With the ability to open 4WD super large doors and no B-pillars, today Good price or no dice Stanza has some really cool features. Take a look at what we think it would be reasonably priced in in hard cash.
It took five minutes and nine votes before anyone had a positive opinion on yesterday $38,500 2015 Chevy Tahoe HPE500, at which point, turns the result from a bright red giant sun into a Pacman ersatz. Now, more than a day later, that result hasn’t changed much, leaving the hot-headed SUV with cold shoulders 79 percent No Dice.
Have you ever entered a work meeting and made a proposal that was rejected only to have someone else make the same proposal immediately after receiving a standing ovation and soaring Champagne corks? Frustrated isn’t it?
I imagine that’s partly how Nissan employees felt when Chrysler was advertised as having invented the minivan in 1984 when Nissan (then Datsun in the US) sold Prairie minivans in Japan and Europe. Europe since 1981. Seeing as it didn’t arrive in the United States until the 1986 model year, we might cut some Chrysler.
When it arrived, Nissan’s smart MPV changed its name to the Stanza, joining the company’s eponymous midsize sedan in dealerships and ahead of rivals like the Honda Civic Space Wagon and the Dodge Colt Vista. None of its Japanese-origin competitors, however, can tout the Stanza wagon’s cool sliding doors, nor the pillarless opening that comes when all four are open.
Opening those cool doors is just one of the tricks of this party 1988 Nissan Stanza drama. It also has a five-speed stick and a part-time 4WD option to go with the 97hp fuel-injected 2.0-litre 4-litre CA20E.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this Stanza is its condition. According to the seller and backed up with a photo of the odometer, the meter has only 29,122.9 miles. Not only that, this 34-year-old MPV also looks like a new car. There seems to be no flaws in either the bodywork or the paintwork and both are cool’The 80s rocker decals and plastic wheel covers are still intact.
The cabin is similar, even without any obvious wear on the pedals or gearshift knob. The seller claims that it’s all original for AM/FM/cassette stereo (check out the cool ceiling speakers in the back) and says that A/C still works with no complaints.
No mention of service history or even when the vehicle is rolling on original brake pads or other consumables. However, since it’s built from a bunch of fairly common mechanical bits, they shouldn’t be too hard to find if they’re needed. All the model-specific parts and those awesome decals will be much harder to recreate or replace, so points should be given to parts that are in good condition.
The title is clear and the seller declares:
If you’re looking for a super fun and very unusual 80s classic ride, THIS IS HERE!
For anyone looking for such a ride, the asking price of $13,500, as we recently found out, can buy you a much newer and hotter—but a lot farther—Audi S4 Avant. I bet this Stanza is a bit cooler than that Audi, at least in the “nerd girl with glasses and ponytail” style. The question is, will that order set $13,500 to be seen with it?
What do you say, is this Stanza time and space capsule worth it? Or, with that much, is this an MPV not an MVP?
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