2002 Nissan Maxima
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Best midsize car....

by from CT on October 27, 2009

I've had 3 maximas and i have to tell you that the 02-03 are the best ones performance wise.Forget Camry or accord the nissan max will smoke them easily and will outlast their V6's. Repairs are normal...
I've had 3 maximas and i have to tell you that the 02-03 are the best ones performance wise.Forget Camry or accord the nissan max will smoke them easily and will outlast their V6's. Repairs are normal the 02 sensors,brakes,battery...easy do it urself jobs. DRIVE one and floor the gas pedal
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Best Performance & Relaibility from a V-6 Maxima

by from Louisville, KY on March 3, 2008

I've had this car for 4 years, no problems just regular maintence. And 0-60 times stock are just a shade over 6 seconds. I have 152,738 miles on it and still get 21 city and 28-30 hwy mpg. J D Power Q...
I've had this car for 4 years, no problems just regular maintence. And 0-60 times stock are just a shade over 6 seconds. I have 152,738 miles on it and still get 21 city and 28-30 hwy mpg. J D Power Quality ratings are no where near right. I recommend this car to teenagers and adults. Quick acceleration!
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Maintenance too high for a premium car.

by from Ontario on November 23, 2008

I bought this car used, had just under 40,000 miles on it. I have now spent over $2000 on what I call unusual repairs - vent solenoid and cannister, evaporator cannister, both intake timing control se...
I bought this car used, had just under 40,000 miles on it. I have now spent over $2000 on what I call unusual repairs - vent solenoid and cannister, evaporator cannister, both intake timing control sensors (very expensive parts), rear oxygen sensor. Fuel filler neck needed to be replaced - rust allowed air into the closed system. Turning radius on car is terrible. Be prepared for lots of 3-point turns. First and last Nissan product. Back to Honda Accord.
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Good Car for just about anyone

by from Dallas, TX on August 2, 2007

The Maxima that I've had for a little over a year has been a great car. I got it from the original owner with around 85,000. Now I've got 112,000 still runs like it did when I bought it. The only thin...
The Maxima that I've had for a little over a year has been a great car. I got it from the original owner with around 85,000. Now I've got 112,000 still runs like it did when I bought it. The only thing I've found with it are the o2 sensors seem to go first if anything is going to fail. All in all its a great car if you have a family or if you're a kid finding a nice car with some get up and go... its a sleeper for sure.
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Bought new & still love it.

by from Sacrmento CA on August 2, 2006

I bought in 2/02. Great handling & exceleration. reasonable gas milage for a V-6 255hp. My only repairs beyond scheduled maintenance have been a new battery, & a couple of belts, all under $300.00. I...
I bought in 2/02. Great handling & exceleration. reasonable gas milage for a V-6 255hp. My only repairs beyond scheduled maintenance have been a new battery, & a couple of belts, all under $300.00. I only turned the ingition more than once one time, when the battery died earlier this year. Since the car competes with entry luxury cars ( MB C-class or BMW 300's), I think it should have less road noise for the price. However it is not unbearable given it is still cheaper & is a lot more reliability. The only other draw back on my model, the SE 6 speed manual, is the expense for replacing the performance 18 in tires-- $180/tire was the cheapest I could find. Overall, I love my car & would buy it (or another Nissan/Infinity) again if I didn't need a wagon or small SUV for my bike equipment ( new hobby since purchase).
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Mostly Satisfied

by from Chicago, IL on May 17, 2010

Purchased an 02 used with 86k miles on it. So far everything is great besides the suspension and slight vibrations that balancing just cant seem to get rid of. My mothers 97 camry with 300k miles on i...
Purchased an 02 used with 86k miles on it. So far everything is great besides the suspension and slight vibrations that balancing just cant seem to get rid of. My mothers 97 camry with 300k miles on it handles the road better than mines ! Wasnt for that I would I would give this car six stars on 1-5 rating !As far as the engine.. Greatest V6 I ever drove! very powerful and smooth !
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Nice

by from Providence, RI on April 17, 2010

I bought my 2002 Maxima in 2005. It was a former leased vehicle and it had 20K on it when I bought it. Here it is 5 years later and it now has 128K on it and is still going strong. Max is a very relia...
I bought my 2002 Maxima in 2005. It was a former leased vehicle and it had 20K on it when I bought it. Here it is 5 years later and it now has 128K on it and is still going strong. Max is a very reliable car. It has never let me down. Sure I've had to put a few bucks into it, but nothing major has gone wrong with it. Keep up with the regular maintenance and Maxima will not let you down. I want to keep Max for at least 75K more. If you want a reliable, fun car buy a used Maxima. I love this car!
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The best car so far

by from Apple valley, MN on June 12, 2009

I bought my 2002 maxima used with 86000 miles. The car is great the speed, gas milage are all great.No problems so far and I love it.
I bought my 2002 maxima used with 86000 miles. The car is great the speed, gas milage are all great.No problems so far and I love it.
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Perfect Car

by from Chicago, Il on January 24, 2007

I have owne d a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE for 4 years. I even bought it used with 30000 miles on it. It has never given me a problem ever since. This is a perfect car. i have always got complments on my c...
I have owne d a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE for 4 years. I even bought it used with 30000 miles on it. It has never given me a problem ever since. This is a perfect car. i have always got complments on my car.
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2002 max bought used

by from nyc on April 2, 2015

bought this car in 2009 with 107k thousand miles. now i have 155k miles. had to replace exhaust twice with the flex pipe once. tires twice. brakes and rear calipers twice. had coolant leaks many times...
bought this car in 2009 with 107k thousand miles. now i have 155k miles. had to replace exhaust twice with the flex pipe once. tires twice. brakes and rear calipers twice. had coolant leaks many times. the seals were replaced. then the radiator finaly went at around 149k and that had to be fixed with all the new hoses. power steering leaked and had to get a new hose. turning radius sucks and so is the brake feel. doesnt feel solid when breaking. transmision slips between 2 and 3rd gears when accelarating hard from stop. torque steering is present. burns about 1 quart of oil every 2k miles. i run full synthetic 5w30 mobil 1 and bosch d3323 filter. had to replace the windshield twice. heated seats and steering wheel take long to heat up and then cut off after operating for 10 minutes. car is not that great. sun roof opens by itself for no reason. cd player stoped working.
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