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Old 07-29-2014, 10:04 AM   #41
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Nissan maxima 1997 SE with 308,000 miles with original engine and trans and still running like new and original rack and pinion and suspension.
You give me hope, man. The 98 Max was my first new car, and i was a single guy out of grad school.

Now I am married, have a son, and have 2 other cars including a 07 335i that I bought new, and the Maxima is still going at 229k. If I can do what you have, then I got another 99k left, that's an entire American car built in 2014 (nobody expects 200k or 300k).

My Max keeps the miles lower on the other 2 cars....

hillarious that the question was posed 12 years ago
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Had 1997 maxima from new until sold in 2013. no problems except a bad emissions valve, $30 part and camshaft sensor, $45. 100k 36 mpg highway.fuel 87 octane.
Have 2006 altima V-6 75k only problem-floor boards on both front passenger side and drivers side are rusted through! 87 octane 35mpg
2012 maxima. 15k no problems yet, 87 octane up to 32 mpg highway
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:27 AM   #43
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Our 2001 is still going strong. Starting to think about a replacement, though.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:05 PM   #44
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I have a 1999 Maxima SE (named MAXINE). She has 265,000 miles on her and is still running great. Original engine and transmission along with a few other original parts still on her too. I love my car!
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:46 PM   #45
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218,160 on mine

I have a 2000 GLE, as of this morning it was at 218,160 and the only thing I've replaced it is the starter. I change oil every 3,000 miles and check fluids monthly. ?Beside that, nothing else.
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clearly not as long as this thread
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:27 AM   #47
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Until it breaks and can no longer be driven.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:12 PM   #48
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Forever if you have the money to keep it on the road
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:04 AM   #49
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I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima with 189,000 miles. Change the oil every 3-5K and the car has had every issue you can think of. Coil replacement, sensors replaced, transmission replaced, cam shaft, and other parts I have never heard of. Well over 4K spent. I am not complaining, but I am definitely looking to upgrade. My 95 Maxima had no major issues.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:25 PM   #50
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My 1998 max is at 194,050 and still running very well! oil leaks everywhere, but the engine is running well. I replaced the ac compressor,and clutch slave cylinder a few months back. Just replaced the clutch last month along with ball joints, hub bearings, drivers side wheel hub, and tie rods. Had to replace KS and AIT sensors this morning.
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Old 04-06-2016, 03:20 PM   #51
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I hate to be a pooper, but that is a redundant question since every drivers and owners out there are different. How they are driven, how they drive it. how they maintain it. It's like asking someone say, how long brake pad should last. Again, there people out there have no clue on maintences on car when it should be done. There are people there that beat the living crap out of the car, thinking anything made of metal is bulletproof. Which any of these should beg the question, what kind of owner are you. do you drive freeway, traffic, are you leadfooted, do you keep up the regular maintences as required??? That's what you really should be asking rather than asking people in general.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:50 PM   #52
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My first Maxima (03) lasted 196k miles. I sold it around 80k. It was salvaged due to water damage, presumably an owner drove in a big puddle and hydrolocked the engine. The car looked like it went to hell and back 10 years after I sold it.







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Old 04-08-2016, 02:37 PM   #53
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Is this seriously a question? Just take care of it and it will take care of you.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:13 PM   #54
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Well with that question you have to weigh price vrs. value. It lasts whenever you feel you got your money's worth out of it.


You can pay $30000 for a brand new maxima but does any of the original owners ever actually get the value out of it?
Most get trade in value towards a new car and the trade in is cleaned up and sold off.
So a good answer would be whenever you feel you've got your money's worth out of it.

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Old 04-12-2016, 09:41 PM   #55
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Honestly if you sift through the forums you'll see a lot of repair questions. I would assume it's people who were sold on a used Maxima for one reason or the other. You could pay $10xxx for a 7th generation maxima and wind up with more repair costs than a 96 Maxima. The 7th generation could break down 6 months after paying $10xxx for it. would you junk it? No you'd try to get your money's worth out of it first.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:25 AM   #56
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I know a friend who has a 2008 Max and it has over 500K with original engin. he is the 3rd owner btw.

