1996 Cima 3.0 Turbo
In the realm of luxury sedans, the mid to late 1990's really laid the groundwork for the future of premium Japanese saloons. Nissan's Cima was at the forefront of the movement, offering a full slate of premium materials, top-notch build quality, and one of the most impressive drivetrains we've seen in a Nissan to date. Our 1996 Gran Turismo is a prime example of the chassis, and looks dashing in White Pearl (QR2) attire. With only 63k verified/documented miles on the clock, exterior defects are minimal, yet there are a few light stone chips and spots of discoloration to note. Set off by a subtle Aimgain exhaust, a tasteful trunk spoiler, and 18" Linea Sport Club VIP alloys, this minimally modified Cima is a bonafide head turner to those in the know. Plush, easy to service, and deceivingly quick, these strictly business Y33s are nothing less than true Japanese classics.
The interior is trimmed in a velvety executive cloth and offers up plenty of space, and a slew of amenities to please even the pickiest passengers. The factory upholstery shows well, with no rips or unwanted stains to note, and even the carpet and door cards have remained surprisingly tidy. The low profile dash houses standard dual SRS airbags for some added safety behind the wheel, and the driver benefits from a tilting and telescoping steering column to boot! The dash materials are in good nick, with no cracks or UV damage present, and the tortoise-trimmed lower dash surround shows nicely and frames fully functional OEM optional audio. The sound quality is great, and the unit is even preloaded with a few choice tunes straight from Japan's Hot 100. Both driver and passenger benefit from power-adjustable front seats, and power windows, locks, and power-folding mirrors serve the pilot quite nicely and are all in good operating order. Keyless entry and the optional OEM cruise control make the driving experience even better, and work like a charm, too! The factory digital automatic climate control is easy to navigate, and pumps out both Cold A/C and hot heat at a moments notice. The rear bench offers up oodles of space for additional passengers, and the spacious trunk has plenty of room for luggage, groceries, or other necessities. The headliner and carpets have escaped the last couple of decades unscathed, and a set of stylish OEM carpet mats are present all the way around to protect the factory upholstery. To add to this Cima's desirability, we've even retained the factory owner's manuals for the next driver to cherish.
The VQ30DET under the hood is a fantastic all-around powerplant. It has the power to surprise many performance-oriented vehicles on the road today while still delivering the same ease of service and stateside parts availability that Nissan is known for. Ours is fresh off an oil and filter service and is primed and ready for the road ahead. She springs to life, care of a new 12v battery, and settles into a butter smooth idle thanks to a new mass air flow sensor and new spark plugs down the board. To keep this one sealed up against any unwanted leaks, a new rear main seal and new valve cover gaskets were installed and we resealed the lower oil pan, as well. Lastly, we installed a new fuel filter to keep any pesky contaminants out of the fuel system. With the maintenance performed this one is a blast to drive. The VQ rockets to highway speeds at the snap of a finger and interstate cruising is made easy thanks to the smooth shifting automatic box. An Aimgain exhaust brings out some of that signature V6 roar without being too overbearing as well. The factory suspension does the job, and we've replaced both front inner and outer tie rods and both rear toe arms to fortify the drivetrain a bit. New front brake pads and rotors help out in case of an abrupt traffic jam, and we've wrapped the 18" wheels in fresh Falken rubber, sure to deliver plenty of grip and reduce NVH for tens of thousands of miles to come.
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