1997 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

1997 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 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
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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Trentt writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

it`s fast

Cons

people don`t care for it

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Perfect And Great — great about 200 horsepower and a perfect car for anybody fast plus this car is a nissan i use it everyday cheap about 4,999 dollars and it`s fun to drive any one can drive this car that`s how good it is

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dale writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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4

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Great gas mileage for a v6 handles great, preforms great in the snow and for having extremely high mileage it drive pretty good.

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It came with 210,XXX miles and has a salvage title and is really beat up

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Nice Daily Driver — Performance was about what I expected for it age and mileage it has, but has proven to be a pretty sturdy little sedan. Since purchasing the car a couple of months ago I've just had to do the regular maintenance on it. When it came to repairing the brakes I wish that Nissan would have gone a different route with the rear disk brake caliper set up as with age and the amount of rust that built up from it being an Idaho car took its toll on the caliper piston in preventing it from twisting back into the boar. The Maxima is cheap to upkeep with with the exception of the rear calipers being expensive because they are the e- brake/foot brake comb set up, but other than that it's been the second cheapest car I've owned.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tim writes:
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5

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Everything

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Nothing

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Nissan Maxima — I bought my Nissan Maxima not long after I sold my previous car, a Daihatsu Charade. The advert was on carsales.com.au and it turned out, by a sheer coincidence, to be very close by (Bronte) and was being sold by an old friend of Dad's. Looked at the car that Sunday; and was instantly ready to buy it. People had been queuing up to see it and waiting to buy it, but the seller held it for us. The next day I paid for the car and took it to the RTA where it became my car. And what a car. The Nissan Maxima A32 (the series to which my car belongs) has got to be one of the best used-car buys, period. The car is immensely solid, indeed even more solid than a Commodore, with far more of a luxury feel. The doors open and shut with a nice solid sound, not the clang you get on a Commodore. Everything about the car is solid. The interior is plush and well-appointed. The seats are velour, but this is in no way a bad thing. They have got to be the most comfortable car seats I've ever been in. Even the back seat, usually the most neglected part of a car, is immensely comfortable - "like a sofa". There is a fold-down armrest of course. Legroom is ample, comfort is excellent. The interior carries with it the feel of solidity as well - very few squeaks or rattles, everything is built very well. The standard features list is equally impressive. Mine is a 30G; and it has automatic climate-control air con which works very well; power windows with an auto-up on the driver's side; power mirrors; cruise control; power steering; ABS; alloy wheels; an alarm; remote central locking; independent rear suspension; six-speaker stereo with cassette, radio and CD; as well as seatbelt pretensioners and a driver's airbag. Now we can come to the greatest asset of the car - the engine. My Maxima has done nearly 200,000kms; and the engine has got to be the smoothest, quietest and most powerful of everything I have driven. At 200,000kms it is better than a Commodore's V6 at 120,000kms. The amount of grunt you can get out of the motor is awesome - it can get the Maxima up to speed very briskly. And it does all that with a minimum of fuss - it hardly makes any noise, and smoothly winds up to speed. The motor cruises at barely above 1000rpm which is excellent. On the highway it does 90km/h at 2000rpm which has got to be the best I've seen. A low-revving motor is a reliable motor. The VQ30 engine in my car has been awarded Best Engine for a consecutive five years in the USA. That's no easy feat, and it's obvious to me why it was awarded; because it's an absolute jewel of an engine. The car is very easy to drive, the steering is very well-weighted and the car handles very, very well. Body roll is suppressed going round corners; the car manages to stay flat to the ground most of the time. The ride has got to be the best I've experienced. The suspension is soft, but not floaty or wallowy at all. It does a great job of soaking up the bumps; and the independent rear suspension is also to thank for that. The Maxima costs more to run than my previous car - a Charade!! However it is no gas guzzler, not by a long shot. It's quite easy on fuel. It gets an easy 400km to the tank around town - which is excellent. On the highway it can manage at least twice that. Going from Sydney to the Blue Mountains and back it used up about 12 litres - excellent. All in all I gladly pay the extra money for a car of real quality. The V6 rewards you all the time. Maintenance is cheap enough - it costs no more than my Charade did for a service, and it's had less problems too, at a higher mileage to boot! So far I've only had to have the brakes fixed - all that was needed was new pads and remachined discs. After that, the car's stopping power increased and it's brakes are like brand new. It's worth the money. It cost, all up, $300 including the service where I was told nothing needed replacing besides the oil and oil filter. It's a rewarding car to drive, so easy, and it challenges your expectations of a Japanese car in every way. It's quicker than a Commodore and is miles ahead in refinement, quality, reliability and economy. Interior spaces easily equals the Commodore, yet the Maxima is so much quieter and more refined to drive, it walks all over it. Appearance-wise, it's appealing, not breath-taking, but very easy to live with. It looks good, it is impressive. It looks like an expensive car. It's definitely aged a lot better than some of it's contemporaries. The styling is pleasant, but also safe from a driving point of view, because you can actually see where you're going inside the car unlike a Commodore where you can't see anything through the back window. All in all, I'd recommend a Maxima to anyone. They're excellent cars, mechanics agree, and they are just as safe as the Commodore from the same era; but as for refinement, build quality, economy, reliability etc; it's ahead of it's time. The car is nearing the 200,000km mark, and it drives like new and has given no trouble. That's Nissan for you.

