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2002 Nissan Maxima

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2002 Black on Black SE 6M
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By 2002 Black on Black
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2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


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OK, I am back. OIL CONSUMPTION caused me to lose the engine. Even after caring for the car like a baby. Always made sure it had the correct oil level. Replaced the engine, car runs great with quirks. Should have kept my '94 Maxima. Nissan blew it with this model year. Just an fyi not all have this problem. If you're interested buying this car, look at the tail pipe. If the pipe is heavy dark black color. Great chance it's burning oil. At that point (NEXT!!!) keep it moving. Also I suggest premium gas. It makes a difference


Best Features

Power, 6 spd gear box. Can leave most people if you know how to shift.


Worst Features

Oil consumption problem! Recall the car.


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By mikey
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2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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The left speaker on the 2002 maximas is defective from the factory. It works intermittently and is very annoying, don't replace with another Nissan speaker. It doesn't solve the problem replace with and after market speaker only, the system will work like new. Also rear suspension very giggly on high speed sharp turns causing wheel hop which might cause a crash.


Best Features

Instant acceleration off the line, very quick pickup, has excellent brakes


Worst Features

suspension need upgrading 2 independent, also turning radius is very disappointing and embarrassing


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Ok until around 90k miles
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By maximus02
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2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Great vehicle for the last few years. However, around 90k miles the transmission broke. Replacement rebuilt transmission $4200, beware of higher mileage vehicles.


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Replacement cost of xenon headlamps
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By creationsbyme
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2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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First, the motor runs great at 140K. The trans has started making noise. Undrivable right now. When I replaced one of the xenon headlamps, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor, we're not talking about the whole assembly, just the bulb itself. At the Nissan dealership in Victorville, CA $258.00 for the bulb!! Can you believe it? I went on line and found the cheapest to be $159.00 My suggestion for someone who may not want to pay that much is when the xenon goes out, run your brights instead of replace. Bright bulbs cost $8. Oh, the spark plugs are internal. Tune up costs $418.00 to replace 6 spark plugs.


Best Features

power


Worst Features

make parts affordable.


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2002 Maxima with Manual Shift=AWESOME
1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By jhkmsu
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2002 Nissan Maxima SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


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This is a great car. Mechanically, it is unbeatable by any other car. The only re-occurring issue with these cars is that one side of the Bose 6 CD in- dash CD Stereo stops working at some point. It is only does this when using the CD player; the other modes still produce great sound. Some cars have the heater/AC blower motor go out around 100,000 miles, but it is easy to fix. The car maneuvers great and has great power for its time. The gas mileage is good, but since I have a 6- speed manual, I drive a little faster and quicker (Ok maybe that was an understatement) my gas mileage is a little less that average. I get about 18-19 mpg in the city


Best Features

The 6-speed manual transmission! Bose premium radio sounds excellent!


Worst Features

Better quality air blower motor.


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