Nissan Research & Reviews

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20,833 Total Reviews
Make Overview:

Nissan was born in Japan, and like other marques from its homeland, the brand is known for crafting vehicles that place an emphasis on quality and reliability. The company's roster of products is broad, and includes sporty coupes, family sedans, minivans, trucks and SUVs.

The automaker got its start in 1933 as the Jidosha Seico Co., Ltd. The following year, this outfit merged with another Japanese manufacturer, and the new company was christened Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. Nissan initially marketed its vehicles under the Datsun brand, with the first Datsuns being built in 1934. Postwar, the brand made its presence felt worldwide, building a partnership with the U.K.-based Austin Motor Co. and establishing a presence in the United States. The first Datsuns hit American shores in 1958. Vehicles like the Datsun 1000 were based on Austin platforms.

The '60s witnessed Nissan's merger with Prince Motor Company, a union that helped the Asian manufacturer create more luxury-focused vehicles. In the U.S. it began offering its first vehicle styled for the U.S. market, the Datsun 510 sedan. By the end of the decade, Datsun had exported more than 1 million vehicles. Datsun rose to prominence in the 1970s on the popularity of its 240Z sports car. Powered by an inline six-cylinder engine, the car was coveted for its blend of style, performance and affordability. By the time the '70s drew to a close, the automaker's cumulative vehicle exports had surpassed the 10 million mark.

In 1981, Nissan shelved the Datsun name and began selling vehicles worldwide under the Nissan moniker. The '80s also saw Nissan's launch of a tuning division called Nismo for the development of performance-oriented vehicles and accessories. Nissan also brought its production to American shores, with the construction of a Georgia-based plant.

The early '90s saw Nissan's fortunes rise in the U.S. thanks to fun-to-drive cars like the 300ZX, Maxima and Sentra. But this trend didn't last long and by the late '90s Nissan's offerings consisted of anonymous vehicles. The company's future was uncertain.

After the turn of the new century Nissan bounced back, helped by a 1999 alliance with Renault that boosted the company's finances. Its redesigned Sentra and Altima boosted sales and consumer interest, as did new models like the 350Z sports car, Armada SUV and Titan pickup. Today the manufacturer is known for offering a wide range of well-regarded vehicles, including the popular Murano SUV, the incredible GT-R supercar and the all-electric Leaf.

User Reviews:

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  • My Altima Broke Down 5 Times - 2015 Nissan Altima
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    I bought a used Altima in 2019. I'm grateful I bought a warranty, because I needed multiple repairs within the first year. The issue that happened was I would press the gas and the car wouldn't respond at all. It would slow down and come to a complete stop. Nissan "fixed" it 3 times in different ways. I thought I was out of the woods, but in July of 2022 it died on me in the the middle of nowhere, Arizona, on a scorching day. Nissan told me to replace the head gasket, at a cost of $1500 to me. (Nissan paid the other half, so this repair cost $3000 total.) I picked it up from the shop to drive home and it broke down again after only two hours on the road. That was the last time. I sold it back to Nissan today. In trying to rectify this, I was treated like a nuisance and they don't even offer loaner vehicles. This car is unsafe and unreliable and Nissan's customer service has been nonexistent. Do not buy a Nissan ever.

  • Front fender and Hood alignment - 2022 Nissan Frontier
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    The gap between the front fender and the hood is so large I can stick my little finger in it from the headlight to the mid wheel well opening there is no adjustment for this

  • Dim headlights - 2013 Nissan Altima
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    There is an issue with hradlights going dim. You cannot see at all and it is very very dangerous. High beams work fine.i noticed several people have sued and should be reimbursed but nissan was 0 help. 1300 to fix. Sad they care so little about their customers safty. Font buy nissans

  • Not good for off road - 2015 Nissan Xterra
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    I had this vehicle for 3 weeks in Costa Rica. It couldn't cut the remote rugged off road nature of the country. Good on highway roads that were paved but when it came to medium maintained roads or roads that experience some wash from rain I didn't feel it was up to the task.

  • Death trap of a car and ownership nightmare - 2015 Nissan Versa
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    bought This car from Enterprise car sales, with about 30,000 miles on it. About 10,000 miles after I purchased the car, the transmission totally failed and needed to be replaced. This was covered under the manufactures warranty, so at least there’s that which makes almost getting stranded in the Mohave Desert somewhat less terrible. About 10,000 miles after that the left rear turn signal went out several times, each of which required a separate repair. About 10,000 miles after that, while driving at pretty much any speed more notably on the freeway, I would lose all ability to accelerate. After taking it to the dealership several times, they figured out that the onboard computer for some reason thought I had my foot on the brakes at random times and was cutting the acceleration, in advertently putting myself and other drivers at risk. About 12,000 miles later, the radiator fan failed, and due to lack of any indication from the car that there was any problem, the car overheated. Got the radiator fan fixed, but now almost immediately after that I am noticing weird jumpiness in the RPMs. Also if I roll both windows up at the same time while idling, The RPMs stutter...?! And different car is idling and I hit the AC button, the whole car jerks and the RPMs drop very low. This car behaves so strangely and poorly, I am nervous and feel unsafe anytime I am driving it. It feels at and if car is idling and I hit the AC button, the whole car jerks and the RPMs drop very low. This car behaves so strangely and poorly, I am nervous and feel unsafe anytime I am driving it. It feels at any the car will break down for the last time. I have owned this POS for only about a year and a half, and have taken pretty good care of it. But it seems determined to die. I will never ever buy another Nissan again. I hope that these words prevent another from making the same mistake I did.

  • This is the best car ever - 1999 Nissan Altima
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    I have a 1999 Nissan Altima GXE. Just a solid, extremely reliable car. I have almost 240,000 miles and running strong. No issues. very little maintenance done, one sensor, AC compressor, alternator and that is about it in 7 years I have owned it. I think I can get another 50k or 60K miles easily on this car. Highly recommended car. Best car I have ever had.

  • If I had known... - 2016 Nissan Juke
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    If I had known that I would be this much in love with the Juke I would have bought it sooner. I love driving it. I find excuses to take a drive. The speed and the handling are over the top. Itseems a beautiful car and love all the extras. The 360 cameras are my favorite featurns. The hands free is great. Been wanting it for years. Best purchase by far.

  • Best Car I have ever have - 1999 Nissan Altima
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    Extremely reliable, 227K miles on it with no issues, just regular maintenance. Nissan knows how to build engines. Will keep it until falls apart. Very recommended.

  • Total power loss - 2002 Nissan Maxima
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    Had my nissan for 5 day and one day in busy traffic, the car would just move 3 miles a hour from a traffic light . Total power loss. I brought it back to the car lot and they had it check out and said it work fine till the engine is warm that when total loss of power. So I went back to a gm car. I thought being a japen car ,it would be good like toyota but no dont bother with nissan worse then a ford.The worse car I drove.

  • Bought a 2003 Xterra XE with 100,000 miles - 2003 Nissan Xterra
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    Bought Xterra XE with 100,000 miles. Terrific in the snow, handles well, excellent vision, need only 87 gas not premium, excellent storage space, stereo system with 6 speakers, nice roof rack, and pretty easy car to work on. Anybody who gets an Xterra in the 100,000 mile range.be ready for a new timing belt and will cost between $600 to. $1,000. Other costs in the 100 -125K mileage range include new starter ($400 - $500) and new plugs ($200). If you buy a 100,000+ Xterra check the timing belt, starter, plugs and it can save you a lot of money. 265 size tires are in the $400 - $500 range. Its a SUV built on a truck with 16 city/ 20 higjway mileage and if you take care of it, the Xterra is pretty reliable.

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