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    1997 Nissan MaximaReview
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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.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

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    1997 Nissan Maxima SEReview
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    Maxi — The car was pretty rusty when I got it. It required a front rad support and some metal work done to the passenger fender. Other than the the car is in excellent shape, the motor still runs strong and has a ton of torque which is fun.

    Pros: Torque monster, Heated leathers, power sunroof

    Cons: rust

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    I Love My 3.0 — Performance- 0-60 is great and has great pickup on the highway. Build quality- the car has been through alot and stuff and still looks great (only a few minor rust spots) Apearance- i like the way it looks thats one of the reasons i bought it Cost of ownership- i bought thw car in May of 08. the only thing ive done is put new brake pads/rotors on the back ($100 total0 Fun factor- i love my car. losts of room and lots of power

    Pros: pretty much everything

    Cons: runs best on prom fuel

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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.

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

    Cons: rear seats don't fold, HeadLights begin to Fog

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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

    Pros: 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 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.

    Pros: Good MPG, Great Performace, Ride

    Cons: basic sound system, rattles sometimes, torque steer

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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!

    Pros: 30mpg high way

    Cons: appearance is not amazing

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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.

    Pros: Problem free

    Cons: 4 door

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    1997 Nissan Maxima SEReview
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    1997 Nissan Maxima Se 4 Door Deep Evergreen. — 1997 Nissan Maxima SE 4 door sport sedan. 3.0 Litre V6 Auto. Leather, bose. Injen intake, anti-sway bar. Mostly stock

    Pros: Awesome car, ok mileage, smooth ride.

    Cons: I don't own it anymore.  

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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!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: SPORTY, COMFY, QUIET

    Cons: CAN'T THINK OF ANY

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    2012 Nissan Maxima Reviews

    Works By 4x4tricks

    I like the car but have some desires that haven't been met. This particular model holds 130mph for long distances with no problem (rarely drive this way but had to see). For some reason, I have never ... Read More

    Sexy By WarrenTAutos

    This car is one of the best affordable sedans. Very fast and handles like a sports car. the pick up is insane. The interior is very welcoming and the exterior is sleek with a unique design. I recomme... Read More

    2011 Nissan Maxima Reviews

    4-door Sports Car By marcusrose350

    Most like the stylish body shape, panoramic sunroof, ample head & leg room, great sound system, quick speed acceleration, USB connection, Bluetooth capability, heated seats & steering wheel. Most disl... Read More

    Sporting Luxury By Dora

    I loved the combination of the luxurious interior, with the sunroof, leather, heated seats, great sound system, all married with the sporty performance. These features, combined with the affordabilit... Read More

    2010 Nissan Maxima Reviews

    Great Car And Options For The Price (especially Used). Would Be Another For Sure. By CPR323

    Car has been great to own through 85k miles. Very minimal repairs or maintenance. Interior options and upgrades are way ahead of comparable vehicles. Handling and suspension could be improved. Exterio... Read More

    I Love It, Very Nice Family Car But Still Looks Very Sporty! By wmaree

    I love all the technology, The usb hok ups for my phone so I can play music. blue tooth has spoiled me, hand free, voice command. It is all so easy to use and you really get use to having so much info... Read More

    2009 Nissan Maxima Reviews

    Great Dependable Car By kerilynn

    I love the room this car has to offer and the dependability of knowing it is safe to drive me and my family around in. It looks and drives just like an expensive luxury car. Clean interior and exterio... Read More

    Awesome Car With Little Regret By eupho55

    Just a great car. The Maxima has masculine styling with an engine to back it up. Great car! We love the ability to get up to insterstate speeds quickly and without hesitation from the tranny. The C... Read More

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