1975 Datsun 100A Estate 998cc from UK and Ireland
Cheap runaround, but watch the rust and cooling system
Buying a car of this age is often a gamble, this particular car needed work on the cooling system after a few years of inactivity.
Unusually for a Datsun of this age it is rust free, but I don't tend to use it during the winter.
Asides from very minor faults, a good one should prove hassle free.
The brakes are fairly poor too.
Cheap to run, insure and buy, and due to its basic engine layout a great way to learn about simple engines. Access to the engine is excellent. Body parts are a bit thin on the ground, but can be found via the owners club. Mechanical parts are fairly easy to buy.
This car is not recommended for longer distances, particularly motorways. The engine whine is tiresome at speeds over 50mph and the seats are lack support. However in town it really keeps up with modern traffic, easy to park, excellent turning circle with a light precise feel to the steering. The gearbox is occasionally notchy, but is precise enough.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2003