2002 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5 from North America
Quick, reliable, sports sedan
Recall of crank sensor (dealer replaced, and said it can occur in cold climates; never saw failure on a Maxima; failure occurs on the Altima, which shares the same part).
Paint chipping on plastic front on/below bumper. Dealer agreed to paint for free. Known issue and complaint on www.maxima.org user group site.
Factory non-Bose CD player was replaced free when it ate CDs.
Factory speakers don't like rap music (which is OK by me); distorts.
Added Dynamat pads to speaker mounts on door to help vibration speaker sound.
Dealer would not address this problem.
Very fast 3.5 liter engine.
Comfortable ride. The SE will let you feel the road.
Handling good, smooth response.
4 wheel disc ABS brakes stop straight and quickly on snow and rainy roads.
Put front shock tower brace ($70) on to help with torque steer on quick acceleration from a dead stop.
Good bang for the buck. Sometimes called a poor man's BMW.
Maintenance oil changes. Getting ready to replace the factory tires.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2004
9th Mar 2004, 22:14
I would like to comment on the rattling speakers. On my 2004 Maxima the only complaint that I have is the brake light in the back window raddels like mad when I listen to music with intense Bass. I also brought the car to the dealership to see if they could fix it. They said they would not do anything about it. Good old Nissan customer service for ya. I'm almost to the point where I will not buy another Nissan vehicle because of the poor service from the dealerships.
10th Sep 2004, 15:19
I love my maxima, not need to comment on it. Must agree with the nissan customer service being terrible!!! My leather came apart on my new 2002, they were impossible to deal with, would not issue a rental, even though my car was 7 days old!!!
16th Mar 2005, 13:59
I have a 2002 Maxima SE. This vehicle has limitless power. This is all it has. I have a Bose (6) disc CD system in my vehicle that sounds like it came base from a 76 Buick. This system has poor quality and I can hear someone in the back seat speaking softly while my stereo is full Blast! What has the Dealership done for me in this instance, NOTHING! The service at Nissan is horrible.
24th Oct 2007, 00:21
I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima. Beautiful car.
My brake light on the inside of the rear window rattled when I raised the volume of the radio, especially when there was a lot of bass. I took it to an audio guy who wanted to charge 200 bucks to get whole rare dash padded. I said no thank you. I went home, unhinged the brake light fixture (check the manual to do this) and stuffed the empty space with old rags made from an old cotton tee shirt. Reinstalled the fixture. Hey presto!!! Works so so good. Audio is exceptionally clear with no rattling whatsoever, and 200 bucks saved!!!