1989 Nissan Maxima SE VG30E engine, 3.0 litre, 6 cylinder from North America


A Gem


Recently, @ 182,000 miles I replaced the alternator.

I have replaced a water pump, thermostat, and the part that regulates oxygen and fuel mix. All of these repairs occurred within 90,000 to 110,000 miles on the vehicle.

General Comments:

It is a sad day for me, as I have made the decision to put the 89′ Maxima up for sale. Purchased new from the new car sales manager (my brother) of the Nissan dealership, long since gone, this car has served me well. By far, the best automobile to date that any past and present family member can recall within its grips.

This car was spoiled its first 10 years, having been garaged, and only acquiring 54,000 miles. records show during this period the car obtained 3,000 mile oil changes, religiously. It looked new when it was passed on to the next generation family member, no garage, and acquiring another 120,000 miles in the next 10 years.

At 154,000 miles, a cross country trip with over 500 lbs of cargo added to the one person passenger list. The car rack used has left small dents in the roof, from the excessive weight. An oil change in So. Cal. just before the trip, another upon returning to the west coast from Fort Lauderdale, FL.. 20,000 miles since returning, an alternator had to be replaced, and this I suppose, was the clue for me to now part with this gem. If it were not so expensive to do, I would surely ship it across the sea, where I am now relocating.

This car still cruises up and down the “Grapevine” on Interstate 5 in California, at 85 without even a flicker on the temp. gauge, which never budges from just under normal. If it were not for the gauge starting out dead cold in the morning at start up, I would have thought the gauge were broken, and stuck at this position. Rare that the car is ever taken out of overdrive, which in itself has enabled me to obtain average MPG’s of 30, and better, on a regular basis. Not bad for this 6 cylinder, that drives like a sports car.

Goodbye my friend. You have served me well, and no doubt, will continue to do the same for another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2009

1989 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 V6 from North America


Nissan has a customer for life


I had to fix 2 things with the car. 1. the LED display panel did not work, that cost about $500. 2. one of the rear automatic windows did not operate, that cost about $200. and of course there is the general wear and tear of the vehicle. the leather seats are starting to crack a bit.

General Comments:

The maxima is a great car. it handles well and the ride is amazing. I got up to 120mph and I felt like I was still going 70mph. and its acceleration is great too. I come up to a red light and there is a small rice burner sitting there, in my usual fashion I challenge this guy buy revving the engine (which sounds pretty nice to boot). he of course takes the bate and I destroy him. this has happened to me numerous times. and on top of all that the car just will not die. starts up every time with no problems. I get my oil changed about once every 10000 miles (shame on me), and that is about all I really do, and it just keeps going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

1989 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 V6 from North America


One of the best bang for your buck cars!


At 198,000 (when I bought it) replaced whole front end.

At 201,000 the shifter started becoming bad (put it in drive, it stayed in neutral, so you had to go to 1st then back to drive).

At 208,000 the fuel pump stopped working.

During the whole period I owned it, I replaced parts of the exhaust system 3 times because it was totally rotted out.

General Comments:

The interior on this car was awesome when I bought it. It was very comfortable.

The car was really fast and powerful. But the main problem that I kept getting was that the exhaust would just fall apart. First the resonator fell off, then other parts just kept rotting off one by one, so I just ripped it out and stuck a cherry bomb glass pack out the side.

Last week I was on my way to school when the car just shutdown. It was the fuel pump. I just junked it yesterday. It was a fun car while it lasted. It is a very good car for a beginner driver!

The only reason why I didn't fix the pump is because the parts cost a ton of money ($300 to be exact). It wasn't worth it since I bought it from a guy for $25 who was going to junk it the next day. I had the car for almost 2 years and it still drove strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th March, 2007