Depending on how you take care of your car, It will last for years.

My father has a 1993 Nissan Patrol (44) and it has over 600K and still running good with minor issues.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:42 AM   #57
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almost forever if maintained and parts are available if needed. . I drive my bought new in 95 21yo max daily like I stole it.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:24 PM   #58
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Got A 96 Max with 197 Miles, still runs like champ only problem right now is that my power high pressure lines needs a high pressure clamps
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:48 AM   #59
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just did a 60k tune up w sparks and belts at 194k !!!!!
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:39 PM   #60
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Hi, I have a 1995 with 299,000 miles on it. Still a strong engine and I love it. We also have Lexus GS300 and Avalon. The Nissan Maxima SE is our baby. I had to change all the injectors and normal maint but I can see it having another 200 k at this rate.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:32 AM   #61
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395,000 miles on my 2000 SE



I took this yesterday. My daily commute is ~104 miles. 🎉🎊
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:04 AM   #62
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Had a 92 max for 11 years (126,000 Miles)


Had a 03 max for 12 years (128,000 Miles)


Have a 12 Max (35,000 Miles)


Have a 14 max (22,000 Miles)


All still ran great when I got rid of them and one's I have still run great!!!!
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Old 12-15-2016, 01:51 PM   #63
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I'd say to get that kind of mileage out of any car you'de wind up rebuilding the engine, fuel system, & exhaust system not to mention ignition system . I have 15xxxx on mine and have a tiny seap leak I can't seal unless I strip the engine down to the cams & crankshaft. So I guess you rebuild it or swap it with remanufactured one that's all sealed up
If you get into s bad collision it's not worth it especially if the impact has shifted the strut tower.

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Old 12-16-2016, 09:39 AM   #64
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IMHO
12 years
I wouldn't give any body over $1800 on this after 12 years.
I'm seeing a 2006 max with 135xxx miles for sale now at Toyota for $2000. Sounds like a lemon of a car!
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:55 AM   #65
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That's why you keep thee cars because the resale value on these cars suck!!!
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:57 PM   #66
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IMO the maxima is worth keeping and repairing.
Its a nice car after all the replacement parts are in !
But how much would it take to bring it back to where you could replace the TWC without worrying about it being damaged?
These are questions experienced car salesman have addressed behind closed doors and have answered.
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:27 AM   #67
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My 98 Maxima has 303467 as of today. I still drive it to work. When I went to get an oil change, the guy laughed at me when I told him the mileage...
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My '96 is at 330K, and just finished a 1,043 mile round trip. If you treat a Max well she/he will serve you well tenfold.
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Old 12-27-2016, 09:19 AM   #69
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It seems like the axles break on these alot mines been clicking for about 2k miles I have a 95 with 178,000 miles I've owned it since 169k so far in my time period of owning it I've had to replace the alternator, coolent temp sensor, battery,idlor pulley and teninsor and back roters . It has trouble starting in really cold weather haven't really tried to dignoise it I'm thinking its the fuel filter
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Looks like I chimed in 2 1/2 yrs ago and the answer now is 18.5 years being daily driven. I'm curious, if the words, "In a state that has annual safety and emissions inspections," we added to the thread, I wonder if the lifespan is shorter. How many of these cars with super high mileage can pass a state emissions inspection and safety, where there is no issue with the side airbags etc......that's what did me in.
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It seems like the axles break on these alot mines been clicking for about 2k miles I have a 95 with 178,000 miles I've owned it since 169k so far in my time period of owning it I've had to replace the alternator, coolent temp sensor, battery,idlor pulley and teninsor and back roters . It has trouble starting in really cold weather haven't really tried to dignoise it I'm thinking its the fuel filter
Interesting I'm the original owner on mine, and never replaced the alternator nor the coolant temp sensor (alternator was recalled and it was replacled by Nissan at age 4 I think). Everything else you list I've replaced. Water pump is original as is clutch, radiator was replaced. Except when the starter failed, it never failed to start and still does not--wonder what's going on with yours as the miles are relatively low...
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My 98 Maxima has 303467 as of today. I still drive it to work. When I went to get an oil change, the guy laughed at me when I told him the mileage...
Love it, roll on forever baby!

