1996 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 litre DOHC V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


BMW wishes they had an engine this good!


The left rear runing light shorts out with alarming frequency. I have been told that this is to do with slamming the boot or trunk lid down instead of lowering down slowly and then letting it drop.

Handbrake cover is worn from where I habitually leave my hand.

Climate Control takes quite a lot longer to produce cold air on a hot day than when first bought, but that's probably to be expected after 200,000 plus kilometres.

Some of the LED lights in the rear wing (spoiler) do not work anymore and it looks a little cheap when you have half the light bar at the back light up when you brake.

That is all that has gone wrong with my 1996 Nissan Maxima SE Automatic over the past nearly 10 years. Amazing!

General Comments:

Exceptional value for money.

Fantastic V6.

Handles well considering standard tyres.

Automatic transmission a little sluggish at lower speeds.

I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2005

1996 Nissan Maxima SE 5 speed 3.0L from North America


Very reliable, stealthy fast car


Starter had to be replaced at 80,000 miles.

Two O2 sensors have been replaced.

The computer module blew up and had to be replaced (the only time this car has stranded me).

Clutch master cylinder was replaced at 155,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is still extremely fun to drive and keeps up with almost all of the new family sedans.

The engine has burned zero oil in all of the time I have owned it, and the oil still stays very clean (using synthetic oil).

The styling may not be the prettiest, but it looks good to me and the car is not a cop magnet: more of a stealth-mobile.

I have averaged about 25 mpg over more than 100,000 miles: very good performance/economy ratio I think.

The leather seats have held up very well, still in great condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2005

1996 Nissan Maxima TI 3.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Not an outback cruiser, but a fine town car


Front bearings

Engine mounts

Broken exhaust mounts

Fryed computer

Power window regulators (3)

Broken suspension components

Body groans and creaks.

General Comments:

This is my first imported car after owning an Australian built Magna and two Falcons.

I do a lot of outback driving on dirt, rocky and corregated roads and it appears that the Maxima is not rugged enough for Australian rural roads.

The previous cars I have owned never had any problems on these types of roads, but the Maxima seems to constantly have things falling off or breaking on these type of trips.

As a town or highway car, it is great. its not really a big car, but still quite roomy, it's a very well equipped car and has good power and is fairly fuel efficent. It is also comfortable and rides well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th January, 2005

1996 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 V6 from North America


A great looking, professionally built car


Right CV Boot has cracked.

Seat belt-headlight On chime has broke.

Spoiler L.E.D.'s quit working.

Right rear brake caliper has gone bad.

General Comments:

Very quick and responsive vehicle.

Roomy interior with comfort in mind.

Sharp, rich looks.

Only complaint I have is that it doesn't handle to well in wet weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2004

1996 Nissan Maxima from North America


Very impressive


80,000 Check engine light kept coming on. Went to dealership said it was a censor, replaced twice. Pretty expensive. I accidentally ran out of gas and the light never came on again.

Paint does scratch easily.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever owned and would buy another when the time comes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2004

4th Feb 2005, 15:20

I am having the same problems. Have had the knock sensor, the speed sensor, the speedometer, and the oxygen sensors replaced. Now I am told I need a fuel pump. No resolution in sight and $1,000s have been spent.

1996 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 from North America


I LOVE this car!


I had to replace the transmission at about 150,000 miles.

Replaced one O2 Sensor.

Replaced one pulley.

CD player in Bose System stopped working last week!

General Comments:

The performance of the car is great.

It handles well for the tires it comes with.

Very quiet car. Great for long distance trips, but seats take a little getting used to, even now.

Other than the transmission, no reliability issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2004

4th Jun 2005, 19:39

My own has a lot of problems except that my exhaust pipe keeps on breaking loose and scrapeing the floor.

8th Oct 2005, 21:54

I don't expect you to come back to find this and reply to it, but I am interested to know how often you changed the transmission gear oil in the car, since it failed at 150k miles. That's still respectable that it lasted that long, especially since the 4th generation trannies were known for problems. I just changed out my manual gear oil at 73k miles (don't know if it was changed before I bought my 98 GXE with 66k miles) with AMSOIL synthetic gear oil, and the car shifts much more smoothly and power delivery seems more direct.