1996 Nissan Gloria GranTurismo 2.0L
After nearly a full year retailing the Nissan Y33 portfolio of vehicles, we are still surprised by how good this chassis is. It feels more modern than other executive class vehicles, and the refinement factor can't be beaten at this price point. Take this 1996 Nissan Gloria GranTurismo, which is offered with an impressive 8k original documented miles. This five-seater is finished in (QN0) Artic white and set off by a simple set of rain guards. The body is in good shape aside from some minor dings and scuffs associated with normal use. Recently serviced and already imported stateside, this low-mileage example is filled with power accessories that make daily driving a slam dunk. This sedan would make a fantastic unmolested platform to use for a VIP build or even could make a weekend cruiser; either way, it's a certified Japanese Classic!
The cabin condition is impressive and the optional lace seat covers are still present. With plenty of room for five, this Gloria also includes some impressive power options and safety equipment. Dual SRS airbags are standard although we hope you never have to use them. Power windows, locks, and mirrors all work properly although the power-folding function on the mirrors does get hung up sometimes. An adjustable steering column and digital climate complete the slate of driver controls and the system is simple and intuitive to use. The a/c blows cold currently, and the display screen lacks any pixelation. Faux wood grain trim breaks up the interior and surrounds the OEM head unit. The audio system does work and the clarity isn't half bad for car of this age. The gray cloth interior is nearly perfect and reflects the mileage on the odometer as it relates to the condition. They lack any major rips, stains or tears and are comfortable on roadtrips. The headliner and door cards still look good, and the carpets show well too.
Nissan built some wonderful drivetrains during this era. The VG slate of engines at this point has been dialed in perfectly by the manufacturer and ours is powered by a smooth VG20E. This simple, compact single-cam unit is fresh off an oil and filter change and starts up quickly thanks to a new 12v battery. At only 2.0L it doesn't guzzle fuel like the turbo engines and creates less heat and has fewer components. We have replaced the old engine air filter with a new one to ensure she makes all the power she needs to merge safely up to highway speeds. And that's the cool thing about this Gloria is that despite its somewhat substantial exterior size, it makes good use of the available ponies it has. The transmission sends power to the rear wheels and shifts properly without any hesitation or delays. The suspension gobbles yup large potholes and seems unphased. We have replaced the right front bellow boot to shore everything up in the front end and the four-door drives like a vehicle half its age. The power steering is light and communicative enough for a luxury car and the excellent condition OEM alloys all have brand new all-season tires mounted at all four corners.
*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.