3rd Nov 2002, 21:59

Well, I am an automotive engineer, time served with Audi, so I think that qualifies me to comment on the mechanics of this car. I bought one of these little pocket rockets for a track day blaster, and its good cheap fast fun. I have rebuilt my engine from the bottom up after a similar big end collapse as the person writing the review has stated. I would agree in saying that the bottom end is FAR from up to spec for the horsepower output of this engine. I have been in touch with many owners of the car, and I must say most have had mechanical problems also, ranging from rear diffs to big end failure.

This car had very limited success in rally's, due to overheating engines (intercooler location).

Good car, not bullet proof by any stretch.

Have a good laugh with mine!

21st May 2003, 03:28

The Nissan Pulsar is a sic car and it's run fine for me.

It's very quick and nippy, you can plant your foot at 100k's in 5th gear and it still accelerates quick.

5th Jun 2003, 02:26

I disagree. The SR20DET engine found in the GTiR is notoriously strong! It is also found in the 200SX. I also disagree with the statement that during their WRC campaign, they overheated due to inter cooler location. RUBBISH. The world famous WRX also used top mounted air to air units, as did Mazda Familia GTRs.

11th Aug 2003, 19:18

True, they can be unreliable if not looked after, but most will take the power increase with no problems. It was almost the same engine as the 200 S14 but with slightly more power and uprated internals to take the extra abuse and stress from the four wheel drive.

22nd Nov 2007, 23:42

SR20DETs are way more reliable than EJ20Ts. Subaru's are crap.

23rd Nov 2007, 11:09

Don't be daft subaru are one of the most reliable makes, and the EJ20T is a great engine. Can you think af something a little more intelligent to say?

5th Feb 2008, 04:32

They're built a lot better that Poobarus.