Cars like this come around once in a decade. It's just the right blend of practicality and performance that earned it a place in Car & Driver's 10 Best list all 4 years it was produced. It's quick, it's nimble, it's nearly indestructable (15 years and all I've replaced is tires, brakes, clutches, and one alternator). Hat's off to Nissan for the perfect blend.
Strong engine, light weight (2400 pounds - compare to todays heavyweights!), good suspension, slick shifter. Performace is the highlight in the SE-R models.
More comfortable front and rear seating. Some of the HVAC controls are a little on the cheap side. What do you want out of a 15 year old car?
Purchased new. This car still runs
superbly and requires almost no
maintenance. Red paint is now crazed
on top and gas gauge is inconsistent
but such niggling points out how great
the car has been. I'm not sure why I'm
considering a new vehicle.
I've had my car so long that when I
run into friends from the past they
can't believe I'm still driving this
thing. They have since been through 3
or four cars spending 60k more than I
have on transportation.
It's a perfect commuter car. Not to
big or to small. Not to many things to
go wrong with it. The car is a no
frills perfect zip around town
Only problem is the red paint faided
earlier than it should have. I may
have washed it off babying it to much.
Oh, and I'm a bit concerned about it
not having an air bag.
I only spend about $600 per yr in
maintenance. To bad they didn't make
this car for so many years.