After hunting for the ever elusive “Van”, I have finally acquired one!
A 1987 GXE model with the dual sunroofs.
Automatic (wish it was manual)
Seating for 7 passengers
Ice Maker/cool/heat box
and all around awesome
A brief history on this van:
This is the second generation of the Nissan Vanette. At the time, Nissan had to compete in the mini-van segment with not only other Japanese manufacturers, but the domestic American market as well.
The Vanette was originally equipped with much smaller engines; A12, A15, CA20, LD20 in Japan. But to meet American requirements, the Vanette was modified and a NAPZ Z24 motor was shoe-horned into an already cramped engine bay.
This ended up being a bad move. It caused a lot of over-heating issues and some even caught on fire.
Nissan did the first ever in automotive history to recall all that were sold by having a buy-back program and/or a discount toward a newer model for those who did purchase the van.
Well, some owners loved the van so much, despite the recalls, opted out of the buy-back program and kept the van. The rest of the Vanettes however didn’t live to see another day. They were all sent to the crusher.
From different sources, I heard very few actually caught on fire. I commend Nissan for taking that extra step to protect the consumer.
So needless to say, I’m a proud owner of what could be one of the rarest Nissans on the street!