Since Renault's ownership, Nissan vehicles have become very bad. They age poorly, and thanks to Renault, are not built to last. I will NEVER buy another Nissan. They lost a loyal customer. All of my pre-Renault Nissans were wonderful; the ones after Renault - GARBAGE!!
I am sorry you have had bad luck with your Nissan product. Maybe you got a bad one. Nissan sold about 5,000,000 vehicles last year... so they sell a good amount of vehicles, and their overall reliability seems middle of the road... not great, but not bad either.
The weak links in their current lineup seems to be their trucks and SUVs.
In reference to a 2005 Nissan Maxima... again, overall an average vehicle for reliability, with certain years having more problems than others. 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2006 probably should be avoided unless you know the vehicle's history and it's checked out by a good mechanic.
Also, any of this information can be found out within a few minutes by doing your research on the Internet. Anyone that wants to invest the time, can find out about any vehicle out there. Only new vehicles are tricky to research, because there is not a lot of reliability data on them yet.
I don't trust Consumer Reports either. Almost every Nissan they recommend ends up being on their USED CAR TO AVOID list in a few short years. Since Renault, Nissan's reliability has declined and they're not built to last. I have since bought a Toyota and could not be happier. This is what I should have gotten at first. I will NEVER purchase another Nissan, especially a post-Renault one.
I just checked Consumer Reports, and you're right! The 2004, 2005, 2006 Nissan Maxima are all on their Used Cars To Avoid list. They have full black circles everywhere. Given this trend, these newer Nissan are destined to age just as poorly. I too planned on getting a Nissan to replace my 1995 Nissan Maxima, which has been EXCELLENT! 300,000+ miles and still runs like new. Same timing chain and all (unlike these newer Maximas). This is really a shame, because I like the styling of Nissans. I guess my next car will be a Toyota too.
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