Pros: "fun to drive, lots of power, nice features"
Cons: "transmission, paint, interior quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Honestly, this car has been quite a mess. There are positives: the handling and power are great--it is definitely a very fun car with an aggressive exhaust note. It accelerates quickly and has a lot of passing power. The steering is also a joy, it is weighted well, provides a lot of feedback, and is extremely accurate and does not pull.
However, there are issues that outweigh the positives. The transmission is very jerky and I fear that it will soon be toast (2006 Nissan Maximas are famous for bad transmissions, luckily I have not yet had to replace mine). I have had to replace the catalytic converter and the factory brakes warped prematurely. The six-CD changer stopped working. The air conditioner does not get very cold, and sometimes I have to hit the dashboard in order to get the fan to come on. At one point the buttons on the center console were caving in, and we needed to get the whole console replaced.
The ride is also pretty rough over bumps and the car seems to have a vibration issue.
However, the WORST part about this car is the paint. The clear coat on the roof, hood, and trunk came off and the paint on all is peeling. I have noticed other Nissan's with this issue. I do not believe this should be happening to a 10-year-old car. In fact, the paint problems started way before the car turned 10. It's very unfortunate."
"I purchased this car after searching for over a year to find a college car. The Transmission is known to have issues, my tranny went out ~ 160k but 230k into it the new one hasn't had any issues. It shifts smooth and downshifts at appropriate times. The power of this vehicle is simply admirable for its age and mileage being peppy and not requiring much effort. My average MPG is 23 in mixed driving. This car has been perfect, ride is extremely comfortable in both the front and rear seats, it is my road trip warrior.
Overall, I would highly recommend the 2004-2009 Nissan Maxima to anybody looking for a different, but usable sedan in the used market."
Pros: "Great to drive, Love the style and ride. Reliable"
Cons: "Rotting floors!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Discovered the bottom of both driver and passenger side floor to be rusting and rusted through. Each area is about the side of a football and the passenger side is pretty close to rusting totally through to the inside.
This car is 8 years old and near perfect condition otherwise. I have found a number of forums that speak to this issue, so I am not experiencing a unique problem. Was told by a body shop it could cost $1000 plus to repair the right way. Am now going through a process with Nissan to resolve the issue. Not sure they will do anything about it. Love the car but this is a shock and very disappointing. Probably would not buy another Nissan!"
Pros: "The last car you should need to buy (Save resorces"
Cons: "Tight engine bay for routine maintainance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Ok I want to be fair This car is sold under different names all over the world. I had a 91,it had injector problems Probably from sitting too much. Great car independent rear suspension. a 97 SE 5 speed Manual, Deadly fast and unbreakable. My wife's 98 was purchased in 98 and now with 151000 miles needs belts brakes, tires, a windshield, shocks, a trans filter, and a front and rear bumper cover. This has been a excellent car for her and yes I will fix all that and sell the car (some day),, The VQ30DE is great and a low mileage, used, one can be had for 3 to 5 hundred NO demand for them because they do not break. Now for the VQ35DE The 2002 with the 4 speed auto is a GREAT car when Nissan and Infiniti went to the 5 speed auto is when the problems started, all the way throw 07. can you drive a stick ??? that is the best insulation A 6 speed! in 08 Nissan had a % of cars with engine problems (upper engine valves rods and oil use.In 2008 the CVT was about the only transmission here in the US Some people did not like how it preformed when cold (rough shifts). I would educate my self on the car , (any car) before you buy. I will always buy Nissan's But know that any car will need work after you put a bunch if miles on it. 160K to 180K timing chain timing gears , chain guides, water pump and oil pump on a front wheel drive Maxima this will mean pulling the engine. So transmission to engine seals and change the filter and fluid in the transmission. No one will tell you these things I will state that with these items I have shared that 400k is possible on this car! Use synthetic oil and always a car cover in the sun. I like the 4th generation VQ30DE best and I like a standard transmission hard to come by. I hope this is of use to you!"