1990 Nissan Maxima Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1990 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance148500 miles

Summary:

Affordable power

Faults:

When I got the car the windshield, sunroof, hood, grill, and a headlight needed to be replaced. Through junk yards I was able to buy all these for less than $200. Installation was free since I did it myself.

I had to get the bearings in the transmission replaced which ran about $500.

The passenger side window regulator needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

Overall it's a great car. It has great gas mileage even though it's a V6. My dad has the same car except it's a GXE and automatic. He has gone on many road trips, no major problems.

I love the power and the handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2003

1990 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance82500 miles

Summary:

A great performance car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong since I have bought this car.

General Comments:

This is a great car. It runs great and is still in perfect condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2003

1990 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 SOHC V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 SOHC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

High-performance out of a

Faults:

When I first got the car, it was fine. It still had the original V6 engine (which was VERY powerful, even with the mileage) and ran like a dream. My dad took the car to a mechanic to get some maintenance-type work done. The mechanic already had the engine out so my dad decided it would be best to go ahead and replace the timing belt. He told the mechanic, who then said that he'd already done it. Come to find out, he didn't, and it broke one night when my mom was passing another vehicle. Engine was shot. It's now packing the same kind of engine, only rebuilt. The "new" engine is fine, but I'd do anything to have the original engine back. Also, I would have loved it if dad had gone ahead and got the high-output DOHC engine and dropped in it. I think this ran around $700.

Another major problem was the torque converter. When I first started driving it I was a jackass and decided it'd be high funny to rev the engine up and slam the thing into 1st gear. Later on, the converter stripped out. It's got a new converter new and it's running fine. This ran about $600.

The power windows are being weird now. They hesitate really badly when there's moisture on the windows. Also, I can roll them all down using the driver's door controls, but I have to use each individual switch to roll them up. It's a pain... especially while driving.

The power steering unit sprung a leak somewhere. I had a new hose put on and it helped a bit, but the washers shipped were the wrong size. I got it fixed just recently. All-in-all it was about a $200 dollar job.

Now I'm going to have to buy new CV joints. The aforementioned power steering leak leaked all over the passenger side engine bay and on everything below it. It got all over the CV boot and softened it to the point to where it ripped right in half. So basically, one side is just open to environmental abuse.

The Bose stereo system sucked. I had a full Pioneer system installed in its place, but it was a pain. Bose should stick to home systems.

General Comments:

Though it's had, and still has, it's problems... I like the car. It's an automatic, which is not quite my favorite way to drive, but it's still very fast. I've had it running close to 140, and it wasn't wide open. I RARELY floor it. Plus, this was before I did a few little "mods" to it. Since then, I've put on a Flowmaster muffler (the stock muffler was due to be replaced anyway), a high-flow intake, and gutted the catalytic converter. I advanced the timing *slightly*. Now the thing will really go. I would love to do more, performance-wise and aesthetic-wise, but I'm looking for a new car now (a 300ZX Twin Turbo, Z32). I'd recommend a car like this to anybody. I've seen a car that looks just like mine burn several little Civics and Integras, with fewer mods to boot...

These Maximas have almost all you could ask for in a performance sedan. Lots of power (even with an auto. trans.), great handling, and roomy interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2003

13th Feb 2009, 08:26

You are right about the power. I have beaten a couple of Civics, Camrys, and Cavaliers with it. I have not had any problems with my baby. Right now she is my one and only.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 41 reviews