1997 Cima Grand Touring

Sold: $9,495

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The Nissan Cima is a world-class luxury car. It's quiet and refined, stately and safe. This 1997 features a powerful turbocharged V6, rear-drive, with plenty of electric equipment and amenities. Finished in a classic White Mica (QR2) and set off by privacy tint, GT Grass alloy wheels, OEM optional front lip, and OEM rainguards, the body and paint are in fine shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Recently serviced and legally imported this smooth five-seater is offered with a mere 77k verified and documented miles. As a spacious and reliable executive sedan, it's hard to argue there is a better value in the segment. As a daily driver, an unmolested platform for a VIP build, or a weekend cruiser, this Nissan would be a great fit.

The cabin is in above-average shape and was cared for in a prior life. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding and a sculpted floating dash with wood inserts sets the Cima apart from almost everything else. Dual SRS airbags are housed up front, and the dashboard lacks any cracking or weather-related distortion. If you glance down to the center stack, you'll note the OEM touchscreen audio system that works like a charm. Combined with automatic climate control, cold A/C, power front seats, and tilt-adjustable steering column, these sedans make for fantastic daily drivers. It doesn't stop there, the power-folding mirrors, electric locks, and windows are all standard and work as advertised. The gray cloth upholstery is soft to the touch and in wonderful shape. Passenger and driver both receive SRS side airbags, too. It lacks any major rips, stains, or tears, and matches the door cards, which are in equally good nick. The headliner and carpets haven't sustained any major abuse, and this Y33 even has factory cruise control. All in all it's really hard to complain about this Cima, it had to have been loved in Japan.

Sharing many components with the US Q45, the Cima is simple to service and easy to own. This sled is powered by an aluminum VQ30DET that is fresh off an oil and filter service. It starts up eagerly with the twist of a key, and a new 12v battery was installed in our shop. The 60-degree V6 idles with little vibration and sounds throaty under throttle. Connected to a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox, the Cima accelerates impressively and cruises at sustained highway speeds without breaking a sweat. To keep the 3.0L topped up on oil, one of our trained techs replaced the valve cover gaskets while it was up on the lift getting a suspension refresh. We also improved the ride quality with a new set of rear shocks and new toe arms. The Y33 feels much more predictable and the suspension can easily handle the rigors of crashing over our rough American tarmac. When you need to reel in this bad boy from higher speeds new front and rear brake pads and rotors are on standby. They aid the heavy four-door in slowing down to manageable speeds and road adhesion is at a premium thanks to four new tires that are mounted on each corner. The new rubber further reduces road noise and most importantly 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.

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