Nissan 200SX 2000

28 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan 200SX 2000
Nissan 200SX

David Morley

Make NISSAN Model 200 Model Variant SX SPEC R,SX SPEC R GT,SX SPEC S,SX SPEC S GT Series S15,S15,S15,S15 Series Year 2003,2002,2001,2000 Body Group 2D COUPE

Success from excess

It was certainly an accomplished performer and an entertaining drive but its appearance failed to impress.

The model that arrived as its replacement in 2000 fixed all that.

Suddenly, Nissan had a purposeful looking, sharp-performing coupe with the tools to become an instant classic. Overshadowed by the cult Subaru WRX, Nissan’s contender appealed to those who liked a more traditional feel.

The 200SX’s rear-wheel-drive endowed it with the classic combination of being steerable on the throttle and tactile through the steering wheel; classic sports-car traits. Throw in the husky turbo engine and slick six-speed gearbox and you had a real driver’s car.

Nissan also brought out the big guns in styling the 2000 model. The front-end is perhaps the most conventional part but from there back it’s almost a sculpture.

The tail-lights feature an angled theme as they cut into the kicked-up bootline, and the side view is all class.

Inside, is a clean layout with plenty of high-gloss, metal-look plastics. If they haven’t been cared for they might be looking a bit second-hand by now.

Under the bonnet, the four-cylinder engine was mounted north-south and had fuel-injection, double overhead camshafts and four valves a cylinder. The turbocharger boosted power to 147kW and produced excellent mid-range performance and even a dollop of urge at lower revs.

The only downside was higher-than-expected noise and vibration, suggesting that the engine was an older design and not so much a 21st-century product.

Yet Nissan’s four-cylinder engines have often felt like that and it doesn’t seem to affect their solid reliability and durability.

Nissan 200SX

The six-speed gearbox ensured there was a ratio for every occasion and the engine’s broad spread of usable power meant the car probably could have got away with a four-speed in the first place. There was a four-speed automatic option but it spoils a tactile car like this.

The big worry with any car that tends to encourage spirited use is that it is also more likely to have been both thrashed and crashed.

And regardless of the fact that the 200SX’s driveline is made of tough stuff, ritualistic caning by a succession of previous owners will take its toll.

An engine that blows any smoke on start-up or under hard acceleration is probably also worn out, although don’t be put off by thrashing noises from the top of the engine because that was normal even when new.

In terms of crash damage, if it has been repaired properly, you shouldn’t be able to see where it was. But take time to examine the car closely, because relatively high insurance premiums meant that more than one 200SX missed out on comprehensive insurance and may have been repaired on the cheap.

The 200SX became a victim of its own excess. The engine couldn’t be made to meet emissions regulations in some markets, so Nissan dropped it. Shame.

Need to know

Exhaust manifolds can crack. Turbocharger will probably need a rebuild at 150,000km. Knock sensors can fail. Timing chains can stretch. Watch for worn driveline.

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