1999 Nissan 200SX Reviews

1999 Nissan 200SX Touring 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carCitroen C2

Summary:

A Porsche eater

Faults:

Nothing really, just usual wear and tear.

General Comments:

Oh my I love this car; it is amazing, and running at 350hp, it is like a bullet in a straight line.

They are very tail happy in the wet, but it is a cheap super-car. I have recorded a 5.6 second 0-60 time.

I would highly recommend this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2007

1999 Nissan 200SX Standard (non touring) 2.0 litre turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

Superb performance and reliability for super mini costs

Faults:

Nothing what so ever. The only maintenance expenditure made so far (other than routine servicing costs) is for a pair of wiper blades.

Annual service costs are around £130 at my local Nissan garage.

General Comments:

The car offers so much performance for so little cost. The engine provides smooth and rapid acceleration sufficient to make it quicker than the vast majority of cars on the roads today.

N.B A factory standard car is capable of 105mph in 3rd gear.

A definite bargain that should not be missed.

The handling is excellent in the dry and whilst it is prone to over steer in the wet it can be easily controlled without too much effort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005

1999 Nissan 200SX Touring 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

The best value coupe available

Faults:

The car has been fantastically reliable, with no major failures. The only parts that have needed changing were:

Rear discs and pads all round - 62,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is quite simply the best car I have ever owned. Its been superbly reliable, been fun to drive and comfortable enough for long journeys. The boot is not the largest and the back seats are not for adults, but as a 2 seater coupe it is excellent.

Although real speed junkies might complain that its no the fastest car, it is plenty quick enough in most circumstances. Also I found the handling to be very progressive, even though there are horror stories of how dangerous in the wet they are. Driven with a small amount of car in adverse conditions, and remembering that they are rear wheel drive is the key to driving comfortably in the wet.

200sx's really are amazing, underrated cars. They may not have the badge snob status of their German rivals, but for the money they are vastly superior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2004

18th Sep 2006, 12:50

It doesn't take much to get a bit more grunt from them, the restrictive airbox is a good start, or removing one of the two cats. It will pass MOT with only one installed. Both these changes cost pittance and give a very good increase in overall performance, especially at the top end where the car is very restricted due to the air intake.

1999 Nissan 200SX Spec r 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 kilometres
Most recent distance41000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Silvia

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I was so impressed with my second hand Japanese import non-turbo that I just had to upgrade to a newer NZ new turbo.

I wanted more power and what I got was effortless, seamless power that still gives me a bit a shock when, on the rare occasion that I plant my foot, makes me grin from ear to ear.

Although well equiped the car is understated both inside and out and serves well as an every-day vehicle.

I just nice to know the power is there when you need it without having to sacrifice everyday useability. With a bit of fun and good looks thrown in its a great all round sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2004

1999 Nissan 200SX Touring 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

Unbelievable value for money given the performance

Faults:

Weak actuator on the turbo. Cheap and simple to replace at a specialist.

General Comments:

Engine utterly reliable with frequent (3000) mile oil changes and (6000 mile) servicing.

Very very fast (it's a baby Skyline!), and even faster with simple mods (exhaust, air filter etc).

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drive.

£25k when new, these now represent superb vfm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2003

1999 Nissan 200SX Touring 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12500 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

Fantastic in the dry, tricky in anything else

Faults:

Nothing so far apart from the usual wear and tear (wiper blades etc).

General Comments:

2 litre turbo and rear wheel drive, it's on every boy racers shopping list, but it is mainly driven by the older generations, why!

When you want to talk about smooth power delivery the 200sx is a good place to start, Nissan have done a fantastic job on this engine and the power delivery is smooth as silk, constantly building from 2500rpm until the red line at 7000rpm. But the best part about this car is that it is still usable round town despite its long gearing, just keep the revs down and it is fine.

As for handling, this car is well balanced in the dry, has a positive turn in, provides plenty of grip and is fun to drive. However the 200sx has a dark side and becomes very tail happy in any condition other than dry, given a bit of enthusiasm on the loud pedal. While the tail can sometimes be caught easily, when it goes, it really goes and you are then just a passenger. I must admit that I am amazed that traction control still is not even an option on this.

The interior is a bit of a hit and miss affair. On appearances it looks nice and in some ways it reminds me of an Aston Martin with the colour coded door inserts. The driving position is very positive and all the controls are on hand. The pedal layout is also good and the heal-toe gear change is easy to achieve. However the seats are not as supportive as you would wish for a sports car and the dash is a bit plain (a boost gauge would be nice). Accommodation is also a mixed affair, while the front seats have plenty of room the rear seat leg room is almost non-existent, especially behind the driver.

The boot space is probably about the same as a medium hatchback although tall objects could be a problem. The rear seats also fold down which is a bonus and I have used this for carrying snow-boards (ski's would probably fit too).

Fuel consumption appears to be a driver dependant affair. Drive it economically and you can get an average 30 mpg, Thrash it about and you will find that fall towards 20mpg.

To summarise: The 200sx has fine handling and one of the best engines in its class. It's fun to drive and has the Japanese reliability to lay back on. To top it off the 200sx is a good 2 person tourer which will give you a rewarding drive as long as you respect it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2001

1999 Nissan 200SX 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

More power for less money!

Faults:

The only fault with the car is the paintwork. After washing it sometimes doesn't look as good as it should and a small niggling fault with a passenger window rattling.

General Comments:

This car is exceptionally quick and can handle quite potently.

Also it sounds pretty good too. At 3,000 RPM it tends to 'growl' or 'bark' at you and you can hear them old turbo's whistling too.

But the trouble is it can only really seat 2 people, 4 at a very tight squeeze as there is no room in the back.

But overall a fantastic car and it also makes a fabulous DRIVERS car.

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

Review Date: 12th February, 2001

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 7 reviews