1986 Nissan Silvia Reviews

1986 Nissan Silvia 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carNissan Silvia

Summary:

Excellent car for its time

Faults:

Have had no problems with this car.

Always starts first time.

Off road now for two years, but still excellent.

Interior faded, but perfect.

Some rust and some small denting.

General Comments:

Handling not perfect, but a smart, reliable motor.

Rubber tailgate moulding deteriorated through standing.

Excellent, smooth ride, and snappy appearance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2011

1986 Nissan Silvia 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Bags of old fashioned fun

Faults:

Front driver's side brake caliper seized, easily and cheaply replaced from a local scrap yard.

CV joints replaced.

Replaced the front struts.

General Comments:

Incredibly reliable car, started first time, every time.

Great fun to drive, I had loads of hairy moments going sideways round corners, but it always seemed to compose itself, I think top quality tyres are a must on this car for safety's sake.

My turbo was still going strong after 12 years, this I think is largely due to oil and filter changes every 3000 miles, this is definitely the key to long turbo life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2001

1986 Nissan Silvia ET 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1200000 miles
Most recent distance1299876 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla SR Coupe

Summary:

Pound for pound you won't get a faster car

Faults:

Starting problems - engine floods.

Mystery misfire that after stripping down the engine and rebuilding continued and one day disappeared.

General Comments:

Very quick for its age. Did a twin fan conversion, using parts from a Ford Granada. Works very well.

Next project is to update the dash and seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2001

1986 Nissan Silvia ZX Turbo 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

Cheap thrills

Faults:

Turbo gasket blown - replacement part cost £15 and £35 to fit.

Battery replaced.

General Comments:

This car looks mean.

It's not that fast compared to modern cars - but it does look like it can deliver the goods.

The handling took a while to get used to, and on long runs (3hrs +) you get numb bum.

But it starts first time every time.

It's going because someone decided to re-design the front wing and it's a write off!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2000

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews