1994 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0L SOHS V6 from North America


It is a great car for the money


First of all, this is a great car. The most serious problem I have had with the car is the Automatic Transmission. Right after I purchased the car, the transmission started to slightly slip in second and fourth gears. Though it still worked for a long time, and never got any worse, I had to buy a replacement because I just couldn't take it anymore. That cost me $1200.00 for a re-built one that I had to install myself.

Another problem I had is with the BOSE system. The LCD on the head unit went out and the rear speakers were blown. I just replaced that with an aftermarket AIWA CD system.

The power windows have also given me some problems. First, the rear window regulators went out, followed by the fron passenger window regulator.

I fixed all these items myself because Nissan Dealers prices are absolutely OUTRAGEOUS. Just for the new transmission they quoted almost $6000.00 to replace it.

General Comments:

I love its performance and pick-up. It even runs great at 125MPH, which I have gotten it up to on a few occasions. With proper maintenance this car could easily get to the 250K + mark without major problems.

Another plus is that the car is not very noticeable by the cops radar, especially if you get the car in a darker color. You just blend in with the crowd and don't get the ticket that the guy in fron of you did.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2003

1994 Nissan Maxima GXE V6 Standard from North America


Consumer Reports was correct, a great deal!


Replaced plugs once at about 110K.

Had timing belt and other belts replaced at 160K and plugs and wires.

Transmission had to be rebuilt. Think this was due to rocking in the Chicago snow at 170K.

Radio display had gone out in 3 radios. It is great otherwise. Got replacements at web junkyards $75 pp, not the Bose version.

Weird th-rushing sound corrected with a gasket between the head and exhaust pipe $250.

Safety belt light comes on for passenger seat. Never fixed it.

Had a fuel injector go bad at 120K. Had another fuel injector go bad at 160K. Heard about this problem after the first was replaced so I replaced all injectors with non-Nissan injectors. No problems since.

General Comments:

Original exhaust system, never replaced.

Never replaced alternator or water pump.

I never wax it and it still looks new after a wash.

Looks new inside with a little cleanup.

Had the car up to 125 once or twice. Pretty quick for a v6. Cruises effortlessly at 85.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2003

1994 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 DOHC from North America


Sports car or family sedan?


Nothing really has gone wrong. A small exhaust leak, and the CV Joints are starting to go, but that comes with time and miles. The seats are a little worn an that comes with time as well.

General Comments:

This car is my second car, and is an all-around great car. It is wonderful in the snow as long as it has a good set of tires. The gas mileage is decent and the performance is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

25th Jun 2005, 02:11

Hi, Does anyone know if Maxima's come out in manuel coz I am really wanting to buy one, but can't seem to find one single manuel?As I love these cars so it is a bit annoying.

1994 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0L V6 from North America


True to its claim, "4DSC"


So far the only thing wrong with the car is the wiper linkage breaking. Other than that just minor and standard repairs such as brakes, wheel alignment, lights. I haven't had the problem with the windows others have had with the '94 Maximas.

General Comments:

I like this car very much. I especially love the power the car has along with its low profile. The fact that a cop wouldn't think a four door family type sedan wouldn't smoke a sports car off the line is great.

The features the car has also makes it a pleasure to own. The heated mirrors caught my eye as I was shopping around for vehicles since I live in Alaska and have had the frustration with scraping ice off of my mirrors. While on the subject of winter I would like to mention the key-less entry which is my favorite feature. I could leave my keys locked in the car and would not have to worry about the car, where I left my keys or my locks freezing. This car handles great in the snow. Minimal sliding and lots of stability. With the engine block heater installed it not only keeps the engine toasty, but it helps with the climate control heater kicking into high gear. The adjustable transmission is also a plus. The comfort setting is just that along with the normal, and when I smell a challenge from the cocky teenager with the tricked out sports car in the next lane I switch the setting to power and laugh as he struggles to keep up.

I would definitely buy another Nissan. In fact I would love to have a brand new 2002 Maxima with the 6 speed manual transmission. Nissan "Shift".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

22nd Mar 2006, 18:19

I also own a 1994 Nissan Maxima GXE. I had it handed down to me after my brother was done with it. He had ragged on the car for a couple years. It still blows my mind how fast this car can pick up speed. I have had this car up to 125mph lots of times and it never gives me any trouble. I still beat most people drive 2000 models and higher of types of cars. Throw it into 1st manually, then slide it to 2nd after about 5000 rpm really speeds the car up. A lot of people don't realize the car only has 160 hp and to add on to that my car has 203000 miles on it, really puts them to shame. I'm planning to get another car and believe me, its going to be a new Maxima.