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.
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