1994 Nissan 200SX Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1994 Nissan 200SX S14 2.0 turbo from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 kilometres
Most recent distance59000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

Quick, reliable, fun

Faults:

Not much. Broken bolt connecting the exhaust to the turbo unit, this caused a loud rattling sound under acceleration. Easy to fix, however the part was very difficult to reach. Took some 16 hours of work to replace 10 euros worth of parts.

Everything else is just regular maintenance (tires, oil)

General Comments:

This is the European/Japanese S14 model (never sold in the U.S.). The car handles very well and has a good top speed (done 250km/h on the German highways). Acceleration below 3000 rpms is somewhat lacking, but when the turbo kicks in, things start moving. I used to own the S13 model (1.8 turbo) before this one. The S13 feels somewhat quicker because it has a more pronounced turbo gap, you really get a turbo push at 3000 rpm. The S14 does not have this turbo-push, but instead accelerates more linear. As a consequence it feels slower, but after timing it (with a stopwatch) it seems a full second quicker in the 40-80 time (3rd gear).

After all, quick car, good handling, not a really big eye-catcher (the looks are not as prominent as those of the S13).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2002

1994 Nissan 200SX 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Faults:

Nothing mechanical, a few heat shields falling off. Tailgate spoiler badly rusted inside and inducing rust on tailgate. Brakes not great but incrementally improving these.

General Comments:

My 2nd 200SX. Superchip restores catalysed version to pre-1992 performance levels (and some - recently burned off an 87 911 Carrera). Handles well, but never quite sure where the limits are - due to light steering and softish suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2000

22nd Sep 2001, 10:01

Wouldn't personally touch a Superchip on the 200SX with a bargepole. Get onto one of the specialist Nissan tuners like Norris Designs or SE Nissan, and you get a much better deal. Superchips actual chip doesn't do much, but they whack your turbo boost pressure up to get the claimed BHP increase.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews