1996 Nissan Maxima Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1996 Nissan Maxima GLE 2.5L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carInfiniti I30

Summary:

This car is a great value and I only want to drive Maxima's now

Faults:

I just found out that it needs new axle boots and struts. The struts are the original ones, so that isn't too bad considering the car has over 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very quick and handles amazingly.

Very sporty and luxurious.

Comfortable and I love taking it on trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2008

1996 Nissan Maxima VQ30DE V6 3.0 Liters 4 valves/cylinder multiport E from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission VQ30DE V6 3.0 Liters 4 valves/cylinder multiport E Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles

Summary:

Best car ever, and I will probably drive it the rest of my life (which is hopefully 60 more years)!

Faults:

Front seat belts don't retract as well as they used to.

Front left power window motor has got weak, probably because of normal wear though, as I roll it down to see the lines on the pavement every time I park.

General Comments:

This car is a very fast and powerful luxury sedan. It is the best built, most reliable car I know of! I have literally driven it off a 5 to 10 foot embankment by accident after falling asleep behind the wheel, and was actually able to drive it home because the car is that tough like a military tank or something!

I have hauled lots of my belongings (about 5000 pounds worth) in the trunk, due to not knowing where I will ever be for about 2 years now, and still it is tough enough and powerful enough so that isn't a problem!

Haven't even had any transmission slips due to weight! Also the overdrive gear in this car's transmission is extremely high! That is great for fuel economy! This car gets wonderful fuel economy for it to be such a big car that it is!

This car is the best car ever, and I will probably drive it the rest of my life (which is hopefully is 60 more years because I am only 20 years old).

As well built as this car is, it will most likely last that long!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2008

26th Jul 2008, 00:39

Maxima is the best car made hands down. My 1987 Maxima drove perfectly with no problems other than routine maintenance. The car was on the road 3 days a week minimum, 120 miles each day, round-trip. It had features that even many base model cars today do not offer. Had a 16-year old, inattentive driver not totalled it in January, I would've kept driving it til the wheels fell off it, no joke!

1996 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

The best one ever!!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever had!!! It has been almost 2000 miles, but I can feel it is going to pass 200k with no hesitations!! I bought it as the second car since I had a 99 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro (84k) but once I drove it, I changed my mind and I realized how my Audi was a piece of junk when you compared with my maxima (I sold my Audi). I can't even hear the engine as I drive. It is quite fast and reliable. It also has more room than I expected. Great Car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

1996 Nissan Maxima V6 DOHC from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Performance and Reliability for a price

Faults:

Front and rear brakes replaced at 120,000 miles.

Front CV Axles have worn out and begun to click at 120,000 miles.

Front and rear strut assemblies have worn out causing bottoming out and bouncing at 125,000 miles.

Automatic Sunroof off track at 125,000 miles.

Water Pump failed at 135,000 miles (replaced).

Thermostat failed at 135,000 miles (replaced).

Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor failed at 140,000.

General Comments:

The cars performance, reliability and fuel economy are wonderful.

The options this car came with (sunroof, CD/Tape Player, Bose 5 speaker system, power seats, power windows and power door locks, cruise control, ABS, driver and passenger airbags) for the price is great.

However the parts for this are usually quite expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2007

1996 Nissan Maxima SE 3. from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3. Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous caracura vigor

Summary:

Lemon

Faults:

Just one thing after another... bought the car at 64000Km from a dealer. Within one week it was returned for clutch problems, and engine light.

While they were servicing it, at their cost...we bought an extended warranty - the starter went and they accidently cut a brake line while replacing it.

We got the car back, the clutch was no longer doing the shimmy. Within 6 months the the clutch was slipping. Car went back to the dealer, they replaced the clutch AGAIN under warranty. Clutch continued to slip. Car dealer, said no more clutches. We took it to a private mechanic, he confirmed clutch was slipping. Pulled the clutch, this time he took a better. The fly wheel was the culprit and it was warped. Called the orginal dealer, they paid half. * note I have drove a manual transmission my whole life and never burnt out one clutch. This car was clutch glitched. Now it has had three clutches. The third clutch and fly wheel came to $1400.

To this day...2 years later no more clutch problems - touch wood.

Next: radiator started leaking - new rad was installed.

Next: a sound that appeared to be coming from the transmission started out of the blue. Sounded like bearings going around and around.

Transmission shop confirmed there was a bearing in the tranny that was gone. When you replace the incoming bearing, seems it comes in a kit and all bearings had to be replaced. $1800. Under warranty again - we bought the extended warranty thank gawd. So now the transmission is rebuilt. *note - the transmission co. stated it would not be covered under warranty if it was due to neglect... we baby this car and knew it was not due to us driving it badly. Verdict came back that is was normal wear and tear. PHEW!

Next there was a crack sound when we backed up. A distinct medal on medal crack. Mechanic after mechanic could do nothing more than guess where it was coming from.

Front end shop said maybe it is a front axle, no one drove it over curbs... what the heck was happening - only 90 something clicks.

Axle was changed $500.+ Cracking sound remained... one day it just disappeared on its own. It was a mystery.

Now at 122,000K, we notice it started blowing blue smoke when it is cold and when you shift. Sounds like valves... Has not been checked yet.

Drips of oil are happening under the car now too.

Can't determin where it is coming from.

What next?/?

But did I mention the BOSE stereo system... the best thing about the entire car... you can turn it up and up and it never distorts.

Seats are comfortable. Leather has lasted.

General Comments:

How do you spell L E M O N?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th May, 2007

15th Nov 2009, 21:24

Maybe you had a bad apple in the bunch. It seems the dealer was the main culprit.

I own a 96 Maxima. My Chevy Malibu blew a head gasket and I couldn't afford to take time off from work and have it fixed. I drove 68 miles each way per day for six days a week to work, that's 136 miles per day, 816 per week, 42,432 per year.

A friend had the Maxima sitting in his yard and for personal reasons he was not able to drive it. He had bought it used from a private seller a few years earlier. I offered to buy it, hoping it would last just until I fixed my Malibu. Never owned a Maxima before and I was in love with my Malibu, so I would have never given a chance to the Maxima if not in these conditions.

I purchased the Maxima with 126,000 miles on it. Six years later with over 380,000 miles on it, I still own it, I drive it every day and it still drives as if it was the first day I bought it.

The only two things that I have replaced other that tires, oil changes, and brake pads, plugs and wires etc. was the water pump and the starter, which slips every winter when it's cold.

I donated my Malibu and purchased another Maxima. What an awesome car extremely reliable, great on gas, and fun to drive. Sorry you had this experience, but don't blame the car.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 28 reviews