Super reliable......up to 220,000 klm
As the title says my 2001 A33 maxima was super reliable until it hit 220,000 klm.
Fantastic engine, plenty of power with a silky smooth auto. I did not spend a single cent over normal service (Oil, brakes...etc.) for the first 220,000 km, then things started to go bad.
Starter motor $500
Coolant leak onto the idle control motor that frizzed the computer (A common problem with A33 maxima and pulsar of the the same year) $700 with second hand parts.
Now I have electrical issues, the electric door locks, rear demister, warning chimes and inter...
One of the BEST cars I have ever owned
Purchased my silver Nissan Maxima ST-R at around 60,000 K's on the dial and had to sell it around 125,000 because I got given a company car and there was no point in letting it just stand there.
This car never gave me any troubles. The Interior was very nice and comfortable. The factory stereo was decent but put in an after marker Pioneer system to add Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. The sound system itself was really good. Never had any issues with the electronics, cruise control was great as was climate control and the sunroof. I thi...nk the seats were also more comfortable than what I have experienced in some other cars. The wood grain inserts, the leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob gives a subtle hint of luxury. Found that the interior road noise was initially high but that was because the previous owner had put on shoddy cheaper tires. I replaced them and put on some Continentals and it was breeze. The engine was a masterpiece. It was the last in the line of 3 litre's before they made it a 3.5. Silky smooth but if you wanted to put your foot down, plenty of power and grunt. Around twisty roads, this car was simply a dream to drive. If I had one slight complaint it was that the fuel economy was on the high side. Even though I tried to be very conservative with my driving patterns. Overall though I was extremely happy with my car and was sad to see it go :'(
Really Good Car. Very Under Rated.
I I have done a full video review of the car. Which can be found at https://youtu.be/Mdo-cS3kdv8
Here is a summarised version of this.
Interior and Comfort:
The Interior is nice and comfortable. The wood grain inserts, the leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob gives a subtle hint of luxury. The factory stereo sounds really good, the automatic climate control and the cruise control works flawless as well. As mentioned earlier in the video, you have nice comfortable seats all around and all the necessary driver control functions ar...
An excellent motor vehicle - Find one!
The 1999 Nissan Maxima is certainly a car worth buying. Find a well-looked after one, preferably with low mileage, and you will be very pleased. The 6-cylinder 3 liter engine is super quiet and extremely reliable. The only reasonably major expense which may occur in time, is replacement of the coils. A set of 6 will cost about $950, fitted. Use a good semi-synthetic engine-oil, with regular oil and filter changes, and you will have a long-lasting, very reliable engine with enough power for enjoyable and comfortable driving. These cars are well-assembled and looked after, both the exterior and interior are acceptably pleasing. One of Nissan's great cars!
Quality at an affordable price
I have owned my 2003 A33 Maxima Ti for seven years, having bought it with 57000 Km on the odometer. It has been super reliable, comfortable and economical. On highway driving regularly returns 7 litres/100 km at posted speed limits. It has now covered 100000 Km and shows no signs of trouble. Everything works as new, no oil used between changes and is still on original brake pads. A lot of car for not a lot of money, especially if regularly serviced. Check the log books.
Equipment levels, comfort , reliability.
Worst car ever
The car kept breaking down, the previous owner crashed it without telling us, 2000 model Ti and is so annoying, ugly, noisy and I just want to get rid of it! Every time you go fast it feels like your being in an accident. Even the "leather seats" didn't feel like leather, more like plastic, in fact the whole interior was made from plastic, if your thinking of buying a maxima, I would think twice!
