2001 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

2001 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • 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 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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"power" 15 reviews
"ride" 14 reviews
"reliable car" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"light" 4 reviews
"sensor" 3 reviews
"radius" 2 reviews

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redmen19 writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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3

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Love the styling and handling, dual heated seats, sound system, sunroof, and overall driving experience.

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Emissions system: have replaced 2 catalytic converters, ignition coils, 3 O2 sensors, and 2 alternators, and significant rust around wheel wells.

redmen19
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Ok But Emission Systems Sucks! — Love the car just dislike the fact that at least once a year (have owned the car for 5 yrs now) I have to either replace an ignition coil, O2 sensor, or catalytic converter. Get replacement parts from junk yard because OEM parts are non-existent. Plus the under carriage has major rust and so does both rear wheel wells. Makes the car look ancient with all that rust , which seems common with this model. I've noticed rusting on most 2001 Maximas in the same area. Cheap metal I would guess. Would not buy another Nissan vehicle because the emissions system seem has problems. But I have loved driving my car though the engine doesn't have a lot of power, and if I have a full car load of people, the engine struggles carrying the full weight.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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calvinclevenger writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima 20th Anniversary Review
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5

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Smooth ride, reliable car, clean and nice inside and out

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Nothing about the car i don't like

calvinclevenger
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Love This Car — this is so far the best car I've owned to date, very reliable, powerful, and comfortable, would recommend a Nissan Maxima to anyone looking to buy something with low maintenance cost and a smooth, safe, comfortable ride. Great for Families or Bachelors.

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JefevonQ writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima GXE Review
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4

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one of the few cars you ould get with a manual transmission and is great on the highway.

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corrosion issues and the constant check engine light

JefevonQ
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If It Doesn't Cost Too Much, It's Still Worth Driving. — The engine, transmission and body of this car was built very well. The emissions system and are horrible. The check engine light will just have to burn out. The c-pillars/rear doors have WAY too much wind noise. The drivers seat is comfortable for a really long trip (9+ hrs).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Davrod12 writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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A Fun, Reliable, Stylish Perfornmer Of A Car......poor Gas Mileage — I bought my 2001 Nissan Maxima SE 5speed in May 2001 w/ 38,000 miles. This car is extremely fun to drive, I typically get bored with my vehicles pretty easily...A year and a half later im still thoroughly enjoying it. Great horsepower on one of the industries flagship V6 engines. Ive had some minor things that needed repaired....the Emergency brake clamp on the right side kept sticking, and was approx $150 to replace. The exhausts do not last as long as they should, I relpaced the exhaust system at 49k costing $600 at a nissan dealership. Midas had a tin can version of the exhaust for $300ish. The catalyctic converter also needed replaced, a dealership was quoting me approx $800+ to have this repaired....I did my research and found that all Nissan Catalyctic converters have an 8yr/100k warranty...I had it replaced for free at another dealership. It has been a very reliable car, never broken down (knock on wood). I now have 73k on it and have taken many long road trips....Virgina, Canada etc and loved the ride. Nissan gets great style points for this car. Campared to the camry, accord etc of 2001, the Maxima easily wins. The exterior is sporty, elegant, and still one of the best looking mid size sedans on the road. The maxima interior is high quality compared to most competitors, and even most Nissan interiors. The Three complaints about this car are: 1, BAD GAS MILEAGE, window sticker states 22-27mpg.....I have a 5-speed manual, and with conservative driving can only squeeze approx 325 miles to a full tank. 2, PAINT - The paint quality is poor. The paint scratches, and chips very very easily. Splashing for the additional "Autobahnd" claer protector etc is a good idea with these vehicles. I keep the wax fresh, and still have a hard time keeping the paing looking new. 3, WIND NOISE - The 00-03 maximas have a major wind noise defect coming from both rear windows. There have been several Technical Service bulletins posted regarding the wind noise but to the best of my knowledge there have been no major solutions posted. Overall, you will be happy with this car....If you love to drive, and enjoy performance, you can easily deal with the gas, paint and wind noise. I would recommend this car to anyone.

Owner for 1 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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Desi writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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5

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Very reliable car. All the maintenance done at local dealership. Very clean  with low mileage.
I like the fact that it has a V-6 engine 3000 cc which makes fairly economical  23 mpg in city and close to 30 mpg in the hwy and has great power at the same time. Fun car to drive around town and very comfortable on the highway for long rides.  Exterior look is great

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So far not mayor issues after 114 thousand miles. One Oxygen  Sensor replaced, had  one small leaking in a cooling system hose replaced,  plus regular maintenance.

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Reliable And Fun Transportation — The sporty look of the car. Efficient engine and transmission combination. Reliability so far is great. Keeps the value even after this many years. The average similar Maxima are selling for around $5000 to $6000 which is not bad for a car that is over 12 year old.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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The car's style and over all handling are really good.

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Transmission in the car and the brakes are the biggest down side.

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Max — The performance of the car is not bad. It has 3.0L V6 the has 222hp from the factory and a 5spd manual transmission that will still burnout in second gear. The handling is sharp and responsive but the turning radius is marginal at best. The brakes work well under normal driving conditions but become very squishy after a few hard stops. The standard transmission could use a little help because the gears do not mesh well making it difficult to put in gear sometimes. The style of the car I like. The interior is fully loaded and the stock sound system provides ample base for the average user. The car has required more maintenance than i care for but when is is running well the car averages about 24mpg and is a blast to drive. I have had mine up to a 130mph before I ran out of room on the highway.

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birds51 writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima 20th Anniversary Review
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Looks, power, reliability

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SEL comes on and off

birds51
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My Maxima — Great all round driveability. Great looks. Very reliable. Been driving it daily for 2 1/2 years and compaints are minimal, just a good all round car. Only real complaints are SEL and vinyl instead of leather on seat area.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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SandyB_WestMifflin writes:
2001 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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My Maxima (which I purchased new), which just rolled over 64,000 miles, is very comfortable and fun to drive.  I love it!  I'm a 65-year-old female.  Love the roomy leather interior, the powerful factory-installed Bowes stereo radio, the merlot color, the way it handles on curves.  Very reliable car.

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A little too much interior noise. I have had a bit of trouble with the electrical system (radio occasionally turns on by itself as I am driving; dashboard meter lights sometimes don't light up; right front passenger power window is slow; check engine light comes on sometimes for weeks or a month, then goes off).  The 2001s have had some electrical problems.

SandyB_WestMifflin
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I Traded This Car In For A Silver 2012 Ford Fusion Sel !!! Absolutely Love My Maxima! — Love the smooth ride; the acceleration on the highway when you need it; still a very nice-looking car. My son and his wife want me to give them my Maxima and for me to buy a new car -- no way!

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Andrew writes:
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Quick, Fun

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Quick, Easy To Maintain, Fun To Drive — This car has a great engine, strong and relieable. Fun to drive, nice suspension setup. Handles well.

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Mark writes:
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Fast affordable family car

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Not a gas saver

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2001 Nissan Maxima Gxe — Nice family car for 250hp. I just had to change a dented wheel because of a bumpy ride.

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