I bought this car with 165k on it and 10000 later if still runes like a dream and drives better then a lot of new cars out there. Yes I said new. Of course with it being older and me being the third owner of it has its quirks but thisnt as many as you expect and repaires are cheap. Some Ive seen people say its expensive to maintain. You gotta know where to go. Ive had to replace the Iac (idle air control) and the alternater and soon the catalyst converter. But one thing this car is the best at is turning over its hella reliable. When my alternator went I was an hour out where is lived visiting a friend and it got me home safe and sound. The styling isn't for everyone but Im in love with it. the interior of the car is nice done and beautiful quality, the found system rocks awesome after all these years and I have no need to get another since I love Bose products. the acceleration is one thing to be careful cause it could get you into trouble. Luckily never gotten a speeding ticket in my max. Overall is recommend anyone who wants the underdog classic sports sedan.
Bought this in '11 with 90k....now at 130k. As others have said, I've had several sensor issues, both CATs and a good deal of rust over the rear wheels to deal with. Exhaust system has been completely replaced. Great pickup and handling, and the A/C turns it into a meat locker in the summer. Pretty good deal at $6000, 6 years ago.
This model is told to be the best maxima made due to the body style as well as the engine and transmission found on these models. Its a Very fun drive lots of power and stylish than most cars you may find during this era i received my Nissan maxima as a graduation gift from my dad he had it at it prime, i borrowed it once or twice on a night on the town before owning the vehicle myself The car did have many sensor issues my dad must of replaced all of the oxygen sensors, as well as replaced the alternator by the time i received the car. Upon receiving the car it had 80000 miles on it two years with the vehicle im currently going on 94k the car has had many repairs done to it usual wear and tear. i put about 4,000 dollars into the vehicle with new brakes, rotors, back calipers, tires, struts, new front transmission mount along with a radiator, muffler, new headlights,spark plugs, a new battery as well as had to change speed and knock sensor for it to pass inspection. The wiring which connects the radio was so corroded i had to fix the connection that connected the radio to the battery, but these issues are something you can expect from 15 year old car. Even though the car is a little long in the tooth she still runs great in the city or highway. Especially on road trips there is minimal blind spots when changing lanes, as well as enough power for you to move in and out of traffic. Pretty strong in the snow but it not awd so you can get stuck if your not careful. This car can hold its own against a 2016 Honda civic and gave it a run for its money. This car is notorious for holes in the exhaust, as well as rust near the back right tire, and to give you sensor issues sometimes they go away but sometimes they don't. These cars can last a long time if you put love into them by investing your time, money, and willing to get a little dirty to fix some of the problems yourself. The resale value is very good considering the age and I'm confident that i can get 3,000-4,000 dollars especially since i have been offered that price now for it. This car would be a great first car.