2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0 V6 from North America

Summary:

Universal working horse

Faults:

Replaced oxygen sensors a few times.

Replaced rear main seal.

Changed rear caliper, because it wasn't releasing.

Key wore out, so you couldn't start the car; the key would not turn in the ignition.

General Comments:

Pretty fast if you want it to be. Comfortable, and pretty good MPG (we got 24 mix and 26 highway).

Never broke so I couldn't move; pretty reliable. Drove it from WA to IA and back, no big deal. Just regular maintenance and it runs great. I think it will last at least 130k more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2013

30th Oct 2013, 13:40

I love mine. I have a 2000 Maxima with 270,000 miles on it. I am only doing the regular maintenance on it and it is doing great. I hope to go up to 300,000. When it's time to change the ignition coils on the spark plugs (only when the engine sounds like it is misfiring)... do them yourself. it is about a 10 minute pop off and pop on job. Your cost for each ignition coil is around $65 and free labor (un-clip, un-screw, change, re-clip, re-screw, done). The shop will charge nearly $200. It is the one thing this Nissan needs when it gets up in miles. Other than that, no worries. It runs forever and only needs a shower once in a while.

2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0 litre gas from North America

Summary:

These cars were not made to withstand the elements of the North American climate

Faults:

Too much surface rust appearing under the paint all over the body. Rotting from the inside??

Too much body rot in structural areas.

It has the famous radiator support rot, right where the engine cradle bolts onto. This could potentially make the vehicle unsafe to drive.

Can you say, planned obsolescence?

I think these vehicles were made of powdered rust that was melted down, and made into 'new' cars. Good job, Nissan.

Needless to say, this problem will be a massive PITA to correct.

Otherwise, the car runs and drives excellent.

If only Nissan chose to use REAL STEEL to build their vehicles.

A recall on these vehicles for the structural rust problems should be made!! Nissan should own up.

General Comments:

Nice interior.

Bad design on the carpeting: too much spongy underlay, which holds water and rots out the floor pan.

Four wheel disc brakes: good if you are racing, but in regular day-to-day driving, all they do is get rusted out.

Powerful engine, the 3.0 litre DOHC loves to rev.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 2012

22nd Aug 2012, 23:59

You're complaining about rust on a car approaching 400,000 miles. Come on. That's a LOT of driving, and a lot of elements it's driven in. You can't expect most cars to be in good cosmetic condition after nearly 400,000 miles.

MODERATOR'S NOTE: this comment refers to a mileage error in the review, which has since been corrected.

25th Aug 2012, 12:03

OP here, in response to the commenter.

I messed up on the mileage. The car actually has 280,000 kms, not 380,000 miles, as I had originally posted.

And, if you think I am overreacting to the rust issues, have a look at this: http://www.nissanforums.com/general-altima-stanza-discussion/137783-altima-rust-shocker.html

2000 Nissan Maxima SE from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Money guzzler!!!

Faults:

Starter.

Alternator.

Air compression unit.

O2 sensors.

Leather seats wearing badly.

Check engine light comes on and off on its own.

Loud popping noise from the front end.

Both U joints had to be replaced on the front end.

General Comments:

I was very disappointed in this vehicle. I am the second owner of this car. After having the car for 3 months, I had to have the air compression unit replaced, which cost me 350.00. Then the alternator went out the following month, which cost 750.00.

I had the vehicle out of the shop for 1 day after having the starter and u-joints replaced at a cost of 600.00, and the check engine light is on, along with a loud popping noise from the front end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2011

10th Nov 2014, 18:54

This car is front wheel drive. It doesn't have universal joints. Those are a part of the driveline on a rear-wheel drive car. A front wheel car has constant velocity (CV) joints. If someone sold you universal joints, I would go back to the shop with a pointed stick to demand your money back.