1991 Nissan Serena AWD
Pending Sale: $6,995
Stock Number: 4753
The adventure van craze is here, and this Serena makes for an inexpensive, unique, four-wheel-drive option. Finished in Silver Metallic, this 1991 Nissan features a glass roof and fold-flat seating so you can sleep below the stars. Besides a few minor dings and chips, the body is in good nick and includes a factory rear spoiler. Best of all, this adorable little hauler is legally imported, recently serviced, and offered with a mere 60K verified miles!
Despite this van's relatively small exterior dimensions, the interior is clean, simple, and spacious. Nissan's interior materials for the Serena were noticeably better than what they typically chose for their sports cars. The dash is in good nick and lacks any major cracking or distortion. The center stack includes a factory digital dual-zone climate control that is simple enough to use. The only cabin upgrade we wanted to note was a modern Ivizia head unit that delivers decent sound quality around the cabin. The seats are upholstered in a durable light tan striped cloth. They are soft to the touch and lack any major imperfections such as rips, stains, or tears. The middle row has the ability to swivel 180 degrees and also slide fore and aft. The rear row can be removed completely for extra cargo capacity and can also be fully reclined turning it into a bed. This is a paramount feature for those looking to camp and explore the great outdoors. The headliner and door cards look good as do the carpets. This is likely thanks to a full set of OEM floor mats that were used in Japan and we are including in this purchase.
Mounted midship, Nissan's tried and true SR20DE four-cylinder was chosen for propulsion. This 1998cc gasoline engine benefits from a fresh oil and filter service and thanks to a new 12V battery, turns over quickly with the twist of a key. We have replaced the engine air filter and the SR20 now breathes clearly and delivers decent fuel economy as well! Mated to an automatic gearbox, the SR makes plenty of power for safe acceleration and the gearing is such that highway cruising isn't stressful. Gear changes are smooth and no clunking or hesitation is noted. The four-wheel-drive system is automatic and a massive benefit if you encounter sand, snow, and gravel. It makes this Serena viable for year-round use and would be nice if you lived in a snowy climate. The steering is light and power-assisted, and the shorter wheelbase gives the Serena a fairly small turning circle. This pays dividends when parking and driving about the city. Nissan chose to use some cutting edge technology for active chassis management including adjustable suspension. You can change firmness through a cockpit mounted switch, but admittedly we can feel much of a difference between the two settings. The suspension does, however, feel assured and the brakes are direct and manage to slow down this van easily. The wheels look vaguely like old Corvette saw blades and are wrapped in new rubber all around. They will last for years to come and do a nice job quieting down the ride while delivering premium grip.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.