Datsun 200SX Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 3

1983 Datsun 200SX Coupe Z-22-E

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Z-22-E Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance21100 miles
Previous carDodge Van


A low dollar hot-rod in disguise, the perfect sleeper


So far I have had zero problem with this car with the exception of needing to replace the battery after purchasing the car, and having to have a rear window installed in it due to the original one being broke out by a tornado. Other than that, it has been a very reliable car.

General Comments:

I love this car so far, it is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage compared to my last car, a 1978 Dodge full size van. I am averaging just over 24 in town and 30 on the highway. The car is very quick, bordering on fast as..., well you get the picture, corners great for a stock suspension, and over all is a dream to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2003

25th Jun 2005, 12:36

I owned one of these for about 4 years.

Just wait until you have to get the brakes (especially rear) services. Rear calipers are over $300 each.

However, it was very quick for a 2L and it handled very well.

Good luck.

1981 Datsun 200SX 4 cylinder

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1988
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres


This thing moves!!


Only 2 things went wrong with the car when I owned it for about 1 year.

The fuseable link blew and the car would not start, so it had to be towed to the garage, but it was fixed in a jiffy.

Second was the car kept wearing out clutches at an alarming rate. In the year I owned it I put 3 clutches in, and the dealer could not figure out what was wrong other than to stand there and say "I think you need a new clutch".

General Comments:

The car was silver and in good condition in and out and everybody said so, it was my first car and I couldn't clean it and tinker with it enough.

It had power everything, disc brakes in the rear, fuel injection, and a rear wiper on the hatch.

This baby moved, I could spin the back tires till the cows came home and believe me I did, that's why the first two clutches I thought were my fault.

The car's comfort level was good and the handling was good, although being 18 years old it didn't stand up to my torture and I ended up in some guy's front yard and some other guys ditch.

I had to get rid of the car because of the clutch, but the car was sweet for my first.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 9 reviews