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Old 02-24-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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Are Nissans as well made as Toyotas or Hondas? Just curious...
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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I know that 6cyl they have has been touted for years as bulletproof.

I've only owned one, it was a 1993 model purchased in late 1992. It was sold away in 2007 for next to nothing as a low milage, old car (It was under 100K).

Mechanical: none, IIRC it had a timing chain problem late in our ownership, and minor suspension problems.

Electrical: Windows, doorlocks and radio all had problems
Interior: Panels fell apart, seat-belts (the track ones, no longer used in cars) had problems
Paint: Did not stand up to the weather, but was driven in NYC, Hawaii (salt spray), Maryland and Houston -- all hard on a car, and it wasn't waxed often enough

My bottom line on Nissan:

- They're good cars.
- They don't seem to hold value as well as their cousins.
- The styling of late has been flash in the pan. Like the 350Z, everyone rushes out to buy them, but they don't seem to hold their style well at all. Look at the first MY of the 350Z now. Not so cool any more. Now you have to get a 370. Etc. Even the Versa is over-styled. (Other companies are guilty of this, and they are doing it to drive the market trrend of 3-6 years and buy new. But, that may blow up on them now.)

Best of the realistic vehicle line up? Altima, Exterra

Best of the madness at Nissan Motor Company Ltd? GT-R
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I had a 2000 Sentra for 8 years and never had a single problem with it. Just routine maintenance. I think the 60K maintenance was the most I spent on it.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: WA
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In my experience Nissans are built on par with Toyota which is a notch better tha Honda.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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older ones yes, newer ones hell no.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:19 PM
 
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I had X-tera 2008
It's very bad
meanwhile my old echo 2002 still wonderful
nothing compare to Toyota.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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I had a 95 Altima for a long time, with lots of miles on it, never gave me trouble except for routine oil changes and tire rotations. It was a stick and got around 36 mpg on the highway, I thought it was a decent car. Not sure how the new ones are built but I know the old ones were darn good.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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I mostly agree with Caution's points. Many highly rated engines (the V8's from the Titan were problematic however), and in my opinion, most of their "realistic" lineup is more interesting than Toyota and Honda, and my personal favorite of the three, when looking at the entire lineup. Their styling is strange in the fact that it gets a lot of people to enjoy it at first and then becomes dated quickly (their burnt orange phase, the 350Z, etc), and their current restyling of the 370z, Murano, and Maxima is polarizing. Of the competitive midsize family segment, I think the Altima would be my pick of the offerings from the big three Japanese makes.

I know you're not researching 30 year old examples, but on a personal note, my '77 280Z has been bulletproof from day one. Almost no issues, even by new standards, let alone for a 32 year old car. I love the car to death.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Until yesterday I would have said yes. That was when the transmission in my son's 2001 Frontier went Tango Uniform with 110,000 miles on it. The truck has been immaculately maintained and serviced.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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We had a 2001 Pathfinder LE and had no reliability issues or major repairs - aside from regular/routine maintenance. Same went for my parent's 2005 Sentra.

However, check Consumer Reports which have had average or below average ratings for the Nissans.
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