2002 Nissan Stagea 250RS Four 2.5 V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A practical reliable family wagon with a decent turn of speed, but some annoying faults
Headlight bulb, rear axle nut has come loose twice, hatch stays replaced.
In many ways this is a great car - plenty of space for the dogs, a smooth and quiet cruiser, quality feel, looks good, and it's reliable so far. Heavy and solid.
Plenty of power - at the top half of the rev range. Herein lies the problem for me at least. The car is quite heavy and sluggish at low revs, and only really comes alive at 3000 RPM when the cam profile changes. We tow a caravan occasionally, and I have to constantly change gears when the transmission doesn't want to.
The transmission is another bugbear for me I'm afraid. It is reluctant to change down, kickdown can take 2 seconds or more, and it's indecisive. It's a real slush box, so to keep it at a steady speed, I'm constantly having to work the right foot while the revs go up and down with little effect on speed.
It's pretty thirsty at around 10km/litre on the open road.
The front seats are fat man's seats - flat and wide, and bring your own padding.
I'm not sure whether I love this car or hate it. Certainly it's a beast at full throttle and it's hugely practical and mostly nice to drive, but it's also irritating and not quite fit for my purpose, and I have been known to shout at it when it is trying to make up its mind about changing gears during an overtake situation.
In summary, nice enough, but not as good as I expected; I much prefer to drive my 20 year old Xantia if I don't need the space.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th October, 2014