Datsun Cherry Review from Norway

1977 Datsun Cherry 120A F-II 1.2 gasoline

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired105700 kilometres
Most recent distance105800 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A very good car overall, would own another!

Faults:

The gear box bushings wore out after four years of standing still - it is a bit troublesome, it can be rotated around and it is somewhat hard to shift.

Heater fan fuse blown.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable, and the parts are cheap and still possible to acquire!

The car stood inoperable for for years until I brought a battery and 5 litres of gasoline. I connected it to the battery, turned the key, and to my surprise, it turned over right away, and it started after two tries (10 seconds total time running on the starter engine) That's what I call reliable!

The car still handled good, but the handbrake was stuck. I fixed this by removing the left rear tyre, and I knocked with a hammer around the wheel bolts. The brake eventually loosened, and I refitted the tyre.

It runs like a dream. All that is left is idle speed adjustment, it only runs with the choke pulled a little bit out. If you press the choke back in, it will stop.

The cabin is a bit small, but comfortable seats.

Though old, I will say it is a great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2007

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review