Nissan Largo is First Produced
Largo was the model name used for a Nissan passenger van built over 2 different platforms from 1989 to 1998 in Japan and other markets.
Most were 7 or 8 seater coaches and competed with the Toyota Tarago.
Series 1 was produced until 1992 and resembled a well appointed and restyled Vanette C22. Available as 2-litre 4 cylinder petrol, diesel (LD20-II) or turbo diesel (LD20T-II), with optional full-time four wheel drive.
Series 2 were upmarket versions of the Serena. They available with either a 2 or 2.4 litre petrol 4 cylinder, or turbo-diesel, with optional four wheel drive.
The Nissan Largo was a family car, an MPV with uncommon styling and choice of manual or automatic transmission. The most popular version in the UK was the rear wheel drive but it was also available in front wheel drive. Body kits and rear spoilers were available; the Highway Star model featured standard moon roof, privacy glass and front and rear air conditioning. Black was the usual color for a Largo until 1995 when Nissan produced it in various shades of white and silver. It was a popular MPV as vans came into popularity. It had a streamlined appearance and seated seven with reclining seats, making it perfect for families or parents who provided transportation to several children to and from activities. It was actually a Nissan Serena, Vanette Serena and a Largo, as Nissan make just one vehicle but gave it many different names and altered its appearance just a bit in each model.
The Largo was by and large a reliable van with relatively few faults. There are still a large number of them in use in Japan. If you’re thinking of buying a used Largo (there’s no other kind!), you’ll just have to look for the normal things you’d usually watch for in a used vehicle. Undue noises or excessive smoke, of course, are warning signs that the van hasn’t been treated well and probably not maintained, either. Parts are still available from Nissan or from used-parts lots without much trouble. The Largo wasn’t known for mechanical problems and there are still many on the used markets today.