1992 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L V6 from North America
A sleek, reliable sports sedan if taken care of properly
1. The rear brakes were gone when I purchased it. They had actually seized from not being used. I had to replace the disks and calipers as well as valve that distributed rear brake pressure. Total cost: approximately $1000 (including certification for the carand labour costs).
2. The connecting rod to the windshield wipers had corroded over the years and snapped on a cold winter day. They had to be replaced because you need wipers in winter. To access the wiper motor is so cumbersome that the labour cost far exceeded the cost of the component, Total cost: approximately $450.
3. I noticed an engine coolant leak recently and had the car overheat on the highway from a severe loss of coolant. I had my mechanic inject some fluorescent dye into the coolant so we could detect the leak. It turns out I needed a new water pump. The pump is also cumbersome to reach and replace, so the labour cost of this was high. Total cost: exactly $745.
This is a great car to drive, but expensive to maintain.
The car is quick when pushed, but beware with the heavy foot. My baby is a thirsty beast and you'll pay at the gas pumps.
I'm use to driving smaller cars so I'm a bit annoyed at the Maximas larger turning radius, especially when trying to maneuver through downtown Toronto traffic.
There are several electrical "quirks" with the car. I noticed that my left headlight comes on intermittently when driving. Any clues what the problem is? It's not the fuse or light bulb for sure! Also, the back lights for the control panel and clock are starting to switch off an on during driving.
Besides that, the interior is a dream with stylish, functional decor and very comfy black leather interior. Very sexy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2004
24th Feb 2005, 21:29
Your post mentioned intermittent left headlight operation. I had the same problem with my 1990 Maxima. It turned out to be the switch assembly in the steering binnacle. I was able to pull the switch apart and burnish the pitted contacts back to proper operation. Took me half an hour. otherwise buy a new switch assembly. regards from Australia. Feb 2005.