2002 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

2002 Nissan Maxima Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • 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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"power" 15 reviews
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"fuel economy" 9 reviews
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CONS
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"power" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"wheels" 2 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews

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2002 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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3

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Comfortable seating for five, good trunk space, decent handling, sufficient power, great visibility, above average reliability, low maintenance costs

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Poor gas mileage, hates <91 octane, higher than average road / wind noise at speed.

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Reliable A To B Transportation — 2002 Nissan Maxima SE, 4-spd Auto. Bought this little gem brand-new in March '02 and still drive it daily 13 years later. This is my everyday commuter car and has accrued 96,000 miles to date. It has seen every type of weather, crossed the entire country thrice and has never left me stranded. I've probably spent <$1500 in maintenance and repairs over 13 years. I'd say that it's pretty darn reliable. Driving - its a mid-level family car. It does basic commuting and family transpo really well. The low doorsills, large windshield and wide rear window make for excellent visibility all around. Seating in general is well done, with deep seat cushions that yield proper thigh support and accommodate most body types well. Gauges are large, easy to read and have good illumination at night. This is a non-nav setup, so radio and climate controls are easy with ergonomically sound button arrays. The interior (black leather) looks nearly brand-new - I'm serious. The paint (Dark Blue) has faired very well despite the CA and AZ sun beating down relentlessly. No paint fade or clearcoat peeling is present. ***More to follow later***

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ktYoda writes:
2002 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Good color (black). Good pick up & handling.

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Broke down too many times due to the previous owner's abuse and irresponsibility. Shocks/struts worn out, so every bump is felt.

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Good Enough 4 Now... — Sunroof busted...stuck in the closed position. Other than that, I enjoy(ed) it! Sporty enough without being all Too Fast Too Furious. For a 2002, it still fits in well with all the newer cars on the road these days.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rhody writes:
2002 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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A Family Sedan With A Lot Of Fun For The Driver. — I owned a 2002 Maxima SE 6 speed manual and drove it about 90,000 miles in less than 3 years. I bought the base model and had the dealer install leather. I had owned a 1999 Maxima SE 5 speed manual prior to this and loved that one too. The 2002 has a much smoother transmission. The suspension is set up a bit softer than the 1999, which wasn't my personal taste, but my passengers seemed to like it. The interior is also very large. At the time, I had two young children in car seats and could fit three car seats across in the backseat. Not many cars that compete with the Maxima can manage that. Fuel mileage was good throughout my ownership. I see these on the road now and think they are probably the best Maxima that Nissan made.

Owner for 2 years, 10 months

Miles Driven per Year:31,800

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triniman002 writes:
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Powerful, looks great.

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None that I know.

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2002 Nissan Maxima — I like this car, it looks and it is very reliable. It can be modified to look better than it looks and the parts can be easily changed if it was needed. I would recommend this car to everyone if I could.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Daniel writes:
2002 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Good 4dr/wannabe sports car for the money, plus enough comfort features. Great power/gas guzzling ratio!

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The wheel bearings that will go out if they haven't already, but not a big deal really.

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If You Have A Family But Like To Open Up Your Car Now And Then And Are On A Somewhat Budget, Get It. — Performance - The 2002-2003 model years have the 3.5L V6 VQ35DE which is practically the same as the 1st gen. 350Z's VQ... so it's got plenty of torque and gets up and goooess! Watch out for the torque steer. Mine is the 6 speed manual so that just makes it even more fun! Build Quality - The exterior is great, my car has taken alot and still looks beautiful, I baby her. Interior not so much, the only problem I have with the interior is that the plastic they use for the consoles feels so damn cheap! Everything else inside is pretty reasonable. Try and find one with the Titanium package and Meridian package, rare but will be worth it! Appearance - If you add any type of ground effects (lips NOT body kits) it's aggressive as hell, add a drop and OMG SEX! Cost of Ownership - All my miles are highway miles and with the 6 speed, my mpg is showing 28. I drive about 360 - 400 miles a week and I have to fill up every week(Shell Premium 93 octane). If it's wheel barrings in the front haven't gone out yet, expect them to. Happens to almost all of the 5.5 gen. Maximas. Other than that as long as you baby it, it shouldn't give you any problems. Mine's perfect right now. Fun Factor - 6 speed + traffic can be a pain, but once traffic opens up, drop it into 4th or 3rd, if you're going slow enough, and punch it, feels so good. Add an intake just to hear the engine noise and maaan, makes you wanna waste gas!! -_-

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Great, Reliable Vehicle. Only Complaint Is Its Large Turning Radius. — The Maxima is a reliable, agile and sporty vehicle. It is well appointed on the inside and spacious. It is very limber, quick and powerful. The only complaint that I have is that it has a wide turning circle which makes parking in some spaces very challenging.

Owner for 5 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:150,000

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5

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Great style and performance

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takes a city block to turn

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Love This Car And Plan To Drive It For A Long Time 130k On The Clock Now. — Great car with excellent features, good performance in terms of acceleration, 255 hp, good brakes and handles well. No issues with build quality, power window motor and blower motor have been replaced. Looks great, kinda timeless, xenon headlights look great. Low cost to own, change the oil every 5K and drive. It's still fun to drive every time I push the gas. ***Update Got to 186K on the odometer and needed a new cat, so I traded it in, still miss it though, great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
2002 Nissan Maxima GLE Review
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Comfort and equipment

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Nothing yet

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Never Thought I Would Have A Nissan Maxima, But After Seeing This One In The Car Yard Swung Me Over. — In Auatralia this is the Top of the range Model which is the Ti, fitted out with leather trim, power and heated seats, heaps of fake wood trim, sun roof, climate control and the coolest sound systeml. It's very comfortable to drive, stacks of room inside and a decent size boot (trunk for you Yanks), the 3 litre V6 has plenty of poke and can keep up with the big Aussie cars.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Chris writes:
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Bose 6 cd sound system, luxury, sporty feel, great sedan

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havent found anything to really rag on yet

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Great Car For Passengers, Sporty Feel, Tons Of Gadgets — Ive owned this car for a little over a year and have put around 15,000 miles on since owning. It is the GLE which has basically every option imaginable except the 6 spd tranny which only comes in the SE. It quite fast, faster than most other sedans, although not sure about the handling it seems to be alright but havent really put it to the test yet. There is tons of space inside and suprisingly it only weighs 3146 pounds... my only wish is that i would have waited to find a 6 spd cuz it would be more fun and a little faster than the 4 spd auto. Traction is kind of an issue, of course i havent tried any different tires on it. ive used a g-tech meter on it and the highest whp i could put to the pavement was 195 and it was a cold day and the tires were cold so... ya hoping it gets better in the summer.

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Amazing Performance

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Look like a Family car

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The Beast — This car is amazing, it look really aggressive from the Front. Looks like a Family car, but the Proformance is the same as Nissan 350Z, since it has the same moter. 0-60 5.9 sec on automatic. I wish i had the Manual, it would have been little faster.

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