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Which would you buy? 4th, 5th or 5.5 gen

Old 09-01-2015, 06:47 PM
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Which would you buy? 4th, 5th or 5.5 gen

I am really racking my brain so I am reaching out for some input. Long story short, I am looking for a daily driver. I have a 1972 Datsun 510 sedan as a project car/toy and a 2014 Nissan Titan for winter. I have had 5 Maximas and 1 I30, 3 4th gens, 1 5th and 1 5.5 gen. I am leaning towards either a 4th or 5.5 gen. I am well aware of the problems with all 3 generations. I can find 4th gen manuals for 1000-1800, a bit more for a modded one, and I can get 5.5 6spds that needs engines for 1200-1500 or a solid one for 2500. Parts are not an issue as I already work for Nissan and have quite a few parts laying around for all 3 generations.

What do you think?

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4th gen >

Why are you looking to buy one though?
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A 1992-1994 SE or a 2002-2003 SE, everything in between was a mistake.


That said, within your parameters go 2002-2003 SE, it's definitely worth it, less worn out stuff, more power.
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Originally Posted by MrGone View Post
A 1992-1994 SE or a 2002-2003 SE, everything in between was a mistake.


That said, within your parameters go 2002-2003 SE, it's definitely worth it, less worn out stuff, more power.
^Agreed. Can't find a decent VE anywhere locally that isn't either an automatic or beat to hell.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:47 PM
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5.5 gens seem to be the best maintained in my area.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:16 AM
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id go with a 5gen. best looks, reliable motor with no oil burning. slightly newer than the 4th gens. if its intended to be a DD the extra 15% power of the 5.5 gen shouldnt be a huge selling point considering youve got the 72 datsun for fun if you want it
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I honestly think the 4th gen is a good dd and the car is dependable and reliable but mechanically it's good. The 5th gen is good as the 5.5gen,but between the these two the oil burning issues on the 5.5 gens and the 5th gens there ecu and motor mounts and some other minor things that went bad.
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I would personally go with the 4th gen. I had one of those as my first car and loved it. I totaled it and got a 2002 SE and that car has been nothing but bad news since day one. Oil burning and the rattling is a huge issue with these things.
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Do the 4th gen. I have done more than double the repairs to my 5th gen than I did to the 4th. I do think the 5th gen is more comfortable to sit in, but I would rather have the reliability.
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5,5 gen for me
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:28 PM
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4th gen here.
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Had a 2003 Maxima Se Titanium Edition since brand new and drove it for 12 years and gave it to my nephew with 126,000 miles and car still drove strong and looked great. IMO that car felt faster than my 7th Gen which I have 2 of.
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I'd love a 5.5 manual, but I'm poor, and settled for a broken 5th gen auto which im rebuilding currently. It needed, motor mounts, ECU fixed, idle control motor, battery, lower control arms, cv shaft seals, VAIS fixed, MAF, and lastly tranny solenoids. I'm buying the solenoids off of lux97max along with 2 oem headlights.
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Originally Posted by Robert Baker View Post
It needed, motor mounts
What brand did you wind up going with?

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Might have what you are looking for

I have a Black 2000 manual. Only 80k miles and near mint. Generally driven as our long distance car. Very little local driving and almost never in the winter. Stock except for Konig wheels. Still have original wheels and covers. We are original owners but my wife and I are now 67 and looking to get something automatic. We can talk about price but considering the condition and history I am not looking to give it away.
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Originally Posted by viking89 View Post
id go with a 5gen. best looks, reliable motor with no oil burning. slightly newer than the 4th gens. if its intended to be a DD the extra 15% power of the 5.5 gen shouldnt be a huge selling point considering youve got the 72 datsun for fun if you want it
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I have a Black 2000 manual. Only 80k miles and near mint. Generally driven as our long distance car. Very little local driving and almost never in the winter. Stock except for Konig wheels. Still have original wheels and covers. We are original owners but my wife and I are now 67 and looking to get something automatic. We can talk about price but considering the condition and history I am not looking to give it away.
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