1996 Nissan Stagea RS-Four V
If you need a family hauler capable of comfortably seating five but love the power and handling of a sports car the Nissan Stagea could be the perfect car for you. Equipped with a turbocharged engine, AWD manual gearbox, Skyline suspension, and loads of interior space the Stagea wagon can do it all. This 1996 RS-four V model is a great example boasting a mere 79K verified and documented miles. Originally finished in Emerald Green (DR2) the exterior was completely resprayed with a fresh coat of Nissan's Super Black (KH3). The body and paint are in great condition showing only minor imperfections and door dings. Complementing the stunning new paint is an aftermarket FRP front lip, aftermarket Include side skirts/rear lip, Dolphin grill, OEM rear spoiler, and 18-inch Work Ryver wheels. Suited for daily driving, weekend trips, or the occasional Cars & Coffee, this wonderful Nissan is turn-key and ready to roll. For those looking for a powerful, spacious, and unique vehicle, this recently serviced Stagea is sure to fit the bill.
The interior is quite luxurious for such a sporty wagon. The black leather seats are in fantastic shape with only minor bolster wear present on the driver side seat. The rear seats fold down to create plenty of room for hauling large cargo. The door panels are in nice shape too and the fabric inserts have no notable lifting or excessive wear. Aftermarket LED inserts have been installed throughout the interior panels, and unfortunately no longer function. The dash lacks any cracks or major UV distortion, however, there are a few smaller holes from previously mounted aftermarket gauges. The automatic climate control, which works as it should, blows hot heat and cold A/C and in combination with the aftermarket privacy tint keeps the cabin cool in the summer months. Dual SRS airbags come standard on the model and provide extra security for the front passengers, while the adjustable steering column and powered front seats allow the driver to find their optimal driving position. Electric options surround the driver, including power folding mirrors, power locks, and power windows making daily use enjoyable. The OEM head unit works as well, and the sound quality is decent. The carpets and headliner have also held up well over the years showing minimal staining. Overall, this Stagea was well cared for in a prior life even retaining its original carpeted floormats and owner’s manuals.
The RB25DET engine is located under the hood and is the same engine found in the R33 Skyline GTS25T. This turbocharged straight-six fires up promptly and idles smooth thanks to a brand new 12V battery and new serpentine belts. A fresh oil and filter service keeps the engine happy while new valve cover gaskets will keep it properly sealed and topped off on oil. The RB pulls hard to redline delivering the fantastic sound this legendary engine is known for thanks to a Blitz turbo-back exhaust system and Blitz blow off valve. Chilled air is forcefully introduced to the intake through the HKS intake filter and aftermarket front mount intercooler. Power is delivered through a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox and ATESSA all-wheel drive. Shifts are crisp and acceleration is quite surprising for a 25-year-old wagon. While behind the wheel the power assisted steering feels precise and under hard braking, the pedal feels firm thanks to the upgraded Skyline calipers, new brake pads, and new brake rotors on all four corners. The upgraded Potenza shocks with RSR lowering springs make the handling firm and helps the Stagea corner flat. Lastly, we installed four brand new tires. The new rubber quiets down the ride noticeably 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.