Datsun 1000 Review from UK and Ireland

1968 Datsun 1000 Deluxe 1.0 overhead valve

Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 overhead valve Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carDatsun 1200

Summary:

A truly excellent small car in it's day, though almost forgotten these days

Faults:

Once, a heater hose burst. That's it.

General Comments:

The Datsun 1000 is a very well designed car and has excellent performance and economy due to it's low weight.

The design of the car is so simple that maintenance is made very simple. Even the most major overhaul can be attempted by the home mechanic with a basic toolkit.

The interior is somewhat small with poor leg room in the rear, but the seating is remarkably comfortable for it's age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2001

27th Feb 2005, 18:48

I currently own a Datsun 1000 coupe. It has a A10 engine with a 40mm weber. This is OK, but I need more power. I am opting a 12A turbo. This will fly like a rocket because of its light weight.

2nd Jul 2006, 07:11

Hey everyone, letting my best little 1K trick slip here, so listen up. Here is the best cheapest disk brake front for your Datsun 1000.

MITS GK Sigma GSR rear disk, caliper and bracket

MITS 76 Lancer power booster 2 bolt type.

These Sigma disks have a internal hand brake drum, which makes the offset perfect, so you can use your standard hub caliper bracket. It just needs bit of mods.

As for fitting it, you should find it easy enough. I don't want to give all my tricks away!

J1K.

5th Feb 2007, 05:16

I also have one of those little 1000 ute's it was a bit sick when I got it its nearly better now with all the usual go fast stuff. has anyone got any parts at all.

4th Nov 2010, 05:35

Hi there.

I am the very proud owner of a Datsun 1000 1968 sedan in pearla condition. All that is left to source to get it roadworthy is a right hand front indicator lens, serial no. SAEPD66EN6030 R..

Any suggestions?

Cheers.

P.

21st May 2012, 00:42

Hi.

I have a Datsun 1000 ute with 1200 motor. The diff is not repairable I am told. Can anybody tell me if I need a 1000 ute diff, or can I fit something else?

And does anyone have one?

Regards, Michael in Adelaide.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review