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
"ride" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"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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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.

bgf18
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Very 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. I have a non-nav setup, so radio and climate controls are easy to use 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. //Gas mileage. Not great. Expect about 17 (city) and no more than 24 highway (@75 mph). This particular car is finicky and develops a valve rattle with any fuel less than 91 octane. //Performance. Acceleration, braking and maneuvering are generally quite acceptable, although the turning radius is annoyingly broad. This can make tight parking situations a bit challenging with lots of three-point turns. //Overall. There is a reason I still have this car after 13 years...it just works. Plus,iIf you are at all handy, minor repairs/maintenance are very easy and parts are cheap.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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.

ktYoda
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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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Powerful, looks great.

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None that I know.

triniman002
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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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2002 Nissan Maxima SE Review
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Is fast and people really enjoy how it looks and sounds. I like my car very much is very loud with its V6 3.5L Engine with TB Spacer and, Intake, and exhaust.  it sounds very mean.

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That i put $1200 replacement parts to get my car on the road again

taken5
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My Car Is Reablie But Can't Handle The Replacement Cost — I like that my car is fast, good looks, rides like is in a track, stylish, rare car that has mods on it. I dislike that my car has to break something when I put a performance part in it.

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6 Speed Manual transmission get decent gas mileage. I can floor it in 2nd gear and burn rubber. Heated cloth seats (rare?) and heated steering wheel are very nice.

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The paint is difficult to maintain, thinking about re-painting it a similar color. Oxidized headlamps (need to be replaced with aftermarket ones).

NoahC
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Of The 22+ Cars I've Owned This Is One Of My Favorites. — Comfortable, tons of power, able to get good mpg. The back seat is big enough for adults. A very reliable practical, fun to drive sedan. The BOSE stereo is nice. I have only had to replace wear items (brakes, clutch and shocks) over 140,000 miles.

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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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Great car, has been very reliable. Enough room for me. Love the look & interior in my car & up to date.

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Not really happy with MPG. Really don't feel like Nissan has done much to improve the MPG up to date.

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I Would Give It An 8 On Scale Of 1-10 — I think its a Great car, has been very reliable. Enough room for me. Love the look & interior in my car & up to date. I am not really happy with MPG. Really don't feel like Nissan has done much to improve the MPG up to date.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Power, good highway car

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Brakes, suspension, handling, looks, mileage

toddy78
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2002 Maxima Se — If you commute to work on the highway and need room for passengers on occasion, this is a good car. If you live in a city, the suspension and brakes will take a beating, and the turning radius will annoy you.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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The power.

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The ride height.

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Amazing. — Christ, this thing is a beast! Nissan's 3.5l VQ engine and the 6spd manual transmission really get this car going. Its a sleeper for sure. Never have seen a car that looked good, had lots of room, was comfortable, and performed 0-60mph times in 5.5 seconds. Nothing like the 5th Generation Nissan Maxima.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mine is Turbocharged

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Gas mileage since adding turbo..lol

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Boosted Maxima — Overall very great car.. I added a lot of extra things to make it unique.. A lot of custom work.. the only 2002 with a five speed manual instead of 6spd.. Very fun to drive.. Im pushing close to 400hp to the wheels..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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