I bought this little car mostly as a favor for a surrogate brother headed for New Zealand. He had owned it for 14 years. I didn't really want this funky looking little Baby SUV. This little beauty was like new in and out and had 83,000 miles on it. I have driven it around Anchorage, Alaska and for short 100 mile trips out of town. I am aghast that I'm becoming very fond of this thing! My buddy Gary, the previous owner, had a near complete overhaul performed due to a timing chain problem. As he was at it he replaced the shocks and brakes and exhaust system. $1700 all told. I get a regular 24 MPG around town and have managed 31 on cruise at 65 MPH. This is a great car!
Fun to drive! It's like a little sports car. Mine has a five speed manual. Quick steering and a very short turn radius. It accelerates all out of proportion to it's tiny four cylinder engine.It has really excellent vision all around. Except for the Mini Cooper I know of nothing that approaches it.
My Axxess is 20 years old! I would guess it's too late for any suggested improvements but for starters I am shocked to find NO, NONE, cup holders! Slightly tinted windows would be nice but here in Alaska not necessary. This stupid little car is almost perfect in every way!
I've owned this car new off the lot,
and it has been nothing but reliable
and wonderful. I did not have to start
making repairs until it was 11 years
old. I would highly recommend it for a
family car...we have been EVERYWHERE in
I have had this car for a long time.
Over the last several years many items
have started to fail. Alternator,
timing chain guides, auto seat belts,
rack and pinnion, which caused other
front end problems, drive shafts, fuel
injectors leaking, A/C head unit and
low limit switch, and the list goes on.
I do love this car I just wish it was
not having so many problems. Also with
the two sliding side doors way ahead of
Chrysler and roll down rear windows way
ahead of MPV. May items on this car
were ahead of the time. Just to
expensive to import.
This "microvan" is labeled "station wagon" by Nissan and is just right for two empty-nesters. Easy to get in and out of, good visibility from the drivers seat, nice handling and adequate power make for a good utility vehicle with just enough room in the back for two week's worth of household trash for the dump. What more can you ask for for under $4,000?
Sunroof, leather-faced front seats (after-market), reliability, decent handling for a "van" roll-down rear windows (10 years ahead of MPV).
Radio reception weak; minor squeaks and rattles but OK for 125,000 miles.
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