1996 Nissan 200SX Touring 2.0 litre petrol turbo from UK and Ireland


Fast, but iffy reliability and corrosion resistance


Failed fuel pump, leaving the car unable to start.

Failed turbo to manifold gasket, resulting in power loss and lots of noise.

Leaking inter-cooler due to corrosion.

Boost solenoid failed leading to low boost.

Rust on inner front wings.

Rust on rear wheel arches.

Air conditioning doesn't work.

General Comments:

Car drives very well when it is going, however I have suffered several niggles with the car. Parts are also expensive, and I find the driving position awkward as the steering wheel is too close.

I have fitted a performance air filter, uprated fuel pump and mechanical boost controller, and the car is producing around 220bhp at present, so it easily leaves most newer cars at the lights.

I must get the welder out and fix the rusty areas, otherwise it will fail its next MOT.

Reliability wise it has been disappointing. Being Japanese I expected total reliability, but it turns out to be less reliable than my previous Fiat Coupe 16 valve turbo, which was chipped and tuned to a high level.

The styling is also as bland as it gets, which to some people is a bonus; for me I prefer to stand out from the crowd.

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

Review Date: 31st July, 2007

1st Aug 2007, 01:53

Good review. My Previous 200sx suffered many similar issues.

1996 Nissan 200SX Touring 2.0 litre turbo from UK and Ireland


Great value and performance, but slightly dull styling


Fuel pump failed, leaving the car unable to start.

Rust appearing on rear wheel arches.

General Comments:

This car offers very good performance for the money, as well as excellent rear wheel drive handling. Reliability has been very good apart from the fuel pump. The only thing that lets the car down is its dull styling, but a decent body kit and set of larger wheels would improve this a lot.

The car at present (as standard) is in quite a mild state of tune, although it produces 200bhp and is fairly rapid. Several easy modifications can increase this to nearly 300bhp with total reliability.

I would buy another car like this without a doubt, but would not buy an automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2007

1996 Nissan 200SX SE from North America


Overall an enjoyable car


No major problems! Only a couple of minor (electrical) problems in 5 years of driving!

General Comments:

Great car; it is fun to drive and handles well.

Just two issues:

1. acceleration can be a bit sluggish on inclines.

2. Of the 5 cars that I have owned over the years, this is the only one where I have had some problem judging its size in small spaces. As a result have a bit of cosmetic damage from scrapes to the fenders.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2004

1996 Nissan 200SX SE-R 2.0 gas four cylinder from North America


Very fun and VERY inexpensive corner carver


Alternator at 80k fixed myself in driveway, same time as:

Radiator at 80k.

EGR tube at 90k (dealer repair, $250)

Numerous rattles beginning at about 90k, sunroof shade, dash, door panels (I'll take the blame on those)

Driver's seat padding failing at 110k.

General Comments:

Test drove same night as a 96 Miata, mainly drove the Nissan to show how much better the Miata was, wound up buying the Nissan.

Above average acceleration, handling, Limited Slip differential helps, has Kumho Ecsta summer high performance tires, all stock suspension (at the moment).

Insurance high for young male, but I guess that's to be expected.

Still getting over 30MPG on trips, 25-30 on daily driver cycle.

Engine still as tight as day I bought it, thanks to Mobil 1 5w30 oil.

Suspension starting to show age, as is interior, will likely begin upgrading suspension in spring as well as addressing rattles in cabin.

I've owned 10 cars, mainly Italian, and keep most less than a year. I've considered selling this car on several occasions, but it's paid off and has been so fun and so reliable I'm afraid to get anything different. Still not tired of it after nearly four years. I haven't driven anything that comes close to the all around abilities of this car for anywhere near what I've paid for it. I figure once I get the suspension fixed (springs, KYB shocks, sway bar end-links) and the interior issues addressed, it'll be good for another 100k.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2004

14th Nov 2005, 11:01

Is a 95 200sx SE-R with 200k km for $1600 CDN a good deal? I'm looking for my first car and I want a sportier quick car.

15th Feb 2006, 13:55

Since I wrote this review I've added H&R springs, KYB AGX shocks, 20k, and have changed power steering hoses, water pump, and both axles. It's still dead reliable, but starting to feel like an old car. That said, the one you're looking at translates to 120k miles, the price is fair, and I'd imagine that it will run fine well past 200k. Get it looked at by a mechanic and you should be fine.