1994 Nissan Sunny SLX 1.6i from UK and Ireland


Excellent build and very nippy


Top timing chain tensioner, engine was running fabulously until Halfords used engine flush against my recommendations.

I hate this stuff, it drags all the crap out of the bottom of the sump and through the engine into all the oil holes.

Exhaust, original lasted 7 years, carshack replacement lasted 12 months. If you intend keeping the car buy an original.

Rear shocks getting creaky when stopping at lights.

Parts are dear, but you very rarely need any.

General Comments:

Very reliable car (touch wood), good acceleration. Fuel consumption is average.

The 1.6 SLX is a rare for Nissan multi point injection, chain driven (no cam belt to change), twin cam 16v giving over 100 bhp. I have surprised a few people at the lights with mine. The new Almeras would not pull you out of bed.

When I first got it, it was like driving on oil with the standard 175 Dunlops. I binned them and fitted 185 Goodyear Eagle NCT's and it handles excellently in the wet.

Unusually for a FWD, if it does go, only the back end slides.

Only buy Japanese built Nissans. I had a British built 2.0 Primera after 3 Sunnys and found the build quality very shabby, both cams knackered after 27,000 miles, luckily under warranty. Flogged it after 12 months and bought the SLX Sunny.

The front seats are very comfy. Full electrics. Rear legroom only good for children, I am flogging mine as my family has since expanded and I am going for a QX.

A lot of motoring magazines call Nissans boring. Is it because you never have to lift the bonnet to work on them?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2001

11th Nov 2001, 17:55

Just adding another few words to my review, since the last review the top timing chain has gone completely (absolute nightmare to change), the front discs have disintegrated, all the heat shields have fallen off the exhaust, the thrust release bearing is screaming (I drilled a hole in the top of the bell housing and sprayed WD40 on it), hopefully it will keep quiet till I sell it.

The car was registered in 1994, when I rang the dealer with the VIN number for the timing chain they said it was built in 1992! It must have been sat in a rice field for 2 years.

1994 Nissan Sunny ARX 1.4 petrol from Belgium


Small, lovely jet


I bought this car second hand. I got it as a replacement car, when my AX was being fixed. I liked it so much I switched my AX GTi for this sporty version of the Sunny.

Battery (the original that came with the new car) broke in 2000.

Besides that nothing wrong, nothing had to be replaced!!

General Comments:

Compared to a Citroen AX GTi, this car flies!!! The engine is so powerful. Even in the lower rev-range, you still have all the revs you need. Needless to say, overtaking is not a single problem for this car.

Maybe the suspension is just a bit too stiff. Although I can imagine some people who would like this. Personally, I think it's just too stiff for me.

The car easily transports 4 grownups (it's a 3 door Sunny) and you still have room for some hand luggage.

The truck is also quite big for a 3 door car.

The only thing I can think of that might be a turn-off, would be the fact that the car is damn ugly when it isn't fitted with a back-spoiler that "lengthens" the roof. At least I think so, seeing the rear window is bent near the top.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2001

1994 Nissan Sunny SR 1.6 from UK and Ireland


GTi-R looks at half the cost


So far nothing has gone wrong with my new car.

Although I was a bit annoyed when trying to overtake a Ford 4x4 turbo. It was trying to match me speed for speed and managed to do so for a bit. Lucky I was turning right otherwise I would have blown it away.

I plan to get a power boost put on my car, just to make sure none of the other cars on my level take me on. Maybe I might also get an air filter K&N induction kit.

General Comments:

I recently bought a Nissan Sunny 1.6 SR which I've been meaning to get for some time now.

I had a Nissan Sunny 1.4 LS which I kitted up quite well, but it was not really doing it for me on the performance side of things, although it can be very fast at times.

I bought my new SR up in Newcastle and drove it back to my home in London. All I can say is what a test drive back home, tearing up all the other motors on the motorway.

Super power and overtaking (come and get me).

I'm just glad I didn't see my big brother the GTi-R, otherwise it would have left me for dead.

Tomorrow I plan to fit on my GTi-R bonnet and spoiler to transform my car into a GTi-R replica, but it would look even better as my SR has front fog lights and rear head rests which the GTi-R hasn't (ha, ha).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2001

13th Sep 2001, 01:40

Do me a favour!..Faster than a 4x4 ford turbo!..Yeah right/whatever you say matey!..You must be on "the good stuff!"

21st Sep 2001, 16:09

Er, I meant a Ford XR4i 4x4 turbo Sierra, the old 5 door model shape. Why, who are you, are you up for a challenge?

Anyway, to all Nissan Sunny 1.6 SR/2.0 GTi owners, I am looking to start a web site for us as we are overshadowed by the GTi-R. Any one is interested let me know. I would like to start this as I think I have the best model to represent.

Reply with pictures if possible to ekechi@btopenworld.com

28th Apr 2003, 05:40

Owner of a SR myself would would very much love to get the real thing, the GTIR!!

Who wouldn't that pocket rocket is the beast of all time!

Still love my car though! more power than any of its 1.6 rivals!

Will only ever buy jap cars in the future nothing can touch them with their price range, look at the new 350Z!