1997 Nissan Cedric GT
Take one look in the parking lot of your local grocery store, college campus, or bingo hall and it's clear to see. Classic Japanese luxury sedans stand the test of time like no other. While we never received Nissan's Y33 here in the states, it's as reliable of a platform as any, and our 1997 Cedric Gran Turismo is a great option. Finished in White Pearl (QN0) the exterior is in above average condition overall. Save for some small dents and dings and light discoloration in the pearl, the paint shows well and is accented by OEM rainguards and a sleeker facelift front end. Better yet, with only 100k verified/documented miles on the clock this one is barely broken in! For an easy to service transporter with undeniable Japanese flair, this stylish, smooth driving and reliable Y33 is a killer option!
For drivers that enjoy keeping it simple, this Cedric's cockpit has all the amenities you'll need and nothing you don't. Additionally, the premium upholstery has held up quite well over the years, with the plush cloth seats showing no defects outside of some typical light staining from the past 25 years on the road. The dash sweeps the cabin and has resisted any typical cracking save for some very light distortion around the passenger defrost vent. Also sweetening the deal are dual SRS airbags up front, and a tilt adjustable steering column for the driver to move at will. The faux woodgrain center stack houses OEM audio and an easy to navigate digital climate control unit. The retro display reads clearly and Cold A/C or hot heat can be primed at the twist of a dial. Power windows and power locks work like new, although the power folding feature on the mirrors has slowly given up the ghost over the years. The rear bench offers ample room for your friends or loved ones, and the truck offers a wide berth for those always on the go. We applaud these cabins for their simplicity, ergonomic design, and timeless style, and if you can see past some wear on the steering wheel, there's not much to complain about overall.
Under the bonnet, Nissan's VQ25DE is a great pairing for this touring sedan. For stateside enthusiasts, this 2.5L V6 shares plenty of parts with other USDM Nissans, making this one relatively simple to service as well. The motor cranks over easily, and the battery has plenty of juice left in it. The VQ idles smooth as butter, and a fresh oil and filter service paired with new valve cover gaskets keeps this one running tip-top. A fresh alternator belt drives your accessories reliably, and a new fuel filter stops any pesky contaminants from entering the motor. As an around-town cruiser or highway hauler, this one is well-sorted and gets up to speed with haste. The automatic transmission operates smoothly overall, and the suspension is plenty comfortable and compliant, although the struts occasionally clunk over larger road imperfections. The brakes bite hard, and to further aid grip and stopping power we've wrapped the stock alloys in all new Falken rubber, sure to deliver grip 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.