Black on Black SE 6M
By 02 Black on Black 6m on 09/01/09 21:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

From my other review. 2002 Black on Black SE 6M 3/17/08. OK! What I stated before still stand, but we need to slam Nissan or the horrible, just horrible OIL CONSUMPTION PROBLEM. This car does consumes oil. It will run normal for the most part and if your not careful and check the the oil level you can and will do damage to the motor. I keep a 5qt bottle of castrol high milage. After 200 mi of driving or so I have to add a qt or two of oil. That's right! Nissan won't admit to this problem. don't bother with synthetic if it consumes oil. The burn off is costly with that oil. I tried just about everything excepting changing the engine. Good luck....
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Oil Consumption
By Maxima -Minimus on 08/05/09 09:47 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Had to replace engine at 61K due to excessive oil consumption. Was adding oil weekly driving less than 30 miles per week but rings still damaged cylinders. Bought car for known reliability. Very sad and painful experience. Wards 10 best VQ35. Yeah,Right!
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I love my 2002 Maxima
By MaxLover on 05/16/09 20:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I got my Maxima over a year ago... it was roughed up by some college kid who could not afford payments. Yes it has some dents, dings and rust. It also does not have the best fuel economy but it is a fun to drive car that has a huge engine (3.5) to other comparable cars in its class... It has 255 horsepower with 246 ft-lbs torque... i had w rated tires on there... and my car ran like a new car. the engine is very strong and reliable... everything in my car is running strong... and im glad i bought this car
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Would buy another
By Skeete G on 04/30/09 10:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

The Nissan Maxima is has power beyond power. Unless you are going on a real racing track you are supplied with all the power you need out the gate. It's handling is decent and it's pick up is phenominal. I would recommend this vehicle for anyone on an average middle income budget. Performance, realiabilty and looks.
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