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2005 Nissan Maxima - Consumer Reviews

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By Robin
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

The sunroof leaks in the car wash. After 3 attempts to have the problem fixed, I received a copy of the Nissan work instruction stating 'If water leaks occur only when using an automatic car wash or high pressure water spray, no repair is necessary'. All the positive aspects of the car are overshadowed by the leaking sunroof. Buyer Beware -- Nissan does not warranty the sunroof in a car wash and this information is not available to consumers prior to purchase. If you never use an automatic car wash, this is the car for you. Otherwise, buy a Toyota.


Best Features

Auto-adjusting steering column


Worst Features

Quality of product and quality of customer service. Good luck getting anyone from Nissan to call you back when you're trying to resolve a problem.


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Very Good Value
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By John J
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased my vehicle in May 2005. Negotiated hard and got it off the lot at dealer invoice plus an aggressive trade-in value. I love the car. It has performance, comfort and good looks all at a price signficantly lower than cars with a higher brand name. My only complaint is that the door handles are hollow and feel cheap and the gas milage is a little less than advertised. But if you are looking for a comfortable car with most options standard and good performance and not worried about the brand name, the Nissan Maxima is for you.


Best Features

Performance Standard options Quality


Worst Features

Cheap doorhandles Fuel Economy


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A good one
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By mds
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Very sporty looking car. Get a lot of looks. Lot's of interior room. Easy to get baby into car seat in rear. Like the security of side curtain air bags. Fun to drive. Need to have lighted controls on wheel. Need to get a better tire on the car. Goodyear SRA's are terrible for reliability and wear. 18" design means costly replacement. Easy to pass with all the power. Wish the car would ride softer in bumpy roads.


Best Features

ext. design, interior roominess,engine power


Worst Features

shorter turning radius, get rid of 18" wheels, softer ride, lighted controls on wheel, different tires other than the junk Goodyear SRA. Consider Michelin as they perform on my other vehicles well!


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My first Maxima
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By The McGrath Clan
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I had traded in my '01' Quest for this first time beauty. I am floored by its performance and handling. At first glance it is easy to mistake it for a heavy luxury car. Drive it once and put that myth to bed. It is 'practical' for the family issue, yet 'youthful' for some solo time. I actually wake up earlier than normal, ready to shred some much driven road. Cannot say enough what an absolute blast this car is to drive.


Best Features

265 horses. The power is phenomenal. The car glides for one destination to another. Fuel isn't as bad as I calculated. My quest had smaller engine and had greater fuel consumption. Still not the 20mpg sticker states, 17.5 is more practical.


Worst Features

Torque steer is noticable, especially when you 'gently' brush the accelerator. Just hang on tight!!! GREAT CAR.


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Nukenight Nissan Maxima
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By Nukenight
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Probably the best vehicle in the full size luxury class. We considered BMW 5 Series and Toyota Avalon, before deciding on the Maxima SL. It has been excellent riding, luxurious, gets good mileage (on regular, no less)! The extras are well thought out and well placed. Did not get Nav System or Power Moonroof, but love the Skyview roof. Average 23 mpg in combined city/hwy driving and almost 30 on hwy only. Only thing missing is the DRL system which would be a nice touch. Wife was even more enthusiastic that I about the styling. She was impressed with BMW, but cost too much. Said the Avalon was a 'hoo-hum' vanilla vehicle. "This is a real car!"


Best Features

Vehicle control system, radio/cruise controls on wheel, Auto-illumination system, styling and acceleration. Like a 350Z from the driver's seat forward.


Worst Features

Better wood grain trim on the interior, less brushed-chrome trim. Make radio-control system displays a bit more intuitive and less cryptic. Add back copper color and add a forest green as well. Go to LEDs on rear lights as the Infinity does.


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