1990 Nissan Axxess 2.4 from North America


A real sleeper, mileage not great, but practicality, reliability and price are tops


Catastrophic engine failure due to oil change business worker mis-threading top oil cap, which came off.

Prior Axxess had a catastrophic engine failure due to an unknown oil leak.

Cruise control stopped working at 180,000.

Front end wheel support structures are very vulnerable; don't contact curbs or you'll be walking.

General Comments:

Super reliable, sure-footed, fun to drive, quick, lots of cargo room/passenger comfort; cool flip-up third row of back-facing seats is weird but cool; I wouldn't use it, because facing backwards would make kids vomit.

Great handling.

Isn't really a van; takes up no more room than a compact.

The sliding passenger doors are very handy.

Gas mileage is disappointing: I got between 17 and 21.

Parts can be difficult to find, as this model was imported into the US for only one year. It was imported into Canada for five years. People generally love these and drive them until they are absolutely dead. But the engine is a common Nissan model. It is configured a differently from most, though. But they are available, and it is well worth it to replace/rebuild the engine when needed.

My first one's engine was too badly damaged to repair, so I kept the car as a parts car and got another one just like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2012

1990 Nissan Axxess SE 2.4 from North America


Great, reliable car

General Comments:

It's a good, reliable car. I enjoy driving it.

It gets great highway mileage at a reasonable speed. I live in Philadelphia, and I went to New York City and back on a half tank of gas.

Quite comfortable, and the automatic seat-belts are very convenient.

Trunk space is also a plus.

Handles quite well, but like any other Nissan (or any other Asian import for that matter), low torque doesn't allow you to accelerate without gassing it excessively, and has trouble going up bridges, inclines, etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2008

1992 Nissan Axxess 2.4 from North America


Glad I bought it, I'm hoping to hit 500,000km


Two fuel pumps (but this is my fault for letting the fuel run low, the pump is in the tank and is cooled by the fuel)

Transmission at 320,000km (I had a used one put in).

Rear power door locks.

Two alternators, two starters.

Torque converter at 289,000.

Replaced all four fuel injectors.

Radiator and all hoses replaced.

General Comments:

Excellent van, with no engine rebuild I still get the same gas mileage that I did when I bought the van.

The one problem with the Axxess is parts can be costly.

My Axxess though, has easily paid for itself and still takes me to work everyday.

Here's an amazing thing, the van still has the original exhaust system (rusty, but intact and the van still passes air care).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2007

1990 Nissan Axxess 2.4 from North America


Neat mini minivan


I have only had this vehicle for 1 month. I recently purchased it for$500 USD. I knew it needed suspension work and other repairs and just put $1000 into it (struts, ball joints, wheel cylinders, sway bar, brakes all the way around, etc). I was told the engine compression tested well, and mechanically was in good shape. In reading the other reviews, I guess my AXXESS is doing OK - all of the locks work well, A/C fine, original radio and everything interior is in great functional shape. So, here I am. I am looking for info on how to maintain this vehicle and what to expect next :) I would like to ask any other experienced AXXESS owners to email me (is this OK?). My email is mmurv99@lek.net. I am in the US - northeast. Thanks!

General Comments:

So far I think it is a very cool car - I bought it to become my "dog mobile" and because it should get better gas mileage than my full size Chrysler minivan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th September, 2007

1990 Nissan Axxess from North America


I love this little van, it may not be perfect,but it is reliable


Door lock poblems.

Door lock problems, seats have worn badly. Seals on the back doors.

General Comments:

I drive this van 400 plus miles every day (m-f) and it has not once in a year let me down, I bought it used at a auction for 1400. Money well spent if you ask me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

11th Jan 2006, 13:44

I have a 1991 Axxess that I bought about a year ago. The lock on my drivers side rear sliding door works, but manually only and the lock on the back hatch won't work with the key. I've gotten used to it though!