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1997 Nissan Maxima

1997 Nissan Maxima

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Best car on the road

by from texas on May 29, 2010

I got this 97 nissan maxima last year from my uncle who is the original oner of it for the past 12 years. When I got the car in March of 2007, it had 88k miles. Now a year later it's comming up on 103...
I got this 97 nissan maxima last year from my uncle who is the original oner of it for the past 12 years. When I got the car in March of 2007, it had 88k miles. Now a year later it's comming up on 103k miles. In that time the only thing i've replaced is the battery. overall the car is very well desinged inside and out. Beleve it or not for a car that's 13 years old there are very few squeaks and rattles. The only issue im having is with the transmission, case in point when it's running cold the shift from 1st to 2nd is hard, but the other gears shift smoothly. And it only does this untill the transmission gets warm, after that you barly notice it's shifting. performance-wise, this is the fastest car i've ever had. i dont know what it tops out at, but i can assure you it will do at least 122mph. it'll keep up with most cars costing 40-50k. fuel-wise i can get aroud 18-20 intown and 25-28 on the hwy. and with an 18.5 gal. tank, i can go around 500 miles on a fill-up (havent tryed it yet). I plan on keeping this car untill my daughter is old enough to drive, whitch won't be untill 2024. so thats at least 14 more years. overall if your looking for a very good desinged and reliable car this is the car to have
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Love it!! Love it!! Love it!!

by from Los Angeles, CA on January 10, 2009

I bought my 1997 Maxima SE in 2002 with 87K miles. Seven years later -with an odometer reading of 249,055- I'm still amazed at all the wonderful trips and trouble-free fun-filled miles in this vehicle...
I bought my 1997 Maxima SE in 2002 with 87K miles. Seven years later -with an odometer reading of 249,055- I'm still amazed at all the wonderful trips and trouble-free fun-filled miles in this vehicle. He's practically a member of the family... Why do I love it? (where do I begin?) (1) Spacious interior: plenty of room for 5. (2) AMAZING power: I drive a stick-shift model, and can easily blow pass everyone even on a steep road. I can't do nothing but to look at the other cars in the rearview mirror, and to smile while they shrink and eventually disappear. That says something about a 12-year-old car with 250K miles on it!! (3) Excellent gas mileage: sips like a 4-cylinder, but roars like an 8-cylinder. I get about 22/27 mpg. (4) Reliable. Even when there was a period of 2 years without an oil change...and I didn't even look under the hood (I was bad, really bad!). (5) Bang for the Buck: I paid $8K for it in 2002. Looking back at how much fun I've had, I would have gladly paid 3X the money. If a car is a "depreciating asset" my Maxima is NOT a car. After all the neglect, abuse and wear-tear, my clutch had to be replaced once and now the air conditioner does not cool as it should...But who cares?! I've given it so little and gotten so much more. There's no such thing as a perfect car, but my sweet Maxima is probably as close as it gets. I have friends driving fancy BMW's and Mercedes. They complain about reliability and costs, yet they can't comprehend why I'm "clinging" to my old car. I just don't want to break their hearts about the money they paid for the car that they got... My car could probably outlast me, but I'm shooting for 300K miles and perhaps pass it on to a family member... Don't know what my next car would be, but if you are considering a Maxima I would recommend it hands down. And perhaps years later, you can write a review like mine. Good luck.
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Best Car I've Ever Had

by from Stroudsburg, PA on May 18, 2009

I am proud to say that my 97 Maxima now has 302,003 miles on it and is still running strong. Only on it's second clutch and in 3 years I've never had to put any money into this car. I will never get r...
I am proud to say that my 97 Maxima now has 302,003 miles on it and is still running strong. Only on it's second clutch and in 3 years I've never had to put any money into this car. I will never get rid of this vehicle! Best car ever made!
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Great Used Car

by from Peoria, IL on December 26, 2010

Got my 97 Max used in Chitown last fall. It has nearly 200k and still runs great and has no leaks and burns no oil.... The only issue I have is I need to replace an A/C pulley because is started makin...
Got my 97 Max used in Chitown last fall. It has nearly 200k and still runs great and has no leaks and burns no oil.... The only issue I have is I need to replace an A/C pulley because is started making a roaring/whining noise, but in the part's defense it does sit at the bottom of the engine and is exposed to a ton of road salt every winter. Other repairs have just been routine maitenance... The body does have some rust, but that may be due to the previous owner not washing, waxing, etc.... as he should have.....
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Old Faithful~

by from Tampa, FL on February 20, 2013

I purchased my Maxima LE back in '04 and now have 198K miles on it. It's been my commuter for the past 9yrs traveling 25+ miles one way each day. I've replaced the starter twice and the alternator a c...
I purchased my Maxima LE back in '04 and now have 198K miles on it. It's been my commuter for the past 9yrs traveling 25+ miles one way each day. I've replaced the starter twice and the alternator a couple times and replaced the CV joints. Those are my only larger than "oil change" maintenaces I've done. I've just noticed that the AC is not blowing as hard as it should, but considering it's daily trek in the Florida heat and sitting out in the sun, not garaged- it's been very forgiving and reliable. I have a little rust that was there previously when I purchased it and it's still in good shape considering. I get 30mpg easy w/ 75% of my miles being highway miles. It has great power for its class w/o being a gas guzzler. I would have complete peace of mind passing this vehicle down to a teenage driver for their first car. Great value for the money!
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The Best Car I've Ever Had!!!!!

