1995 Nissan 100NX Pacific Targa Coupe 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Underrated, fast, solid and Nissan


Driveshaft snapped away from the C.V. joint. Whole C.V. needed to be changed (750 Euro for a new part, but I managed to get a second hand part from a breakers yard for 75 Euro)

Front-box on exhaust corroded. Makes some noise, but nothing to be too bothered about.

Front driver seat moves on rails a little.

General Comments:

Car is superb! Looks great on the road, great head-turner.

Nice sound from the 1.6 under the hood. Dyno tested 103bhp AT 4,000Rpm.

Solid car on the road even at excess of 120kph.

Feels much more powerful then a 1.6.

Targa (Semi open top roof) looks amazing.

Handling is responsive.

Although I say all these things in respect to the cars price category.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2009

1995 Nissan 100NX Pacific 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A superb, underrated fun car!


So far nothing touch wood has gone wrong on this car. However the power steering does sound a bit noisy at times.

General Comments:

This is a brilliant little 2+2 coupe, with the added bonus of a removable T-Bar roof.

The driving position is great, and much more fun than many family cars, as you sit nice and low in the car. The road holding is excellent considering the tyres are only 175 wide (14" x 174 x 65).

The car is quick enough for most needs, the 100NX will hit 0-60mph in 9 seconds and max out about 125mph (quick enough to lose your licence!).

The removable roof is a stroke of genius, as it's lovely and warm & secure in the winter months, yet so much fun in the summertime. I have even driven the car with the roof off, but windows up, during November, as the heater is very good, and it's quite warm in there.

This is my second 100NX. I used to have a 1992 automatic one, which had a carburettor (not fuel injected). To be honest, I would not buy a carburettor model, as my old 100NX drank fuel (26 mpg). However this fuel injected 100NX returns great economy; around 37-41mpg general driving, and 46mpg on the motorway at 60mph.

The carburettor model ran from 1990-Feb 1993. The fuel injected model ran from Mar 1993-1996. Make sure you get a fuel injected one, as it also has more powerful 105bhp, not 89bhp as in the carb model.

As you can see by the length of this review, you can really get involved with the whole 100NX ownership. Its great!

Stop thinking, and go and buy one - you will love the car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2005

1995 Nissan 100NX Targa 1.6i from UK and Ireland


Small Budget Classy Pocket Rocket


Rear wiper doesn't function since buying the car (came on one briefly), suspect this may be due to electrical/grounding problem (-see below-), or the infamous problem with modern Nissan's, with the wiper blade bush deteriorating or wiper motor defective. You can hear the relay clicking in time when they're switched on though. Once, my front wiper wouldn't turn off.

Headlights sometimes produce a buzzing noise from the dash, also one sidelight is brighter than the other (suspect that this may be due electrical/grounding/incorrect voltage issues).

Sometimes slightly sluggish performance/acceleration, and increasing engine noise at idle or speed since buying (have changed the filters, but haven't touched the exhaust, that seems in reasonable condition). Also, fuel consumption has become worse over time.

The wheels are a bit narrow, and acceleration from still or sudden breaking can cause excessive wheel-spin, even more so in the wet.

General Comments:

This is a fantastic car.

I bought it because it offered many of the same basic strengths of my previous 1989 Sunny Diesel (i.e. reliability, economy, features), but with a distinctive sporty edge.

The cabin is reasonably equipped (same configuration as the Sunny) if slightly sparse.

The seats are in excellent condition and are molded so they're comfortable.

The black paintwork has so far held up excellently, and when polished has fooled several people into thinking it is brand new.

I love the fog lamps, and the overall appearance of the car is stunning (gets many looks, people don't know what it is since so few of them were ever made), looks as though it belongs on a racetrack.

Despite some people's criticisms, the performance/acceleration is actually pretty good for a 1.6i engine (better than most), and although the engine needs a bit of coaxing to get going, it's great fun to merge onto the motorway in 2nd/3rd gear and leave everyone else standing, and while the engine's noisy it sounds the part at speed. After all, the car is a normally aspired Sentra rather than its larger cousin the Silvia, but don't let that fool you, because despite their unfair reputation for being dull, the Sunny/Sentra have quite a bit of kick on them, for those who know how to handle them, plus the car's GA16DE engine (also used in the Almera/Sunny/Pulsar/Primera/Sentra/Silvia 1.6) is easily interchangeable if need-be in future for rebuilds, and is supposed to be one of the best engines for modifications/tuning being very responsive to customisation.

Strangely though, the performance does seem to vary greatly from day to day (I noticed this on my previous Sunny too), sometimes its more responsive than others, regardless of engine temperature.

Also love the frame-less electric windows, fuel-cap/boot release and twin-Targa roof, very classy.

The factory fitted alloys are a bit plain, but do the job.

The radio/cassette stereo is pretty good as is the four-speaker setup (could have done with a CD player though), and the aerial when pushed in as far as it goes still protrudes enough to encourage people to bend/brake it.

The heater is excellent, although the rear windows demistifier does almost nothing.

The back seats are a bit cramped (as you'd expect from a 2+2 coupe), but the boot is very spacious, as is the cabin.

Overall a superb car that is much underrated.

Incredible value for money, and different & distinctive.

Fantastic car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2004

14th Jan 2005, 15:06

For the buzzing noise and the intensity of your headlights: it's an electronic box situated near the left driver's foot that's faulty. Nissan had some problems with this control box over years.

FOr the fuel consumption: try to replace the O2 sensor, that fixed a similar problem I had.

For my part, I'm very satisfied with this car even though it has 13 years of harsh life in Canada!!