1996 Nissan Cefiro Reviews

1996 Nissan Cefiro Eximo 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Everybody should own one!

Faults:

Electric mirrors don't open and close correctly.

General Comments:

We bought a cheap Honda Civic in 2012 because they are well known for reliability. However, the lack of automated features like central locking, electric windows etc, were becoming a drag to live with. So we decided to sell it and start looking for a better car.

We found it with the Cefiro! Super reliable, smooth 2L V6 with an equally silky automatic transmission. Entry level luxury interior. Electric everything, including auto headlights and power/snow gear ratio control. This car has been a really great buy. Definitely an upgrade over the Civic in all categories excluding MPG (but not by much).

Nissan has setup the transmission to give torque where needed for combined city/highway driving. This is certainly no sports car, but it's not trying to be. It's an entry level luxury cruiser without the hefty price tag (bought ours for $2800).

This car is nearly perfect for us, but this is what I wished Nissan could have added:

- Reversing sensors (the car is big).

- Better quality speakers.

- Cosmetically, average to look at.

With plenty of these cars around, spare parts will be easy to come by (if it ever breaks down) and the car also has a cam chain, so no expensive belt replacements. The boot is massive!

As you can tell, I love this car and there are plenty of great points. The best point is the value for money!

Don't buy a Civic or a Corolla, buy a Cefiro (also badged as a Maxima).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2014

1996 Nissan Cefiro 2.4L V6 Premium from Philippines

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4L V6 Premium Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance1989 kilometres
Previous carJaguar XJR

Faults:

When my car was in the lowest gear and it reached the red line, the car started stalling on me and when I took out my foot from the gas pedal, it was running again. As a car expert I have been working with many Japanese cars already, but somehow this car doesn't qualify for me.

General Comments:

Needs more power for the car, and no more red-line stalling while driving on the open road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2001

15th Jun 2001, 01:45

You don't think this red line stalling could be a rev limiter?

13th Jul 2001, 01:35

Maybe the axle gear needs work?

20th Jan 2002, 14:45

Red line stalling will most probably be a rev limiter, get it removed and it shouldn't stall, unless its a very bad problem.

9th Jun 2002, 10:05

Oh yeah, get the rev limiter removed. Good idea. Instead of the engine stuttering you'll just destroy the valvetrain and not be able to drive home.

BTW, usually it is faster to change gears before you reach the rev limiter. Most engines have little enough torque in that region that you get more force at the wheels if you change gears earlier.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews