1990 Nissan 240SX Coupe, power package 2.4 SOHC, KA24E from North America
The car that has everything!
In the time I had my 240sx, nothing went wrong with it. I bought it after I couldn't repair my Talon TSI anymore and this car was the angel. It always started, always drove nice and never gave me any trouble. Extremely reliable vehicle and fun to drive too.
Absolutely amazing combination of reliability and fun. My car was the coupe with the power package. I had every option on it including the HUD, sunroof, power windows, locks, mirrors. And everything on the car worked after 18 years of driving. There were no squeaks, no rattles... nothing. It drove like brand new car.
The engine and transmission were both original and in amazing shape for the age. The car was passing smog with # so low the tech was amazed when he saw the mileage.
This car is pretty quick too. Motor is designed for a truck, so it has a feel of an 80s Chevy V8. Good torque at the low revs, and nothing up high. From the line the 240sx will have a spirited acceleration, which slowly fades as your revs rise.
My car had no speed limiter and an automatic transmission, this combo gave me very low RPM when car was in the OD. I was just above 3k RPM at 70ish. With redline being past 6k RPM, one would think that 240sx could run with the big dogs on the freeway... Sadly, no. I tried to max the car out on the downhill portion of San Mateo bridge at night and it struggled to get past 107. There was no rev limiter, the car just ran out of power with 3 people in it. Engine itself really is not built to rev high.
Now handling and looks is where this car truly shines. It handles like it is a go cart. It is so agile you catch yourself going through turns at speeds far higher than posted. I did regret getting an automatic car though, stick would have made it even more fun. If you are into drifting this car is great to start in. Very easy to control the slide and car is rather forgiving.
The looks of the coupe are timeless too, interior has a superb layout.
Overall this is a great car, very reliable, fun and comfortable. I recommend it to everyone. I sold it after I bought myself a E39 540i.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2009