1980 Datsun B210 1.4 from North America


An inexpensive car with great reliability


Leaking valve cover gasket.

Drivers seat belt retractor worn, no longer retracts belt.

Vinyl seats have holes worn into them.

Suspension components worn. The springs are weak, and one shock absorber is blown.

Major rust on body.

Heater temperature control cable broken.

Carburetor needs to be replaced. One jet is dead.

Clutch replaced at about 240,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has many minor problems, but all are due age and high mileage. Nothing major or unexpected except for the carburetor.

The engine is still strong.

Transmission has had no problems.

Would handle reasonably well if not for worn suspension components.

Good fuel economy, even with malfunctioning carburetor.

The worst thing about this car, is because of it's age, finding parts are difficult and can be expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2003

1976 Datsun B210 1.4 from North America


Rude and crude, but it never broke


Nothing, reliable as an anvil, and about as many moving parts.

General Comments:

A very simple, easy to work on little car.

Great fuel mileage, but not much power.

Odd looking, with battering-ram bumpers. Strange dash design.

Very uncomfortable seats, on long trips had to get out of the car every half hour due to sore back.

Came with skinny, bias-ply tires. Handled very poorly, always felt like it was ready to slide off the road backwards. Uncomfortable stiff ride.

Back seat totally unusable except by Munchkins.

Hard to see out of dinky rear windows.

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

Review Date: 5th May, 2003

9th Dec 2004, 10:39

I liked your article. You were very correct about how reliable the car is and how easy to work on. Gas mileage for me has always been 36-41 miles per gal. Most of the time 40 on freeway and surface roads alike.

Bought the car Jan 12, 1975. Best thing I ever did was buy this car. I am now out of smog (So. Cal., of course). This car runs better than ever (My husband is an auto mechanic.)

I have never found the car uncomfortable (i am 5'2") and have used the back seat for a double bed when camping (the hatchback) The interior is thrashed, but the car is a user. Almost 300,000 miles on it. Only had to replace an engine because I ran out of water when a water hose broke. (we have a spare 76 Datsun we use for replacement parts (a $100 car).

Datsun B210's rule. I will be buried in this car. I get offers to buy this car all the time (fat chance!) I have other cars and they are all a lot older than my bug (Datsun)

Thank you, j. Tanny.

1978 Datsun B210 1.4 from North America


Cute, efficient, quick, dependable as hell


Head gasket at 112,000 miles.

Water pump at 100,000 miles.

Catalytic converter at 90,000 miles.

Ball joints at 90,000 miles.

Seats are un-comfy.

General Comments:

Downright reliable as anything, head gasket was my fault for running lean for a year. Fixed it myself - easy to work on.

Can handle some off road travel.

I get 30-35 mpg city/highway.

Cool looking!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2002