1996 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

1996 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 36 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 20 reviews
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"ride" 11 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"sound" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews

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dosretired writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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SE tight suspension -- GREAT handling!
Smooth cruise control
Great long haul gas mileage in 5th gear (slight overdrive) w/ cruise control
Plenty of power to pass and for entrance ramps on freeways
Useful fog lamps
Sporty for a 4-door sedan (in the same sense as a '57 Chevy)

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Rear overall layout of features is "uninspired;" while front is nice
CD drive died after first 24 months.

dosretired
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What A Great Maxima! — Like just about everything about the car except for the CD drive dying after about 24 months. Particularly enjoy the 5-speed manual transmission for mountain roads and for fuel economy. Also like combo of 5-speed manual and cruise control on cross country trips.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Saulr writes:
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excellent acceleration and very comfortable to drive. it really feels like youre driving a luxury car

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the tail lights look a little sad and some parts under the hood are hard to reach when you need to replace them

Saulr
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Huge Value That Will Outperform Many Brand New Cars — It definitely feels like youre driving a sports sedan because the acceleration and braking are top notch. The car is still Nissans flagship sedan and this car can outperform many brand new cars. I have owned this car for about 8 months and it doesnt look too sporty of car but it the engine feels powerful compared to a lot of cars out in the road. The fuel economy is good and the space inside the car is huge. Ive sat my friends and family and nobody ever complains. I actually fit a wheelchair in the trunk! I drive alone most of the time but this would be a perfect family sedan. I wanted a bmw but my maxima has definitely impressed me.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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PCG1 writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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4

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Extremely reliable and cheap to maintain.  Fun to drive with great power and handling.  Comfortable leather interior with Bose sound system.

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16-year old model.  140,000 miles.

PCG1
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Extremely Reliable And Fun To Drive Manual Maxima Sport Edition. — Best $20,000 I ever spent. This Maxima has served me reliably for 15 years with minimal problems. It's as fun to drive as it is trusty. Engine has plenty of power, and handling is taught and responsive. Now has 40,000 miles on it, but engine performs like new.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jonathan writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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amazing car

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the only thin i don't like of this car is the look of it it doesn't look comfortable

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Wow — in some time in my life, i had to buy a car at the price of 1000$ . At this price you don't really expect to have a great car that is fun to drive, have good performance, with a good comfort but I read a lot about some cars and i learn that the nissan maxima of this car was an exelent car so i started to look a some old maxima and then i found mine and i don't regret my choice because it's an exelent car with an amazing engine

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Eric writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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if you find a manuel its got potential and it is good on gas

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if you don't like it

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Its A Japanese Car — The acceleration is amazing handling is not horrible good brakes The build is just like any other Japanese made car Appearance its ok its an everyday car Good on gas not too many problems and i bought it with a lot of miles

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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Comfortable ride without sacrificing performance.

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Looks, different front fascia could improve it greatly.

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Amazing, Affordable, Fwd Thats Not Boring Like American Sedans. — Performance: Quick 4 door! 0-60 in under 7 seconds, and the 1/4 in high 14s (modified) Build Quality: Top of the line! Appearance: The car could use some changes with the front fascia and such...Nissan did this in '97-99 models. Cost of Ownership: Not too bad, did basic maintenance. Got 31mpg on a trip to florida Fun Factor: One of the funnest FWDs I've driven.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Julien writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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Power, Luxury

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Drinks fuel like water

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The 4th Gens Max! — Acceleration is great even with an Auto. Braking isn't the best of the industry Handling is good, but not as sporty we can expect Interior looks really great Gas milleage is bad, even with premium fuel The car is fun to drive as a sport sedan overall, really good car.

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Trey writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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good fuel economy for the speed, relatively cheap, very high build quality, only import midsize i can fit in

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styling isnt great, a fender/tire gap bigger than your hand

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Fast And Practical — good car for most any price, keyword sleeper, nobody expects a tan 4dr sedan to run hign 14s bone stock, but yet still be a good daily driver with 30mpg fuel economy and plenty of room everywhere

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Wrieland writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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Great gas mileage, very dependable, inexpensive repairs.

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Not the newest styling.

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Reliable, Dependable, And Will Not Break The Bank. — Love the car and I feel confidant when I drive it. Driving it is the same as any other car from that year, but it does seem to have pep when you drive it. Dependable and has not given me any major problems. Repairs have been inexpensive. Looks aren't the newest but it is comfortable inside.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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James writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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acceleration and audio

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not rwd or 4wd

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96 Nissan Maxima Review — Performance is great i love the acceleration of the car. 0-60 in about 4 or 5 seconds. Braking is out standing as soon as u touch that pedal the car starts slowing down. Handling is great if the car was alittle bit wider it would just be amazing. The car has needed some repairs. The EGR Valve was replace along with Water pump, Harmonic Balancer. Other then the few repairs its a great car. The Appearance is amazing. Love the leather interior and the black out side. The SE has a wing that makes the car look alot better. Gas Mileage is around 17city 20 highway. Fun Factor this car is fun to drive. love driving the car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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