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Old 01-19-2023, 02:48 AM   #81 (permalink)
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100 hp, no airbags or ABS let alone stability control. No screen for carplay or android auto.
That reads like my Toyota Pickup.

I think a new 2017 Nissan Tsuru (B13) in Mexico cost more that $5000. That car could never be sold in the US due to regulations. That car probably couldnīt be sold in the US in 1991 when it was a new design.

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That reads like my Toyota Pickup.

I think a new 2017 Nissan Tsuru (B13) in Mexico cost more that $5000. That car could never be sold in the US due to regulations. That car probably couldnīt be sold in the US in 1991 when it was a new design.
2017 was the last year the Tsuru was sold in Mexico and it cost $7,000 then. In the USA the Tsuru was sold as the Nissan Sentra from 1991 to 1994 before being replaced by the B14 Sentra.

At my previous employer we had to cross from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez daily because we were not allowed drive in Mexico, to stay in Mexico, or venture outside of approved routes to and from the factory. We would ride with Mexican co-workers that lived in El Paso and I normally rode with an engineer that had a Tsuru. It looked just like the Sentras I remember from the 90's. I was way more comfortable riding to and from the factory in that car with tinted windows than any of the car service vehicles which were generally late model SUVs that attracted attention. Nobody looks twice at a Tzuru in Mexico.
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Last time I saw a Tsuru in my hometown was in 2017, and it was registered in Uruguay. It might seem "outdated", but I'm not totally unfavorable to allowing some older designs to remain on production, as long as a few improvements such as ABS brakes can be fitted. Just look at motorcycles, which obviously are not the safest rides at all, yet some features such as ABS brakes improve the safety quite reasonably under certain conditions.
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35y.o. Fiat Elba, still roomier than many brand-new cars within a similar size bracket. Small, yet fully functional, station-wagons like that used to be favored as a family car, yet nowadays it's more tempting for automakers to make SUV-looking hatchbacks and putting a higher price tag on them. When it comes to addressing the lack of cargo capacity of a so-called compact SUV compared to a more old-school station-wagon, it's also worth to remind all the revenue from the sales of accessories such as roof racks or receiver hitches...

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That Fiat reminds me of Toyota Tercel that I thought about buying back in the 1980s. They had the same basic shape.

I had hoped I might be able to get inexpensive Tsuru parts or a parts car from Mexico to refurbish my Sentra. So far I havenīt had much luck finding a way to do that. Tsuru parts sold on Ebay are somewhat expensive. I need to learn Spanish so I might be able to use Mexican websites to buy Tsuru parts.

From what Iīve read the Tsuru weighs 300-400 lbs. less than the similar Sentra sold in the US. The Mexican car didnīt have the beams in the doors to help survive a crash and Tsurus shipped to the Middle East didnīt have a catalytic converter. I donīt know if the cars sold in Mexico had a converter. Itīs also been called the deadliest car in Mexico, but I think thatīs due to the large number of them sold over 25 years and the huge number of miles driven. It would be interesting to know the number of injuries and deaths per miles driven to get a better idea of how dangerous they really are. There was an offset head-on collision test done in 2017 with a Versa versus the Tsuru and itīs scary how the Tsuru is destroyed in that test.

Iīd guess the Tsuru was probably one of the lowest priced new cars in the world in 2017. But I would think you could get a cheaper car made and sold in India or China.

Hereīs my ĻTsuruĻ.

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