1981 Datsun 200SX 2.0 from North America


Can't seem to part with it


Battery, tires, brakes.

General Comments:

We have had this car since day one. All bolts are still plated like new. The paint on the bottom of the car is still there.

We are replacing belts all filters, spark plugs, wires etc, struts, brake pads, rear springs, radiator, and will also do the steering joints.

This is a hatchback with power windows, in medium gray metallic/matching interior.

We lost one of the little wheel caps that goes to the aluminum spoke wheels.

The engine runs excellent. We drive it approx. 5 to 6k per year.

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

Review Date: 4th January, 2008

5th Jan 2008, 15:54

I would definitely hang onto your 200SX, not many of them are around and these cars have bulletproof reliability along with them being fun to drive and they get really good gas mileage, those cars sure can take a beating.

8th Jan 2008, 20:15

Well last weekend we replaced the rear springs. what a difference this makes. my next project is to change the ball joints. after that I will try and get a kit to replace the rubber fittings on the steering and tension rod system.

I am looking for a set of the plastic hubs that fit on the spoke aluminum wheels. one fell off.

12th Jan 2008, 20:28

Finished doing all the ball joints. tyrod joints. next is alignment. I search the net and can't find any of my model and style. Do I have a rare hatchback? my next project is to flush the clutch system. I recently replaced the master clutch cylinder and slave.

I am also looking for a replacement for my electric antenna.

Maybe next week I will post a photo.

1980 Datsun 200SX 2.0 I4 NAPZ motor from North America


The reason why imports are taking over


I bought the car with an idler arm that needs replacement, but was able to find the part at my local auto parts store (a rebuild kit) for 15 dollars. Just had to order it because they don't stock it. I replaced a battery that was about 7 years old in it. Normal maintenance. The car has a short or something in it, because if the car isn't driven for a week, the battery gets drained and the car won't start unless jumped.

General Comments:

The best $950 that I've ever spent on a car. Runs great, I just have to take a tester to the battery, and pull out individual fuses to figure out where the power drain is coming from. That should make it easier to figure out which system is causing the drain. Other than a new battery and idler arm repair kit, I haven't had to stick much money into the car. The body on the car was somewhat rusty when I bought it, but compared to other Japanese cars of the era, the rust was very repairable and wasn't bad. The motor runs great, trans shifts smoothly, and the car has good acceleration, especially given the year, the size of the motor (only 100 horsepower from the 2 liter 4 cylinder). Very surprised that the car has electronic fuel injection, 4 wheel disc brakes, and an electronic system monitor; very advanced stuff for the time the car was made. It's light, and rear wheel drive. A great combination.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2007

1978 Datsun 200SX from North America


It's just friggin' amazing


For a 1978 with 200K miles on it, it's in exceptional condition.

When I bought the car, it overheated rather quickly. The guy I bought it from had already told me that it was leaking water, so I knew it was gonna overheat. I was really excited, though, and wanted to drive it something fierce... even if it was only for a little bit. Turns out the problem was just an extremely deteriorated hose. Yep, all it needed was a hose that didn't have a huge gaping hole in it.

Tachometer isn't working. A wire needs to be replaced, is all. I've ordered it already and it should be in any time now.

The light on the inside doesn't come on, but I haven't checked it yet.. might just need a new light bulb.

The steering, I had to get used to. It doesn't have power steering. It doesn't have Anti-Lock brakes either, but they work just fine (I tested them... a lot). :D.

General Comments:

I love this car.

I bought it this month for $250 and I am totally flabbergasted. It has current inspection/registration. I had a complete tune up done, engine washed and the crusty hose replaced. It feels like I'm driving a new car. After the paint job and the new tires, it's definitely gonna LOOK like a new car too. It's fast and handles as good as, if not better than, my 2002 Honda Civic. Very smooth ride. I seriously thought everything was gonna rattle when I drove it, but it's surprisingly quiet. Great on gas... turns on right away, no funny noises or smells... it's great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2006

6th Mar 2007, 21:48

Your 200SX is sure very hard to find and not many of them are around anymore which is a shame, I always thought the late 1970s 200SX's were unique looking cars and they're in my opinion very underrated cars.