1991 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L V6 from North America
Worth more than nickels and dimes
Purchased the Maxima with missing radio antenna and driver's speaker blown. I replaced the factory stereo with my own after market one with my teenage know-how (see: complete idiot) and installed 4 new speakers (only the passenger-rear worked).
Went through one radiator when it blew on me. Something like 1-2k.
Brakes needed replacement several times throughout the 7 years I had it. I estimate it would have cost (without the warranty I had, which cost me nothing) to be around $2,000. The calipers tend to not let go, causing excess wear.
I had to replace the power window motors twice in the 7 years I owned it, as they wouldn't come back up. About $400 to replace those each time.
A non-custom upper radiator hose eventually wore down against the inside of the vehicle and burst, causing me to replace it with a shorter one. $200.
Rear spoiler rusted out the left and center bolts. Still stayed up, though.
Rusting occurred along the wheel wells, frame and underbody (Michigan, Nebraska winters...)
Heat crack in the sunroof when my grandmother (previous owner) didn't roll down a window or two on the black - black car.
Fog lights had been broken since I bought it, never thought enough of them to get it replaced.
Sometimes had to fiddle to get it in reverse? (manual shift)
I absolutely loved my Maxima. The corduroy seats were exceedingly comfortable.
The car was like a greenhouse of visibility. At 6'2", I never felt cramped in any way. In fact, it consistently the most spacious vehicle I have ever driven (Taurus, 4Runner, BMW 5 series, Sentra, Monte Carlo, Grand Prix, etc) with exception to my mother's Town & Country. Wonderfully large vehicle.
The clutch is also the smoothest manual I have ever driven. What an incredible car to learn to drive a stick with.
The engine was responsive and powerful (big ol' 3.0L V6) and never stalled, shifted on its own, stuttered, shook, squealed... nothing. Yeah, some engine components were going, but the power was always there.
It was attractive, a little boxy and safe as a... safe. I loved the way it looked.
It had a definite lack of cup-holders. That was annoying. I had lived in Japan previously, and luckily had some cupholders that fit right into the air-vents so, problem averted.
I felt the A/C was a little weak.
It had always been a dream of mine to rip out the driver's seat when I was done and make a house chair from it... maybe I still will.
I fully admit that is was starting to nickel and dime me past 100K. But I still have great loyalty towards this car, and would definitely buy from Nissan again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2010
Nice review. I too own a 1990 Maxima that I purchased 3 years ago by necessity. But now, even after a new engine and a fully rebuilt transmission (not the car's fault), I do not regret it at all. It seems that every owner falls in love with this particular model (89 to 94), just like I did.