1990 Nissan Silvia Reviews

1990 Nissan Silvia S13 Onevia rb20det from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission rb20det Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres

Summary:

Ultimate slider

Faults:

Ca18de blew at 14000.

Problems with the RB engine so far (highly modified).

O2 sensor failed.

Stock head gasket after 25psi.

Stock front castor arms wore out.

Bit of rust in spare wheel well.

Dash cracked after installing front and rear strut braces.

Starter.

General Comments:

Well running the Rb20det I'm making over 260rwkw for an average tune. I've pulled 303rwkw, but that was only a one time dyno comp.

I've built the engine with fully forged internals and basically top shelf bolt on goodies, which makes it seriously bullet proof, very powerful, and great for all the drift trackdays and motorkanas.

I love 180/240sx lights too. I converted the front to make it an Onevia. The only draw back is the popup lights aren't as bright as the Silvia ones.

Throwing a Vertex kit on it and shaving the body with some deep dish rims, has made this car almost a show stopper (except it's a drifter), and I don't show it.

Once I threw on some serious suspension and torsion mods, it became one of the best drift setups I've used, so I rate this platform very highly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2008

1990 Nissan Silvia S13 2.6 litre turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.6 litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Altezza

Summary:

Absolutely amazing

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is an awesome car I have it set up for drifting using a Nissan Skyline GTR RB26DETT engine.

This car goes like a rocket and handles amazingly.

I have put 2 BRIDE racing seats in it and these are very comfortable.

There is a lot of room in the front of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2005

3rd Jun 2005, 14:44

How the heck did you fit a RB26DETT in there? I'm not saying I don't believe you, I just believe you're a miracle worker, also, how has this affected the handling of the car?

1990 Nissan Silvia 1.8 non-turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 non-turbo Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance101000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint

Summary:

Luxury performance bargain

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Have only had the car a couple of months, so I'd be surprised if anything had gone wrong.

Previously, I had an '85 Alfa Sprint, which was a much more involving drive. Though the Silvia is faster, quieter, far better equipped.

Handling is OK, though car seems very tail-happy in the wet. It does have only the steel wheels on it, and the rubber's fairly average - so maybe with a better wheel/tyre combo things would improve. After the Alfa, I find the steering vague (but the Alfa was VERY good in this department - the only car I've driven where I could actually feel the tyres on the road through the wheel - you don't get that in the Silvia at all. But then, the lightness of the steering is great for parking.)

Comes very well-equipped (power windows, power mirrors, central locking, air con).

Performance is pretty good, but you have to rev it very hard to make it get up and go. And I find the throttle response poor; you floor it and wait a couple of seconds for the revs to build and the transmission to kick down, and then it takes off. It doesn't make for a car that feels very controllable. A couple of seconds delay in response to the throttle may not seem like much, but it can be annoying, and in some cases a bit dangerous if you need instantaneous accelaration. It can also be a bit dangerous because situations on the road can change very quickly - so you may have the throttle floored, and nothing's happening, all of a sudden the situation changes and you don't want to accelerate hard, and then the car takes off.

Maybe I just need to learn the transmission better, and experiment with the Hold setting (I keep it on the Power setting most of the time). I must say, I expect the manual would be a much better drive, because you have complete control over what gear you're in - and I just don't really feel in control of the car with this transmission. Another thing: the change up to second is always really jerky - even with very gentle throttle pressure (but, I don't know, maybe the transmission just needs a service).

Overall, the car is very comfortable and great value for money, given that it's really a luxury performance car, that looks quite nice. It also has the bonuses that it's relatively cheap to maintain, reliable and seemingly very durable (unlike many other cars that are at least a mildly interesting drive).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2005

1st May 2007, 21:19

That couple of seconds of delay when you floor it happens in most automatic cars.

1990 Nissan Silvia SX 1.8 twin cam 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 twin cam 16v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance87000 kilometres

Summary:

A modifiers' dream

Faults:

Drivers seat needed to be changed as it was highly uncomfortable on long drives.

General Comments:

Handles extremely well in the dry, but the rear tends to drift a bit in the wet. Once I lowered the suspension this was virtually eliminated.

The rear interior is very small, which in turn restricts you to having only one passenger in the front on most occasions.

The standard steering wheel is a bit big, but once changed for a smaller racing wheel, your turning and comfort is improved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews