1992 Nissan Maxima Consumer Review: Great for '92, but d/n age gra

1992 Nissan Maxima - Consumer Review

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Great for '92, but d/n age gracefully
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1992 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan


Owned since new. Solid driver w/ good
HP readily available; minimal to mild
torque steer. Compliant ride w/
reasonable handling for a FWD. Fuel
economy acceptable. Sometimes balky
autotranny when cold. Clean, well-
designed interior. Weakest area has
been cabin electronics (Bose stereo,
clock, window lifts, rear-window
defroster), and engine electronics
(notably the coils and ECM). Defective
VTC sprockets. No fold-down rear seat,
intrusive trunk hinges. Prehistoric cup
holders. Surprisingly rattle-free after
all these years.

Best Features

Build quality, good outward vision. Solid styling, if a bit dated for 2004, but still the best looking Maxima iteration out there (my opinion).

Worst Features

Replace the tepid Bose/Clarion audio system, which tend to fail with age anyways. Original 92 VTC sprockets were a flawed design; mine failed under warranty but for others Nissan should've picked up the tab.
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