Datsun 510 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1971 Datsun 510 GL 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired46500 miles
Most recent distance85400 miles
Previous carDatsun 510


Best perfomance for your dollar.


Driver's seat has worn out.

Suspension bushes and brushes needed replacing.

Heater needed a new tap.

Timing chain needed replacement (As per recommended servicing).

Some minor body rust.

General Comments:

For a stock 1971 family sedan, it handled amazing. Save for the suspension sloppiness it stuck like chewing gum to carpet.

All instruments are clear, well set out and easy on the eyes.

Visibility is good.

One fault is the brakes, or lack of them really.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2002

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review