A deceptively fast Japanese BMW
Starter motor, and rear brake caliper on the driver's side.
I bought this Maxima as a replacement for a 1988 Toyota Corolla.
The Maxima had high miles on it, but the attraction was the five speed manual transmission. A test drive was all I needed to convince me it would be a good daily driver.
Externally the body size was not that large, but the interior had plenty of room and the seats were comfortable. The instrument cluster was well placed and easy to read.
What I really liked was the five speed manual transmission; something of a rarity. Second gear was my favorite gear for fun; it gave a decent amount of speed, with 60 plus mph being attainable and arriving very quickly. Quite often it gave newer cars a surprise coming off the line.
Only had to replace two items; one was the starter motor, which I did myself. Very easy to change and done in under fifteen minutes. The other item was the rear braking system. Maximas use a piston to push a screw against the pads. An unusual method but it works... however when the screws corroded and needed replaced, I was unpleasantly surprised at the $600 cost.
Fuel economy was good, with 32 MPG on the highway being easy enough to achieve.
It was a driver's car and a vehicle I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately the Maxima got T-boned when a full sized pick-up came from a side street and destroyed the car. The pick-up driver claimed he didn't see my car below his hood as his truck was jacked up on its suspension. I was so impressed by the Maxima's structural strength that I didn't even hesitate in replacing it with a later model Maxima, which I'm still enjoying in automatic form.
They're very reliable and durable cars, that go the distance with cost effective ownership. I really can't say enough good things about them... "Boomer"...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2013