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NEVER AGAIN
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By dhayward4
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2006 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Was driving a '01 Accord, got bored and wanted a change. So I purchased this car on St. Pattys Day in '09 with 57xxx miles on it. Got a good deal on the car. At first I loved my new car. But then it changed. QUICK. I heard of the transmission problems but figured that it wouldn't happen to me. Well it did. Shortly after that I had to replace all 4 tires 2 times. With 18'' factory tires aren't going to be cheap. Add the Z rating, now tires won't last long at all. After the tires came the headlights. $200 for all the lights up front to be changed. Next was the struts, shocks, bearings ect. $1200 later. Now I am in need to replace the timing belt. Car is a money pit.


Best Features

Plenty of room. Gas mileage is good. Comfortable for long trips when car isn't in shop


Worst Features

Ummm......Where to start. 1. Higher quality tranny. 2. Headlights need to be easily accessible so buyer can change the bulbs with ease without going to the dealer. 3. Cost to maintain 4. Cost to repair


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Picked-up Used
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By bmac13
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2006 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this car used from my father about 3 month ago. The dealers were trying to fleece him on trade in value for a new vehicle.

My family was growing and I needed a larger second vehicle. I was looking for a larger sedan with safety and reliability, but with some HP and was fun to drive.

After looking at the new sedans (2010-2012) on the market I could not find a vehicle that had all of the features of the 2006 Maxima and under 25K.

I was aware of the transmissions problems of the Maxima, fortunately, I knew the history of this Maxima and the transmission has not been a problem. If worse comes to worse, I'll be out 3K instead of 25K+ price tag of new vehicle with less quality.


Best Features

Heated steering wheel is a huge plus in the winter months. Great stereo system, nice quality sound even with cassette adapter for MP3 player. Enough performance for daily driving balanced with good fuel ecomomy. Drove in a couple of snow storms (with snow tires equipped) handled very well with sensible winter driving.


Worst Features

The turning radius takes some getting used to but I owned pick-up trucks with worse. No Aux-in for stereo. Easily remedied by cassette tape/MP3 adapter (strange to see in a car these days) Only draw back is local Nissan dealership is a real hassle to deal with. Since warranty is up I'll just take to a non-Nissan mechanic.


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One of the best cars on the market.
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By ccleveland2012
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2006 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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It's a nice car guys. The neighbors love it, Strangers love it,people see it and they want to take it home. People with more expensive cars love it. A 80 year man looked at me and said that's a bad mama jama. Even though this generation of Maxima is a great car it has it's flaws but most of you will come to find this car is very reliable and has much better reliability then 90% of the vehicles on the market it wont leave you stranded.


Best Features

The Power It has 265hp guys it feels alot quicker on its feet. I can do 0-60 in this car in about 6.3 seconds. At highway speed its relentless The Interior Space at 103 cubic it feels large, front seat,plenty of room for short and tall drivers,proper heigh adjustments,footwell space is grand,Rear seats plenty of room for 6ft footers The Ride The SE rides firm and sporty,The SL rides smooth and quietly. The overall ride quality is a brisk smooth heavy quiet ride. most cars ride good but this ride is above average and its noticable right away. Safety It has 6 airbags, in a high speed collision it will hold up well Most Maximas do. Ergonomics Good overall no complaints


Worst Features

Fuel Economy not bad but not good. I average about 20 in the city and 29 on the highway. It has a large engine dont buy this car and expect Corolla gas mileage and dont expect a Tahoe's gas mileage its in the middle. I rented a 09 Altima 2 weeks 4 cylinder The Maxima got 1-2MPG less on the highway Problems people have experienced transmission problems but the car wont leave you stranded and replacement is about 3500 dollars. Alot of newer cars has far worse issues. Look at the Camry's acceleration issues,Accords Tranmission,Brake Problems. Transmission problems no excuse but once you fix it car is great. Turning Radius, It has the turning radius of a 1950 school bus.


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Very disappointed in Nissan! NEVER AGAIN
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By nikitat
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2006 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my 2006 Nissan Maxima with 29,000 miles
on it, seemed perfect .....I have had problems with the rotors, it blows a headlight or tail light every 2 weeks and to top it all off, now there is something wrong with the transmisson......I'm so hurt and disappointed knowing I only have a year left to pay on my car.........Ohhh well, it's back to Honda for me! Thanks Nissan for the experience.........NEVER AGAIN!


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Loved it, Until Mr. Bad Tranny came knocking!! ACCORD CROSSTOUR looks pretty interesting right about now...
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By dribentley
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2006 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I loved this car, still do, but this whole jerking, hard shifting between gears is upsetting. I just got to 61,000 miles!!! This is a poorly built transmission, and I have seen hundreds of consumer complaints about this issue. The turning radius sucks big time. The look of the vehicle is fierce and awesome. I love sporty, masculine looking cars and the Maxima has that going for it. I could never see my hubbie driving my old Honda CRV. I pray Nissan will reach out to us soon and repair a damaged relationship with its 2004-2006 Maxima owners w/tranny issues. I've already made up my mind to trade it in for the ACCORD CROSSTOUR and have discouraged others from the Maxima as well.


Best Features

Love the fast pick up on the highway. Fierce looking ride.


Worst Features

One word: Transmission!! oh and the turning radius


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