1992 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0L SOHC from North America


Very Reliable and enjoyable car to drive


One fuel injector failed at about 205 000 KM. Since the labor being charged was significant, it was more economical to replace all the injectors at the same time.

Exhaust manifold started to leak around 175 000 KM.

Blower solenoid needed to be replaced.

Power Locks work intermittently.

General Comments:

Very reliable and comfortable vehicle if proper maintenance is done.

Great mileage for a V6 engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2002

1992 Nissan Maxima GXE SOHC V6 from North America


A true high-performance family sedan


Exhaust manifold studs stretched, requiring replace. One covered by warranty, other I paid for.

Connection at top of fuel pump failed at 170,000 k., required replacement of fuel pump.

Timing belt tensioner bolt sheared at approx 180,000 k. Bent all 24 valves & required head job, etc.

Transmission failed abruptly at 285,000 k.

A/C compressor failed gradually 250,000 -> 260,000 k. It was then so noisy it was disconnected.

Rear struts very weak in cold (-10 C.) weather, OK at +0 C.)

The electric locking system has become intermittent -- some days it works, others it doesn't. Really an inconvenience.

General Comments:

I first drove a Maxima before I could afford one, and thought "Wow, finally a car which performs like it has a V-8 in it." Years later, in a different Maxima, with 300,000+ k. - same feeling!

First of all it fulfills that most basic requirement: it starts quickly, every time, in all weather.

Second, I think I've had some bad luck, as the things which broke were major components, or in the case of the tensioner bolt, a minor component with major consequences. (I could accept the transmission failure, but wish it was not sudden.)

Third, I still believe this is a fabulous car. It is still quiet and comfortable, has little wind noise, handles and brakes well, and when I push it, goes like stink.

Fourth, it has always been worth repairing as the intrinsic quality and solidity is there.

Fifth, the car has an interesting edge which makes it interesting. It is not as flawlessly quiet as a Honda Accord, and it is probably not quite as well built as a Toyota Camry. But I think a Honda would be worn out by now, and Camry is like automotive stodge. The Maxima has move presence.

Sixth, some people criticize the styling used in this series, though it is a bit bland to the rear. But I've always liked it, like watching the way other Maxima's move, like walking up the street and seeing mine in the driveway. Yeah!!

I'm using Michelin X-1 tires because of their fabulous warranty, I just keep taking them back for replacement when they wear out. Good all-round tire for use here in Nova Scotia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2002

30th Sep 2002, 12:17

I have a 1992 Nissan Maxima and have had the same exact problems with the power locks, Then the transmission went out (not completely was fixable) at 180,000 miles. I think my fuel pump is going out because it keeps buzzing. They say my timing chain is gone because they say the bolts are loose, maybe its the same as your problem, the tensioner belt or something. Every time I turn on my a/c it makes noises and doesn't blow cold air anymore. My struts went shot last winter. How much did it cost to fix the timing? They say mine is the chain, but could be wrong.


7th Apr 2010, 19:38

WOW, you only got 285,000 miles before the tranny died? That's a bummer.

Holy crap man! Some people's cars kick the bucket at 160,000 miles!

1992 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 V6 VE 30DE/ MFI from North America


Initially I had problems with the idling, when on idle the engine dies out, but not all the time, after a major tune up that was fix immediatly. Installed new struts at 90K and new tires. Also change pads on all four wheels. I drove this car from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles at a constant speed of app. 85MPH with no strain on the engine or transmission. THIS CAR CAN GO ALL DAY FOR 100 mph easy. I have owned sports and saloon type cars, but never been as haapy with this FINE AUTOMOBILE.

General Comments:

The best four door sports sedan in its time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

22nd Aug 2002, 12:05

I have purchased my Nissan Maxima SE new in 1992 and still drive it today with 194,000 KM on it. The Car is mint! (Only because I do not drive it in winter snow and salt} I have never had a major problem with the engine. I have recently noticed a knocking sound which turns out to be the Timing gears which have to be replace according to the dealer. This car has never been to any other garage, but the dealer! I strongly believe that a car maintained at its dealership is like having a family doctor. They know your car inside out.