Donated Econobox: 1988 Nissan Stanza Wagon


The seller states this 1988 Nissan Stanza is being donated to "showyoucarecharity". The seller name is also "showyoucare", but they don't have an ebay-sanctioned charity clause in their listing, so I would question exactly how they are processing the vehicle and what percentage goes to an actual charitable cause (not to mention exactly what is the charity "show you care", care about what?).

The Stanza was a Nissan nameplate used from 1977-1992.

This is a T12 series, made from '86-'90.

Styling-wise we have a typical mid-'80s Japanese econobox, which means a compact body and hyper-efficient and frugal boxy design. Greenhouse glass appears larger than the body, for excellent all-around visibility. Backing up is no issue in these.

It looks good in this coffee brown paint. The purple tinted windows add an odd, cheap-o charm that I would strongly dislike on any other vehicle, but feels appropriate here.


The seller says it is a one-owner vehicle that was passed from parents to daughter before being donated. The seller says they have driven it and it runs fine, including working a/c. They also say the 83,821 miles are original, making this a survivor. They say it has no rust, leaks or signs of body damage. They do note the passenger side mirror glass is missing, a minor fix.


Inside we have a equally boxy and angular interior bathed in tan plastic. All you get is manual a/c adjustment, radio and steering wheel.

It's also nice this is a 5-speed manual transmission for a little more driver participation. It's mated to a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine.

Gas mileage is probably excellent.

Snatch this for cheap and you can have a vintage Nissan for many more miles.


Find it here on ebay for sale in Fort Worth, Texas.

2 comments:

  1. Im getting ready to donate a 93 Chevy van, is there anything I should know before I do it. besides there being no battery it is in good working order and it hasn't had the tags renewed in 3 years. It's in my deceased dads name and My mom is disabled. do I have to get a title transfer? You also check-out to donate a car..

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