1974 Datsun 120Y 1.2 from Australia and New Zealand


A rusty pile of crap


Front clip on the brakes broke so disc pins rub on the rim.

Number three cylinder ceased to survive.


Back rest on the driver's side seat broke.

General Comments:

If the car was lighter (remove bonnet, boot, seats etc) the car would do burn-outs with ease.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2002

1974 Datsun 120Y Sedan 1.2L from Australia and New Zealand


I love my little car says Noddy


Engine would overheat often (although, there were no fins on the radiator...)

Clutch and alternator (Lucas) went shortly after I bought the car.

Needed a replacement calliper, because I ran the brake pads down to the metal and seized up the calliper piston...

Needed new idler arm bushes (disintegrated).

Got angry with overheating, ran the car hot up a hill. At the top, I put in cold water and warped the head. Did another 10,000km then I crashed the car.

General Comments:

Great little car.

Surprisingly good low end torque, would outrun 6 cylinder cars up hills.

Very uncomfortable and hard seats that sunk right down to the floor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2000

26th Dec 2000, 05:58

I grew up with this car (B210). My father purchased it new in 1976 and the same car is still alive and kicking today. This car is generally trouble free, very thrifty in gasoline consumption and has a very low cost of maintenance. Surprisingly, except for body parts, original spare parts are still available although we must know where to go.

Our biggest problem has so far been corrosion. We have done body repairs three times. The last one was done almost ten years ago. We are looking forward to have another one done in the near future.

We have had problems with overheating too, but this was mainly caused by corrosion of the radiator and to some extent, the inner part of the engine block. Also, the condition of the waterpump contributed to overheating. We have replaced the radiator once and the waterpump a couple of times.

We have also had a problem with the alternator but it was simply because of its bearings. Replacement of the bearings solved the problem. In short, our alternator is still original.

We are currently having some problem with the rear brakes as the drums need replacement. Fortunately, I was able to purchase an original pair in Singapore a few months ago. I am not sure if my brother has had the time to replace these drums or not. He drives a 1994 B13.

Other things that we have replaced: carburettor (twice), distributor (once), spark plug cables (once), coil (once), regulator (twice), muffler (twice), clutch set (four times), timing chain (once), cyclinder rings (three times) and valves (once). Some of the replacements here were done because we wanted them replaced due to their age.

What else can I say? Ooh, I still drive this car regularly at 120 km/h on the highway with confidence.