Nissan Maxima Reviews from South Africa

1994 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 V6

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired183000 kilometres
Most recent distance209000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Good quality second hand buy

Faults:

Power steering belt making a squealing noise when turning.

Bonnet levers needed to be re-gassed.

Exhaust pipe rusting.

Remote central locking not working via remote. Have to put the key in the door to unlock.

Back lighting to climate control screen not working.

Electrical fault, when you press the rear demister button, it makes an odd clicking noise and doesn't come on.

General Comments:

Unbelievably spacious.

Has every feature you could want including electric and heated seats.

Love having a sport and comfort mode for the gearbox.

Handling is a bit sloppy compared to my 325i.

Parts are very cheap but fuel costs get a bit much.

Has a massive turning circle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2010

1998 Nissan Maxima QX V6 2.0 V6

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance119000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W123

Summary:

A pleasure to drive for someone who wants trouble-free motoring

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

The bonnet shocks are worn out, but I have not yet replaced them because they are very expensive and not essential.

General Comments:

The 2.0 V6 has sufficient power for my driving style, but lacks the acceleration of the 3.0. The engine is very smooth and quiet and reasonably economical.

The car is quite big, but handles without fuss provided that you drive it within its limitations.

The lines are quite pleasing and I think the design has aged quite well.

The interior is very comfortable in front and in the back. Driving position is good and the gearshift falls comfortably to hand. It is a relaxing car to drive over long distances.

There are loads of luggage space.

Building quality feels quite solid, not unlike the Merc 230e I had before. There are no squeaks or rattles inside.

A 2nd hand Maxima QX is much cheaper than a comparable used Camry or Merc or BMW. It is much more spacious than an Audi A4, which costs more or less the same 2nd hand. It may be less attractive than a comparable Laguna or Peugeot 406 but its reliability more than compensates.

Parts are a bit expensive, but certainly not more so than parts for the W123. Thus far, I've in any event only replaced the brake pads.

The Maxima has been withdrawn from the South African market. Maybe it didn't sell very well? I don't know about later models, but given its comfort and reliability and other qualities I find it hard to understand why the Maxima has not achieved the same popularity here as the Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2006

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews