I brought by 1996 Maxima at a public auto auction in Dec 2005 for $2,800. The car was at 132K miles. Today in Nov 2011 I have almost 325K originial miles. This car has paid for itself over and over. I have no major problems only routine maintainence (oil changes, brakes,...). Ive had it tuned up twice. After 180K I stopped passing the MD Emission test but who cares the car is safe and reliable. I drive almost 100 miles a day for work and she still moves great. I have done several creative things including putting leather seats in from another Maxima, better radio from another Maxima AC controls and power window & door switches. Just a great Car!
Leather seats, CD Player, AC, doesn't take much to make me happy.
I think its perfect, it could be alittle faster and regular gas for the fuel type instead of premium
Now the car has 250,000 km on it and it isn't showing any problems. Everything works still, heated seats electric seats, heated mirrors, radio.. Everything works.
The only thing I've had to do to the car is regular maintenance (brakes oil change, had to put in a water pump) I recently had to replace the gas take which was odd, it rusted out in one spot but i foudn a used one in mint shape for 300 bucks..
This car is the most reliable car, best performing car, fun to drive, best on gas, best sound system you will find for the price... I don't have any desire to get a new car and the car is a 96 and looks just as stylish as any 2011 car..
The engine and the transmission.. Silky smooth transmission matted to a smooth powerfull V6.
The full sized spare, that is on mag wheels! Find that in a new car
Nothing... Nissan has slid since this car.. Probably cause the 96's were the last year they built them in Japan :(
I bought this car new and it is still "New" to me. Everyday I get pleasure driving it. I had to do absolutely nothing to this car (except regular maintenance) until 2006 when my mother's dog chewed some wires in two. Now at 180,000 miles, the only thing my husband has done is replace the struts. This car is what all car makers should strive for. Its reliability is unmatched and it is a joy to drive. I would buy another Nissan, but I prefer to keep my Maxima, fixing whatever goes wrong, and just keep driving it. I am convinced this is the "BEST" car on the road.
Since I live in the Midwest, and we get snow and ice in the winter, I love the Maxima's front wheel drive.
Another great feature is the button on the gearshift (I have an automatic) which allows you to disengage the overdrive.
I don't think this is a "feature", but I love the evergreen paint.
It is classy.
The only improvement that could be made is the cup holders.
1) put some in the back seat and 2) enlarge the ones in the front.