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Nissan rant/rave thread!

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by PennSilverTaco, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:01 AM.

  1. Jan 16, 2020 at 9:01 AM
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    My Mitsubishi thread seems to be pretty popular, so I figured I'd post a similar thread for Nissan vehicles!

    The goal of this thread is the same as the Mitsubishi thread, and that is too encourage members to share their love (and hate) for Nissan/Datsun.

    First, let me start off by saying that a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4 holds the record for being the vehicle that my family has owned the longest. My dad bought it brand new in May 1996, and traded it for my Tacoma in September 2009, with 113K miles on the clock. The Pathy was absolutely rock solid in terms of reliability! The A/C had to be recharged in 2003, and it failed an emissions test in 2007 due to a hole in the exhaust, but other than that it was great!

    The early Datsun vehicles were known for two things; Bulletproof engines that were pretty much unkillable, and bodies that rusted at the first sign of salted roads. I love the old Z-cars! I also love the old Datsun and Nissan pickups, perhaps even more than the Z-cars!

    Nissans of the eighties and nineties are also great! Nissan's first mistake, in my opinion, was switching to CVTs in most of its vehicles. Their second mistake was redesigning the Pahfinder from a rugged body-on-frame SUV to a soulless blob of a crossover. Their biggest mistake of all time was partnering with French automaker Renault!

    As a Tacoma owner who just celebrated the tenth anniversary of taking delivery of his truck, I think that the 2005-present Frontier sucks! It has 4-wheel disc brakes and intermittent wipers as standard on all models, but its advantages over the Tacoma end there!
     
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    Mitsubishi has sunk so low that its American dealerships have become little more than glorified Buy Here Pay Here lots who will finance anybody with a job...

    Nissan has not sunk quite that low, but one thing I've noticed about one local dealer (O'Neil Nissan in Warminster, PA) is that they have such an overstock of new inventory that they have been forced to use the shopping center across the street as an overflow lot! My best friend's parents bought a brand new 2018 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Midnight Edition there, in the summer of 2019! This Rogue was sitting on the lot for close to a year, if not longer! If the Rogue is really the hot-selling vehicle Nissan claims it is, then why the hell are new ones sitting on the lot for a year or more?

    The Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, which has most of its dealers in Doylestown, is also resorting to storing excess inventory in shopping center parking lots; In the case of Beans, they've started storing vehicles in the parking lot of a recently-closed K-Mart.

    I remember that in early 2014, Fred Beans Mitsubishi still had brand new unsold 2012 Galant sedans on the lot!

    I've heard through various news outlets and online sources that Nissan is currently in trouble, and it would appear that their dealers are starting to suffer!
     
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    This specific variant of the Nissan Hardbody pickup will forever be one of my favorite Nissan vehicles of all time! I had a model of this truck when I was a kid!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I wish I took more pictures of my previous 1988 Nissan 4X4 V-6 King cab that I owned since new for 18 years. :( ... What a great truck that was.
     
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    And then there was the early 1990s Sentra SE-R, which was a performance bargain in its day!

    [​IMG]
     
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    The 1986 Nissan pickups and 1987-1995 Pathfinders were some the most beautiful trucks of all time!
     
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    That picture you uploaded brings back a load of great memories. :)
     
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    :thumbsup: That was my goal!
     
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    The current Nissan Frontier is not a bad vehicle by any means, and certainly is not unreliable or poorly built; It's biggest issue is that the current model is woefully outdated. The original Frontier, which in itself was a bit dated at the time of its debut because it was based on the older Hardbody trucks, was produced from the 1998 to 2004 model years; That's only six years...

    The current Frontier has been in production 2005! Fifteen years!
     
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    I just had to post this one that I found online because it clearly has alloys from an older Toyota pickup or T4R!

    [​IMG]
     
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    The same friend's parents had a blue 2008 Nissan Versa that they bought new from the same dealer (O'Neil Nissan), and they loved that car. My friend's dad special ordered it in that color blue, with the upgraded sound system and no sunroof; My friend's dad drives a lot for work, so the Versa was pushing a 100K miles by 2014. For this reason, they decided to trade it for something new. My friend's parents test drove a new Versa and were thoroughly unimpressed; My friend's mom referred to it as a piece of shit...

    My friend's mom disliked the new Versa because it was underpowered, and had a cheap plastic interior; They ended up trading the '08 Versa for a new 2014 Ford Focus SE, which ended up being a piece of shit in its own right, and which they traded for the 2018 Rogue last summer.
     
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    One of my best friends bought a used 2006 Nissan Maxima SL in 2010, with about 38K miles on the clock; That Maxima was seriously one of the best cars ever in every way possible...

    It had ICE COLD A/C that would numb your skin on even the hottest days, it had a factory Bose stereo system with a 6-CD changer and cassette player that absolutely cranked (it didn't have an AUX input, but we could plug iPods into the tape deck through the use of a cassette adapter), and it was very comfortable to ride in on long trips (we took it to the Jersey Shore on the 4th of July once), among other things! That Maxima had absolutely no mechanical issues; My friend drives a lot for work, and the Maxima had almost 170K miles on it when traded it for a 2013 Altima in the spring of 2017. His biggest reason for trading in the Maxima was that Maxima required premium fuel. About a month ago, my friend traded the Altima for a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, because the Altima had 92K on it and he was worried about the CVT failing.
     
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