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A response i see all to often with these cars and one that is so very true.
That is that these cars have been so overlooked due to not having the right badge for the class this car was aimed at in the UK.Luckily other countries saw what great cars these where.
Walking to school everyday i would walk buy a garage which had a Maxima for sale and each time it caught my eye,so eventually we decided to take a look at it up close which led to a part exchange on the car we had.
The car was huge.Sat in the drivers seat i could not even reach back to our children whom where sat so far away in the back,if Nissan had provided extra belts in the footwells you would have been able to carry extra passengers in there.
Comfort wise was a issue and the seats where more comfy than being sat on a expensive sofa,but this led to long journeys making you that relaxed it was hard to keep awake.
All this and nearly everything in the car electric,from electric sunroof on a tilt and slide and a cover which could be pulled over that and more AC controls than space shuttle.All led to a great luxury underrated car.
Engine wise there is a mix of 2.0l to 3.0l engines which are both fast powerful v6 engines.
Parts are expensive on these cars compared to other cheaper cars but they seem to hardly and if ever go wrong so this balances it out.
Mpg was great we would see good mpg in the town and on long runs.
Safety wise we had a rear end crash in ours(non fault)The car which hit us was a right off,with there front end sat inside the car,against our Maxima which had a slight crack on the bumper a small dent on the boot and a small crack on a rear lens.
I see many people using these cars as taxi's and this very common abroad with examples still running with 300,000 miles + on there clocks.
I f looking into these cars make sure you look under Nissan Cefiro title and the Infiniti i30/i35 these are names these cars go under abroad,the US maxima the starting point for these great cars but does differ.
I bought my first NISSAN MAXIMA in the U.S., and loved it. Now We are here in Spain, and purchased another Maxima 2.0/ litre job. It has done 162,000 miles, so far, with only a rebuilt air-con unit. The car is smooth and very quiet, with what I consider one of the best engines in any car that I have owned. In the U.S. we drove various American and German models over the years, but none can match this car dollar for dollar, pound for pound.
Nissan Maxima 3.0 SE+ 2000-2002
Nissan flagship never caught on in UK, wrong badge to satisfy the BMW/Merc/Lexus lemmings. Sells in millions in USA where they know class when they see it.
This top of the range luxury saloon cost £30,000 plus and following massive depreciation now represents champagne motoring for beer money.
Superbly engineered, finished and equipped. You can wait months for one of these to surface. If it does it will be low mileage, fdsh and owned by a fastidious old boy.
When it does BUY IT!! It will make you very happy. Go against the flow and feel very very pleased with yourself.
~ ~ The flagship of the Nissan fleet, the Nissan Maxima carries that flag with pride. This is an outstanding car in all departments, and an absolute joy to drive. ~ ~ I am a taxi-driver in Dublin, Ireland, and must admit to a certain amount of positive bias when it comes to Nissan, as I have driven this marque ever since I began “cabbying” some six years ago. ~ ~ I bought my 1990 Maxima in the summer of 1997 with just over 100,000 miles on the clock. It was an impulse buy. I had gone into the main Nissan dealer to buy a part for my existing car, and there she was sitting in the forecourt. I knew one of the salesmen quite well, and as I had always admired the Maxima from a far, I asked him if I could take it out for a test drive, purely out of curiosity, and with no real intention of purchasing. He had taken it in that morning as a trade in against a brand new Maxima, and was keen to move the car on, as it was older than they generally keep for resale. The old sales maxim is “Get’em behind the wheel”. Well it certainly worked in my case. It was love at first sight, or in this instance, love at first ‘drive’. DRIVABILITY AND PERFORMANCE ~ ~ The 1990 Maxima has a 3 Litre, straight six cylinder engine, which delivers all the power you would ever expect or require in a totally effortless and smooth fashion. The car I bought had an automatic transmission, but it is also available with a manual box. This gearbox has three settings, which alter both the performance and the fuel consumption considerably. There is an intermediate setting for day to day urban driving, a cruise setting for long journeys with lots of motorway driving, and lastly a sports setting for those occasions when you want to “burn a bit of rubber”. While the performance would not be “Porsche” standard, it is certainly powerful enough to pull you out of any tricky situations you might find yoursel
f in, and reallycomes into its own when accelerating at between 60 and 80 m.p.h., with an instant “kickdown” and fast acceleration as soon as you press the gas pedal to the floor. It sticks to the road like a dead hedgehog, and never in the six months that I had the car did I even come close to “losing” it. The steering is crisp and precise, and all the controls are readily accessible. The Maxima has all the little extra specifications you would expect from a luxury car; air con, cruise control, alloy wheels, electric everything, etc. Talking about the cruise control. Coming home in the early hours one morning after a late shift in the cab, I found myself on a freeway almost totally devoid of any other traffic. (If you know Dublin you will realise what a rare experience this is!!) I progressed the speedometer up to 120m.p.h. (I know, I know, it’s very naughty) and flipped on the cruise. There the Maxima sat, like a fat frog on a sticky leaf, while I proceeded to roll myself a cigarette. No hands and no feet. I tell this tale not out of a sense of bravado, as I am not a fast driver as a general rule, but to illustrate how “safe” this car makes you feel, even at high speed. COMFORT AND ECONOMY ~ ~ The car is comfortable and spacious. My model had velour cloth upholstery, but if you shop around, a lot of early models came with a full leather interior. The seats were supportive and firm, and even after a gruelling twelve hour shift, I would get out relatively ache free. The ride is superb. Even the most uneven road surface was levelled out by a suspension system that felt like you were riding on a cushion of air. There was room in the rear for three (full-grown) adults, and plenty of legroom. The trunk was large and cavernous, and swallowed luggage like a hungry jumbo jet. My only crib was the petrol consumption. This car was thirsty. In purely urban driving, I never got better than a
bout 18 miles per gallon. In fact, it was this that led to me eventually getting rid of the car, as to high a proportion of my earnings as a taxi-driver were going to feed its insatiable appetite for fuel. That said, I miss her still!!!! Ken J.