1994 Nissan Homy Cruise GT
Stock Number: 4441
The most desirable family haulers or simply vanlife options came out of Japan back in the 1990's. Japan was well ahead of the curve when it came to vans and this 3.0 V6 8-seater is a great example of why that's the case. These have become almost cult-like in following due to their practicality, size, and fun-loving nature. Filled with useful features and futuristic tech, this van has been well maintained throughout its 22K verified mile lifetime, and is ready for its next exciting chapter in life. The two-tone navy blue over gray shows exceptionally well with very few blemishes. For having so many large panels the previous owner did a great job of keeping it free of any major dents or dings. The paint itself has held up well, but there are a few spots where the clear coat gets a little hazy and there's naturally some swirl marks in the clear. By in large though for being a 26 year old van it's in well above average condition of anything you'll find on the road here.
The Homy is known for having one of the most innovative and well-designed interiors of the time. As soon as you climb up behind the wheel, you can tell this is not the average van. Unlike the stuff that was sold here, like your mom's old Grand Caravan, everything is powered with buttons easily within arms reach. Even things that you normally wouldn't expect to be powered like the curtains on each of the windows. Admittedly the execution wasn't as spot-on as the curtains, but it still adds a level of entertainment you don't expect to find in the '90s. They do make a great feature for those looking to do a little camping out of it or to cut down on the glare for those long road trips. Packing other trick features like the massive powered sunroof and venting one for the front passengers. Not only is the sunroof powered but it also has a (rather large) remote to control the roof, climate control, and the radio for the rear occupants. Of course, you have your more typical powered accessories like power mirrors, windows, and locks to go with that dual-zone climate control. Everything is in great working order with the exception of the folding feature on the passenger side-view mirror. The soft sand-colored cloth interior has been well preserved over the years. Due to how light the fabric is there are some small stains and discoloration on the seats but nothing egregious or too concerning. The front buckets are more than accommodating for long trips and offer good support. With its cab over engine design, it allows for maximum visibility and subsequently parking is a breeze. The rear two rows are where the van really shines. With its ability to slide, swivel, and lay down flat there's no shortage of configurations to appease all that tag along on your adventure.
The drivetrain may not excite the average sports car enthusiast, but it is efficient, reliable, and easy to find parts for. Power comes from the VG30E 3 liter V6, a staple in their lineup, making this van drive more akin to a car than a truck. The smooth, compact single-cam V6 fires right up and settles into an easy idle. Acceleration from the rear wheels is plenty capable, and the automatic transmission shifts confidently up to highway speeds. Unlike the Kei vans which are more geared for city use, these have no problem with actual US highway speeds. With the long wheelbase, the suspension does a good job of mitigating body roll, and grip comes four new tires. The brakes feel reassured, and can haul the big van fairly quickly if the situation calls for it. With such low mileage and having been rather well maintained (it even has the original books) it didn't need too much to get it back up and ready for its next adventure. Along with those new tires we put in a fresh battery and gave it a routine oil change. Packed with value, a Japanese family van is not only unique but dare we say cool. The flexible seating options, easy to maintain drivetrain, and comfortable ride; you really can't go wrong.
*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.