1998 Nissan Primera Camino
Sport sedans come in all shapes and sizes, and this affordable Nissan is nimble, reliable, and a blast to drive. This 1998 Primera is fresh off a recent service and ready to roll off the lot with a respectable 146k verified and documented miles. Finished in a classic Cloud White (QM1), this P11 is set off by an IMPUL bumper and grille, a tasteful factory spoiler, OEM rainguards, and a set of killer Buddy Club P1 alloys. Aside from some dings, chips, scrapes, and loss of gloss, the paint is in okay shape. Easy to service, this unique saloon would make for a fun weekend autocrosser, fun daily driver, or cool family hauler. Japanese Classics like this tick a lot of boxes, and the Primera is an incredible value for a car that does just about everything well!
The cabin is more spacious than you might expect, as the FWD drivetrain saves loads of space. Upon entering the cabin, the driver is greeted with an OEM MOMO steering wheel and neat textured gray cloth seats and door cards. The material adds a nice bit of contrast to the cabin and lacks any major rips, satins or tears. Unlike most vehicles we retail, the rear seats fold down and reveal a pass through to the rear trunk. Up front, dual SRS airbags are on hand for those who may be safety conscious and the dashboard lacks any cracking or fading. Nissans Multi AV system incudes controls for the radio and climate controls, which are simple to use. We did want to note the screen display is tough to read so use in automatic mode is simplest for A/C and heating needs. The headliner and carpets are in good nick and power windows, door locks, and mirrors all work as they should, other than the power folding side mirror function which has given up the ghost. Also, we wanted to note the front door speakers are inoperable and some typical age-related plastic wear on the gear lever and steering wheel. On the positive side of things, the OEM carpet mats and factory owners manuals are on hand and go with the purchase of this Nissan.
This chuckable platform shares most parts with our US Infiniti G20 models, so keeping up on maintenance and repairs is a snap. Under the hood is Nissan SR18DE is fresh off an oil and filter service and churns to life thanks to a new 12v battery. A new fuel filter and engine air filter keeps the SR breathing freely and one of our trained techs resealed the oil pan and address an oil leak at the distributor. The dual overhead cam engine is revvy and responsive and linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. Rowing through the gears is a blast with no hitches or grinds of note, and an Apex'i exhaust produces a modest roar from the rear. Peppy about town and confident at higher freeway speeds, these cars are made to be driven, and its hard not to smile when jaunting about. For those concerned about costs down the road, rest assured that you needn't budget for drivetrain repairs. While up in the air a new clutch was replaced so you can perform fifth gear pulls without any slippage. The suspension doesn't beat you up and takes road imperfections with confidence. We gave the Primera a bit of a refresh with new lower control arms and aligned it to promote top tier tire life. The ABS brakes feel tight and tidy and the power steering is light but connected and on point. The wheels are wrapped in new tires at each of the four corners. The fresh all-season rubber will provide all the grip needed for tens of thousands of miles to come, and quiet down the road noise noticeably.
*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.