I js bought a 00' 200sx touring, after all the yrs it's depreciation has done wonders for me.. insurance yes expensive.. but a brilliant car to drive... will blow away most cars on the roads... looks very decent.. not a skyline but closest ill get to it... beautiful on motorways all cars move out the way for you.i bought the car never expecting it to be so throttle responsive!!! puts a big smile on my face :).. my advice to any one looking to buy one.. make sure u can afford insurance and service every 6,000 miles to keep it running like a beauty. other than that u can pick em up for cheap enough now.... jus right!!
I purchased a 200SX Touring new in May 1997. What attracted me was it's awesome 200bhp rear-wheel drive performance, packaged in a somewhat understated body. Well, there's no sense wearing your colours on your sleeve these days, a la Subaru Impreza now is there? What's more fun than blowing away BMW 328i owners, when they think you're driving some lukewarn oriental coupe! Anyway, the car is huge fun to drive, so long as you take care in the wet. The cabin provides all the creature comforts you need, and the ride is firm without being harsh. My recommendations? Go for harder Z-rated tyres as the standard V-rated covers will wear out in well under 10,000m even with gentle driving! Make sure you keep to the 6,000m service intervals to keep the car reliable. Add sound-proofing felt to the boot area to cut down road-noise. The big shock is the cost - as other reviewers have found. While I am lucky enough to only pay around £500pa to insure it, and servicing isn't too steep, it does drink petrol! However, the worst was yet to come... I bought the car in 1977 for £25,000, and it is still in perfect condition with a full service history. Just four years later, my local Nissan dealer offered me £1,800 for it in part-ex against a new Nissan. THAT IS A WHOPPING 92% DEPRECIATION IN JUST 4 YEARS !!!! If it wasn't for the depreciation, I'd give this car 5 out of 5. As it is, I can only give it 2 stars.
I am 26 and have been a mechanic at a Classic Car Specialist for 10 years I bought a Nissan 200SX 6 months ago. The sedate styling is wonderful for blending in but give the car a second look and there is a lot to appreciate about the cars finer aspects of styling <img src="http://www.geocities.com/goosegog2000/S14FMfront.jpg"> The excellent SR20 DET engine provides ample smooth power The interior is also subtle with an entirely black combination of leather and leather print plastic. It's a feature I love, that posers probably wont! The handling of the car is one of it's finest features. You don't really have to think when you drive it if you don't want to. If you are after rear wheel drive fun, power sliding on roundabouts is very easy. The power and limited slip differential make sure this is spectacularly possible! A must for any rear whell drive fan. Probably a little tail happy for those brought up on front wheel drive Touring models come with leather, Air Conditioning and a 10 pack CD changer in the boot. Look underneath and if you know what you are looking at, you will see an excellent suspension set up front and rear, leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. What competition? What is rear wheel drive these days? Sadly the Mazda MX6 and Vauxhall Calibra are both good looking (ish) but are FWD! Economy can be poor, but it is a sports car in a dedicated shell, not a warmed over Cavelier (spelling?) A clutch won't be very expensive as they are a doddle to replace and pattern parts are available at a fraction of Nissan's over priced units. I got my parts for just £78 (discounted) Power upgrades are exceptionally cheap and simple too. Increasing the boost from the turbo is a 10 minute job, giving me at least 50bhp more. A superb and thouroughly reccomedable car!
The 200sx what a dream! and are we glad we woke up! This amazing car is like having a suitcase full of money outside your front door. We purchased an R reg for 19,995 in Jan last year, it was superb, until you put your foot on the gas and as the car picked up speed the petrol gauge dropped rapidly, what a juice gobbler this car turned out to be. Then there's the insurance.... between 1-2,000 per year. We had body repairs twice as someone decided to run a key down both sides of the car which cost between 500 & 1,000 on both occasions, and when we eventually decided to cut our losses and sell the car 9 months later it cost us 1,000 to get out of the deal. Even though the car was a looker, it was not practical in the wet or icey weather as it is rear wheel drive (plenty of skidding). My advice to anyone who is thinking of purchasing this car is, think very carefully first!
I have to say that the 200SX is not a car to buy unless you enjoy pouring money down the drain. It depreciates like crazy, and the insurance is truly terrifying. If you are looking to insure one of these babes then consider this - I was quoted between £900 and £2000 to renew my insurance by ten different companies. Shop around! Once you've got the nasty bit out of the way, stay out of the town centre and get on those open roads. This car is a joy to drive.
This Nissan is a little non-descript to look at and unknown unless you love cars. A rear wheel drive coupe this car would scare most everyday drivers who use their cars only as a mode of transport. I can not wait until I'm 25 and insurance starts getting a bit cheaper for me. But this is probably my realistic car of choice. I suppose it is the nearest to a Skyline I'll get. This car really is made for Oxfordshire's great drivers' roads.