2008 Nissan Maxima Consumer Review: Not even close to a sports car

2008 Nissan Maxima - Consumer Review

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Not even close to a sports car!
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2008 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


This model is marketed as a sports sedan. Don't be fooled. The transmission can't figure out what gear to be in. It takes several seconds to figure out to downshift. You can confuse it by using the manual shift mode. It reacts with disdain at any aggressive driving. The brakes fade and shudder with excessive use. It handles like a cow. Torque is completely absent. The turning ration is terrible as is fuel economy. The chrome wheels peel with only one winter. Expect to visit the dealer with many problems with ignition sensors & check engine lights. I traded a 2000 Maxima which was a completely different car. Check out that trade-in value! Nissan will NEVER get my business again.

Best Features

Nice creature comforts inside.

Worst Features

Return to your roots. This car needs a soul. Remember that it should be fun to drive not a chore. Ditch the CVT for a faster reacting auto. How about a manual option?
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