1993 Nissan Maxima Reviews - Page 2 of 8

1993 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 LIter from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 3.0 LIter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carNissan Ford Tempo

Summary:

A strong 20 year car, well built and designed

Faults:

At 146k miles, needed new fuel injectors, exhaust manifolds, new water pump and timing belt. Currently experiencing transmission problems.

General Comments:

In the early 1990's, this was a car ahead of its time. You still see many on the road today. In many respects, it was ahead of its time: The SE model had a Dual Overhead Cam engine with variable valve time, and coil-on-wire ignition rather than a single coil and distributor. Both the GXE and SE featured an independant rear suspension. In a time before Infinity (or other luxury brands such as Lexus or Acura) even existed, it represented a very powerful, front wheel drive performance sedan. At 165 HP, the 3.0 SOHC engine is no scorcher, by today's standards, and the 3.0 DOHC engine at 195 HP is not fast by today's standards, but in its day, any car that could hit 60mph in 7sec with an automatic was fast. Well built and still a fairly modern design even by today's standards. It's an old car, but many of the design concepts: photo-optic sensor for distributor cap, variable valve timing, coil on wire ignition, independant rear suspension are things still present in today's cars. This was a 1989 design!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2007

1993 Nissan Maxima J30 Ti 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired213000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

This car rocks!!!

Faults:

All four window regulators have been replaced; pretty common for this model.

Heater tap was leaking. Replaced it, and all radiator and heater hoses.

Front shockers were pretty soft, so replaced them with Pedders comfort gas shocks, and it now handles like a different car.

General Comments:

This has been the best car I have ever owned.

It looks good, goes well, is fairly good on fuel, and spare parts are easy to get.

The cabin is well laid out, the leather seats are very comfy, and the keypad under the exterior door handles is a very unique feature, which allows you to unlock/lock the doors, open the front windows and sunroof, and open the boot, all by entering a code into it.

The build quality is something Holden or Ford could hope to dream of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2007

1993 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

Good investment for a relatively nice car

Faults:

Due to poor care from the previous owner (looked like they never changed transmission fluid) the transmission went out. Basically melted.

The odometer started tweeking at about 90,000 miles.

Power steering have me trouble once an then fixed itself somehow.

Driver side window fell off track once.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of get up and go in it for being a family type car. Tackles hills well and give you that little extra when you need it.

Quiet and very smooth running engine. Nissan knows what they are doing.

Respectable car. Tell people you drive a Maxima and everyone agrees it's a great car.

Never spent money on anything rather than maintenence and a couple things that are bound to happen to an older vehicle. (excluding the transmission)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2005

1993 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L DOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired189000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Sundance

Summary:

Nissan 4DSC

Faults:

So far...

The left front CV half shaft had to be replaced at 189,450.

Front fog lights not working. Left one is broken from hitting a curb.

Dash Clock doesn't work right. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.

It has the dreaded VTC problem. Put synthetic oil in it and now is quiet most of the time.

General Comments:

So far this car is perfect compared to my previous car the Plymouth Sundance. When I bought the car in December 2004 I knew the CV was going to need replaced. The Maxima is smooth and quiet and is faster than most four door sedans. I love passing people in the maxima its great! It really is a 4DSC!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

16th Feb 2005, 07:49

I wonder if this is the same guy who started the argument with another review calling the Maxima a sports car.

If so, he must have a lot of time on his hands...

17th Feb 2005, 12:55

I don't care what anybody says, in my book the Maxima is not, never was, nor will it ever be a sports car.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 36 reviews