2001 Nissan 200SX Spec R 2.0 turbo


Brilliant performance - Bargain price


Nothing major so far apart from a few squeaks and rattles around the sunroof and the shroud above the steering wheel. These only happened after about 30,000k's and both problems were fixed promptly by the dealer under warranty.

General Comments:

This is my second 200SX after previously owing an S14 model for 4 trouble free years.

It's an absolutely brilliant car to drive and leaves you with a smile everytime you get out of it especially if the road is nice and twisty.

The Limited Slip Diff puts the power to the ground brilliantly out of tight corners and the six speed gearbox is a delight to use.

The handling is superb although some caution is required in the wet as with any high powered RWD car. It's a much more predictable car to drive in the wet when compared to the S14 model which was more akin to a dog on lino!

The SR20DET engine must be up there with one of the best turbo engines of all time. Very little turbo lag and it pulls strongly from about 2500rpm.

Gripes: Whilst the seats are comfortable there is nothing in the way of adjustments plus there isn't much head room if you are 6ft or over. The Spec S without the sunroof has slightly more headroom.

There is very limited rear seating, but hey it's not a family car!

The cockpit is very comfortable with everything in easy reach - I just completed a 4500km round trip to Adelaide from Sydney in 10days and had no problems with comfort.

There is no cruise control standard so it is worthwhile fitting an aftermarket one - best $500 I ever spent.

Overall this is seriously the best car I have ever owned and I hope to hang on to it for a long while yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2003

2000 Nissan 200SX Spec S 2.0 non turbo


200SX : Sheer power, Pure performance and Style in a nice little package


Nothing has gone wrong with the car, except consumables such as wipers due to wear and tear.

General Comments:

I live in New Zealand and imported a Japanese version 200sx or otherwise known as Silvia.

They come in two trim levels spec S (non turbo) and spec R (turbo).

The spec S which I have, provides power of 160hp or 119kw and weight of 1200 from a 2.0 engine (SR20DE) and turbo version spec R provides 249hp or 184kw. (One must be aware that the horse power ratings are different regarding the place the vehicle is sold and differs slightly.)

Normal equipment for my car includes: factory CD player, auto climate air control, 16 inch Nissan Alloys, two airbags, ABS breaks with break assist, xenon lights, power steering and rear wipers (which the Aussies don't have).

Shock absorbers and helical LSD (manual only, auto retains viscous unit from the previous s14 models) are from the Skyline R33 GT-R providing great response and feel when driving.

Steering is very good in dry conditions, but one must be aware that this sports car turns into a beast in wet conditions. The LSD helps in someway, but not enough.

Interior is very nice, with a titanium finish dash board, but only seats 2 people unless there are some very small people or children to fit in the rear seats. No wonder the Japanese call this car the 'date car'. Front seats are very comfortable and envelops the driver to give optimum seating position and comfort.

The boot space is small (probably fits two golf bags at max) but the rear seats fold down to provide extra room for things such as skis and snow boards.

Fuel consumption is a mix and depends on the driver. It must also be said that my spec S has a very good fuel consumption because it does not have turbo.

Modification potential is huge in this car. Even slight mods such as pod air filters and exhaust provide great improvements in horsepower. A good boy racer's car, but seems to be driven by older folk than young people.

This car is much of a driver's car. It is not smooth and quiet, but does not lack the power or speed when required. It is a very rewarding drive, but you must respect the car at all times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2003

1st Feb 2005, 09:58

I had a 200SX Touring for a couple of years and REALLY liked it.

However, the MPG in it was rubbish. Only got 23 MPG if you drove it like my mum (i.e. slowly) and if you really pushed to get somewhere quickly, don't expect to get into double figures to the gallon!

Other than that, it was quite fast (although the gearing should've been slightly shorter) and high speed stability on bends was fantastic, stuck to the road like glue. However, if you try and race a little hot hatch round tight and twisty roads you'll get thrashed. The back end is too 'skittish' when in the first couple of gears and if you drive it in the wet, BE CAREFUL. The back slides out quicker than a rattle snake...

26th Aug 2005, 03:39

"The back slides out quicker than a rattle snake..."

I must remember to ring Tanaguchi and tell him that...