Surprising Survivor: 1987 Nissan Van

This next car falls into the category of one of the cars that was built in large quantities, but is mostly forgotten…but in the case of the Vanette..the story is much more interesting.  The Nissan Vanette was exported to the US market from 1987 to 1990 badged simply the Van as a competitor to the Toyota Van and Mitsubishi Van. The only problem was that Nissan didn’t spend much time on engineering and the 2.4 liter Z24i engine inline-4 that was shoved into the C22 for US market didn’t quite fit. Cooling issues and engine fires led to a massive recall that had Nissan offering to buy back every single C22 Van sold in the US market and all repurchased vehicles were crushed to avoid future legal issues. Somehow this next vehicle avoid the steel grip of the crusher and now lives with the weirdos in Santa Cruz.  Find this 1987 Nissan Van offered for $4,500 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1987 nissan van

VIN: JN8SC26S7H4017651

condition: good

cylinders: 4 cylinders

drive: rwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 127000

paint color: blue

title status: salvage

transmission: automatic

type: van

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This is a rare jewel of a find!

Very clean & reliable

The recall has been fixed by a Nissan dealer, stamp in pictures

Ice box for drinks or make it warm for coffee or a meal

Huge sun roof

Moon roof over front driver & passenger seats

After market rims & tires

Pioneer amp & cd deck

Studio on wheels

127k miles

These Nissan’s go over 300k miles

Cruise control

Power everything

Fully loaded

Will take a tow hitch like the Toyota vans do

Don’t think you’ll find another one this clean & dependable

New spark plugs & wires

After market headlights

Salvaged title only bcuz it was registered with the DMV for a break in

Registered til February 2020


Best cash offer


Possible trade for small rv or bigger van

See a better way to drive a van that should have been crushed?