Bought this car for my son and daugther while in college. It was already is bad shape because the previous owner did not perform standard maintenance. Put almost $3000 into it to get to safety margins. Car is now inoperable due to engine failure. Don't recommend this car at this age.
Was great once, could be again. "Experts" say it has a fuel delivery problem, left me stranded twice recently. If I could fix that and give it some TLC it would still be my daily driver. Love this car but having a slight issue of trust. Drive it at least once a week. Still smooth/fun at 100+ mph as it is at 50. Washes up and looks beautiful but does have lots of miles/years so it needs a little love. You won't sorry if you buy it and give it a little time and effort.
Still driving it, still love it, but can't give it the tlc it deserves. Will give to charity f or auction to raise funds to help others.
I purchased this car new in 2000 with only 14 miles on it. It now has over 120,000 miles on it and it has been a reliable car ever since. In 2004 I had to have the engine manifold gasket replaced, but got a good deal on repairs due to a friend's husband being a former Nissan mechanic. Since then, I have only had to have regular brake replacement, oil changes to keep it running. It's now 16 years old and showing its age, so recently the thermometer sensors had to be replaced, radiator replacement, and some leaks fixed. Of course that is to be expected on a car this old. I can deal with the fact of the driver side window regulator acting up, and other minor issues due to age. Overall, the reliability of this car has allowed me to put off new car purchase, since I am lucky enough to have a 5 minute commute to work every day. My only complaint is that I don't have all the bells and whistles technology wise that newer cars have. I still LOVE having that old CD player in my car, and it's still working! :-)
bought it for $1,400,It had about 96,450 miles on it.It now has 109,400.The previous owner or owners didn't take very good care if it,But I was in a bind and felt I got a good deal,turns out I have.I've drove the car on long trips like Oklahoma to Northern California it ran great doing about 70 the whole way in the middle of summer.It has always started up for me.I've reached 120mph in it....but that was a one time thing I was curious I take care of the car...I'm replacing the knock sensor not because it was bad but because somehow it came unplugged on the pigtail end of it is plastic and broke.New brakes,batterie,replace the valve cover gasket when I bought the car haven't had a problem with that sense...I use mobile 1 high mileage. I'm proud of this car.I'd buy it again.My next car will be Nissan for sure.
Bought this car from a family member for $1000 so the price was right but it did need a lot of TLC. Things that I've replaced so far: CAT at manifold, knock sensor, MAF sensor, 02 sensor, rad, complete rear brakes. Other problems: Leaking A/C system (hopefully I've fixed that) wiring defect in the spoiler light (I'll fix that soon). The oil filter is impossible to change without putting the car on a hoist, over a pit or on jack stands/ramps. The PCV valve is hidden under the intake manifold and will require hours to change. The shifter light also needs replacing. If I wasn't a DIYer, I'd be broke, but I am a DIYer and now that I've done these repairs, it will go another 200,000km for sure.
I know that I painted a rather grim picture but the car is really a great car.
This one suffered from an automotive-ignorant owner.
The ride is second to none, the power is amazing and it is matched by the car's awesome handling.
The interior is very comfortable and roomy enough for 4 adults, 5 if they're not whiners.
The trunk is very spacious and doesn't require those stupid hatch struts that wear out and cost a fortune.
The air filter is probably Nissan's greatest triumph.
It's the same CA4309 (Fram part number) that fits every other Nissan made over a span of 15 years or so.
As a result, it's dirt cheap and more common than the air filter of a Cavalier.
1) Dumbest thing ever: No remote trunk release.
2) Put the oil filter and PCV valve in a not so impossible to reach location.
3) Stop using those stupid plastic guards under the front of the car. They make it hard to work on.
4) Give it 16" wheels at least.
5) Stop using clear-coat that peels off of the spoiler.
6) The styling...proves that drug-use was very common in California in the late 90s.
I'd say that 80% of the car is beautiful...until you get to the back and then you have a "WTH were they thinking?" moment.
Mine's not so bad because I have the spoiler to make it look more normal but I've seen others without it and the shape of the trunk is just hideous.