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.
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.