Datsun Sunny Review from Australia and New Zealand

1980 Datsun Sunny B310 1596CC

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1596CC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres

Summary:

Go Sunny Go!!!

Faults:

Differential problems. The car is running a 4:9 diff out of a Nissan vanette with a LSD.

General Comments:

This Sunny has been highly modified insofar as the engine has been bored and stroked to get capacity from 1400CC to nearly 1600CC.

Car runs an Escort competition rocket box which is fantastic and strong.

Diff is LSD 4:9 Vanette Diff as per note above. Sure I have had problems with the Diff, however they are very cheap to buy and replace (AUD50.00)

This car, in its present guise, is incredibly quick and very very strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2004

25th Dec 2005, 03:02

My Brother had one of these. It had one major flaw, it didn't actually start, otherwise it was great.

5th Aug 2006, 03:31

Having driven Datsun Sunnies for the last 20 years, and owning at present three registered cars, yes I have children, their reliability is superb. Though I am well aware of their design flaws, as I have owned over 8 in 20 years. Rust has been always a problem, especially the cross chassis rail member affecting their caster.

20th Jul 2009, 05:39

Great car. Did you have much to do to get the van diff in?

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review