And was able to drive 5 miles home, with all of my lights and instruments still working! It was fairly reliable and would have been even more if the previous owners had taken better care of it. I'm told it may be time to replace the rear main seal. Driving Impressions The 2002 Nissan Maxima is smooth, quiet, and powerful. The only thing I've found with it are the o2 sensors seem to go first if anything is going to fail. But she is being driven in the North East with a lot of salt in the winter.
With the Altima, it was 3rd gear. The rear seats are comfortable and roomy enough that one adult male passenger took a nice nap while we were on the road. For these reasons, we recommend the automatic transmission for the Maxima. The V6 provides lots of power. Dealer fixed it for 150.
I am, not very tall, at all. Snow - go slow, slow-er. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. Fit and finish are good, and reliability is among the best in class. Well for me it has been good. And it rides very well. I just wish Nissan put the Helical Diff in them all instead of optioning it out - I mean, even the baby Sentra came with one as standard! Our Take on the 2002 Nissan Maxima The Maxima used to be Nissan's only four-door sports car, but that role has changed with the advent of the feisty Altima 3.
Since then, it has been one of our higher-rated family cars. I've driven 550 miles on a single 18 gallon tank - no joke! Talk about bang-4-ur-buck - for the sake of comparison! Depending on the elevation and grade of the road. Handle with care in the wet too - though straight line tracking in the rain - at freeway speeds - is excellent. Factory Original Owners Manual, also referred to as a glove box manual. I have the original clutch and no major problems with this car to date.
There is a reason I still have this car after 15 years. A dramatic cut-off shape and bold taillight treatment highlight a crisp design. Id say that its pretty darn reliable. The Maxima's ride is quiet though a little stiff, and its handling is secure but not agile. General Comments: This was my dream car.
I get about 270 miles to a tank of gas in the cold, and around 320 in the summer Minnesota weather , and my driving habits have a lot to do with it. Tires are a bit high in price with 225-50-17 size. Even Nissan acknowledges this in a tech bulletin they put out - the polyurethane bonding between the hood frame and skin breaks, and so at freeway speeds, you will see the surface of the hood ripple. This car really flies, but you get the impression that the Maxima's front-drive platform is getting right close to the limit of its ability to deal with the mighty motive force of the 3. Seating in general is well done, with deep seat cushions that yield proper thigh support and accommodate most body types well. The low doorsills, large windshield and wide rear window make for excellent visibility all around.
Primary Use: Family transportation Amazing. Key to the Maxima's performance is the 255-horsepower, 3. The steering wheel and other controls were repositioned last year to improve comfort. The Maxima maintains its station at the top of the product totem, offering a higher level of comfort and performance. This can make tight parking situations a bit challenging with lots of three-point turns. The trunk is not be the largest in the class, but it is roomy. Max is a very reliable car.
And 0-60 times stock are just a shade over 6 seconds. But the Maxima is sportier than an Accord or Camry. I was on the third clutch by 47K highway miles and the dealer stopped offering to fix the problem and Nissan basically told me I was out of luck. This engine has well-toned muscles, yet it always feels civilized. The damage was repaired and the car still performs admirably.
Interior options and upgrades are way ahead of comparable vehicles. You have to take off the upper intake manifold, and in my case, take off the plenum the top of the engine. Still, it's as close to a fair fight as you're going to find at this price. My husband's not too sure about this one, either! Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The rigid chassis allows other components to perform as they were designed and also helps reduce noise, vibration and harshness.
Especially emission related and crank sensors. I think that the automatic transmission needs another gear so it doesn't rev so high. With lots of torque, it pulls well from low rpm. Lousy paint - leads to premature wear of the body. The rigid chassis was upgraded for the 2001 model year. And while most Accords are sold with four-cylinder engines, all Maximas are fitted with the powerful V6.