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A good one
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By mds
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Very sporty looking car. Get a lot of looks. Lot's of interior room. Easy to get baby into car seat in rear. Like the security of side curtain air bags. Fun to drive. Need to have lighted controls on wheel. Need to get a better tire on the car. Goodyear SRA's are terrible for reliability and wear. 18" design means costly replacement. Easy to pass with all the power. Wish the car would ride softer in bumpy roads.


Best Features

ext. design, interior roominess,engine power


Worst Features

shorter turning radius, get rid of 18" wheels, softer ride, lighted controls on wheel, different tires other than the junk Goodyear SRA. Consider Michelin as they perform on my other vehicles well!


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My first Maxima
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By The McGrath Clan
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I had traded in my '01' Quest for this first time beauty. I am floored by its performance and handling. At first glance it is easy to mistake it for a heavy luxury car. Drive it once and put that myth to bed. It is 'practical' for the family issue, yet 'youthful' for some solo time. I actually wake up earlier than normal, ready to shred some much driven road. Cannot say enough what an absolute blast this car is to drive.


Best Features

265 horses. The power is phenomenal. The car glides for one destination to another. Fuel isn't as bad as I calculated. My quest had smaller engine and had greater fuel consumption. Still not the 20mpg sticker states, 17.5 is more practical.


Worst Features

Torque steer is noticable, especially when you 'gently' brush the accelerator. Just hang on tight!!! GREAT CAR.


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Nukenight Nissan Maxima
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By Nukenight
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Probably the best vehicle in the full size luxury class. We considered BMW 5 Series and Toyota Avalon, before deciding on the Maxima SL. It has been excellent riding, luxurious, gets good mileage (on regular, no less)! The extras are well thought out and well placed. Did not get Nav System or Power Moonroof, but love the Skyview roof. Average 23 mpg in combined city/hwy driving and almost 30 on hwy only. Only thing missing is the DRL system which would be a nice touch. Wife was even more enthusiastic that I about the styling. She was impressed with BMW, but cost too much. Said the Avalon was a 'hoo-hum' vanilla vehicle. "This is a real car!"


Best Features

Vehicle control system, radio/cruise controls on wheel, Auto-illumination system, styling and acceleration. Like a 350Z from the driver's seat forward.


Worst Features

Better wood grain trim on the interior, less brushed-chrome trim. Make radio-control system displays a bit more intuitive and less cryptic. Add back copper color and add a forest green as well. Go to LEDs on rear lights as the Infinity does.


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satisfied customer
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By demore
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I drive approximately 2000/month all over the state of PA and am intending to drive Maxima to Florida in Jan. I have had no problems. This is my third Maxima. I always get it loaded with options, especially the sunroof.


Best Features

Tinted sunroof, automatic dimming and retractible side mirrors,manual option which is handy in winter snow, quickness and power, suto set driver seat adjustment


Worst Features

sensors on bumper to beep when too close to car, wall, etc.


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Nice car that needs some improvements
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By Chicago_driver
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2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Sporty sedan with much nicer body design than Accord, Camry or Avalon. 265HP is more than average driver needs. Unfortunately you better keep both hands on the wheel when flooring the gas pedal - terrible torque steer. So used to my V8 T-Bird with RWD I almost crashed the car when accelerating while turning. Acura TL which I also considered for additional $1,500 didn’t have that problem and it had a lot nicer interior design. Too bad TL’s interior is even smaller than Altima’s. Front seats could be more comfortable (no upper back support). Driving 50% city – 50% hwy I only get 20mph not between 20 and 28 as stated on sticker. It costs me $50 to fill up the tank (recomended premium fuel :(


Best Features

Exterior design, 265HP, interior room, Navigation, 19" rims, BOSE, 6disc CD changer, heated steering wheels.


Worst Features

Get rid of huge torque steer, leather interior should have leather on door panels not cloth, improve gas mileage, trunk opening could be bigger, redesign the stupid RETRO look on gauges


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