2000 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0 from North America


A good car with notable flaws in design and workmanship


Numerous ignition coil failures, numerous oxygen sensor failures, MAP failure, suspension boots failure, brake failure, power steering failure. All had to be repaired.

Also the paint tends to fade badly in the Arizona sun.

General Comments:

After having numerous items repaired as noted above, the car has run well, good acceleration and easy cruising. It is a high mileage car now and runs well. The engine in this car is by far the best I've experienced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2015

19th Jul 2015, 03:35

My father has a 2001 Maxima. Watch the oxygen sensor & ignition coil failures. They both shorten catalytic converter life by overheating them, which if you do not address them quickly, results in failure - not cheap. You will not be amused ;)

2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0 V6 from North America


Universal working horse


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


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


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

18th May 2015, 15:24

You're DEFINITELY overreacting. For a North American car to last 280k miles or more is impressive. Look at ANY other car that has 280k on it from your region and I guarantee it has as much rust. So yes little fella, you ARE overreacting.