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So far not to bad but getting nervous
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By Jake
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2002 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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142k and aside from the usual brakes, tires, etc I only had some stupid bracket underneath break and needed a new muffler. But now I need the timing chain replaced and might as well do the water pump. The mechanic is trying to warn me about spending $1500 on the timing chain when these are notorious for oil pressure problems. I have no current oil problems but I need this car to last up to 200k miles. I haven't had a payment in four years so $1500 seems like nothing, way better than a car payment!


Best Features

Torque, you can pass when you wanna!


Worst Features

Turning radius is a joke, I think my dad's 1985 Buick LeSabre had a better turning radius. You get to practice 3 point turns quite often. LOL


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Take care of it!
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By 2TH Doc
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2002 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought brand new and have had NO problems out of routine. Still have original clutch, orig struts (not same ride but is fine), maybe down a quart between changes. OEM stereo died a few years ago, purchased from Crutchfield and upgraded myself. I LOVE this car and am planning on driving it to 300K or more! This is also my 4th Maxima.


Best Features

It is athletic compared to competition.


Worst Features

NO lumbar support kills my back and I have to use cushions. All Nissan seats are pitiful compared to Honda.


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2002 maxima gle
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By max
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2002 Nissan Maxima Sedan GLE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this car in 2006 with like 49k now I have only 67k and I have mixed feelings about it is just not the way everybody think it is.Good thing it is loaded with heating steering wheel which is nice heated seats and much more features but it has so many downside things that I would not buy it again. Start with turning radius it is like an old Russian Lada than torque steer terrible than trany is going out at 67k almost gone than my struts in the front bad $1000 at least to fix them and I don't want to forget the wind noise is terrible, worse than my 90 Camry so in the other way don't buy it


Best Features

HID Xenons bose 255 hp are good


Worst Features

Mpg 17 mpg 70% highway driving and 30% city not so proclaimed Japanese reliable car.


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Eating Oil
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By coyote
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2002 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


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Purchased the car new in 2002, fun car to drive initially.6 speed gear box and acceleration can get you in trouble with law enforcement.I have owned car for 8 years and had little or no problems.Problems began at 120k, electric cooling fans out,power plug cig lighter quit working,car started making a clacking noise that sounded fatal.Car towed to shop, found low oil on stick , noise from lifters clattering due to electronic timing off and air in system due to low oil. Car maintained meticulously with Mobil 1 syn 5w30 reg change.Repaired and back to normal. Happened again same problem.Car eating oil, no smoke or serious leaking. Mechanic friend chk pcv, stuck on Saturn and ate oil.I have to ck


Best Features

Styling on SE and Pearl white paint .6 sp gear box fun to drive.Pretty solid car to 100k.Fun and sporty.Sport suspension good in and out of corners. Original Bose in dash 6 disc cd died and replaced, Good sound system , no longevity.


Worst Features

Great car to 100k, designed obsolescence.If I had a Nissan I would sell or trade before the 100k threshold. I won't buy another Nissan and this was my second Maxima. I will go back to Toyota or give Hyundai a look.


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Better than the others
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By szutavern
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2002 Nissan Maxima Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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My wife just wrecked our 2002 maxima. Bought it used with less than 30K on it. Radio was a piece but the car ran and drove flawlessly for over 7 years and 155k miles. The dammed low-profile tires you have to run on these is the worst feature. All I did was change the oil regularly. It was in the shop for struts and then again for a steering rack. Total additional cost over regular stuff was like $2,000. Almost made the mistake today buying a an 2001 accord w. 73K on it till I read about all the problems with trannys and abs light garbage on those era of Hondas. I am looking for another nissan


Best Features

Reliability Big power


Worst Features

Radio stinks Low profile tires make the ride bad, but what do you expect


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