Datsun Violet Review

1978 Datsun Violet 140J 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1979
Most recent year of ownership1982
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carDatsun 100A


Not exciting, but it got me from A to B


I discovered small areas of rust bubbling up around the boot-lid when I got it home. I should have done a better job of inspecting it before I bought it.

When I sold it the old Violet was consuming a lot of oil, I was topping it up every couple of weeks.

General Comments:

It has to be the most boring looking car I've owned, you could lose it in a large-ish car park.

Handling wasn't particularly good, but the steering and gearbox were OK.

Performance was only so-so, it didn't like to be rushed.

The Violet, in case you can't remember it, was a compact-mid size saloon that was bigger than a Sunny, but smaller than a Bluebird. I believe it was replaced by the Nissan Stanza.

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

Review Date: 11th October, 2003

22nd Dec 2006, 21:33

I have a Datsun 610 (180B in AU/ UK). It looks excellent. Check it out at:

I just purchased a Datsun Violet here in US. It is known as the Datsun 710. 2 door fastback. Looks excellent. Needs engine work, but the body is rust free. I am excited. I love the shape of it, and it is so rare nowadays, it is a jewel.

Check my Car-Domain page, soon I will add the 710 to my garage. It is an excellent car. My 610 (180B) has an L 20B engine OHC. The 710 has a L18 engine, also OHC.

I love Datsun cars, and the Datsun violet (710) is a beautiful car, with history, used in road racing and rally competition all over the world. If you have a Datsun 710, restore it, and their value is going up; it is not just cool, it is an investment.


Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review