An astonishing car in so many ways
Lambda (oxygen) sensor.
This is a fantastic car in almost every way. If you could buy the same shape/spec car brand new I probably would.
First of all, let me say that I SERIOUSLY recommend that if you intend to buy one of these, you should consider having one imported directly so you're the first owner. People in Japan (seem) to care more for their cars than we do.
The engine purrs like it's just rolled out of the factory. There is no rust anywhere on it (and it's been kept outside by the coast!). The paintwork is typical Nissan quality, and you should really get used to being starred at wherever you go.
Handling is great on these cars, the 4 wheel steering doesn't work like on a Honda, instead it helps to get you round corners quicker and safer, and it does work. I've had the car cornering so sharply that my face is almost touching the side window and NO sliding.
The interior is typical boredom. You have the obligatory boost gauge that you never look at, but the gauges do what they need to. Generally very basic, but does the job... don't expect wood and cheap leather. Digital climate control is a blessing, as are electric windows, and electric/folding mirrors.
The boot isn't very big, but I find it fine for a shopping trip for a family of 4.
Reliability is spot on. All I've had to replace is a lambda sensor; cost about £40 and they last for thousands of miles.
Fuel economy has got to be regarded as normal for this class of car... I just do 16 miles a day in stop/start traffic and return about 16 mpg. Get it on the Motorway and you'll get about 26+ mpg.
The engine sound is ADDICTIVE... the turbo has 2 settings, and when it hits the second the engine roars so smoothly and distinctively that you have to smile.
If you want more speed, spend more money on it and the world's your oyster. Go to a specialist with this car. It won't cost any more and you'll know it's done right. Proven modifications are everywhere. Again get advice first!
As said, nothing's gone wrong. Lack of oil changes kill these engines. I change mine every 3000 miles. If you use good quality oil (Silkolene) on both the engine and gearbox it'll cost you over £100, but it's worth it.
Get one, you won't regret it if you do your homework.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2007