1989 Nissan Maxima SE V6 from North America


Affordable luxury and performance


Nothing has gone wrong since I've had it, but...

The digital clock works but you have to push it in every once and awhile to see it perfect, but it's visible at all times.

Heater doesn't work, but the A/C does, they cut it off because it was eating up the water.

General Comments:

For the amount of time that I have had it, it kicks ass!! It handles great and has some very very comfortable seats up front. I'm 6'5", so the guy behind doesn't get much leg room but he fits.

It comes fully loaded, with the sunroof, power windows, automatic seatbealts, adjustable seat, etc... It also bumps great with my alpine if you're willing to waste a few bucks on a sound system.

Also mine came with some new weather tread Michellen tires and special Nissan rims.

Dashboard looks great, and the white light on the gauges looks great, I just put in a blue backlight.

Bottom line, it looks great, runs great, and it's a fully loaded luxury car, except that it doesn't have leather seats. But, leather seats wouldn't look great in it (Black interior makes it look even better).

Affordable price, I got mine for $4,900.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2001

25th Jul 2001, 20:53

My boyfriend just bought a Maxima.

Very comfortable.. His has leather seats, and he also put in a Alpine deck, and is thinking about blue lights behind the gauges.

He has bought some rims, and is thinking about lowering the car. But is unsure of how it will ride..


He has a one of the few standard 89' Maxima's, there is approximately 130,000 mile (which is about 200,000 KM). And someone asked him about the timing belt..?

Do you have any idea when is a good time to change it (as to how many KM are on the car).


How does the motor hold up, in general: Like for changing things (ex. clutch, timing belt, steering rack) things like that..

And overall things we should look out for??

One more question:

The clock fades: it fades to the center, which is kind of odd??

Any suggestions???

Thank you very much!!

1989 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 SOHC V-6 from North America


A worthwhile performer for its age and cost


Remarkable performance from a 12 year old sports sedan. Great engine, suspension and styling. I've put over 7000 miles on it in the 4 months I've had it without a problem, and this is hard driving too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2001

1989 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Nice face, shame about the gearbox


Exhaust manifold studs are broken.

Slippage in the automatic transmission.

Both rear window regulators are broken.

General Comments:

Superb car. Woeful gearbox. The auto tranny is dreadful and dies after about 100,000.

The rest of the car is superb, offering genuine luxury for not a lot of money. All other aspects of the car are totally reliable and capable of telephone number mileages. Bargain if you can get one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

1989 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 SOHC V6 from North America


The best car ever made!!


Thermostat stock came close but did not overheat.

Speedometer sensor and speedometer head.

Temperature gauge.


Control arm bushings had to be replaced.

Front shocks, springs, and stabilizer bushings and mounts (What can I say, New York City roads are brutal to front ends and chassis parts).

Driver's side power windows master switch unit.

My power seatbelt on the driver's side is slowing down.

ECCS relay went.

Bose system is out, but the antenna works.

Throttle sensor was faulty.

General Comments:

Even though I had so many repairs, most of them were under the car. But before I repaired them the car ran fairly well.

When it came out of shop with practically a new front end (by the way this car eats ball joints, it's incredible) I though I had a new car.. it handles so good!

I did go to the dealer for a timing belt/water pump replacement, I have to say they were expensive, but for what those parts are worth and do, I was broke but satisfied.

I haven't seen a V6 engine (v6oe) so easy to tune up.

At 115,000 it runs excellently, I did crash it a few times and it still ran good. It helps to have a good body/fender shop.

When they designed this model, Nissan did their homework, it has power, speed, handling, looks and most of all it is roomy. The down side is there aren't any cup holders.

What a great machine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2000

1989 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 from North America




Heater fan broke down.

Gaskets had to be replaced.

Fuel smell inside cabin.

Rebuilt air conditioner, system had leakage.

New tyres having frequent problems of leakage at the beading.

General Comments:

Good car, comfortable, and generally reliable although it has problems at times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 2000

1989 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0L V6 from North America


Refined power, smooth


Distributor cap has cracked twice, Bose tape player no longer works, the radio does, just without the tape, antenna no longer extends and retracts on its own.

General Comments:

I am looking at a 2000 Maxima SE automatic, I'm keeping this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2000