Datsun 1200 Reviews from South Africa

1975 Datsun 1200 242-090Q A12

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission A12 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance282000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 305

Summary:

Reliable, quick and economical

Faults:

Engine overhaul done at 220 000km as it was starting to use oil.

Rebored to 20 thou, so this was the first time the engine had been opened.

General Comments:

The most reliable car that I ever owned, never gave me any trouble and was in daily use.

Very easy to maintain as the engine is very basic and has plenty of space to work around in the engine compartment.

Quite fast for a 1200 as it had twin SU carbs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2009

1974 Datsun 1200 delux 1.2

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance305000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Brilliant little car on the whole

Faults:

Cold start's a headache because of carbi which was then replaced with an a14 one.

Inside heater stopped working.

General Comments:

Very, very reliable.

Handles very well with the Tiger mags I have on.

Although the gearbox's a 4 speed, and noisy, very strong and built for rough handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews