Overview of the Nissan 200
Known as the Silvia in Japan, the Nissan 200SX was a rear-wheel-drive coupe that found immediate (if relative) success in 1994 as an alternative to similarly priced all-wheel-drive sedans (such as the Subaru WRX) and front-drive hot-hatches (such as the VW Golf GTI). There was a more stylish, coupe-like design for the S15 version introduced in 2000, though it kept most of the S14's mechanicals - including the four-cylinder turbo engine that provided quick performance. The 200SX was discontinued in 2002 so is available now only as a used model.
NISSAN 200SX GENERATIONS
2.0L 4-cylinder turbo: 8.2 to 9.0 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
Contact your nearest Nissan dealership for servicing enquiries. Nissan 200SX parts and accessoriescan be found on Gumtree.
SIMILAR MODELS TO NISSAN 200SX
Honda Integra Type R
Subaru Impreza WRX
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: NISSAN 200SX (2000-2002)
Generally a tough customer, the 200SX has one major problem area to be aware of.
And it's not an actual fault with the car per se, it's more to do with those servicing it not really knowing what they're doing.
The slinky shape of the Nissan means that the top tank of the radiator is not the highest point on the cooling system.
So, simply filling the radiator from there and hoping for the best is not good enough as air can become trapped in the coolant passageways, leading to hot-spots.
The way to avoid this is to carefully bleed the cooling system whenever the level is topped up or the coolant itself is changed.
If hot-spots have been allowed to exist and the car driven, it's conceivable that severe damage to the cylinder head could occur.
So check the oil for signs of milkiness that indicates a blown head gasket, or have what's known as a TK test performed by a mechanic.