1997 Nissan Stagea 25x 2.5 straight 6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Good solid sports wagon

Faults:

Needed new front shocks at 106 000 km, no other faults or issues.

This was an import from Japan, cam belt hadn't been changed so that was a must for the first service. These engines also need their plugs changed at this stage.

Made a big difference to the performance,

General Comments:

Very good performance and handling for a station wagon, my friends can't believe it.

Mine is a 2.5 2wd, but still responds very well; they are called sports wagons, which describes them well.

Has Skyline running gear so responds well, straight 6 sounds great and the auto in mine is quick off the mark, well geared and has lots of settings to suit conditions.

Heaps of room, my large rock drum setup fits easily, and I can sleep in the back if I need to.

Good economy for the engine size, I tend to do longer trips and get around 8.7 litres per 100 km.

Well geared for touring, 4wd, turbo options will make it faster but I'm happy with the Std setup.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2008

1998 Nissan Stagea Autech RS260 from Singapore

Summary:

An extremely rare diamond

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute diamond, it handles extremely well, it gives plenty of feedback through the steering wheel and it sticks to the road as if the tyres were made of glue.

Performance is excellent, outraces any car - anyday. It even works like a charm in winter conditions too.

A rare car! Hard to get a hold of and impossible to get used. Perhaps a little overpriced.

Interior design however, is a little boring. The seats are OK, but the dashboard could do better with more adjustments to the steering wheel and a better looking centre console.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2002

15th May 2005, 17:03

An interesting appraisal.

I am in England and recently bought one of the three known Stagea Autechs in the UK. The road handling is impeccable although on the limit one has to learn to keep the foot down when you are sure the back end is about to go - and sure enough, the fwd kicks nicely in and and you come out feeling like a million dollars! The car is currently 'Autech-standard' except for 18" alloys.

Compared with my son's Skyline R33 GTR V-Tech, I find the front view of the Stagea rather boxy and lacking in the wing flare department. So I intend to fit a pair of aftermarket flared front wings plus a vented bonnet which should perk it up a little.

Also the latest HKS SS Sport Turbos will be the basis of an improvement in the grunt department, keeping good torque relatively low down the rev range, plus a substantial increase in power for track days. Gotta keep up with those youngsters...