1997 Nissan 240SX Coupe 2.4
Still a dream car
The engine service light comes on frequently; being abroad they have not been able to identify what this means.
The car feels as though it is tracking to the left and has worn the tyres bald on the inside, but the garage can't find a problem.
The exhaust developed multiple holes after only 45,000 miles.
The fuel economy has nosedived now that I've passed 60,000 miles, down from 450 miles per tank to 300.
The rear brakes seem to be a problem area, replaced twice, bound solid once and still squeaking.
Several sets of speakers have now been blown, despite me not being a hooligan who plays loud music.
I think it might be the only example in Scotland, but this does make getting it repaired a little tricky; it took 6 months to get a new exhaust and brake discs were very hard to match.
The car is surprisingly slow for a sports car; about 45 bhp less than the European model and left for dead by e.g. Toyota MR2.
However, the strangely short first gear (is this just my car?), whilst making the car feel slower, does make crawling along in heavy traffic very easy.
For a car of its type, the boot space is remarkably good; more than enough for two people away for a weekend.
The handling is amazing in the dry and vast amounts of fun on our Scottish roads, but a bit of a deathtrap in the wet or on snow. The tail flicks out even thinking about accelerating from a wet roundabout.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st April, 2005
17th Aug 2005, 12:58
I had a 97 Nissan 240sx. I had the issue with the check engine light too, but it turned back off after I changed out the air filter. I am not saying that that would work for you, but it did fix it in my case. I drove mine to the point that the engine and electrical systems / computer was getting ready to completely fail.