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Steven writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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3

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nearly nothing

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almost everything

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Good Leaning How To Drive Car Or A Demolishion Derby Car — okay if kept under a high mileage mine currently has 159-160k miles and once one thing is fixed another thing brakes and causes more problems and a lighter wallet however, it is a tough car when you tap one of the new rice cookers then get damage and you dont it is good on fuel just be sure to have your entire egr system correct another surprising fact was it was fairly decent doing doughnuts in the dirt.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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CIP4ME writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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5

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SPORTY, COMFY, QUIET

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CAN'T THINK OF ANY

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The Car You Miss... — This car was one of my favorites! It had a 5-speed manual and was a joy to drive! It lasted me 4 years, about 70,000 miles and it wasn't quitting! Sold it to another young and happy guy, and i*m still looking for it on the road somewhere! I miss it!

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Johnny writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Good MPG, Great Performace, Ride

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basic sound system, rattles sometimes, torque steer

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A Good First Car!!! — I bought my car in 2007. It was a 1997 Nissan Maxima with over 175,000 miles on it. The maxima are known for been reliable and a nice quality sedan. I paid about $3000 for, but with every car there are somethings that are good and bad with the car. GOOD I like the MPG on the car and the ride was very comfortable. I really love the acceleration of the car. I clock my 0-60 in 6.5/sec with a little engine work done. I had very little or no problem out of it. BAD The car tends to rattles sometime over rough surface. I tired replacing the struts and the did help a little. The factory speaker made song distorted when played very highly. I recommend that you get the Bose sound system. Under hard acceleration the car showed sign of torque steering. The leather sent chipped easy.

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Orkhan writes:
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everything

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nothing

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None — fast, beautiful and cheap most of the stuff on this car you dont even need a mechanic for, u can do it yourself, all u need is a 10mm wrench. this car is awesome, i've had it for 3 yrs and its got about 200k+ miles on it

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

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Andrew writes:
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everything

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mileage is low for its age, but its getting up there in my eyes. just about 95,000.

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Awsome — fast, comfortable, fun to drive. i enjoy it because im not paying monthly payments im just paying insurance. the car is very fun to drive especially in the spring and summer because of the sunroof. i keep it well maintained and its appearance its great.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Erick writes:
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roomy and fun

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front heavy V6 understeer

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If You Get A Maxima Get A Well Maintained One. — loved it :D quick good torque decent handling sucked that it was auto and that my car was a rebuilt title. allright on gas. paint sucked and the car i had was less than stellar, Id totally get another one if i had found it in better condition.

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Miao writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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30mpg high way

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appearance is not amazing

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I Love My Car! — It is a reliable and nice car with high mpg. Since I bought it from a guy in the USC alumi, it is cheap and worthy the price. I will recommend this model to my friends!

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