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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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Excellent Highway Performance
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By R. Gray
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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Smooth, powerful highway performance, but terrible in confined areas. The vehicle has the turning radius of an aircraft carrier. For congested parking lots and tight narrow spaces this is the worst vehicle I have every driven--including but not limited to a pickup truck-- and should be avoided. If you drive in the wide open spaces of the highway system, this vehicle will delivery power, comfort, and very good mileage. Mechanically, this vehicle has required only routine maintenance for my 8+ years of ownership.


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Best vehicle I've ever owned
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jo Stevens
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2008 Nissan Maxima Sedan 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I had never owned a Nissan in my life but saw the Maxima and loved it's looks, so I pulled into the lot and ordered one to my specifications and have never regretted doing so. It is the best car I have ever had. Never had one minutes trouble from it since the day I got it in Feb. 2008. I have only had to change the oil every 5,000 miles and put two sets of tires on it in the 8 years I've had this car.


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Excellent car, excellent value!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

Turning radius.


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Great Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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
3 of 4 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


Best 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.


Worst Features

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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