• Great power band with no turbo lag
    • Great handling characteristics
    • Very simple car with modest interior space
    • Car is getting old and as they get older, things do tend to break more often
    • Parts are starting to get harder to find and more expensive
    • Lacks the modern tech a new car would have.

    About the Nissan 200SX

    A 7 purchased this Nissan 200SX used for $30,000 (including all on-road costs) in 2022. A 7 would buy this car again because: “Big reasons as to why i would buy it again would be the looks, the car looks stunning and the design as aged pretty well. The car is well balanced, it feels very planted through corners. Last is the power delivery, the turbocharged inline-four has little to no turbo lag and is very enjoyable especially in city driving.”

    How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

    The car has been pretty reliable so far, never left me on the side of the road. Of course it being a 30 year old car, things are starting to wear out especially the suspension bushings and window rubber seals are starting to deteriorate.

    What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

    Overall ownership of the car has been pretty good so far. Due to old age, I did have to replace the tension arm bushings as well the sway bar links as there were previously a knocking noise coming from the front.

    Since the car has a lot of kilometres, I am in the process of replacing the fluids throughout the car especially the gearbox oil and differential oil.

    Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

    The price of the car is pretty ridiculous as previously, around five years ago, these cars were going for around $5000 to $20k and now they’ve skyrocketed to selling roughly around $28k-$40k, even with some being sold for high $40s.

    But overall I’m happy with the car even though it lacks many modern features a new car would have.

    It has all the basic necessary features a person would want in a car, such as power windows, air-con, ABS, and central locking.

    What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

    The performance is really the main key points I love about the car, the Turbo virtually has no lag which was Nissan’s whole intent with designing the car, the gearbox feels really nice and has the perfect amount of notchiness.

    Being it is a old car, it isn’t really the best on fuel and the only fuel you can run on these cars is 98.

    What do you think of the technology in your car?

    Technology isn’t really the main point of buying these cars. Since it is a 30 year old car, it does lack the modern tech a new car would have. It does however come with the basic necessities such as power windows, central locking (if you’re lucky and have the remote), a basic security system, air-con, ABS and a driver side airbag.

    If you happen to have a Luxury spec 200SX (the top of the line model) you would have a sunroof, passenger side airbag and other little things. Overall I’m happy with the tech it comes with, as it is really the only things you would need in a car.

    What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

    Considering that it is a 30 year old, ride comfort is pretty good for what it is and really depends on how the quality of your suspension components are as these cars are old and things may get a bit loose.

    The handling is one of the best things about the 200SX, it really feels planted through the corners due to the low centre gravity of the car with minimal body roll. Steering feels great also, it has a perfect medium between light and heavy.

    Do you have any additional comments about your car?

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    Overall Rating

    Ride & Handling8
    Price & Features7
    Performance & Economy8.1
    Ownership Experience7.5