1988 Nissan Maxima from North America


Great reliable automobile with all the bells and whistles


Replaced rusty muffler.

A lot of paint has worn off, and is showing the yellow under-layer.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and spacious seats.

Power windows/seats/locks and sunroof are a big plus

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2010

1988 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 V6 from North America


Wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy!


Car does not start.

Must turn a switch to keep battery from dying.

Car emits sparks when key is placed in ignition.

Annoying grinding sound at back. Probably a bad axle.

General Comments:

I hate this vehicle. I was fooled by my beautiful, dependable, almost perfect 1987 Maxima into buying an '88 when the older one was wrecked.

This car is a nightmare and because I have had relatively minor problems with my first Maxima, I expected the same with this one since it had fewer miles. I wouldn't have been more wrong. I will be relieved to be rid of this car (if I can ever get rid of it that is), it has turned out to be a very unjudicial purchase.

A sixteen-year-old ran over my '87 resulting in the car being totaled. The kid was not paying attention and made a sudden turn in a school parking lot hitting my driver's side and passenger side door while I was in it. Fortunately, I was not injured, but my baby was. The damage extends to the front and rear fenders.

I wouldn't put this car on my worst enemy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2008

1988 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 litre from North America


The best car I have ever owned


Water pump at 185,000.

Key-less entry keypad on driver's door at 200,000.

Alternator at 190,000.

General Comments:

To this day, this has been the best car I have owned.

A pleasure to drive with lots of power, and a smooth shifting transmission.

I drove this car loaded with four adults, car top carrier with massive luggage weight, to the mountains for annual snow skiing trips, for five consecutive years. It handled the mountains and the extra weight like a champ.

Had the car up to 110 mph briefly.

This car was completely problem free, other than regularly scheduled oil changes and one tune-up at 80,000 miles, until it had over 180,000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2007

23rd Dec 2007, 04:10

Did yours have a sunroof? Mine does and the dealer won't look at it, presumably because of its age, 20 years old. What should I do?

20th Jun 2008, 03:05

This Maxima was easily the best car I've owned. BTW, I posted the original first comment. My Maxima was involuntarily retired due to the inattention of a 16-year-old kid who t-boned by baby. I nearly cried at this loss because this car was such an asset to me and rescued me at a desperate time in my life. At 21 years old, the car looked and ran perfectly well aside from routine maintenance. Literally, my only complaints were the sunroof issue and power steering, which constantly leaked. I commuted with the car 3 days a week 120 miles and it gave absolutely no trouble at all! Had I had the money at the time of my accident, I would've gladly paid any money to repair this car to its original condition. I ended up with a 2004 Nissan Sentra. The only things I like about this car is the gas mileage and the air conditioner. Aside from these, there is nothing outstanding or impressive about the car. The Maxima accelerated quickly and on a Texas Farm-to-Market road (two-lanes, no passing), I could easily pass up two cars moving too slowly. Now, I have to patiently await the cars to turn for fear of a head-on collision with the lacking in horsepower Sentra.

I pray to God I will be able to purchase the 2009 Maxima when I complete college.

31st Jan 2017, 15:42

Yes, mine did have the sun roof. But remember I bought the car new and kept it until 1998, 10 years. The sunroof never gave me problems... both the tilt and slide options worked flawlessly. There was an issue of user ignorance as I left the sunroof completely open and a huge rainstorm came through. For weeks, on a hot day the glass would condensate on the interior. I'm sure it had mold and mildew afterwards. Should have had the car detailed right after the rain storm. Even though the car eventually dried out, whenever it rained or was high humidity, the car would smell pungent on the inside.