1989 Nissan 240SX Reviews - Page 8 of 9

1989 Nissan 240SX Standard 2.4L inline four from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.4L inline four Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carToyota 4x4

Summary:

The little engine that can, will, and still amazes me...

Faults:

The timing chain guard has been chewed up and it makes a noise when starting.

Water pump just went out (regular maintenence)

Driver's side seat starting to tear.

Stereo too small.

In car noise is somewhat high. (the exhaust is loud on the inside of the car, mainly I guess because it is a performance exhaust, but it was still somewhat loud then)

The fuel injectors were cracked.

The oxygen sensor went bad, but it was the cause of a bad connection at the airflow meter (my error)

3rd brake light just won't work for some reason, maybe a defect?

General Comments:

Overall the car runs and drives great. It has four wheel independent suspension, and it is a rear-wheel drive thus it is a lot of fun. I've taken it racing several times and run the crap out of it, and it still runs great (much to everyones surprise). I've upgraded the intake as well as the exhaust, and I'm going to put a 300zx differential for a different gear ratio. The suspension handles wonderfully, worth noting twice, and the interior is nicely shaped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2002

18th May 2003, 22:05

This car was so enjoyable to drive, and reliable too. Shop visits were mainly from wear and tear. The interior and exterior are designed nicely. A little small for 6 footers. Not a good snow and rain car as many have noted here. Still, not surprised to see many here with over 150K miles on their vehicles.

1989 Nissan 240SX SE 2.4L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carGeo Prizm

Summary:

The car has a heart of gold

Faults:

Alternator had charging problem (92K Miles).

Air conditioning needed to be replaced, compressor siezed.

Front brake caliper replaced, due to sticking (92K miles).

Rear struts needed replacing (92K miles).

Front and rear brakes needed replacing (92K miles)

Front rotors needed replacing (92K miles)

General Comments:

This car is a keeper. Smooth ride, excellent handling. Even does well on long trips. Handling on snow and in rain can be challenging.

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

Review Date: 24th April, 2002

1989 Nissan 240SX LX 2.4L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4L 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 acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance181200 kilometres
Previous carGeo Metro

Summary:

Fast and it is good on gas

Faults:

A sharp "bussing" noise at 3000 RPM.

Master clutch cylinder leaks on the floor mat and all over the fire wall.

General Comments:

It's fast off the line.

Very reliable sports car.

The back end kicks out on hard corners.

Rear wheel drive is a nice touch.

Easy on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2002

1989 Nissan 240SX SX 2.4 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired188000 kilometres
Most recent distance188000 kilometres

Summary:

Very expensive car, but looks nice. Body doesn't last long

Faults:

I bought the car and saftied it for around $500. The alternator blew the first day I bought it. The motor blew 2 and a half days after I got the car. The transmission bracket was rusted right through after taking out the transmission, and it costs $159.99 to replace. It rusts very quick and the frame started rusting before the body so it looked very nice on the outside, but underneath it was shot. The motors are very expensive to buy second hand and extremely hard to find.

General Comments:

If you have lots of money and want this car then buy it. Parts are extremely hard to find and tend to be very expensive. they are a fun car to drive and look nice, but it will cost you a lot to maintaine it. I don't know how fast it is because I only had it on the road for such a short time, but it did have good acceleration. The interior looks good and with some blacks lights and a nice stereo it looks very cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2002

16th Dec 2004, 20:35

Parts for this car are very easy to find and are not expensive at all.

You can replace the stock engine with another stock engine for about 400 dollars or less.

The other complaints have nothing to do with the build of the car as most of it comes from wear over time and poor maintenance.

Don't expect gold when paying buying for pennies.

9th Sep 2008, 22:54

Well out of all of them I have seen, I've had no problems, but I can tell you that any car that you get from states where it snows will be rusty, because of the salt they use when plowing the roads.

I just picked up an 89 for $100. I've put a water pump and thermostat in, and redid all the rusty brake lines for less than $125, and this car is fast. Handles great, even though it's rusty because it came from Iowa.

Northern cars normally have bad bodies as southern cars have bad engines (people use water instead of anti freeze, and water corrodes the engine).

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 39 reviews