Practical, reliable, and fun family performance sedan
Starter replaced at 93,000 miles.
Front axles replaced at 137,000 miles.
Front brake pads replaced at 109k and 169k.
Rear brake pads replaced at 141k and 203k.
Water pump replaced at 211k.
Accessory belts replaced at 185k.
Radiator replaced at 170k.
Ignition switch replaced at 156k.
Fuel injector (cylinder #5) replaced at 200k.
Front strut (left) replaced at 176k.
Valve cover gasket replaced at 226k.
With routine maintenance, the Maxima has been very solid and reliable over the years.
The repair intervals for the various items are more than reasonable I think. I have done my own oil/filter changes every 10k with Mobil 1 5w30 full synthetic since about 75k, and the engine looked very clean when I did the valve cover gasket last year. The Maxima consumes no oil between changes either.
I sense no decline in acceleration performance, even with 232k on the car. Still have the original clutch.
I wish my 2003 BMW 330i had my Maxima's reliability (91k - valve cover gasket, sunroof binding, front wheel bearing, coolant expansion tank leak, HVAC malfunction, oil consumption (1 quart/500 miles), bad sensors, accessory pulley's bearings gone bad, bad lower control arm bushings). But I digress.
I plan on hanging onto my 4th gen Maxima indefinitely. It shows no signs of slowing down. I feel very confident it will reach 300k+.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2014