1991 Nissan Maxima SE from North America - Comments

15th Oct 2002, 17:48

I also own a 1990 Maxima. Although I have an automatic transmission, I am also looking at replacing the transmission at 150,000 miles. Before my transmission started giving me problems, the car rode like a dream. In total, I've had to put about $2,000 work in my car alone. The $800 for the steering was a nightmare in itself. I have a leak in the engine and constantly have to check the oil. I have also had problems with my clock as others have reported. Before transmission problems, the car had a great amount of power and could "take on" most cars on the road. (not that I "hot rodded" my car or anything) As far as comfort, the Maxima has plenty of it. My only complain about the interior is the small amount of glove compartment space and no cup holder. Although this car has had its problems, it's a decent ride in all.

22nd Oct 2002, 15:16

I have a 90' Maxima automatic. @ 157,000 I had to replace the transmission, but other than that, the car has driven like a new car, and like most others say it can ride with others on the road. recently I had to get another transmission, but not the fault of Nissan, the place that I took my car to get it's transmission done, ripped me off so now I took it to Aamco, hopefully I don't have a problem with it any more. the only thing like most others say, my clock don't work, but other than that, hey the cars a dream.


Carlos Estrada

8th Dec 2002, 22:55

I have a 1990 Nissan Maxima that's been in the family since new. Never had any major problems and I'm still riding on the ORIGINAL transmission. I have 254,000 on the car. Amazing piece of machinery and engineering!

12th Dec 2002, 03:06

I own a '91 Nissan Maxi ma and have had so much trouble with it! After 2 weeks of purchasing I spent $2,000 AU on the steering and new rings, oil leak, etc. The dude told me I shouldn't be alive after driving home from the Sydney Car Yard. Then, replaced the battery twice and the starter motor now I've been told I need new struts!!! It's a great looking car and the interior is luxurious, but I want a cup holder too, but she still flies!

16th Dec 2002, 08:35

I have a 91 maxima I love the car. the only problem so far has been that I had to replace 3 of the fuel injectors. but at 800 dollars was not cheap thing to do. I do have a terrible noise when I turn the wheel hard. I have 130,000 miles on it and I love it. the bose stereo needs to go only one of the three amps still works and sometimes the radio gets stuck on scan for hours. the clock only works when it is cold outside. does anyone know how to fix this. but overall it is the best car I have ever owned.

5th Feb 2003, 14:08

I own a Black 91 maxima with a 5 speed. I am currently at 175K. Recently I have noticed excessive transmission noise and the clutch shutters in first gear. This car was a very good buy and I would like to fix it. Is it common for the five speed transmission to go out around this time?

26th Mar 2003, 04:36

I have a 1991 Nissan Maxima SE 5 speed. It has 180k and just now needs a clutch. The fuel injectors cause a miss intermittently, but can be temp fixed with some fuel injector cleaner and a new fuel filter. The BOSE system is bad in every Maxima I have ever seen so do not feel alone! Window regulators go bad, but are easy and cheap to fix if you ebay. This car is fast. Hard to believe that a 12 year old car will do over 125 MPH and not even strain. This car corners well and has a sporty feel. I highly recommend, but check out the fuel injectors!

31st Mar 2003, 20:46

I have a 1993 Maxima, my grandmother's for 7 years so it only has 54,000 miles on it! It's a dream, except that ever since I had the battery replaced the Bose radio has acted funny. I had to send it back to the company twice already to have them fix it. Now it's clicking on and off at random, not all the time, just sometimes, it's very odd. I asked my husband to tighten the battery, perhaps the connection was causing it, and now the car is completely dead, electronically and mechanically. I'm taking it to the mechanic tomorrow. I was planning to sell the car this month because we are moving to NYC. It is perfect otherwise. Any advice or comments on what could be wrong?

19th May 2003, 23:02

If you're having trouble with your fuel injectors, take it to a shop that uses the Sun/Snap-On Fuel Injector cleaner. After replacing several injectors on my 90 and 91 Maximas, I started using this service, and the car runs like new. Do it every 30-40,000 miles.

Your clock is bad. Don't pay Nissan $200. Go elsewhere.

My manual transmission is starting to rattle at 174,000 miles. I don't call this unreliable. I will replace with a rebuilt unit.

27th May 2003, 14:12

I own a '91 Maxima SE and have been very satisfied with it. Bought it 8 yrs ago used with 75,000 miles for $5500. What a steal. The car now has 220,000 miles with an engine that still hauls.

The only problems I've had: power antenna quit, needed to replace a power steering line, amp in radio went, 3 out of 4 power windows don't work, replaced the battery ONCE, tires twice, brakes twice, air filter twice, oil changes every 3000-4000 miles consistently. Have never changed the transmission fluid, never changed the timing belt. I'd say this car has surpassed my expectations.

I hope I can get as much out of my next car.

25th Aug 2004, 18:27

I have a 1991 Maxima. While I love this car, I'm having some trouble with it. There was an exhaust leak that reduced that car's power. I have since had it fixed and it purrs like a dream. Now I have a new issue. There seems to be an oil leak in front of the car that is causing a good amount of smoke. I haven't had a mechanic look at it yet, but I hope it is just a gasket. Also, I've had problems with 3 of the 4 windows and I need a new front axle to correct steering problems. Is this car worth this much money and effort? I'm a college student with limited resources. Any suggestions? Feel free to e-mail me: FateenJB@hotmail.com. Thanks.

9th Sep 2004, 12:40

I own a 90 Maxima that my grandfather gave me. It has less than 60,000 miles on it now and things have stopped working. Like everyone else, the clock comes on and off, fixed with a smack. The right speakers also come on and off... mostly off. The right back window stopped working. This is pretty sad considering it was used so rarely. The antenna would get stuck, but now its fixed with a little cleaning. Any ideas on the speakers would help. Thanks.

19th Oct 2004, 13:49

To the person above, you mentioned that you replaced the amps for $80. Where did you go for that, I can't seem to find them individually.

Thanks for your help.

PS. I love the car, bought it two months ago and very satisfied.