1995 Nissan Cefiro Excimo VQ20DE from Australia and New Zealand


A lot of car for a little money


Water pump failed at 220000 kilometers.

Central locking goes mad at random times.

Tachometer goes mad, or doesn't go at all. Sometimes it gives false readings.

Air conditioning system needed re-gassing.

A few interior trim panels were absent.

Quite a few dash bulbs were blown.

Intermittent coil pack failure on the engine, which was quite difficult to isolate and cure.

General Comments:

A whole lot of car for a tiny outlay of money! I paid very little for it, and the bodywork and motor are absolutely immaculate.

Regarding major work; all I have had to do to this car is replace the water pump and a few other niggly things, and I did a white LED conversion on the dash lights, as I couldn't source any replacement bulbs.

The engine is slightly too small for the size of the car, but having the five speed manual gearbox makes the most of the power, which helps a lot.

Finding replacement interior fittings for the manual model is very difficult, and if you find the parts, they can be very expensive, as trim for manual models is rare and unusual.

Typical Nissan electrics are terrible, but if you are happy to be persistent and fault-find, you can slowly but surely cure those ills.

For long distance cruising, this car is unbeatable, as it uses hardly any gas, but comes along very smartly. It is too easy to break the speed limit!

Overall, I am very happy with the car, and it suits my purposes perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2010

1995 Nissan Cefiro Eximo 2.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Nissan's best kept secret


Nothing. Will need some new front tyres soon.

General Comments:

Smooth, quiet, comfortable, spacious, economical, nice handling. It may seem a bit underpowered with a 2 litre engine in a body normally supplied with a 3 litre, but if you are happy to rev it up, it will still move along quite happily.

The engine is a real gem. It may be spinning at 3000 rpm/100 kmh, but you can't actually hear it at that speed, not even the exhaust. And despite working hard, it still returned approx 34 mpg (8.5 l/100km) on a recent trip. Very impressive.

It's a shame the 2 litre and manual transmission was never sold new here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2007

1995 Nissan Cefiro 25Excimo 2.6 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Big, reliable and cheap to run!


The rear shocks have been in a bad way since about 120000 - I'll get round to it one day (maybe)

Paint starting to fade - probably my fault for leaving it outside.

General Comments:

Amazing!! The first time I drove one of these, I was amazed at the performance for a car of this size.

I've had this car for over 2 years now and it handles the steepest hills with ease.

I'm usually quite heavy footed, but I still get 650 - 750 km out of a tank of gas (I usually only get about 64L in)

It used to hold the road like loctite around corners, but since the rear shocks died, it has a bit of float there which is probably a good thing as it controls my speed a bit.

Actually, one little complaint: the front seats are not very laterally supportive. Quite evident when cornering. Worse for passengers as they don't have a steering wheel to hold on to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2006