I think that Nissans are sensible, well-built cars. There is nothing wrong with them, and since we are living in a world economy, you sound stupid when you say "I won't support the Jap economy" most vehicles these days are built with parts that come from all over the world, and are assembled all over the world. I will always remember the guy driving a Dogde Spirit that had a bumper sticker that says, "BUY AMERICAN!" Sorry dude, the V6 engine in that car came from Mitsubishi of Japan, and it was assembled in Toluca, Mexico. The only thing american about that car is the name. So, shame on those that would not buy a japanese car based on nationality reasons.
As for me, I would not buy a nissan because they are sesible, bland automobiles. Who wants a bland Altima, when they can drive a sporty Dodge stratus with a V6. The maxima has completely failed at any attempts to be sporty, even though it comes with a screamer of a V6 engine. Too bad the stylists at Chrysler can't get a hold of that platform, because they would do it right! Look at the 300M! The Sentra is also a bland econobox. It needs some personality, like the Civic. I am not saying all the right parts aren't there, the Sentra has a great engine with nice interior--nissan just needs to endow it with some personality!
Then new pathfinder with the 240 hp V6 is a step in the right direction, and kudos to nissan on the Xterra. It is just what Gen Xers want, a little pazzaz, decent power, and good looks. There new truck styling is quite interesting, and I am starting to get used to it. You have to be a little daring with styling, without hanging out with the Pontiac stylists! That damn Azteck is the worst thing to come out of detriot since the El Camino!
Anyway, I have rambled enough. Any Comments?