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.
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.
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