I owned one previously and have just bought another. That says something.
The usual stuff about how fast this car accelerates is not to be sniffed at. People who own 'hot' cars usually give exaggerated claims about performance. Everything you read about a 200SX is true. I own an auto ('cos I'm lazy) and believe me you will still wipe the floor with the opposition. I've driven a manual and there's nothing between them. You won't thrash the pants off the engine, either.
If you test drive a 200SX that doesn't keep pulling all the way to the end of the speedo then look for another.
Don't be heroic and decide that getting the car dealer-serviced is the peace-of-mind thing to do. Find a reputable local garage instead. The dealer network will charge you a fortune and be no better.
People who claim the car eats tyres must either buy the wrong tyres or partake in the World Rally Championship. I have no experience of excess tyre wear and whilst I don't drive like I'm 17 I don't drive like I'm retired, either. After all, what's the point in owning a car as capable as this and driving like it's a "Last Car I'll Ever Own" job (tartan blankets on the back seat, nodding dog on the parcel shelf and drive in 5th in a 30mph zone)?
Get the car serviced regularly, make sure the cambelt's been changed (54,000) and give the Turbo 30 seconds to get oiled-up before you use it and 30 seconds to slow down before you switch the engine off to ensure a decent life span. Neglect these wise words and it will cost you. Dearly.
IMPORTANT: Buy the best and not the newest. The engine and (galvanised) body will last and last if the car is cared for. On the very rare occasion you see a ropey one, look at the driver (probably
17 or retired). 'Nuff said.