1981 Datsun 510 5 Door Hatchback 4 cylinder. from North America
The 1981 Datsun 510 5 Door Hachback is quite possibly one of the most durable vehicles ever produced
I had to replace the master cylinder (though the mechanic was probably trying to pull one over on me). That was done at about 140,000 miles.
The pleather began to wear after about 18 years.
The alternator went out at about 206,000 miles.
This car was driven very hard, and it withstood every minute of it.
My car drove from Sacramento to San Diego approximately 50 times, with out so much as a hiccup.
The average freeway speed on the freeway, for my car, was 80 mph. The 5 speed manual transmission in this vehicle was impeccably built.
This was the best $500 purchase that could have ever been made.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th May, 2006
18th Sep 2010, 20:59
My 1980 Datsun 510 5-door hatchback went like the EverReady Rabbit. We were given it by the in-laws in 1990 with 99,000 miles on it. I drove it on 100 mile commutes for 10 years. Also, on a rural 50 miles/day paper-route. My wife drove it also. Then gave it to my oldest son to learn how to drive stick and for school/work. The next was my oldest daughter who changed out the heater core while in high-school auto shop. Then it was my youngest son's turn. We found out that he was going out to the desert on the weekend and putting it in air-borne mode while racing around a dirt course. Told him to watch the engine. It needed coolant on a regular basis, but alas, he didn't and then "boom!"... the engine stops cold. It's been sitting for about 8 years now. If you keep the maintenance up, they'll go on forever. If you abuse any car, it'll give up the ghost. Getting ready to donate it to my daughter's former high school auto shop for a new student to have something to work on.
4th Feb 2015, 00:45
I know this is a long shot, and I have no idea if you'll EVER be back to see this comment. Do you still have this vehicle sitting around for parts?
4th Feb 2015, 20:15