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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan

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Excellent car, excellent value!
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By bobafett14
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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Only negative is the turning radius. 3 point turns and squeezing around tight spots (i.e. parking lots) can be tricky at times. Othewise, this is a great car at a great price. Holds up well, repairs are minimal. I went with a Nissan Maxima after years ago vowing never to buy chevy after seeing a fleet of salesman (company) cars (1/2 the sales force picked Chevy Mailbu 1/2 picked the Altima, 6 Malibus and 6 Altimas go head to head over a 3 year run). Basically the Malibu's ALL started shaking, rattling, needed "front end" work..ballbearings needed repaired, brakes/rotors...you name it...all went after about 24K to 26K..the Altimas didn't need any repairs until into thier 30K's.


Favorite Features

Interior is nice, excellent engine performance, little to no maitenance and repairs needed, and i'm over 50K in miles!


Suggested Improvements

Turning radius.


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Great Car
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By lwash1212
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I bought a 08 Maxima about 4 months ago. Driving this car is a blast it has plenty of power and the lack of road noise is incredible. After reading reviews on how horrible this car is on hitting bumps in the road. I came to the conclusion that as long as your not hitting bumps at excessive speeds just like any car its perfect. The design of the exterior is real classy with a sports car feel. The interior is comfortable and there is a few pieces that I think could be made alot better but that comes along with any car. I love the car and the only complaint from me is the turning radius but if you've ever owned a sports car they all are.


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Won't get fooled again
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By WhatHappened?
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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In the first 12k miles, I've had: 3-4 service trips for check engine light before replacing faulty gas cap. service: re-glue interior upholstery near moon roof. It was suggested that the cause of it coming off may have been use. Use. Guess they never planned on people using it more than 3 times. service: re-glue cheap material around steering column which was splitting along the seam. Guess I wasn't supposed to use the steering wheel either. - worst car in snow I've ever driven - jarring ride - scraped bottom going 1 mph over a speed bump. - very quick to scratch, chip, rust. - sun visor bracket came loose when I popped it off to put visor by side. started rattling. Total # uses:2


Favorite Features

Engine is good and transmission hasn't failed in the first 12k miles, despite my having used both of these components multiple times. Earlier model year Maxima drivers will not know how miserable you are with yours unless you let them ride in it.


Suggested Improvements

Spend the extra 50 cents per vehicle to use better glue/screws/Velcro. Fix suspension. Lower prices or use better materials/paint/rustproofing. Start planning an incentive program to win back consumers who have left Nissan due to their 2008-2010 model year vehicles.


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Fun car, HORRIBLE turn ratio!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Sarry
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I have always driven Honda's. Decided to turn in my Honda Civic for a 2008 Nissan Maxima. Totally FUN to drive! Blow by people while barely pushing in the accelerator! Overall a really nice car. Gas mileage not great but its a souped up V6 sports car, I expected that. The one MAJOR complaint I have is the turn ratio! I have to practically make a three-point turn to get into a parking space. Trading it in because of those two things. Can't stand it anymore. I can barely get through a coffee drive through! Put good tires on it and it's actually pretty good in the snow for a CAR. Traction control.


Favorite Features

Speed, sound system, look.


Suggested Improvements

Turn ratio! HORRIBLE.


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Low build quality that takes all the fun
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Hondaguy
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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Nissan wanted to make the most profit possible, so they built this nice car with the lowest quality parts available. The car has nice transmission, powerful engine, comfortable seats. and low quality material. bad suspension, below average rims quality, precise steering that won't last long. noisy gas tank when it's full.The car also has a very large turning radius makes you feel you're turning with a semi truck. Nissan also has a very bad customer service with the slowest response in the industry.


Favorite Features

CVT transmission, powerful engine, comfortable interior.


Suggested Improvements

suspension, rims, steering components, smaller turning radius and using higher quality parts in general that matched the car 30k sticker price.


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