1991 Nissan Silvia Reviews

1991 Nissan Silvia K's 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance162000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Pure, simple, reliable, rear wheel drive performance and excitement

Faults:

I had the version with the Digital LCD dash, and it usually turns on after about 20 minutes of driving, or if it's been under the sun for a bit. This is a known issue in Silvia's with LCD/HUD.

Can't think of anything else.

General Comments:

The engine is simply amazing, minimal turbo lag and loads of torque, even from low rpms. And with a car that weighs less than 1200kg, not that many things on the road can top the acceleration, even for a 20 year old car.

I must say that mine has a front mount intercooler, HKS intake and sport exhaust.

Handling wise, nothing amazing; good steering response, but a bit of understeer and bouncy over bumps. Lots of wheel hop when you try to launch it, I guess they got the suspension right way later like in 2001 with the s15. But if you like to drift, then this is the model you want (do it in a open parking lot or the track.).

Interior is roomy, but there is very little space in the back. Only one tall person fits, or two small people can fit, but very tight. Big trunk though!

Gas consumption is normal unless you gun it all the time; then you will go through gas very fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2009

1991 Nissan Silvia Q Sr20 non turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Sr20 non turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired116770 kilometres
Most recent distance118000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Soarer

Summary:

Great starting car for the import street racing world! :)

Faults:

- My rear quarter window was leaking in very heavy rain. (easy repair: rubber sealant!)

- My immobilizer keeps playing up once in while, so I have to disconnect it from the battery. (installed by cheap company).

- Tyre wear is a bit quick, but if you work a lot like me, it's no problem, but it's due to my driving style :)

- Front headlight needs to be more powerful. (I upgraded and it's now no problem).

And the car's been good since then.

General Comments:

My Nissan s13 1991 Silvia is the best car to start in the import world. It's cheap and has a lot of parts and companies supporting it. When I bought my car, it came with a front end crash. It only cost me up to 900 dollars to repair it (done the work myself, can't tell the difference.)

The car is very easy to understand as it's a very simple design.

The engine had 116 000kms on the clock when I brought it. And the car only weighs 1070kgs.

And it has not missed a beat with the sr20 engine (warning, don't buy the ca18 version, they are unreliable and will cost you money in the long run, unless you use it as a daily driving car, not for racing).

I found the sr20de only has 105kw (160hp), I was a bit shocked when I found out, because the Toyota 4agze has more kw, and some Pulsars have more hp then me. So I don't race everyone!

The fuel consumption is great. I only put in 15 dollars a week and I drive everywhere.

The LSD is not the greatest one, but if you have a chance to change it, I would recommend you do, as you will feel the difference in taking off from a standstill, and handling.

The steering is wonderful; wherever I steer it, it goes, and I can feel the road and position of the car too. This car gave me my confidence back as I can control the car, it feels light not heavy steering like the 6 cylinder Skylines, Supras and the other ones. So if you're reading this, I would take one for a test drive and take it a little bit hard into a corner and you will feel it, what I'm talking about. It has great feedback.

The gear box is great, I have no problem with it. Even the way I drive, it handles very good (manual).

The interior is okay. I changed my seats to a series 2 Skyline so they are comfortable. Only when you have people in the back seat does it start to get uncomfortable, as it's pretty tight for big people, but if you're small it's okay.

So in the end I would recommend one to my friends before they start spending $15 000 on a expensive sports car. With the right money and mods, these cars can keep up to the latest cars and do any event that you're into (drift, drag, circuit, street racing and even targa events if you are interested in that stuff).

The mods I have done to my car are:

Nissan s13: $2500 (champagne gold with grey trim).

Body repairs when I bought it: $900

- 17 inch rims: $750

- Suspension: $800

- Strut bars: $160

- Toe in and camber adjuster: $200

- R33 series2 bucket seats: $400

- Clear lense, parker and indicator: $400

- 3 inch exhaust system: $400

- Decals: $50

- BN widebodykit: $950

- Cadence sound system and neons: $800

- Wheel spacers: $250

- Interior toys and items: $100, girls love it!:)

All the work is done by myself by reading a book and getting information off the net. So try and do it yourself, as you will save a lot of money and build your confidence in mechanics. So in the future car of yours, it won't cost you $95 a hour from a performance shop. Take it nice and easy as I learnt from the beginning.

If you are not poor like me, please buy a turbo version as you can avoid the trouble in the future of a engine swap. And also make sure it's a manual as you can get the nice burble noise of a sr20, even if it's non turbo (autos have a droning noise and are not fun to drive.

Just remember when tuning your car, just be patient in looking for parts, as the good parts will eventually show up, and do a lot of research and searching for a better deal.

If you are a Silvia fan like me, join my msn or send me a email as we can share tips and ideas to help each other, or even start a cool team :)

blackrage85@hotmail.com

Anyways, I hope you enjoy your car as I will do with mine for the next couple of years. Maybe after that I'll upgrade to the s14 series 1 by then. So take care and be careful on the road, and remember sometimes leave all the racing to the track, as you will know you will go home that day. :)

Karlos.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2009

30th Jan 2010, 09:25

Hey mate, thanks for sharing your thoughts and stuff. I'm thinking of getting my first car, and this one certainly fits the bill. Good RWD fun. But I'm also in a dilemma of getting a Mitsu Starion or Scorpion or GTS (Skyline), or 3rd Gen Celica. Pretty much any RWD cheap car. Turbo is a bonus, but has to be under 100kw per tonne!

1991 Nissan Silvia Q's 2.0 SR20DE from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 SR20DE Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired176000 kilometres
Most recent distance178000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Machine, best upgrade from my Corolla

Faults:

I have only just got the S13 maybe a month ago only thing that has gone wrong was brake light went out, but my dad fixed it up; otherwise nothing so far.

Seat belts are a little crappy.

My tyres are worn down, but got new ones.

General Comments:

Goes very hard and I find it really nice to drive and slide.

Email me if you could someone please, I have a few questions I would like to know if you're an expert on the s13 thanks

circa_skater_bob@hotmail.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews