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I'd never heard of a 100NX until I was looking for a new car, and one of these came up on ebay. Wasn't sure about the looks to begin with, but they deffinately grow on you, but the real selling point for me was the targa roof, which I knew everyone would be jealous of.
As a 18 year old, I wanted something a little different, something that would stand out against my friends clio's and 106's. And the 100Nx deffinately did that. And then I got it out onto the dual carriageway, and it surprised me once again. My mates clio was a tiny silver speck in my rear view mirror, and it was only getting smaller. Change gear at the right time, and you'll get to 60 in under 10 seconds, and on to a top speed on the good side of 120. Handling is excellent, if a little twitchy in the wet, interesting drifts on roundabouts if you're not careful, the sports seats are excellent, comfortable on long journeys, but supportive when you put your foot down in the corners.
Make sure you get a later (after 1993) injection model, as they had increased power, and plus 40mpg economy. Check for oil leaks, which could indicate cracked head gasket, and warped cylinder head. Check for rust on the wheel arches, and little interior problems (broken glovebox, missing armrest, window switches). And thats pretty much it. Dont bother asking when the cambelt was changed, cos you'll feel stupid when they say, 'its chain'.
And look forward to some fantastic, roof off, pedal to the metal journeys on the few sunny days we get.
ok, so i don't own it yet, but i have driven it and i pick it up at the weekend... a bargain for £1000 icluding 6months tax and 12 months MOT. My parcel shelf is missing, a clear indication it broke, the standard alloys are a 14" let-down, and i have looked all over the place for some unique parts and a K&N, but got nowhere... ok enough of "dissing" this car, and lets highlight some good features.
The 16V 1.6 DOHC is a good engine, even though it looks out of place in such a huge space, but when i drove it i found it was a beast!!! the car was one of the best i've driven, and i found it had the "sporty" feel i was looking for. Although the standard car is ugly in some peoples eyes, i found it beautiful to look at, the back reminded me of a toyota supra, and the front looks like nothing i had ever seen before!!!
The interior in my car is someones unfinished project, with insulation tape under the new gearknob (a cheap way of not using proper fixtures), i found this out when the thing came off in my hand, but will be corrected before i drive it away!! with a part red centre console, but not a spot of paint anywhere else, i find myself in the middle of a good project already. it is comfortable to sit in and it handles better than i expected, and i didnt get any "blowback" when shifting down a gear with medium revs (which happened a lot in my pug106), and there was very little under/over steer.
OK, so why did i buy this car??? i bought it because it is not the most common car and i saw a lot of potential for my money. My previous cars have been ok, but a 1.4zetec fiesta and a pug 106 doesn't come close to this car, this car i feel is for enthusiasts, who can appreciate the style and drivability of this great machine!
The 100NX is often dismissed as little more than a re-skinned Nissan Sunny. I owned one for just under a year and while I'd agree it's no full-blown sports car, I don't think it was entirely without it's merits. Definately a "unique" looking car with looks you either love or hate. The narrow, standard issue "shopping trolley" wheels certainly didn't help argue the 100NXs case. However, fitting customised alloy wheels transformed it's looks. Taking the T-bar roof panels off also helped transform the look of the vehicle and I took every opportunity to do so (brave considering the climate in Edinburgh). This could be done very quickly and easily, although storage of the large panels (much bigger than those of say an MR2 or 300ZX) wasn't always easy if you had luggage in the boot. By the way, don't loose the protective bags for the roof panels as they cost nearly £100 to replace from the delearship. If performance is your thing and you're considering a 100NX, it's important you go for a later model (1994 onwards) as they will have a 1.6 litre fuel injected engine (102bhp) as opposed to the earlier 1.6 litre twin carburettor engine (90bhp). These early models suffered badly for their lack of power and the carburettor was notoriously troublesome with asthmatic performance, stalling and appalling fuel economy being common complaints. Mine was a 1995 N-reg Targa Pacific 1.6i, it was good for 60mph in 2nd gear and would achieve speeds in excess of those displayed on the speedometer (it only went up to 120mph). Fuel economy was excellent with over 400 miles being returned to a full tank of petrol. There is also a NUTTY 2.0i version (I don't believe this was ever available in the UK) which has roughly the same 150bhp engine as a Primera GT or an Almera GTi. Frankly, I think if I'd ever had one of those I probably wouldn't be here today! Ride and handling were certainly a big imp
