Nissan Avenir Reviews

1996 Nissan Avenir Salut X GT SR20DET (2.0 litre turbo) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission SR20DET (2.0 litre turbo) Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Silvia

Summary:

It's a boy racer/tourer/family car all in one.. Masterpiece A+

Faults:

Note that the SR20 engines have lines under the rocker cover that drip oil onto the cams, and the holes in those lines block-up.

So when you buy a vehicle that has a SR20 in it, take off the rocker cover and remove the lines, soak them in petrol, blow the lines out with an air compressor, and change the oil and filter.

If you do this, then these engines will last forever.

When I first purchased my Avenir, my friend told me to do all of the above and I ignored him. Then 7 months down the track and the lines blocked up and caused huge problems.

And eventually my bottom end bearing went (very likely to be unrelated to the oil lines, but ya never know).

General Comments:

I loved this car and will be getting one in the very near future.

The ultimate sleeper, I have beat so many boy racer cars. And I had a full carload of mates!! =p

I found it quite a surprise to see that it had a reasonable sized front mount intercooler (bigger than factory EVO 3 ones).

It's a let-down that Nissan only brought these out in automatic, but on the up-side it has Attessa 4WD (50:50 split), which lets it do some awesome helicopters and even the occasional drift if you're skilled enough =)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2009

1998 Nissan Avenir GT4 2.0 SR20DET from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 SR20DET Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance74500 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

SR20DET enough said

Faults:

Nothing, it's a Nissan.

General Comments:

SR20DET in a wagon form, amazing car, turns heads left right and centre. In NZ this car and model GT4 are very rare, and since the government don't allow 98 vehicles in anymore, the amount for sale is under 15 nationwide.

I got mine through a Japanese auction, I sold my awful RSK B4 twin turbo manual. On paper the RSK is faster, but then again, like all subi turbos it's a gas guzzling machine even off boost!

The Nissan is set back by a 4 speed auto trans (only offered with a 4A), but like most Nissan transmissions, this is very strong, holding gears, ability to reach peak power, doesn't hunt for gears at all.

Auto trans has a 3 mode system for power driving, snow and normal, car hums at 2300rpm on the motor way, imagine if it had a 5 speed manual?

Specs this has a lot, just like the popular Primera wagon, it has all its features, and more.

Pearl white is hard to find, petrol consumption is brilliant, below 3500rpm, the car operates like a Primera, with brisk acceleration; it hardly needs to be revved past 3000rpm, you can really drive this car with your toes and fingers, it's so easy.

When you hit the motorways, it just comes alive. Like the RSK, it's a car that will get you into big trouble, but unlike the RSK, which is poorly made, where you easily tell if you'r going 180 (JDM) due to excessive wind noise, on this you simply can't.

This doesn't like decelerating from 140, it demands more, and you can't help it.

I'd just like to thank the last owner for total care of what is a sleeper and rare car from Nissan. It's an ideal car for Silvia fans with a family, but driving the car, you know it has at least 50 percent more to offer if it was manual.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2008

19th Jan 2010, 13:27

We have owned a 1999 Nissan Avenir GT4z for a few months now, and we are loving it! I agree with you, a manual conversion would be amazing. She's a heavy wagon, and the turbo lag in first gear if you're in a hurry is a bit frustrating. Once up to around 2500rpm she's away laughing. I think there's huge potential for this ride, so I'm doing some research as to what people are using for mods. As you said, SR20DET...

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews