Fun car for those with a tight budget
The struts for the rear hatch needed replacing when I got the car.
Rubber Oil cap was became hard as a rock come winter. Replaced it with a fresh (and softer) oil cap.
Passenger side Targa top panel no longer locks.
Hatch sometimes does not pop properly from inside the car.
Tires seem to be slowly leaking.
For the price I paid, this car is a great deal.
The 1.6L e16i engine only outputs about 70 horses, however she is a tough little engine which takes everything I give her. Revs to red line and back with no hints of trouble, and is able to maintain freeway speeds with little difficulty. Easy to repair, cheap parts (compared to other engines available in the North American Pulsar NX)
The paint is starting to peel on the driver's side between the window of the door and the rear hatch. There is no rust that I have noticed and the car's grey colour still has a sparkle to it after a wash. Nice looking car, even by today's standards.
Handles great (When the tires are properly inflated) and is easy to drive. A great first car indeed. Easy to park and maneuver aound. The car attracts some attention with the roof off and even more when you take off the back hatch.
The front seats are nice, but when the roof is off and the sun visor is back in its original position, you seem to have little head room. The back seat can be troublesome. People want to drive with me, because I have a four seater car, but I don't want to use the back seat because it's so small and more hassle then it's worth.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2003