2001 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 Liter V6 from North America
Fast, fun and reliable, but very thirsty and not at all happy in the snow
In the time that I owned the car, absolutely nothing went wrong with it.
This was the absolute best car that I ever owned. It was very fast (faster than anything else I've owned.)
I used to love taking it out on the backroads and throwing it into corners at speeds I wouldn't have even dreamed of doing in my old Accord.
Despite poor reviews of other Maxima's on this site, I never had a single issue, and I drove it hard. Back then, and still today, I had 100 mile commute 5 days a week, that's how I put so many miles on it in the 2 years I owned it.
I'll also admit to not taking very good care of it. It was lucky to get even an oil change every 10,000 miles. It never had any other maintenance done to it, and it still ran flawlessly and never once broke down.
I wish that I could have kept it. However, a car this fun comes at a price. It loved its premium fuel, and when I first got it, gas was cheap, so it was no big deal that I was only getting 20 MPG. But when gas prices got so high, it was literally using nearly my entire paycheck to fill it up each month, and with my 100 mile daily commute, I was using a lot of gas.
It was also very bad in the snow. It had so much power, and some much torque, that despite the fact that I had winter tires put on it, it still spun its wheels like you wouldn't believe. It also slid very easily on icy roads.
Had it not been for the rise in gas prices, and the fact that I live in New England, there's no doubt in my mind that I would still own it today.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2010