1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, RH front view - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsAt the same time as Toyota stored the Cressida a rear-wheel-drive first cousin to the sporty Supra (gross sales of that automotive continued right here well into the 1990s), Nissan moved the formerly-Z-based Maxima to a front-wheel-drive platform for the 1985 mannequin yr. The brand new, roomier Maxima continued to be loaded with futuristic electronic gadgetry and a Z-Car engine, and gross sales of the wagon model continued all over the 1988 mannequin yr. Right here’s a well-traveled ’86 Maxima wagon in a Denver-area automotive graveyard.

1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, engine - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIt’s flipped sideways right here, however that is nearly the identical VG30 V6 that consumers of the 300ZX obtained in 1986 (152 horsepower within the Maxima, 160 within the 300ZX).

1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, gearshift - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIndividuals hadn’t but fallen fully out of affection with handbook transmissions by 1986, however most of those automobiles obtained two-pedal setups over right here. 5-speed 1985-1988 Maximas do exist, although.

1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, speedometer - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIf you wish to discover 1980s automobiles with trip-to-the-moon-and-back odometer readings, you’ll want to take a look at Mercedes-Benz diesels. This Maxima made it to the moon and some of the way in which again throughout its 35 years on the highway.

1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, seat cloth - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe Colorado local weather laughs at material interiors, even good Japanese ones.

1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, dash switches - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsWhen translating from compact Japanese kanji characters to cumbersome English phrases within the 1980s, funny typography could ensue. I’ve obtained an enormous assortment of those “SECU-RITY” indicator lights, and naturally I grabbed this one. This automotive has the speaking voice-alert system that made upscale Datsuns legendary a couple of years earlier, nevertheless it operates by way of solid-state digital gear somewhat than the amazing tiny-phonograph-based rig utilized in earlier Maximas.

1986 Nissan Maxima wagon in Colorado junkyard, rust - ©2021 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThere’s rust within the standard spots, not as unhealthy as what you’d see in Illinois or Vermont however sufficient to kill no matter modicum of worth a light high-mile wagon may need had.


In Japan, the V6 Bluebird was extremely suave.


In Australia, the Bluebird Wagon obtained this unusual video-game-themed clearance-sale pitch.


Right this moment’s automotive world is stuffed with compromise. To get luxurious and efficiency, it’s a must to sacrifice worth. Nissan disagrees!

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