1996 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

1996 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 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" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"ride" 11 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"sound" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"suspension" 2 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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Displaying 11 - 20 of 34 1996 Nissan Maxima reviews.

Murray writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

Powerful engine, great reliability, fun to drive

Cons

solid beam rear axle, soft suspension

85

1996 Nissan Maxima — For what it is....a mid-level, modestly-priced Japanese 4-door sedan....the Maxima is an impressive car; and doesn't receive half the credit it deserves. Manual transmission models from 1995-2003 were (for their time) one of the best-kept secrets.....due to a very good power-to-weight ratio and and industry-leading V6 engine that was shared with the 300ZX sports car. Handling isn't great, due to a simple solid-beam rear axle(to keep weight down), and soft shock absorbers. SE models, with a better wheel / suspension package, are fun to drive; and don't exhibit as much understeer as the comparable (but incredibly front-heavy) Accord V6. For its time, the Maxima was the only Japanese-built 4-door sports sedan with a V6 engine and a manual transmission.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

Pros

It kicks a$$

Cons

nothing

35

Sweet Ass Ride — With a skyline motor she flies!!!! Great gas milage, no problems yeah i would recomend anyone to get one of these rides. In fact my brother in law now drives one. The only problem i have is not enough roads.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Eriq writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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4

Pros

V6!

Cons

Nothing

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Long Distance Runner — Great to drive, great for feeling special sound of V6 will make you smile every time...bit thirsty on petrol when in town, best on motorway...what else can I add? Merc S with the 1/10 of the price...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Dionis writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

faster than scott's accord..

Cons

its not a 300zx

25

Nissan Rocks.. If You Disagree I'll Take You On 99 — awesome performance for a family sedan, takes the corners and sticks.. needs to stay flat. can definitely be a super car with minor upgrades. I'd take a vq over vtec all day everyday. im glad i got a maxima... i love her to death

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Ryan-Julie writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

All

Cons

alot of miles.

25

Another Nissan — This is a great car and has lasted my husband a really long time. It has about 200,000 miles on it and still runs great. This thing has a ton of power and can really kick. This is a really great car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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James writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

Pros

Great interior, Engine has power, Nice stereo system, Heated Leather seats

Cons

gas mileage not as good as you'd want, Drives a bit rough

75

1996 Nissan Maxima — Fun to drive Leather interior Heated seats Bose Stereo system Acceleration Body is still in excellent shape - had to redo the wheel well edges and spoiler mount Power sunroof, seats, windows, a/c Engine is very responsive Excellent handling With only 150,000 KM's - should be good for a while

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Javier writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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5

Pros

Low manteinance, High performance engine, Economic, Spacious, exelent features

Cons

Electronic anttenna it's hard to replace

35

Keep Looking As Brand New!!! — I own this since 2005 and It has more than 100,000 miles I thought I was going to have so many difficulties but far from that this car keep running without a major problem. I only keep doing the regular tune ups as usual in every car. It comes with a great smooth leather seats which keep the same appearance as factory, not to mention it comes with dual electronic seats, double vanity mirrors. Awesome factory Bose sound System with CD player and Cassette player also with an external CD changer. Great electronic temperature control system and extraordinary security system which includes the key less entry, Door knob that controls front windows remotely. Overall this car exceed my expectations.

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Jake writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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5

Pros

every thing

Cons

nothing

35

Best Griocery Getter Ever — I LOVE MAXIMAS!!!!!!! Reiliable and the VQ engine has been on the top ten engines list ever since it came out. Very good car. 4DSC (Four Door Sports Car) This thing pulls hard with no problems besides normal. the thing will run low 15's and still get 31MPG. Great car

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Stephen writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

Rims, Spoiler

Cons

NOTHING

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Nissan Maxima — For a used car the maxima was awesome. It had like 70,000 miles on it when we bought it......I think. The only thing wrong with it was the passenger seat didnt move but my dad fixed it and the 1 and 3 on the a.c. didnt work. It had nice chrome rims when we bought it and the car cost $5500. Then my parents traded it in for a new 2005 Pathfinder but our uncle gave us his 1998 nissan altima. We wanted our dad to trade in the altima because the altima sucked big time.

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Gene writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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5

Pros

Solid everyday driver

Cons

Out of date but still a lot better than some cars out there

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Smokers Car — My first car ever. Have a ton of memories in it. The car was a trooper. It always went no matter what the problem was. I beat all my other friends in a race in this car when we all had our cars xP. It can haul some ass for a 96. Great acceleration, and brakes. It handled okay when i had it but new springs would have done the trick. It is a comfortable car to drive.

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