Nissan 200SX

30 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan 200SX
Nissan 200SX

David Morley

Classic car is, arguably, the art of getting all the elements It’s why we revere some for their outstanding balance of handling, appearance and standard

Of course, many of the vehicles have hit the bullseye over the would be just also-rans if all car were as successful, and it remains a high percentage of makes and are flawed in at least one aspect of specification. The original Nissan that landed in Australia in is a brilliant example. To drive it was to that it was a finely balanced car a ripper, turbocharged engine and handling.

So what robbed it of status? Simply that it was a ordinary thing to look at. It unattractive in any conventional sense, it lacked the visual appeal to go its performance image.

Its successor, which was launched in in 2000, retained the original’s abilities, but wrapped them in a body. And just to prove the we’re talking about the latter version has gone on to somewhat classic status.

Of that also means it’s a more expensive proposition. Which makes the version a bargain buy.

the unprepossessing sheet metal, the was a relatively pure design in the context of sporting coupes.

Unlike Toyota’s Celica and Prelude (which held the balance of power), the 200SX use the mechanical platform of a mass-market Where its competitors were the 200SX got its own rear-drive platform a four-cylinder engine mounted For the purists, the car had already scored important points.

Handling was a balancing act between ride that was acceptably civilised and that was enthusiastic indeed. The also steered well and the impression that it liked to be hard.

Of course, the engine is a of any performance car – and Nissan The 2.0-litre engine used camshafts and four valves per as well as a turbocharger to boost the and torque. Maximum power was 147 kW same as the much bigger and Holden Commodore of the same and the turbo ensured the engine was big on torque and flexibility as well.

The base model was only with a five-speed manual, its more luxurious siblings had the of a four-speed automatic. While the gearbox worked well the flexible, turbocharged engine, it the driving fun for many.

The 200SX was in three trims: Sports Sports and Luxury. But they more or less mechanically so even the base model provides the thrills. It doesn’t, provide the same level of with no standard airbags and no brakes (ABS).

For a driver’s airbag you had to move up to the and for both front airbags, the was the solution. At least both the and Luxury got the ABS brakes.

Things to out for now include poorly repaired damage as insurance on the 200SX was cheap and some owners may gone without, resulting in repairs.

Nissan 200SX

The turbocharger and engine be checked carefully as these have often been hard. Any blue smoke the exhaust is bad news and hints at repairs in the not-too-distant future. Be too, of cars that been modified (many

Big exhausts, uprated turbos and big and tyres were all popular and can have a direct impact on reliability and roadworthiness.

Another to check is that the car has an Australian-delivered plate. Many early were parallel (grey) imports and needed to be modified to with local laws. came from Asian (which aren’t always to cars) and may be harder to insure.

not to say you’d never buy a parallel but beware paying too much as delivered cars are worth more.

Grey import, or the 200SX stands as a car that have done better it did.

The 200SX brought all the dynamic together and presented them as a and balanced end product. If only it had a little sexier.

What to pay

for a mid-’90s 200SX have up well and dealers are still as much as $19,000 for good Buying privately will a better deal if you can live the warranty offered by a licensed Subtract at least a few thousand for a import, at which point can be worth considering.

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