1995 Nissan Serena FX Rio
Pending Sale: $6,995
Stock Number: 4857
Many of our JDM enthusiasts grew up in the back of some pretty shoddy minivans made by the likes of Chrysler, Ford, and GM. These American transporters were strictly utilitarian vehicles utilizing cheap materials and lacking all sense of style. On the other side of the pond, Nissan was producing much better haulers like this verified 20K mile 1995 Serena. Adorned by a set of OEM rainguards and a flashy rear spoiler; the body is finished in Gray Metallic (KR2) which is in good shape other than some scuffs on the lower bumper, and a few minor dings and chips. This efficient and thoughtful design makes the most of its small footprint while chauffeuring up to seven in relative comfort. This legally imported and freshly serviced low mileage Nissan van is a killer value and unique passenger van that would be ideal for daily use!
Undoubtedly, prospective customers will like this van because of the 20K verified miles on the chassis, and we get that. However, it should be stated that the interior condition is far above average, especially when you compare them to the ones running around stateside. The view of the road ahead is clear and unencumbered. The tall ride height and skinny A-pillars lend themselves to premium visibility. The dash is in good shape lacking any cracking or distortion. Front and center is a digital climate control system and OEM audio. Both these systems work properly, and the rear climate system can be isolated independently. The driver befits from an adjustable steering column and power locks, windows, and power mirrors. Nissan even thought to add a soft close function to the rear sliding door. In the event it's left ajar, it will pull closed to spare your dome light from drawing down the battery. The seating material is highly stylized and matches the door cards in our example. Textured blues are mixed with charcoal gray to formulate this interior palette. The seats themselves are in above average condition. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are modular in their design. The middle row for instance can swivel 180 degrees and even lay flat to create a pseudo mattress for those who would like to plan a road trip. Rear privacy tint has kept the interior plastics nearly perfect and the cargo area behind the third row is sizable. The headliner is near mint and the carpets look good despite some minor staining in the front of the cabin. A spare set of keys is also included for posterity, as well!
The mechanics are basic and parts are easy to find for this little runabout. Nissan diehards will love the fact that this little ride is powered by Nissan's legendary SR20. This version is the naturally-aspirated dual overhead cam version and is fresh off an oil and filter service. She starts right up and purrs like a kitten, and it idles smoothly for a four-banger. The layout is quite interesting, as the Serena features a mid-engine rear-drive layout. An automatic gearbox shifts smoothly and operates properly. The van even has a power-mode that holds gears longer to keep you in the powerband. Acceleration isn't half bad and this FX Rio version might even be described as peppy. Gearing is setup for both city and highway use just fine, and the wheelbase is long enough that high-speed driving doesn't feel choppy, like some of the 660cc kei vans. The suspension is predictable and keeps the occupants from bouncing around when large and small road imperfections are encountered. The brakes are grabby and stop this lightweight vehicle down faster than you might expect. The steering is light and easy to articulate and thanks to the RWD layout, the turn radius is very tight. The OEM wheels have been replaced by a set of Tosco Regina alloys. They add a bit of panache to the look and are in wonderful nick.
*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.