1998 Nissan Maxima consumer reviews

$11,499–$26,899 MSRP range
side view of 1998 Maxima Nissan
100% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7
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4.6

my first car!

I LOVE MY MAXIMA. she’s not the prettiest ever but i’ve added random crap to make it unique. i could toss this car off of a bridge and it would still start up and get me anywhere. her name is maxine and i love her so much <333:)))

5.0

This Maxima will Run Forever

I bought my Maxima with 7 miles on it. It now has 360,000 miles on it. It’s 22 years old and still going. Sure I’ve had to fix some things over the years but mostly things that all cars would need fixed. This car is a road Warrior. I laugh when I get in it because I have not had a car payment for 17 years!!!

5.0

Best used car i have ever bought includes Volvo's

A luxury car in every sense, i have bought it up to date with Sat Nav and camera, reversing screen, massage pads in both front seats and speed aware scan onto windscreen.speedo about 250,000 Kl. Recently ran up 12,000 in 20 days, ran like a bird couldn't fault it. Brisbane to Perth. Will not part with it.

5.0

You Sure You Want to Do This?

I'll never forget the day: It was 5 years ago at a Home Depot in Alexandria Virginia. I had just purchased a 1998 Nissan Maxima for $1400. It was in terrific condition and had 150,000 miles on it. I walked out of the store with some Seafoam and Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant. I put a few ounces of Seafoam in the engine and emptied the 5oz of Lucas in the gas tank when an obnoxious upper-middle class woman saw me in action, observed my license plates, and yelled out, "You're a long way from home, aren't you?' "Ah, not really. I'm actually just getting started." She snickered and carried on: "You might want to just head home and hope that car makes it." I looked around to make sure I wasn't on a hidden camera show or part of a YouTube sketch. No cameras anywhere, this was really really happening. Wow. So I walked over to Ms. Obnoxious and asked what she was driving. She pointed to a 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan just behind her. Ha. It was MY turn to snicker. I asked her how many miles she had on it. Only 25 thousand. Good. Good. "I tell you what," I said to her. "I have 150,000 miles on my Maxima and I'll bet you $500 right now that my 15+-year-old car outlasts your new one in both miles and years, original engine and transmission. Starting right now, I'm spotting you the 125,000 miles, barring collision and natural disaster, of course." She laughed and made a comment about it being improbable that I even had $500 on me or else I 'wouldn't be in such an old, dumpy car.' "Make it $1,000 then," I said, and pulled out a wad of cash and fanned 10-$100 bills and tossed them on her windshield. Her face was beet red and she quickly high-tailed it into her Tiguan and lurched out of the store parking lot. As she was leaving I told her to Google a review of both vehicles before talking sh*t and yeah, might not be a bad idea to learn some politeness and manners on the side. Why was I willing to put up such a bet with such confidence? That generation of Nissan Maxima is one of the top 100 production cars ever manufactured and easily the best generation of Maxima ever produced. They routinely go over 300,000 miles with the original engine and transmission and you can find them with 400 and 500,000. They are simply rock solid. I have been to California and back twice in my Maxima, as well as taking it to Miami and all the way up to Maine. Now I'm going to warn you in advance of the niggling issues. First, it takes premium gas. You can try to get by on the cheap stuff but it rides extremely rough and it's not good for the sensors. On that note, expect to replace several sensors and alternators, struts, brakes, and things like that. (I never understood why it chews up alternators, but they're really easy to get to and replace). There is no timing belt to worry about, and all the buttons and electronic stuff, climate control, moonroof, etc. seemingly work forever, and the fit and finish of the car is tight and precise. As an update, I'm currently at 290,000 miles on the Maxima. I still have it and frankly, this thing has a ton of life remaining. I wonder how that Tiguan is doing. Hmmm. Chuckle.

4.7

Very comfortable sedan

Fantastic larger sized sedan. Lots of room, good acceleration. V6 GLE trim. Great sound, leather heated power seats, moonroof, other features, and good gas mileage (28-30 MPG highway).

4.7

Great inexpensive car

Car has 6 cylinders and plenty of pep. Very good vision in all directions. It is easy to maintain and not expensive. It is very comfortable even for long distances. Very reliable.

4.7

VERY RELIABLE, MOST COMFORTABLE AND QUIET CAR

Never had a problem starting. Got me where I have to go for 20 years. easy to maintain. Quiet on the road and lots of power.

5.0

Best car I've ever owned

I have a 1998 GLE and the car is exceptional I love everything about it I deathly recommend and would buy another one for sure

5.0

best I've owned

This car starts in the coldest weather, has power when you need it . Style is great. Comfort on long trips what else can I say. Only had to replace Battery, Starter, coils and exhaust, in nearly 20 years of owning it.

3.4

Decent

I owned this car used for months before I ran over a spare on the road. Gave me few troubles besides the demanding gas mileage and the starter which I replaced.