Even the top of the range Ti's can be had for under 10k with around 100k on the clock (private market). Typical dealer price for the Ti's with around 100k is between 11 and 13k. It's hard to find more car for your money. Even the base model ST is impressive. Personally I prefer the Ti simply because I don't quite think they got the body kit right on the sportier ST-R. Everyone will tell you that you have to drive a Maxima to see what all the fuss is about, and they're right. You are pampered with style and features and a smooth ride. But I pers...onally dislike front-wheel drive vehicles and the Maxima suffers from all the typical side-effects (torque-steer, etc). Once you try to drive this car enthusiastically you'll wish you bought a rear-wheel drive instead. However that's not really why people buy Maximas. People buy Maximas because they are a very classy very well-designed vehicle that are a pleasure to drive the way they are supposed to be driven. In my opinion the A33 is the best Maxima ever created. "Interesting" styling or not, it looks a hell of a lot better than the abomination that came after it (at least what was imported for sale in Australia). Luxury and reliability at a very affordable price. Sports one of the most impressive V6 engines around. Front wheel drive. Styling is an acquired taste.
Average Car with Below Average Dealer Support
Purchased from New in 1999 and had nothing but trouble with it. New coils/plugs regularly despite Nissan saying they only needed plugs every 100k. Intermittent electrical issues, CD player would not eject CD requiring half the dash to be removed by inexperienced Nissan dealer who never got the dash back properly and thus always had rattles/squeaks. Psycho cruise control that would lock on and accelerate the car well past the speed limit only to drop off going up hills and cause nose dives (not nice when there is someone following behind as they...get no warning ie: no brake lights). Underpowered and weak engine, didn't like towing or going up hills. Best part of the car was the paint finish and trim levels. Paintwork and Trim. Terrible Service and Dealer Backup. Manufacturer didn't want to know...
Great car overall! Very reliable, best v6 engine around. I have an '02 ST model.
The rear springs & shocks could be a bit firmer, but not the end of the world.
I will be buying another Maxima, but the way mine is going it will be a long time yet.
Great engine, economical on fuel, easy to drive.
Lacks a little rear seat head room, rear suspension bottoms out with a couple of people in the rear seat.
These car are good family cars, you can drive 500 kms then play a game of golf. A peron with basic mechanic skills could service engine. Prices are good for this model used. Good first car boy/girl.
Family safety. Larger than a Commordore inside. Most options are standard. Easy to use controls < turn on cruise. Control, open sun roof, use electric seats. Set the climate control, top quality sound system. These cars are drivers cars they corner well stop fast abs of course. They feel safe.
Fuel consumption. They are a heavy on fuel when using air con. Boot space a could be bigger.
We've got a 2001 model and it has had some woes but over all it has been quite reliable.
If you have it serviced regularly and don't skimp too much on the bits and pieces you should have a good experience with the Nissan Maxima.
They're hard to find second-hand parts for because they don't often end up in wreckers yards... they're that reliable.
Reliable, comfortable and an easy driver.
Is a bit noisy inside, by comparison to some other similarly priced cars. It's front-wheel-drive and thus carries all the front-wheel-drive woes such as a...
Questions & Answers
1. Is SECU _ Smart Entry Control Unit the same as BCM - Body Control Module? 2. Have just found out Nissan Dealerships NO LONGER use CONSULT 2 - todays date is 18th March 2021 & this is the only system that can diagnose & FIX - BCM/ECU/SECU etc etc in 99-2003 A33 Nissan Maxima etc (or IS IT?- WELL - what do we do NOW to get our Vehicles Fixed if they have a problem with the Electronics etc as above as they were the only Business to have it & Mechanics/Auto Elec etc can't help??? WHAT A CROC!!!! HELP
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Hi, im planning to buy a 2002 Nissan Maxima Ti with km reading 250k. Is it worth it? What do i need to check first? Thank you for the replies!
Hi Glen, depends on the car.I would ensure had been fully serviced and ask for service records. Check if timing belt is noisy and was replaced at the right time. Also pressure test radiator.I have just had mine replaced at 180km. They go through a lot of heat stress. Also check suspension. see if it rides ok. Above all assess no. of owners (less is best) and determine if they have cared for the car.
Thanks mate! Helps a lot!
This model Maxima TI 2002 has a timing chain not belt, treated right it will last a lifetime. Mine has 220000 ks and is still running like a ripper, I will not part with this car.
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|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||157kW @ 6400rpm|
|Max Torque||291Nm @ 3600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 1999|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2003|
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