1997 Nissan Maxima Consumer Review: My Maxima is falling apart....

1997 Nissan Maxima - Consumer Review

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GXE Sedan (3.0L V6 5-speed Manual)

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My Maxima is falling apart....
By Peter on


1997 Nissan Maxima GXE 4dr Sedan


I brought car used at 40k miles from my Sister - mint condition, California car. Driven mostly 7-8k per year (light). Powerful, smooth, quiet and great for a road trip, but..... The car is fragile! The starter went out at 65k($375 replace), the front strut bearing plates broke at 75k ($750 including struts and labor), the check-engine light came on at 76k (Evaporator system problem ($650), Rear brake calipers slightly locking up due to frozen/corroded parking mechanism ($600 to fix refurb calipers inc labor). I have no clue why the car is falling apart right before my eyes. I'm going to trade it soon. Sad, what a powerful and smooth vehicle. :-( Peter

Best Features

Powerful and smooth. Super comfortable over long trips - pretty good gas mileage while on road ~29mpg

Worst Features

Feels disconnected from the road...sort of like you're driving a Farm Combine...or other farm implement.
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