The Maxima was always a car that was a little more unique than the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The original Maxima was the first talking car on the road. And with that heritage, Nissan continued to build on the brand in the 1990s and 2000s. But the 2000s Maxima models were bland and problematic, to say the least. Most notable were the issues that affected the car’s ABS and the cooling system (via Hot Cars).
The 2000 Maxima was a stylish car, but its quality was not what many buyers expected. The repair costs associated with the Maxima were expensive. Nissan was a company usually associated with reliability, but this generation of the Maxima questioned that reputation.