Most reliable, low cost fun car you can buy
Rear O2 sensor replaced at 20,000 miles, covered under warranty.
Replaced the upper and lower control arms and sway bar links at 130,000 miles. Normal service. Use only Nissan or Febi (Bilstein) upper control arms. All the others are of poor quality and will not last. In fact the Febi units are better than the Nissan ones. You can tell if you need upper control arms, if you get a knocking sound when going over bumps.
Replaced the shocks at all four wheels at 150,000 miles. Normal service.
Driver's rear caliper piston seized at 160,000 miles. I disassembled and cleaned both rear calipers and bled the system. Works fine now. I bleed the system every couple of years now.
Starter motor replaced at 170,000 miles.
Front hood rusted through under the grille. Entire hood replaced under warranty by dealer at no cost to me. Rust due to the car having lived in Michigan the first six years.
Distributor base leaks a little oil. Will fix with new O-ring seal. Normal for this kind of mileage.
Driver's side seat bolster worn. Not the car's fault. I am short, so I rub the bolster a little when entering the car. The rest of seats look like new. Actually the wear is not bad considering the miles.
I have a 2002 G20 Sport with the 5-speed transmission. This is the last year the car was sold in the P11 chassis configuration.
This is the most reliable car I have ever owned, and I have owned over 30 cars of many different makes. I have owned the car since new.
Has driver and passenger air bags, plus side air bags in the seats.
It has never left me stranded.
I get 28 - 32 miles per gallon, no matter how I drive the car.
I am still on the original clutch, although 70% of the miles are highway. Original alternator, radiator, steering rack, power steering pump, A/C, etc.
Engine has a timing chain, so no maintenance there.
Other than normal consumables (tires, brakes, belts), in 204,000 miles I have only had to replace a starter motor and normal wear on suspension components.
The handling on the car is outstanding. The styling has a great modern tight line to it. Mine is the rare 5-speed Sport. This gets you 16 inch wheels and tires, perforated suede leather interior, sunroof, and a rear spoiler.
The only three negatives to the car are:
1. Could really have used more horsepower. The 2.0L engine makes 145 hp. This is fine with the 5-speed, but slow with an automatic.
2. Cupholders. What is there is pathetic. Only Americans complain about this I guess!
3. Sound insulation. The car is not as quiet as it should be. A little bit too much road and engine noise makes its way into the cabin.
The car is very well designed. I expect to get 300,000 plus miles out of it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2013