1974 Datsun 120Y 1.3L from Australia and New Zealand
Most reliable, economic car ever made
I'm 19, and a 1974 120y was and still is my first car. My dad, being a mechanic, gave me the car when I got my license. Personally I don't think there will ever be cars as good as the 120y. 3 years back I had trouble with over heating, and I had the radiator core replaced, and it's never been better. I also have a spare water pump, but I haven't needed to replace that yet.
Mine has the A13 motor with a alloy head, and it performs beautifully. It does have good low end torque and performs exceptionally for a 1.3L carby. However on the freeway in fourth it revs quite hard, so fuel consumption doubles with freeway driving.
Few months ago, I could hear a knocking in the rear, it was the rear axle bearings, so my dad and I replaced them. It was a very difficult job, the old bearings had to be cut off with an angle grinder, and we then pressed the new ones on. The front tie rod ends were also replaced.
The car is quite small in the rear, however it wasn't made for a family. One minor issue mine has is the headlight fuse always blows, and now I have spotlights on it, it blows more often, every month or so.
With petrol prices 140c or thereabouts these days, my car from empty costs about $38 to fill. Which means it's less than a 30 litre tank, and it achieves 450km on average off one tank of fuel. AMAZING fuel economy.
I've also since put a nice head-unit under the glove box, 6" & 6x9" speakers, so my Datsun 120y is a great everyday car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2006