300k was my goal and no, I didn't make it, didn't make 250k either which is disappointing. I jumped ship and went over to BMW and Lexus, but still have the Maxima. I bet the Lexus reaches 300k, BMW won't have the chance it's not a DD.
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Looks like I chimed in 2 1/2 yrs ago and the answer now is 18.5 years being daily driven. I'm curious, if the words, "In a state that has annual safety and emissions inspections," we added to the thread, I wonder if the lifespan is shorter. How many of these cars with super high mileage can pass a state emissions inspection and safety, where there is no issue with the side airbags etc......that's what did me in.

mine is now 21 years old. I have to pass emissions yearly along with a safety inspection. have never even been close to failing. even when I deleted the pre cats with a y pipe they do a tail pipe emissions test on 95 and before cars here. but even if this was a 96 it still would be fine. no emission issues over the years other than the evap purge volume control valve failed about 10 years ago car has never failed an emissions test since new
maybe being a cali car helps. I know it would fail if it was still in cali due to the pre cat deletes but if only testing the emissions from the pipe would pass fine ,
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mine is now 21 years old. I have to pass emissions yearly along with a safety inspection. have never even been close to failing. even when I deleted the pre cats with a y pipe they do a tail pipe emissions test on 95 and before cars here. but even if this was a 96 it still would be fine. no emission issues over the years other than the evap purge volume control valve failed about 10 years ago car has never failed an emissions test since new
maybe being a cali car helps. I know it would fail if it was still in cali due to the pre cat deletes but if only testing the emissions from the pipe would pass fine ,
What state are you in? Does your car have rust?

I'm sold now that if buying a used car, southern or FLA etc. I was trying to find a Maxima replacement, i.e. one that can go 20 years, and the best I could do in my research was a 2006 Lexus LS. It too easily sails through the 200 mark and has 300's as well. I'm hoping that it will not suffer the rust issues that the 1998 Max did. But leave it to some dudes in the UK to show that rust attacked their Lexus as well.
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What state are you in? Does your car have rust?

I'm sold now that if buying a used car, southern or FLA etc. I was trying to find a Maxima replacement, i.e. one that can go 20 years, and the best I could do in my research was a 2006 Lexus LS. It too easily sails through the 200 mark and has 300's as well. I'm hoping that it will not suffer the rust issues that the 1998 Max did. But leave it to some dudes in the UK to show that rust attacked their Lexus as well.
Northern Utah with heavily salted roads. still on original Lower Radiator mount
religiously wash car weekly during salted road times. also kept garaged for first 6 and last 6 years no body rust at all.
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Northern Utah with heavily salted roads. still on original Lower Radiator mount
religiously wash car weekly during salted road times. also kept garaged for first 6 and last 6 years no body rust at all.
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172k my 5.5 gen needed a new engine. I romped on it everywhere tho. lol
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If you make all the repairs once the car begins breaking down it could last you a long time! Over 200000 miles 20 years.

So is the OP referring to whenever the catalyst fails?

Most companies are stating the catalyst lasts the lifetime of the vehicle so when the catalyst fails is that it?
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IMHO
12 years
I wouldn't give any body over $1800 on this after 12 years.
I'm seeing a 2006 max with 135xxx miles for sale now at Toyota for $2000. Sounds like a lemon of a car!
or Blue Book I'd pay. but I got mine for close to Blue Book value but it had a 30 day warranty so when the TWC failure tripped 29 days later They had to help me out with it.

5 years later still running good after 5 years but I put over $5000 in part's , labor, and DIY parts.
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