Now this is a car I have had a personal relationship with, both the diesel and the petrol. If you are a family man with one more child than the law allows you to have with a normal car (most cars are 5 seaters!) you might have had a brush with this car/van/people mover / coach, even if you didn’t own one, you probably thought about it!
New … well a bit expensive.
Used Nissan Serena? Value for money. Back when it all began, there wasn’t much choice from the Japanese market for a bigger family, alas, the average Japanese family was just under 3 people (not children silly, the total family number, that is Mum Dad and nearly a whole kid!). So to find a vehicle that would hold more than 5 people, there wasn’t much choice.
The main competitors back then were the Mistubishi Chariot: ok if you had short legs! Some expensive 4WDs like the Toyota Prado. But what if you had no plans of ascending a 40 degree muddy hill in low gear 4WD diff lock? What if you just wanted to drive to the next town, in un-cramped comfort? As far as I could remember you had the Toyota Hiace Van / Wagon or at a much cheaper price, yet no less quality, the Nissan Serena, diesel or petrol. I had more than one of them! Never regretted it, loved the journey!
So lets introduce the Nissan Serena generations:
Nissan Vanette Serena (1991-1994):
First Generation Nissan Serena(C23, 1994-1999).
2nd Generation Nissan Serena (C24, 1999-2005)
Nissan Serena 3rd Generation
3rd generation Nissan Serena (C25, 2005-2010)
4th Generation Nissan Serena (C26, 2010- )