rovement over the Ford Escort I'd been driving previously however I was soon to learn that those narrow tyres and the not quite performance-tuned chassis would put paid to any Michael Schumacher-style antics. Basically, I stuffed the car into a kerb after cornering too quickly in the wet. The result was a bent wishbone arm which my friendly Nissan dealership offered to replace for £300. A local garage charged £120 for the same job. Those cheeky Nissan dealerships again!! The car was comfortable enough for the driver and front passenger - I particulalry liked the front seats, though the back seat was little more than a thin piece of foam. Legroom was token for rear passengers though the boot was actually very generous and comparable to that of the Escort my 100NX replaced. Equipment levels seem basic by today's standards; no airbags, abs, alarm or any other mod cons we take for granted these days.. but I guess some of these cars are now over 10 years old. The major mechanics of the car were very reliable and gave me no problems whatsoever, the interior however was plagued by minor niggles; The air recycling lever jammed constantly. All 100NXs do this and there is no cure. I had the linkage replaced twice to no effect. Once it's stuck, all you can do is stick your arm up behind the dashboard and pull the linkage to whatever position you want the recycler to be in. Occassionally it would free itself. Door windows appeared to rattle like hell if they weren't completely up or completely down. I cured this by greasing the plastic rollers that guide the glass inside the door. The noise was not actually a rattle but a creak coming from the plastic rollers. Trust me! The parcel shelf hinges failed. They were shoddily pop-rivetted to the parcel shelf and soon became loose before eventually falling off. They squeaked and rattle like hell first - causing much annoyance. Also; Some paint came off
the plastic nose cone during washing with hose (not high pressure). Repaired under warranty. Paint blistered at the welding of the door sills (both sides). Also repaired under warranty. So that's it! All in all a decent enough, fun little car. Don't expect blistering performance or F1 handling as you'll soon discover the car's limitations, it's just a reliable, cheeky little runabout. Unfortunately, these cars are now well within the budget of the backwards baseball cap brigade and "MAXed" examples are sadly becoming more evident. I'd buy one again for the missus if I could find a pristine example.... on the provision she let me have the odd go in it whenever the sun was out!
I have had many cars. I have driven just about any car over a year old thanks to a father in the motor industry. I can't afford a Lotus Elise yet (gimme a chance I only graduated 3 months ago!), so i bought a Nissan. I realise to many of you this may sound like a sin. I realise that many of you think 'Jap Crap', boring, boring, boring. Well we are all entitled to our opinion. However, my car is a 95 'N', how many of you out there spend as little on upkeep of your car as I do (Compare like for like here)? If you have a peugeot or other french car, you might like to think hard about this. OK, so Nissan's aren't notoriously sexy cars, and my 100nx may be an aquired taste, BUT, I know it will start every morning when I turn the key. So to the car. Its Blue and the roof comes off. Some people may say it looks slightly camp, and being a non-homophobe heterosexual guy, I agree with them. In the summer though, you will be sorry, oh ye of little faith. The 1600cc 16valve engine will never win many traffic light races, in america they got a 2.0 litre version (I hate them for that). You could always fit the engine out of a 200sx touring into it..... I'm afraid the standard car does actually handle like a boat. But 35 mm worth of Lowering springs later and you have a nicely set up roundabout racer! As you can imagine, the interior is dull, BUT, (peugeot drivers take heed) EVERYTHING IN IT WORKS! Including all the electrics. There isn't much space for some back seat action, it will take 2 full grown adults at a squeeze. The boot is a really good size, it will take two suticases full of gold. This can be attributed to its practical hatchback design, these Japs think of everything! However, fellow Stereo Boom Boys (I.C.E)beware, the parcel shelf is a weird shape and difficult to cut into. PLUS, the spare wheel is accessed through the boot, so remember this when planning your 6 X 15 inch Sub E
nclosure. So in conclusion, my 100nx may look gay, but with that sexy Targa-Top plus... Please read this: XXXXX RECORDED 40 MILES PER GALLON XXXXX You really couldn't buy a more fun, reliable, economic car!