1982 Datsun 200SX 2.2L from North America

Summary:

I loved that car

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 45,000 miles. Probably my fault for driving the car flat out at the red line trying to keep up with a Corvette for 100 miles on the interstate. The repair was covered by warranty, no cost to me.

Other than that, just regular maintenance. Brakes, tires, clutch at around 120,000 miles. The car had lots of gadgets, all of which worked well right up till the end. The car verbalized a variety of warning including, fuel level is low, door is ajar, lights are on etc. This was a first for the industry.

General Comments:

I always drove the car hard. I drove it like a sports car. Every trip to work was a rally.

The 5 speed transmission was quick and easy to shift. The short shifter made it easy to row through the gears.

The car handled very well being rear wheel drive. It cornered much better than the front wheel drives of the time.

Four wheel disc brakes provided excellent stopping.

The engine was powerful for the time. The 2.2L four had 2 spark plugs per cylinder and the stock exhaust looked like an aftermarket header. This gave the engine a real howl at full throttle. I would regularly beat other comparable cars in stop light drag races. BMW 320is or Volkswagen GTIs couldn't keep up.

My car was the poster car, two tone silver and grey hatchback with spoke aluminum wheels. I still have the poster!

Unfortunately the car's life came to an end one night when I was driving too fast for the road conditions. A patch of black ice sent me spinning off the highway and into a large maple tree. With 285,000km on the clock it wasn't worth rebuilding. I have fond memories of that car, it was really ahead of its time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st March, 2016

1980 Datsun 200SX 2.0 litre from North America

Summary:

A stunning beauty with tech advances that served me very well. I miss her

Faults:

HVAC, with no AC, broke in a hurry. The cables just could not operate without breaking.

Brakes are very thin on performance and life.

Bad clutch - feel, life, and strength. Mine failed with mostly highway at 60k km. All of the rivets failed.

General Comments:

Beautiful little car that I bought straight out of school. Many compliments on the styling, and the girls loved it.

Drove it pretty hard (100 HP, so go figure). Having Bosch L-jetronic multi-port at that time was amazing. Hot weather/very cold weather starting was always instant and reliable.

I loved that girl. Black on silver coupe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th January, 2016

1983 Datsun 200SX 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Best riding car on the highway. 40 MPG

Faults:

Alternator.

A/C.

Clutch.

General Comments:

Best car.

It never used oil

Smooth riding car.

Wish I could buy one now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2014

1983 Datsun 200SX 2.2L from North America

Summary:

Fun to drive!

Faults:

I had wheel bearings replaced, brakes done after 50K, and 4 brand new 60K Firestones put on it.

It was an awesome car and never required any major work.

The A/C was replaced right before I got it, so it was very cold and worked great.

The head gasket finally went and I traded it in.

If I could have gone back in time, I would have kept that car. It was my favorite car that I owned.

My only complaint is the cheap plastic cracked really bad on the interior. I would have had to put new seats in and replace a lot of panels if I had kept the car. The original paint was far superior than on any car made today.

I had a maroon hatchback with black louvers on the back window.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd September, 2013

3rd Sep 2013, 23:06

How does a head gasket count as "never needing any major work"???

1983 Datsun 200SX 2.2L Z22-E from North America

Summary:

Best sporty/economical car ever

Faults:

Transmission bearings failed every 300,000kms.

Power antenna prone to failure.

Tri-ignition module under distributor cap failed at 450,000kms.

General Comments:

Very very solid car.

Engine will go forever.

Tore apart the engine for inspection at 500,000kms. Still had original hone marks and cross-hatching in the cylinder walls.

Never has let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2009

5th Apr 2010, 20:47

I bought my '83 new off the lot, and can only attest to the power antenna being stubborn some times. But then she has only 145km after 27 years. By your standards, still wet behind the ears.

AC failed about 7 years and had it repaired. Still blows cold, the cruise control solenoid failed 4 years ago, but found one in Texas and had the dealer install it.

Only sad thing is the sunburned upholstery and door panels. Anyone know where I can find a blue interior? Have some new, but need more.