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1997 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

1997 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 19 reviews

  • 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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Tim writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima Review
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Everything

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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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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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Robert writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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5

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Durability, fuel economy, luxury

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Few stone chips, few door bumps on side, surface scratches, but no rust, still looks good clean

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4650 — Great everyday vehicle. Bought it with about 65k, 5 years later now at 151k.. Never needed anything but brakes and tires till this year.. Replaced calipers, rotors, pads, ball joints, pass half shaft, all o2 sensors (3 of them), knock sensor, mid pipe and muffler, heated seat switches, starter, alternator, and battery, and more can't recall at the moment.. All worth it, this car runs perfect, always did, most of the things replaced were for inspection and emmissions. Car throws no codes. Of course the usual places are wearing out (edge of seat, few dings on body), but no rust, everything inside and outside works, power and heated seats, power antenna, and sunroof/moonroof.. I would trust my maxima to drive cross country, this 3.0 liter is fun to drive, never been so satisfied with this maxima. probaly gonna buy a new or late model maxima eventually

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeremy writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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very reliable, offers manual and auto, power, Trunk Space, Leg Room, Head Room

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rear seats don't fold, HeadLights begin to Fog

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97 Nissan Maxima Se Review And Specs — Nissan did a very good job at creating the "4 door sports sedan." This car performs and handles very well with its sport tuned suspension and 190 hp 215 ft-lbs tq vq30de engine. Which constantly is titled as the best v6 out there, making this car is very reliable. It has impecible acceleration (7.1s 0-60). Gas milage is around 21-27 on average. Which is pretty good in its class. If your'e looking for a fun, reliable, and practical vehicle, the maxima is for you.

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Sam writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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Reliability, never any problems under the hood.  The Japanese know what their doing :)

Cons

The body is having trouble keeping up with the rest of the car, starting to rust a little.  It needs a new paint job too.  

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A Little Tlc Doesn't Hurt — Bought the car last year in Akron, Ohio. Needed a little work when I got it, a little TLC. A couple hundred $$ later, turned out to be a great ride, pretty fast with excellent handling (intrax lowering springs). Slapped a pacesetter performance full catback exhaust system on it too. Its got 168,700 miles on it and you could never tell. I'll def. buy another Nissan. Tons of fun driving a 5 speed :). I'm old school, hate the new cars :p

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Tom writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima Review
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5

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Problem free

Cons

4 door

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Most Reliable Car I've Ever Owned — 97' Maxima GLE (fully loaded) 297000 kms and still going strong. Drove from Ontario to Myrtle beach via Washington, then over to Atlanta in 3 days. From Atlanta back home straight through. Comfortable over long stretches. All features are still working problem free except for the power antenna which I broke of in the car wash. The volume on the Bose stereo has a tendency to go down when turned up (not a big deal) The car also carries a full size spare on a matching aluminum rim (another nice option) This car has yet to cause me any grief. I've changed the battery, Alternator, and all four struts which it didn't really need but the price was right and it was getting a little bit spongy at the back. Only once did it not start for me but after an hour or so I tried again and it sprang to life. Turned out to be a short in the starter which the mechanic was able to fix without replacing it. I'm looking at buying another car soon, and based on my experience with this Nissan, it will be tough to get me into something else.

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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.

Cons

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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Trentt writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

Pros

it`s fast

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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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Orkhan writes:
1997 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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5

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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:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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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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