2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L from North America
Bought the car after my much beloved 1994 Corolla (review is on this site) was written off. It had the following issues when I bought it:
- Very worn tires.
- Needed an alignment.
- Needed new inner and out tie rods on both sides.
- Needed a new passenger control arm.
- Subwoofer did not work.
I replaced all the parts that needed replacing (the inner tie rods were not fun), had new tires installed, and an alignment done. I got the subwoofer working, and the car really shines.
However I do have intermittent shaking at highway speed; I haven't been able to figure that one out yet.
Body rust is a bit more than I'd like.
The automatic transmission shifts harshly sometimes; I've been told this could be the valve body, which is known to be weaker on the 2000 Maximas.
Overall I like the car a lot. The interior is attractive, comfortable, and well put together. The sound system is very good (once I got the sub working) and I like driving it. I do wish I had the manual transmission; I don't care for the removed, gas mileage sucking 4 speed auto.
Running costs are a bit high. Parts were noticeably more expensive than my Corolla. Insurance costs more too. Gas mileage isn't stellar (read automatic transmission) and the car does recommend premium. Because of this I crawl out of lights, rarely let it get over 2400 RPM, but still I get only 21 MPG city, 27 MPG highway.
The one plus of the 3.0L V6 is the power on tap. If you put your foot down it really goes. On the highway if you put your foot down, you'll be going 130 in the blink of an eye.
Purchasing a used Maxima isn't expensive, and it comes with an array of fantastic features. If you can find one, and afford the gas, I'd highly recommend it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th October, 2016
30th Oct 2016, 02:45
Keep an eye on ignition coils and oxygen sensors. If they malfunction, the catalysts will run hot and die young. TRANSLATION = $$$ to replace them.
Otherwise - Enjoy :)
24th Nov 2016, 02:22
I have heard about the infamous ignition coil issues. My car had them replaced prior to me purchasing it, with the "new and improved" coils, and I haven't had any issue with them thus far. But I've always got it at the back of my mind.
27th Nov 2016, 03:54