1998 Nissan Maxima Consumer Review: First Car

1998 Nissan Maxima - Consumer Review

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1998 Nissan Maxima GXE 4dr Sedan


The only problems I can recall having are with exhaust pieces rusting and falling off and with frozen rear calipers. I bought this car when I was a young man and, as it was my first car, it was easy for me to love its crazy, enthusiastic spirit and the surprising power of what I thought was just another dependable Japanese family sedan. A word of caution however. The GXE mixes the same big powerful engine as the pricier models with a tall and loose suspension, long-throw manual and no limited slip, sporty tires, ABS, traction or stability control. It instills a sense of adventure in me, not confidence.

Best Features

Power everything. Non-premium stereo (Clarion / Panasonic) still just fine. When I bought this car I was looking at Golfs and Accords and thought this car was the same as those. Its power surprised me.

Worst Features

Things I improved on mine. Came as a base GXE. Previous owner had added a spoiler and black pinstripes (both great!). I added a factory CD/Cassette and factory front floor mats. It's power surprised me b/c I was looking at family sedans. If you are looking for a sports sedan, go with the SE.
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