1998 Nissan Maxima
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Decent

by from Hartford, CT on July 19, 2017

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.
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.
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Great Car

by from Lynchburg, VA on January 24, 2015

I bought a new Maxima in 1998 and put over 200k miles on it with no issues. Mine was a black SE with the automatic transmission. It ran well, always was dependable. I regretted the day I let it go. I ...
I bought a new Maxima in 1998 and put over 200k miles on it with no issues. Mine was a black SE with the automatic transmission. It ran well, always was dependable. I regretted the day I let it go. I recently found another one with 73k miles on it. Yep, I bought it! You just cannot beat these cars! I am looking forward to a lot of trouble free miles on this black 1998 SE as well. I met my wife in the first Maxima. Now after 15 years of marriage, we decided to be nostalgic and get another one! Lovin' it and love our Max!
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Has Served Me Well

by from Massachusetts on September 23, 2012

First things first, my car was purchased used at a good price in a private sale. Since purchasing the vehicle I have had to replace a knock sensor, a purge valve, the starter, and had the front sway b...
First things first, my car was purchased used at a good price in a private sale. Since purchasing the vehicle I have had to replace a knock sensor, a purge valve, the starter, and had the front sway bars replaced due to a broken end link on one side. The repairs have been relatively cheap, and for a car with 130k miles on it, I am surprised that I have not had to make more serious repairs. With regular maintenance I imagine this car will continue to serve me well as it has for the past year of ownership. The car gets pretty good gas mileage, and I feel comfortable driving it. Plenty of power. Its definitely a solid first car and if you can get it at a good price with relatively low mileage you will have a car that can serve you for years to come.
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Maxima

by from on August 29, 2012

My 1998 Maxima has over 200,000 miles and is still going strong. I would recommend this car to anyone that wants something cheap and reliable.
My 1998 Maxima has over 200,000 miles and is still going strong. I would recommend this car to anyone that wants something cheap and reliable.
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Love this car

by from Pennsylvania on July 17, 2012

I've owned this car since driving it off the showroom floor when it first came out in Summer of 1997. Never had a problem, have done all required maintenance. Everything still works great, heated seat...
I've owned this car since driving it off the showroom floor when it first came out in Summer of 1997. Never had a problem, have done all required maintenance. Everything still works great, heated seats, Bose stereo, electric sunroof.
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Fun family sedan

by from Middletown, CT on January 16, 2012

I bought my Maxima cheap and second hand. Besides regular maintenance, this car has been great to me. It's a 5 speed manual with the limited slip diff and it's fun seeing as everyone underestimates th...
I bought my Maxima cheap and second hand. Besides regular maintenance, this car has been great to me. It's a 5 speed manual with the limited slip diff and it's fun seeing as everyone underestimates this cars performance. Stock vs stock this car will destroy any Honda/acura etc (not counting the s2000) Good bang for your buck. Mod it out and go racing, or keep it stock and have a nice family car.
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Outstanding reliability

by from on August 27, 2011

Bought this car used and have zero problems with the car for 6 years. With over 210,000 on the original engine and transmission it drives like a new car. The interior is completely quiet while driving...
Bought this car used and have zero problems with the car for 6 years. With over 210,000 on the original engine and transmission it drives like a new car. The interior is completely quiet while driving, no rattles, squeaks, wind noise. Unbelievable for a car this old. The paint is still great, the best car I've ever owned along with my Infiniti I30.
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BEST IN ITS CLASS!!

by from San Diego, California on November 1, 2010

I have had my car since it had 33k miles and now has over 60k. I have changed the oil, tires, and the brakes. Thats all I have done to this car. Drives better than any 2005+ cars. It is much reliable,...
I have had my car since it had 33k miles and now has over 60k. I have changed the oil, tires, and the brakes. Thats all I have done to this car. Drives better than any 2005+ cars. It is much reliable, faster, and looks better than most in its class. If you like a sporty car with luxury this is for you. I cant find words to describe how good of a car this is. The torque on this car is amazing. At 80 mph, you hit the gas and it pulls like a bull. Great balance and light weight. It is better than 240sx and 300zx if you know what I mean. With full tank which has about 16 gallons I drive 420 miles on highway with average speed of 70mph. anyway. I would also recommend salvage maximas, IN GOOD CONDITION though. I bought mine 6 years ago with 33k miles salvage title for $4800. And if I want to sell it today I can easily sell it for the same price. Thats the advantage you get with salvage title. And like I said I have only changed tires, brakes and oil.
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Had car 12 years, no engine problems

by from Minnesota on June 25, 2010

This has been an excellant vehicle. Fun to drive and still looks and feels new. Has had brakes done 3 times in 175,000 miles. My neighbor bought one a week after I did and has 225,000 miles on his. My...
This has been an excellant vehicle. Fun to drive and still looks and feels new. Has had brakes done 3 times in 175,000 miles. My neighbor bought one a week after I did and has 225,000 miles on his. My son's friend had a '96 and was in a head on crash at 65 MPH and credits the Maxima with saving his life!
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Solid, sporty and dependable

by from Rochester, NY on August 28, 2008

Have owned my 98 Maxima SE with a manual 5 speed since 1999. It's an outstanding car, and still runs like a top in 2008 (90,000 miles). In all these years the only feature I wish it had was a fold-dow...
Have owned my 98 Maxima SE with a manual 5 speed since 1999. It's an outstanding car, and still runs like a top in 2008 (90,000 miles). In all these years the only feature I wish it had was a fold-down rear seat for larger cargo area on occasion. The v6 engine is peppy, strong and reliable and as long as you do the regular maintenance (oil & filter) will perform for years and years like mine has. Has been great for winter and summer driving.
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