Nissan 200SX Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 4 of 5

1995 Nissan 200SX s14 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

High performance at a low price

Faults:

Clutch was not strong enough for the power of the motor.

Turbo manifold leak.

Suspension was too soft for fast cornering.

General Comments:

Slow in standard form.

Great car to modify.

They take well to modifications such as exhaust upgrades and turbo boosting 16psi.

Great rear wheel drive LSD sideways action.

Great for a drift racer.

Also great for drag racing in the four cylinder 2.0l turbo category.

Generally a fun car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2002

12th Nov 2002, 03:51

Your comments on the Nissan 200sx are spot on! I had the manifold go on me not long after I got my car (not a cheap item to replace.) I feel the performance is good for a standard car (even better if it was not d-tuned though) I was very impressed by the difference in power after I made a couple of mild and cheap mods IE. hks exhaust, b.o.v. (not affecting the power, but it sounds great) and a little boost improvement. It does lack in the cornering department, but once again a little modifying will make a lot of difference. One thing that could be improved upon is the take off power (before the turbo kicks in) but overall the car is great and I am very happy to own one.

2001 Nissan 200SX Spec R 2.0 turbo Premium Umleaded

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Premium Umleaded Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35600 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

An excellent car with both attitude and personality

Faults:

The hydraulic clutch cylinder failed at 5,000 kilometers. This was immediately repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

Pure enthusiasts drivers car. Not a quiet cabin nor too refined, but so much interaction you can't believe it. You can throw this car sideways at will with a slight blip of the accelerator into a nice power slide.

The front end holds tight into all corners and provides accurate feedback to the steering wheel.

Upon entering you lower yourself into the drivers seat. The cockpit fits tight like a glove.

Beautiful driving position with short throw gear shift lever in perfect position.

Six speed manual box is a delight to throw around without baulking between gears. The clutch too seems faultless.

The limited slip differential (ex GTR Skyline) is the best in the business and plants power well to the ground and also provides precise feedback when ready to break loose. The rear end is easily controlled under dry slide conditions.

I purchased the Spec R for the additional features despite this model being slightly heavier and therefore slower.

I have driven a Type R GT although the leather seats proved to be less than impressive and the rear spoiler interrupts the drivers view while looking out of place.

It should be noted that the S15 200SX will break rear end traction and spin around on any driver who lacks attention. The turbo charged, rear wheel drive, and limited differential combination make this a lethal weapon in the wet with great care required to keep it on the road. Once mastered though the S15 is the most fun you will ever have in the wet.

I have replaced one set of tyres at 35,000 kilometres which were all worn evenly.

Standard inter-cooler limits power delivery although 200kW is easily recognised with minor modifications.

This is a car that will outlook and outperform 99% of the cars on the road. No other manufacturer has this combination for under $100,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2002

5th Jul 2003, 04:29

A fine review! It makes me wish the S15 had been sold in the UK. Maybe it's the car I can move on to when my S14 retires?

10th Jul 2006, 00:09

After owning an S14 for around 7 months, I have finally got myself an S15. The 174kw produced at the wheels is more than enough for a beginner drifter.

As mentioned, with slight modifications the S15 is a rocket. As we speak, I'm having a HKS GT 25-40 bolted on with the matching HKS manifold. Also the stock ECU is being ditched as the "Stocker" hasn't got all that much going for it. I've decided to run an Apexi Power FC as they work brilliantly with all Nissan motors. I will be running around 0.9bar boost (13-14PSI) and expecting to make somewhere around 250-265kw on a moderate tune. All in all, the s15 is a great performance package, and is the best bang for the buck on the market for drifters.

Dave.

Mr.15.

28th Dec 2007, 18:42

Hey mate the S15 is a fine car however you commented that it will beat 99% of cars on the road.

Mate you have not been in a fast car...

I drive a Supra Twin Turbo and in stock form I was destroying modifed S15s with ease.

I do understand that the S15 is only a 4-cylinder and I'm comparing it to a Twin Turbo 6 however please do not make the S15 seem like something it is not.

On that note I would like to also say that I have driven many S15s and that the S15 is only quick for WHAT IT IS, A 4-CYLINDER TURBO...

Goodluck with your car and have a happy and safe new year...

Adam.

21st Jan 2009, 02:24

Most likely in the straights. My dad owns a Supra and it could never out corner an S15. Yes it is faster in straight line, but what does that prove?

23rd Apr 2010, 08:25

Hi there Supra lover: for all I know, the Supra is a six and the S15 is a four, so therefore you can't compare; they are in a different class... but for the record, the S15 is a much better car overall in all aspects!

Kiki.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews