Datsun 120Y Reviews from UK and Ireland

1978 Datsun 120Y B210 1.2 petrol

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carNissan Gloria

Summary:

The greatest people's car ever made

Faults:

Needs a small amount of welding.

Seats are sagging.

Vinyl roof is lifting, but will be taken off as it is a rust trap.

General Comments:

Sunny coupe. Purchased from an enthusiast who picked it up from a little old lady. Waxoyled from the start, this one is probably one of the best examples in the UK. Nippy around town, sluggish on the motorway, so I follow trucks in the slow lane, although my girlfriend coaxes speed from somewhere I can't figure. Lead foot I guess.

Attracts more attention than a Porsche or late model Ferrari. I'm not kidding. Kids go nuts over it.

So, slow, not all that comfortable, but cheap to run, insure, fun to drive and will hold its value if cared for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2006

12th Jan 2007, 08:36

An update. Had an accident in the car. Needed a new wing which we managed to get brand new (thanks to Datman.) The other car (a Mondeo) came off a lot worse, so I'm pleased with the strength of the little beast.

18th Nov 2011, 08:04

Still motoring along in Sunny, and she gets more and more attention as the years go by. Pity the same does not apply to the owner.

1974 Datsun 120Y Coupe 1.2 petrol

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1986
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles

Summary:

Cheap and reliable small car

Faults:

Was already starting to rust when I bought it.

By the time it was 12 years old, rust got the better of it and it headed to the scrapyard.

General Comments:

Mechanicals were faultlessly reliable, but its rusty bodywork let it down and killed it off before its time.

With just a 1.2 petrol engine the 120Y didn't have much in the way of performance, but its fuel economy was hard to beat.

Was a bargain at £390 for a low mileage nine year old small car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

1976 Datsun 120Y cope 2.0

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4954 miles
Most recent distance56438 miles
Previous carDatsun 120Y

Summary:

Very reliable, well read my comments

Faults:

Waterhose split.

Heater matrix leaked.

New Brake shoes and pads I have just had to renew for the first time.

Petrol pump renewed.

Rust and corrosion of body work is always a problem.

Driver seat split 4years ago, but black tape over the plastic has stopped it spreading.

Parts for bodywork are hard to obtain.

Near side front light cluster renewed after damage.

General Comments:

Very reliable throughout my ownership.

The only time it was not used every day was when I put diesel in to the tank and thought that the engine had gone!!!

And when it was broken into and rolled down a hill into a brick wall (by the way the car servived and the wall did not (I was suprised)

At the moment I have still to replace the drivers door window and the heater radiator.

I use the car every day its not fast, but keeps to 70 mph on the motorway.

Having four doors means that I can take people with ease plus other junk because my boot gets quite full.

I do have my mad moments and although it an auto it supprising how well it handles on corners.

The car often gets quite muddy inside and out when taking my tender, on the roof, down to my Yatch that is moored in the Medway (other wise known as the mud-way) but cleans up well.

I could do with new doors, wings, heater metrix and drivers door glass, two original wheel trims to bring it up to scatch, but it passed it last M.O.T with ease.

Apart from my stupidity and criminal damage the only complaint is after 29 years of use it getting major rust problems (mind you it was known as a rust bucket)

I love the car and was attracted by it for it was the same make as the car I passed my test in back in 1975 (but that was manual gears)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2005

14th Jul 2010, 10:37

A minor point - but this was not a 120Y coupe.

120Y coupe's were only 2 door plus rear hatch, rather than 4 doors that you claim. Sorry, but I had one (turquoise) for 3 years in 1982-5 and know when someone is fibbing.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews