1992 Nissan Safari Granroad Manual
Pending Sale: $18,995
Stock Number: 4657
This 1992 Granroad Safari will undoubtedly go to someone who is an enthusiast, all due to the X-factor: a true manual gearbox. With a mere 59K verified miles, this Nissan boasts a surprisingly refined cabin with tons of power amenities and an optional third row. This high-roof 4x4 features a silky smooth gasoline six-cylinder engine fresh off service and is in good condition overall. Finished in a classic Black over Gray (2L7) and accentuated by some polished trim and EGR rainguards, the body is in good shape other than a few minor scuffs, dings, and, chips associated with normal use. Whether you need a sizable overlander to haul the kids or go on the occasional off-road excursion, this special rig is a good option and a certified Japanese Classic.
An interior like this doesn't arrive in the US in this good shape unless the old owners in Japan truly kept it up. Besides the upgraded Kenwood head unit that features auxiliary and USB functionality, the interior is refreshing with how simple and true to the original design it is. Also important to note how much larger the interior feels than the Land Cruiser 80 series we retail. On this '92 the dash is in good nick lacking any major imperfections such as cracking or distortion. Above the aforementioned head unit is an automatic climate system with dual front and rear zones. The A/C gets quite cold and the buttons are easy to read and depress. A wide center console and tilting steering column allow drivers of all sizes to get comfortable behind the wheel, and the view of the road ahead is clear and commanding. Power mirrors, locks, and windows work as they should, although the sunroof is no longer functional. The seats, trimmed in a soft gray cloth, are supportive and fine for long Overlanding voyages. Beyond some light stains, they are in remarkably good shape in all three rows, lacking any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner, door cards, and carpet are also nicer than you'd expect from a 28-year-old car. Rear privacy tint has undoubtedly kept the sun's harmful rays off the plastics which is likely why they look so good. The rear row is removable as well and the barn doors open wide to swallow cargo.
Under the long flat bonnet, a familiar-looking I-6 sits. Unlike our Skylines, this one displaces 4.2L and offers some serious grunt. The TB42 powerplant benefits from a fresh oil and filter service so no maintenance will be required for another three thousand miles. She churns to life quickly with a turn of the key, aided by a new 12V battery installed by one of our techs. The motor is particularly low vibration and combined with the manual, accelerates fairly well. A driver selective transfer case allows the user to put the truck in 2WD for fuel economy, or 4WD for grip. Low gearing is also there if need be, but we'd guess it would be mighty difficult to get this SUV stuck. As for the centerpiece of this rig, the manual transmission shift as it should and makes this truck much more fun to drive. It is a bit strange running up and down the gears with a vehicle this large, but it's oddly satisfying. The suspension is sturdy and takes bumps much better than many sporty Nissans that squeak and rattle to no end. The steering is linear and power-assisted, and the brakes clamp down sting to slow this massive truck down promptly. The three-spoke alloy wheels ooze '90s flair, and we have mounted a set of new all-terrain tires at all four corners. They quiet the ride quality down and should provide year-round grip, even on loose surfaces such as sand, gravel, and snow. We have even added new rubber to the spare should you need it.
While automatic JDM SUVS are a dime a dozen, this manual version can be impossible to find. For a fund to drive, useful, and unique Nissan seven-seater, you needn't look any further than this Japanese Classic
*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.