Love this car!
** Nothing has gone wrong out of the normal. I changed the parts to prevent future part failures **
This car is high in cost when repairing it!! But it's all worth it in the end. And it's a 2002, it's not going to be the best car alive.
1) Changed my spark plugs and boots at 141,700 miles with NGK Iridium.
**NOTE!! Changing plugs is difficult. You have to take off the upper intake manifold, and in my case, take off the plenum (the top of the engine). Cost $300.
2) Changed brake pads and rotors with ceramic pads and OEM rotors at 135,000. Cost $200.
3) I use Mobil One synthetic engine oil and oil filter. I change every 5-6,000 miles.
4) Changed the transmission fluid at 136,000 miles.
5) Changed front struts and strut mounts at 134,000 miles. Cost $127 for each strut, and $20 for each mount.
6) Battery died at 138,000. Cost for a new one was $120.
7) My center console flip up thing broke (rises up and acts like a captain's chair arm rest). I was crossing from the passenger seat to the driver, and broke it myself.
8) Middle of the hood looks a bit bouncy driving down the highway (noticeable at 55mph or higher). Like not enough hood support.
9) Replaced the stock fog lights, and put in HID H3 fog lights to match the color of my actual headlights (6,000 K).
Overall, a very good car! I have a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE, but I only have the stock rims and the spoiler. I wish I had the leather seats, sunroof, etc. But this car is quick and fun.
I get about 270 miles to a tank of gas in the cold, and around 320 in the summer (Minnesota weather), and my driving habits have a lot to do with it.
Tires are a bit high in price with 225-50-17 size. Just over 700 dollars for the low end tire prices.
LOVE the stock HID white headlights, and I put in HID aftermarket for my fog lights (real H3 HID, not the eBay versions).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2012