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Reliable Sedan by Crazydriver from Baltimore on 05/31/2011. Trim: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Good power, decent fuel economy- about 28mpg highway and 22 city. Interior controls are easy to use (air conditioning, CD player controls, ect). 60/40 rear fold down seats that fold from within the car (parents own a civic where you have to pull a switch in the trunk to fold down the seat). Headlights and fog lights provide good visibility. Handling is responsive, windows are well placed as to not block driver's view (such as problematic with prius 4). Power outlet available to the back seat is really useful for those of us with passengers playing laptops on long trips sitting in back.
Cons: Thinking of replacing the wheels because I hate paying $180 per 17' tire. My CD changer skips (read in the manual to not use CD-Rs, that they may cause a malfunction. So much for mix CDs). Also the left speakers will go out if you hit a bump wrong, then come back if you bump just right. Turning radius is a bit high, but not too bad. The oxygen sensor or its light keeps coming on. I took it in to the dealer shop and they charged me $200 for diagnostic, reset the light and tell me "oxygen gets in there sometimes, screw the gas cap tighter." Replace that sensor if it gives you trouble. In the trunk, the mat is flimsy and is starting to cave in.
Overall review: Overall, I have really enjoyed my Maxima. Its flaws are minor in my opinion, (CD player I plan to upgrade anyway), the wheel size, and probably have to replace the oxygen sensor to make the "service engine" light go off (otherwise, it won't pass state inspection). Friends enjoy the comfortable leather power seats, moonroof, power windows, the cool blue headlights that are bright enough to see but not the annoying blinding blue lights that some people have. Have 80k miles on it so far. My goal is to push this car to 200k. Don't let me down Nissan = )
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