1996 Nissan Maxima Consumer Reviews

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1996 Nissan Maxima
4.7
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One of the best cars I've owned!

by from Houston, TX on September 30, 2009

The 96' Maxima is one of the best sedans I've ever driven. My dad bought it new back in 96' and it's still running great today! The engine is one of the best made in that period and will last usually ...
The 96' Maxima is one of the best sedans I've ever driven. My dad bought it new back in 96' and it's still running great today! The engine is one of the best made in that period and will last usually 200-300,000 miles, but if you take care of the car I'm positive you can get better. Mines about at 180,000 miles and it's still running strong. The car has a powerful V-6 engine, which helps if ever you need quick speed. It's a stick shift, and for being such an old car it shifts so smoothly, you'll love it! This is one of those cars that if you do routine basic maintenance it will last you forever! The steering is pretty smooth, it's not too stiff, and it actually helped me avoid a crash the other day. The seats are decently comfortable, I never feel any discomfort while driving, even for long distances so that's a plus. The backseat isn't bad, but if you have 3 adults sitting in the back, it might be pretty snug. The trunk is really huge! Anything you want to fit back there go for it, you wont have trouble fitting it all. The gas mileage isn't the best when compared to todays cars, I usually get 22mpg, but I drive like I stole the car so that may give you some idea. This is mostly city driving, if you drive mostly highway then you'll get maybe 3 or 4 more mpg. The car is supposed to be pretty safe, I've heard of some people getting their maximas totaled and they survive with minor injuries so that always makes me feel better when driving. Overall, the car is very reliable, safe, and it can be very fast! I'd recommend this car to anyone who needs one that is cheap and reliable, and if you need a first car for your son/daughter, get them one of these.
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Awesome car!!

by from NJ on October 5, 2009

I just love my Maxima! It drives great with over 150,000 miles on it. It's definitely a reliable car and I highly recommend it.
I just love my Maxima! It drives great with over 150,000 miles on it. It's definitely a reliable car and I highly recommend it.
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My almost favorite car

by from Indianapolis, IN on March 9, 2012

I bought my 96 Maxima SE new and have 160,000 miles on it. Other than brakes, batteries, tires, etc. I haven't spent much money on it. Even though it's 16 years old the paint still shines and the mech...
I bought my 96 Maxima SE new and have 160,000 miles on it. Other than brakes, batteries, tires, etc. I haven't spent much money on it. Even though it's 16 years old the paint still shines and the mechanicals are still running strong. I did just have to replace a radiator (which I found out was plastic) and a few other minor items, plugs, etc. I still love looking at this car. I owned an 87 Maxima, 86 Sentra, 90 Maxima, 92 NX 2000 and currently own a 2004 350 Z roadster. The 96 Maxima is my favorite big car I've even owned (have owned Buicks, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, etc.). I'm thinking about selling or trading. I've gotten 22-24 MPG, it's comfortable to ride on long drives and handles well. It still has tons of pickup and speed. I would fully recommend this car to anyone, it's a great car. I haven't driven a new Maxima and I'm sure there are a lot of new "things" on it, but I'm not to sure it can improve on the ride, structural integrity and mechanical soundness I've had with this car.
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going on 400,000 miles

by from Tampa Florida on November 26, 2012

I bought my Maxima brand new in '96. I love this car. It is a tank and also a quick sporty car. I have a 5 speed and have close to 400,000 miles on it. It is in the shop right now getting a complete p...
I bought my Maxima brand new in '96. I love this car. It is a tank and also a quick sporty car. I have a 5 speed and have close to 400,000 miles on it. It is in the shop right now getting a complete paint job, it had some wear and tear and damage from a hit and run. I just can't get rid of this car, it doesn't owe me anything and there isn't another car that I want to go in debt to drive.. If you can find one of these cars that has been taken care of, buy it.....
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3rd Maxima I've owned

by from Dallas, TX on March 27, 2009

I owned an 86 model an 89 model and now have the 96. When I sold my 89 SE it had 336000 miles. My 96 SE has 350000 miles on it and it still runs beautifully. It's mostly highway miles but the engine r...
I owned an 86 model an 89 model and now have the 96. When I sold my 89 SE it had 336000 miles. My 96 SE has 350000 miles on it and it still runs beautifully. It's mostly highway miles but the engine runs like a new one. I wouldn't own anything but another Maxima
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nice car

by from CT on November 28, 2006

nice car with many features that other cars did not have back then for 96. the overall features and performance make for a good ride and the reliability is a plus.
nice car with many features that other cars did not have back then for 96. the overall features and performance make for a good ride and the reliability is a plus.
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Most Reliable Car I have ever Owned

by from minnesota on July 31, 2008

The nissan maxima not only has the famous VQ engine known for its reliability and power. it also rides and drives like a sports car. I am in love with my maxima because no matter if everything else is...
The nissan maxima not only has the famous VQ engine known for its reliability and power. it also rides and drives like a sports car. I am in love with my maxima because no matter if everything else is breaking down in my life I can always fall back on my maxima. I have had no problems thus far and I have 140K on mine and drive her hard every day.
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1996 Maxima SE

by from Pcola, FL on July 10, 2006

This has been the most reliable work horse that I have ever owned. Nissan did it right back in the mid 90's. It is still a great looking, good performance(190Hp), great handling, awesome interior ty...
This has been the most reliable work horse that I have ever owned. Nissan did it right back in the mid 90's. It is still a great looking, good performance(190Hp), great handling, awesome interior type car that lasts. My Maxima's interior is nicer than brand new cars like (Scion xA/xB and TC/, Honda Civic/ Accord/ and any Korean car on the planet earth. Not to mention Ford/ Chevy/ Saturn/ and most American manufactured cars. I took my Automatic Maxima once to the Drag strip and beat a Mustang GT down the 1/8th mile strip, he was very embarassed. If you change the oil and just do basic maintenance Maximas will last in excess of 300,000 miles.
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the ultimate driving machine

by from Columbus County, NC on October 3, 2007

The Nissan Maxima is the most enjoyable and the best driving car I've ever owned. The best performance out of this vehicle is to operate it the way it came from factory. To own one is a joy and a plea...
The Nissan Maxima is the most enjoyable and the best driving car I've ever owned. The best performance out of this vehicle is to operate it the way it came from factory. To own one is a joy and a pleasure and it won't let you down. I've owned quite a few cars but this one 96 Maxima has been a blessing. Ya gotta get one...
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SE is a real gem properly equipped

by from Montana on October 4, 2008

I have to add my rave to the other reviews. Best features of my loaded SE are 5 spd, leather and Bose stereo. Can still blow the doors off anything other than exotics. The VQ sings at highway speeds -...
I have to add my rave to the other reviews. Best features of my loaded SE are 5 spd, leather and Bose stereo. Can still blow the doors off anything other than exotics. The VQ sings at highway speeds -- and still gets 26+ mpg at 80mph. With 195K miles and < $3K total repairs and replacments, reliability has been superb and everything still works (almost everything - the windshield washer needs fixing). In 2008, can't find any new replacement vehicle that has equivalent blend of fun to drive, interior design, and practicality -- it doesn't really compromise in any area -- except that the 350lb. weight saving that makes other features possible sacrifices safety from the newer devices.
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