W​hy Nissan might just be on to something

T​eaching an old dog new tricks has more perks than you may think.

2y ago

Late last year, Nissan announced it’s Heritage range, which is an initiative where they will, along with Nismo and Autech, reproduce various parts for its R32, R33, and R34 Skyline models.

This is obviously great news for owners of these cars, and for those looking to bring back to life old and tired chassis that would’ve otherwise ended up as a can of your favourite fizzy drink. Probably.

An additional masterstroke considering the skyrocketing costs for purchase of any of these models, especially since the R32 and R33 are now legal to import into the US - previously not having seen the light of day across the pond.

For a model series with a near cult-like following, its a no-brainer as far as the consumer is concerned. They get to keep their pride and joy running, and for Nissan, more revenue! Even if they may be ridiculously priced, owners like to modify these to extreme extents, so cost is unlikely to be an issue for the purists.

Which brings me to wonder, why don’t more manufacturers do this?

Granted, blueprints of such parts aren’t exactly an issue since they already own them all, and theres certainly no shortage of people wanting to find original parts. Just take a quick stroll through eBay listings, and you’ll quickly find out what “JDM tax” means.

One example are the 90’s Hondas. Not least because I own one, but considering the sheer numbers in which these cars sold, and increasing numbers of people looking for OE parts to keep them going, why wouldn’t you bring them back?

Another thing to consider is the environment. Car manufacturers simply aren’t concerned about it - they’re more concerned about numbers on the sales sheet. Just take a stroll through a field of cars that have been traded in as a deposit for something newer, and you will find a large number of them are not only fully working, but keeping them going would be far better for the environment than falling under the guise of thinking something newer will have everyone better off.

It’s no secret that producing newer cars - having them shipped to one place in the world to mine materials for batteries, shipping them to another location for refinement, shipping them once more again to the consumer is extremely costly in terms of emissions overall - yet the finger is always pointed toward the end user.

Maybe I’m just from an era where we prefer to fix something when it breaks, rather than replace it. Whether it be a car, a relationship, or an old dog.

Or maybe I’m just sentimental.

What do you think? Should manufacturers produce original parts for older cars?

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Comments (14)

  • I like how there was no picture of the R34 in there. Giving the other two the attention they deserve. Thank you good sir 😂

      2 years ago
  • Showcasing your article on DT USA Facebook page 2day at 8am EST

      2 years ago
  • Yes.

      2 years ago
  • Some parts are so hard to find that owners buy every one they can find in case they brake, so it's even harder to get them

      2 years ago
    • This is true. I know of somebody who hoards parts for EG Civics. I get that this is done to protect your own but it’s a pain in the ass for the rest of us who just want repairs done.

        2 years ago
  • Yeah, for example finding some parts for 3rd gen Honda prelude is really hard. And there are some parts that break more often, and many people have to look for them at the junkyards, I hope Honda will make some replacements soon.

      2 years ago