by from New York City, New York on October 26, 2006

I've owned many cars, from Acuras to Zs. I've even owned Mercedes and BMWs before, but no car has ever pleased me the way this one did. I grew attached to this one. Since the day I got it I knew it wa...
I've owned many cars, from Acuras to Zs. I've even owned Mercedes and BMWs before, but no car has ever pleased me the way this one did. I grew attached to this one. Since the day I got it I knew it was for me. It has plenty of room to fit 5 people comfortably and the heat and A/C work really well. I absolutely love to drive this car and i wouldn't trade it for the world. I live in New York City and Have a vacation home on Florida. Sure, I could take my new Mercedes GL, but I never do. Even with 331,000 miles on this baby it still gets me there with no problem. The only thing I ever had to get repaired on the car was its timing belt, but that's to be expected after 331,000 miles. I still own it and love it to death. Even with my Porsche 911. This one is my absolute favorite. My wife ends up driving the Porsche most of the time and my so called Mercedes has only 970 miles on it. I've had it for about a good 7 months now. I would recommend this car to someone in a heartbeat. If you're looking for a used car look no further than a Nissan Maxima.
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My first car

by from Milwaukee, WI on December 1, 2013

My father owned this car before me and handed it down to me in early 2009. I can honestly say having this machine was possibly one of the better first cars I could have had. I had the GLE with the ful...
My father owned this car before me and handed it down to me in early 2009. I can honestly say having this machine was possibly one of the better first cars I could have had. I had the GLE with the full black leather moonroof bose speakers and the whole shibang, and for the first 7 or so years, it was running flawlessly. I can without a doubt say I kept up on all the maintenance and had it washed on a weekly basis, I live in wisconsin so there is a lot of snow and salt in the winters. About 9 years after my family owned it at 155,xxx miles the thing started to have numerous issues/things that needed to be repaired. It all came down at once it seemed like, the transmission started running really rough, you felt every shift throughout your entire body, when it was really cold you had to basically floor the gas when turning the key in the ignition or it would die, it needed new struts, most of the exhaust had to be replaced also. It also had an idling issue where the rpms would dip a little too low, and then it would shoot up to 2000 rpm out of the blue. This was even after replacing the throttle position sensor. All in all it was a great car that got me through highschool as well as my first year and a half of college. Seeing as now in 2013 you can basically find this car for a really nice price, it is great for teens who just began driving. One last note I feel I need to warn anyone reading this about, the 500 miles per tank these people are talking about is rediculous. If you drive it as nicely as possible, never flooring it, and in warm conditions, I was only getting about 330 miles a tank. In winter here only 225-250 at max. If I had to go back in time and relive my life over the last 5 years, I would stick with this car despite its numerous needed repairs all at once.
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Best four door I've ever owned

by from Salt Lake, UT on October 17, 2008

My maxima has plenty of room for a car of it's size and I get great mpg for a V6 (22 in 95% city driving). The engine is amazing. It has lots of power for a car that's over 10 years old. Being able to...
My maxima has plenty of room for a car of it's size and I get great mpg for a V6 (22 in 95% city driving). The engine is amazing. It has lots of power for a car that's over 10 years old. Being able to roll the windows down with the key fob is a wonderful feature on a hot day. Handing is better then average for a front wheel driver, though you can definitely tell it's weight is up front if you are hot in a corner. The leather is still doing incredibly well. It's a great car and it loves to driven.
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BEST CAR EVER

by from Bradenton, FL on March 6, 2010

I bought this car new in 97 for $23,000 best car buy I ever made. I have had vary few problems. The car has 180K and still has same power and comfort. I now have three kids so I need a bigger ride. I ...
I bought this car new in 97 for $23,000 best car buy I ever made. I have had vary few problems. The car has 180K and still has same power and comfort. I now have three kids so I need a bigger ride. I hate to sell it, but it looks like it has held it's value. I should get about 3500 for it. I would recommend this car for someone who needs a reliable fun car with great gas milage. Also the paint job looks factory new. Just change the oil, wash, and wax. Happy driving.
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bulletproof

by from on February 3, 2011

bought the car new , used it yeararound , the se with speed adjusted steering is awesome , i have had snow coming over the hood in numerous wisconsin winters and still made it to work . Great car !
bought the car new , used it yeararound , the se with speed adjusted steering is awesome , i have had snow coming over the hood in numerous wisconsin winters and still made it to work . Great car !
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