2005 Nissan Fuga from Australia and New Zealand
My dad recently bought a 2005 Fuga; it is a very nice car, he got it cheaply, and it hasn't done many km and only had 1 or 2 owners before him :)) It is a lovely car, but it is all in Japanese!!! I've never had a car where there is not a English version manual available, and I have been searching frantically online to find one... It's unacceptable! My dad shouldn't have been given that car; he doesn't know Japanese. Of course we won't be pushing buttons when we are driving, but not everyone is the same and they could seriously get hurt or hurt someone else.
* So after some research, some suggested replacing the whole dashboard for an English version leaving buyers thousands more out of pocket.
Why should we have too do that?
* Use a Japanese translation app 0.o
I hope that is not how we will have imported cars to drive on our New Zealand roads. Please make sure there is a English manual version available.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th June, 2019
30th Jun 2019, 21:50
That’s the price to pay for buying a cheap car. My parents have owned four Japanese domestic-market imports in NZ over the years, and the lack of a manual printed in english has not posed any major problems, as the essential buttons and display info are mostly in english.
Their current car, an ‘09 Mazda Axela (aka Mazda 3) has all the essentials in english, apart from the mileage read-out screen which is in Japanese. The only issues they’ve really had are that the Japanese FM radios have the wrong band range; easily solved by either replacing it or installing a range band extender.
Apart from the first two Japanese-import cars they had which were mid ‘80s Mitsubishis with wound-back odometers that were absolute dogs, their next two which were Mazdas, have been brilliant. I used to hate Japanese imports when I lived in NZ, but after living in Australia for 17 years, I now really wish Australia would let more of them in than the small handful they allow in at present, as they aren’t the garbage that flooded NZ in the 1990s any more, and are really good, high-specced cars.