1996 Nissan Cima 3.0T V6
The global competition to create the next best luxury sedan was in full swing during the late 1990's, and Nissan came in hot with the introduction of their fully refreshed Y33 chassis. Offering more power than their competition and the same great amenities you'd expect from the brand, this 1996 Gran Turismo sports only 78k verified documented miles, and is a great example of the platform. Finished in Dark Blue Metallic, the exterior is offset by grey two-tone bodywork and a stylish set of 19" SSR Vienna alloys. Purists will enjoy that the body is devoid of any unnecessary aftermarket components, and aside from some expected paint chips, headlight condensation, and minor clear coat etching, there's not much to turn your nose up at anyways. A reliable and refined luxury barge that checks all the boxes, the Y33 Cima is a Japanese Classic by all means and is a whole lot of car for the dollar!
Trimmed in grey cloth, the interior is quite welcoming and was fortunately well cared for in a prior life. The factory upholstery on the seats has fortunately resisted any major wear, save for some minor discoloration over the years, and the rest of the materials are in good nick, from the headliner to the carpets below. Offset by tortoise accent trim, the dash shows well and even houses dual front and side SRS airbags for some added safety behind the wheel. Nestled in the center stack is a trick factory multifunction display which seamlessly integrates automatic climate climate control and the factory audio. It also features a retro interface sure to be the talking point of any future drives with new passengers. To make life a bit easier, the A/C blows cold and heat is hot, and all four power windows are functional alongside power locks and power folding mirrors. Originally designed as a VIP hauler, the reclining rear bench in the Cima is more than adequate for transporting passengers and even grants your rearward occupants their own independent climate and radio controls. The trunk offers plenty of additional space for luggage, groceries, or other cargo as well! Save for some typical wear on the touch points, there's not much to scrutinize in the cabin. Even the factory keyless entry works, making entry and exit a breeze!
Nissan's VQ30DET was as advanced a powerplant as any for its time, and stateside enthusiasts will certainly enjoy that the majority of servicing is shared with USDM Nissans. Fortunately, we've handled the initial maintenance on this beast and this 3.0L is ripe and ready for the road ahead! To start, our trained technicians replaced the 12v battery to ensure the alternator was functioning properly. Any active fluid leaks were nipped in the bud, and we replaced the valve cover gaskets, rear main seal, and resealed the oil pan before topping it off with a fresh oil/filter service. A new A/C belt was installed and she now settles into a smooth confident idle. The VQ30 is a rocketship of a mill, and shoots up to highway speeds without issue. Power is hammered down to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox, and new front inner and outer tie rods help the lowered suspension track accurately throughout twists and turns. To shore up the suspension a bit, we've replaced the rear struts, and this one glides over road imperfections with ease. The ABS brakes are responsive, and new rotors on the front eliminate any unwanted vibrations when stopping. Lastly, we've mounted and balanced four brand-new all-season tires at all our corners. The new rubber quiets down the ride and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.