1990 Nissan 240SX Fastback 2.4L from North America


It's a great first car


Had to replace radiator. It went bad after going up a mountain.

Replaced battery.

Replaced fuel pump.

Replaced exhaust.

Replaced headlights.

Replaced brake disc.

Had to fix broken seat. Twice.

Electric antenna broke and was left in its upright position. Went through a car wash. Snapped at the base.

Others that I have forgotten.

General Comments:

Reliability: Darn thing just won't DIE! I bought it in 1997 as a college car with 111,xxx on the odometer. Five years later, it now reads 211,xxx! I can't believe it's still running on the same engine. I'm pretty disciplined with the maintenance though so it helps.

Performance: Very peppy, especially on the start. Red light turns green and off you go! Jack rabbit starts are fun. Just don't speed! Steering is very responsive. Rear wheel driving is a little different, but you can get the hang of it pretty quickly. Only had one incident of fish-tailing in the rain. Scary!

Future: The 240SX will remain as my daily-driver. I've recently upgraded to a 1994 Acura NSX which will be my weekend car!

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

Review Date: 16th October, 2002

1990 Nissan 240SX 2.4 from North America


Worth the money


Not much, the automatic antenna broke, the stock fog lights don't work. Also, there is a rattlling when I first start the car in the morning, although I know the problem is the exhaust pipes, I will fix it asap.

General Comments:

This is my second car as compared to my first one (Honda Prelude 2.0 1987) This one is nicer looking, and performs faster and way more reliably than that of the Honda. It is a great car to have, you can alter its look and or power with aftermarket parts and or performance parts which are fairly easy to acquire.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002

1990 Nissan 240SX 2.4L from North America


Great handling -- when the car starts


The air flow meter died and needed to be replaced. $630 to buy a new one.

Idle pulley died and needed to be replaced.

Car overheated for several months. Replaced thermostats, flushed cooling system, did everything imaginable and couldn't fix it. Then one day it stopped overheating on its own.

Speedometer stops working every now and then.

Odometer freezes every now and then. One time it froze for over 600km.

Car is losing oil very quickly, but it is not leaking. We can't figure out where its going!

Cigarette lighter adapter keeps coming out.

Very strange rattling noise coming from under the hood. We think it's the motor, but who knows what it could be.

No leg room anywhere in the car -- including the driver's seat.

General Comments:

Other than the numerous problems I've had with this car, I love it because of the way it handles. I held on to this car for a long time thinking the problems would go away, just because I love this car, but the problems never went away.

I'm not saying this is a bad car. For all I know, I may be the only one who is having problems. But with the amount of problems I've had, and the amount of money I've had to spend in the few months I've had this car, I would not recommend it.

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

Review Date: 3rd October, 2002

20th Apr 2003, 23:51

I've had that same mysterious noise coming from under the hood. We think it is the lifters.

29th May 2004, 09:43

I have it too, I'm almost sure its the starter, when it starts it slides of and spins loosely, if its when you first start it, its most likely that.

18th Jul 2004, 03:34

I have a problem with my 92 240sx/SE fastback. It keeps over heating, weird thing about it is that when I was about to install a thermostat, when I opened the housing there was none. But it didn't overheat at all when there was no thermostat, now it keeps over heating like crazy. I have flushed, check the water pump, thermostat sensor, it still won't go away. One more weird thing is the cooling system seems to be pressurizing. I am planning to take the thermostat of and see whet happens.

21st Jul 2004, 08:43

I would have to say that Nissan rules. I have had my 240 for a long while now and its been great to me. The parts are a little expensive, but they don't brake as often. In addition this is a great little speedy car to have if you like speed. My baby's been great to me and I am not leaving her.


10th Aug 2004, 11:56

I presently have a Nissan 240 sx 1990.. and it has causes me soo many problems.. there is so many things that I need to get fixed on it. It blows blue smoke and burns oil very quickly, gas goes fast too. I'm not sure what to do? Do any of you have any suggestions? I want to sell it.. how much could I get for it?

Very Concerned,