13th Jul 2004, 20:59
Own a 1990 Nissan Maxima with 218,000 miles! Still a very good automobile and am thinking about driving it another 100,000. Never any transmission trouble and engine has never been touched except for starter replacement. Never uses a drop of oil between changes ; 3,000 to 4,000 miles. Replaced timing belt when it was 50,000 miles over due and it still ran great before I changed it out. Excellent gas mileage too. Only real problem I have is a rattle in the front end that sounds like a loose shock would, but may be the struts. Only one window will roll down now. Have trouble in the control buttons I believe.
7th Aug 2009, 12:47
You bought this car w/20,000 kilometers on it and have added another 250,000 plus. If it has been a problem child then maybe you should look in the mirror to find the reason why. My '90 SE has about 250,000 MILES on it and it could still be driven across country (the U.S.) without drama. Without music too, but that's another story. (Bose made themselves a bad rep w/these Nissan stereos.) It's a given that Nissan cars aren't quite as well made as Honda or Toyota, but they are far better than you would have people believe.
16th Sep 2009, 14:31
I had to respond to this one, I have had nothing but problems with my Maxima, with only 84,000 miles on it and being only the second owner from someone who had it dealer serviced and garage kept since day one.
I have had to replace the front suspension (ball joints, sway bar links, struts & tower supports), this car was owned by a little old lady.
Then, timing belt, water pump, starter, alternator, exhaust head pipe (flex pipe), air conditioning compressor, two power window motors, climate control switch, and now after all of that, the transmission is acting up (it won't shift into top gear for a few miles).
I have spent upwards of $5000 on this car and it is just one thing after another... I've had it.