Wonderful van. Hope it lasts another 10 years
Eats brake light bulbs.
Several of the exhaust manifold studs broke off due ostensibly to the exhaust manifolds moving around under heat load. This caused an audibly noticeable exhaust leak, particularly when it was cold. At about 100k I fixed this and had the manifolds planed flat. We've run up another 150k on in since then with no additional problems in that area.
Sometime after that I was talking with a Nissan tech and he told me they all do that (break off exhaust studs). Their standard fix is to stack two exhaust gaskets on it and send it down the road.
Seems to be hard on front brakes.
I've replaced the resonator/tail pipe assembly several times. I think it's been several times due to cheap after-market parts. The front 2/3 of the system (head pipe to muffler) is still original.
Have had to fix the air a couple of times, due to the wonderful spring-lock connection design on the hoses.
We've owned the van since new and it now has 250k miles on it and is still going strong. Granted, I've maintained it well, and replaced stuff along the way (alternator twice, water pump twice, three timing belts, struts twice, fuel pump once, tune-up parts, etc, etc) but that's to be expected if you want to make a vehicle last.
It's very comfortable to ride in. We've taken ours on several cross-country family vacations with adolescent kids and always had plenty of room for everyone and luggage.
Very reliable. Has never left us stranded. Still running on the original engine and transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 2006