This, simply put, is my introduction. I happened onto this site when I Googled for posts on the Nissan Stanza Wagon (U.S. name). I believe it was called the "Multi" in Canada, and the "Prairie" elsewhere.
I have been a fan of utilitarian and fuel-efficient cars for as long as I can remember (which goes back a few decades). My first car was a hand-me-down '62 Chevrolet, but my first new vehicle was a '77 Toyota Hilux. The Hilux pretty much cemented my affection for vehicles from Japanese manufacturers. Considering how long I keep my vehicles however, I don't often buy new ones.
I've been appalled to hear an often-related claim that older utilitarian vehicles (and particularly older utilitarian Japanese vehicles) have mininal or no collectible value, while what can accurately be described as "in-your-face environmental destruction machines" do. I thus was really happy to stumble into this site. It seems that there a few independent-minded characters like me who are interested in the kinds of vehicles I have and have a "yen" for (pun intended).
I have a number of "old" (if "old" means more than 20-year old) vehicles from Japanese manufacturers:
1977 Datsun Honeybee (was my Mom's)
1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon (was my wife's)
1986 Mitsubishi/Dodge D-50 (the only vehicle other than the '77 Hilux that I bought new for myself - - as opposed to for a family member)
1990 Nissan Stanza Sedan XE (was my nephew's)
Of these vehicles, I think the Stanza wagon has the most appeal. Irrespective of the scorn with which some people apparently consider it, I love it. It has seen the most (and the roughest) use, and thus is unfortunately in the poorest condition.
I also have a 1994 Nissan pickup (an utterly basic model). This one was my Dad's