1998 Nissan Stagea RS-4 2.5 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


A large, grunty, good value family wagon


The usual coil pack failure. This caused a burnt out exhaust valve, because of the lean running. Not helped by the previous owner from Japan removing the lower boost control line.

Other than that, nothing you wouldn't expect from a 12 year old car.

General Comments:

This is my first auto. In my opinion, the auto is a little 'dumb'. It chops down too early, even in 'Normal' mode. It is a little 'slippy' on the changes. This is quite common on the Nissan transmissions I have since found out.

Maybe I was used to the handling of my 300ZX, but the Stagea disappoints a little. Not saying that it handles badly, it doesn't. It's just a bit 'soft'. It understeers when pitched into a corner, noticeably loading up the front outside wheel. Having said that, the ATTESA 4WD system (taken from the Skyline) makes the car very sure-footed for a large, heavy wagon.

The interior is well laid out with most of the controls easy to reach, except for the rear window heater and synchro (4WD) buttons, which are obscured by the steering wheel. It is difficult to get a good driving position for me. When the seat is far enough back to be comfortable for my legs, the steering wheel is too far away. Had to compromise and have my legs a little more bent than ideal.

There is plenty of room for lugging cargo. This seems to have been done by having a little less leg room available for the back seat passengers though. With the back seats folded down it is about 6ft long in the back. I read that there is about 1575 litres of space.

My particular vehicle came with the Dayz body kit, which has a deeper front air dam, side skirts, rear spoiler and valance. It also had a Nismo 'sport' exhaust, which adds a nice deep burble at idle and is not too loud.

Overall, if you are in the market for a large wagon, don't overlook the Nissan Stagea.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2010

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


Good solid sports wagon


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


An extremely rare diamond


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...