2001 Nissan Maxima ST 3.0


Good solid car that will last if well looked after


Replaced radiator and radiator fan.

Replaced ignition coils.

Intermittent problems with the windscreen washer.

Electric driver seat adjustment needed replacement.

I still use this car as my daily driver after 15 years and it has been great.

General Comments:

Great car. Very good performance from the 3 litre engine and reasonable fuel economy. For 2001 the VQ engine was ahead of its time. I have driven more modern cars, and I think my old Maxi still stacks up pretty well.

Space in the rear seat is good, but headroom is limited for taller people; not as good as my previous Camry in that respect.

Exterior styling is very average; it disguises what is otherwise a very solid, well made car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2016

27th Mar 2016, 03:33

Keep on top of the ignition coils and the oxygen sensors - if you don't, the catalytic converters will tank. Unburned fuel is a stern taskmaster ;)

2001 Nissan Maxima ST 3.0 V6


Absolute bargain for a luxury import


Dealer adjusted the front seats by adding spacers to the rear mounting bolts. This raised the rear of the seat to improve lumbar support functionality and thereby minimise lower back pain.

General Comments:

Handling, acceleration and drive train refinement all excellent.

Price at $33,000 before on-road costs is excellent (for Australia) bearing in mind this car rates as a luxury import (e.g. a VW Passat V6 costs $55,000).

Rear suspension too "floaty" on poor road surfaces. Needs more rigid rear coil springs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2001

9th Dec 2002, 05:27

$33000? Gee... good deal!

I find the rear suspension a little stiff (when sitting in the rear seats).

1st May 2003, 12:49

I had the rear on my 2001 GXE bottom-out once when LOADED with 4 adults and a trunk full of luggage.

The ride did seem smoother though, and there was no loss of power, handling or braking - can't say that about any other car I've driven.

Maxima is the Maximus. Finally though, the 2003 Accord V6 has caught up with the 2000 Maxima in power and room, but fails in handling and a balky tranny, IMHO.