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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Stephen writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Solid build car

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Bose audio system

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Nissan Maxima 1996 — I bought this brand new. The car was motor trend import car of the year award. I only change the clutch once and it last me 200K miles. I only change the entire supension system to Tokico shock and progressive spring. Drop the car about 1.5 inches. Drive a lot better. I decide not to keep it, because I will have to get new tranny. The only flaw was the Bose audio system. CD keep skipping.Overall it is a soild build car.

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juniorsnap writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

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Quite light for a sedan because of the aluminum engine , I believe  the lightest Maxima's built are 4th gens which would make it the fastest generation Maxima .

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Once it doesn't start , it can be expensive to fix . The rear suspension should have a sway bar. Lower radiator support.

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Great Car If You Treat It Right! — For the money you can't go wrong . Car doesn't look too appealing with most of the rims they put on maximas but other than that it's not a bad looking car compared to many of the sedans on the market . Most people don't know that Nissan was founded with the British who have a definitive mark on the automotive industry . Someone I know owed a 1988 Se which had adjustable suspension and would talk to you if you left the door open or the key in the ignition . The car would even sense when you rolled the windows down and would turn the radio up. If you maintain this car and even make a couple upgrades like wider tires or better suspension you won't be disappointed unless you wanted a BMW.

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James writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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3

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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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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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Roneca writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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paid for

Cons

I have none

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Lady Envy — Paid for with little maintenance.Gas saver. Cold ac. Good sound system. Runs great. Standard shift with sun roof. And I love my blacked out windows chrome finder wellings my added touches here and there. Love to drive it cause it is a standard shift. When I need the speed it is there.

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Austin writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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It's fast, and it's got a sick sound system, and really fuel effecient for a v6

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the brakes could be better

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I Would Buy Another — It's fast. I've driven 500 miles on a single tank. It has a Bose sound system. Some repairs but mine has 170,000 miles on it. It's a Nissan. And if you want a cheap fast car get it, not anything american bleh

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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It kicks a$$

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nothing

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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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Stephen writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Rims, Spoiler

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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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Dan writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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Great MPG for a V6 with the power it has.  Good room, and its a Nissan.

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Not to many.

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Great Car. — See pros and cons

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Jon writes:
1996 Nissan Maxima Review
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smooth ride and handling

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large vehicle

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Reminded Me Of A Toyota Camry — seemed quite luxurious, however luxury isn't always comfy nor compact

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