1996 Nissan Cefiro Eximo 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Everybody should own one!
Electric mirrors don't open and close correctly.
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