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.
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.