1996 Nissan Maxima LS VQ30 (3L V6 DOHC)


Worth having, but mechanics can easily mess it up


Several oil leaks required an engine-out job.

The horns are worn out.

The power steering pump required repair.

The Bose stereo display is faulty.

General Comments:

This is, overall, the most satisfying car to drive of a long string of cars I've owned. It is deceptively fast, handles reasonably well and can easily be improved to handle better. The stereo system is excellent except for the (typical) display panel fault. All the luxury items were in good order on the car when I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

17th Feb 2006, 13:48

The Bose unit is very expensive to replace, mine went bad and even the dealer recommended not to buy a new one (~ $1200). If you replace it with an off brand you will also have to change the speakers. You can try to locate a used one that would be some what cheaper. To take the unit out is a pain also unless you know exactly what you are doing.

1st Mar 2006, 20:15

I've since discovered there's an excellent forum for the model, with help for fixing pretty much everything. The car seems totally reliable.

3rd Mar 2006, 13:05

Could you please leave the link to the site, so I can learn to work on mine too. Thanks.

5th May 2006, 11:17

What is a Maxima LS? The only trims are GLE, GXE and SE. Also, a helpful website for those interested in fixing and modding their Maximas is Maxima.org.

1993 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0


Great Car


Minor transmission repair at 60000, electric solenoid blew $100.

Fuel pressure relay at fuel pump failed new pump $180.

General Comments:

I love my car it`s still flashy and has the original paint on it, when clean is a head turning.

Interior is sharp and leather feels like new, also the Bose sounds crisp as new.

It handles and rides like no other sedan, and has a very nice look.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002