by grneyedangel on Aug 1, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan 200SX SE 2dr Coupe
I still have her at 607K+.
Yes, a bit underpowered, but such a mechanically sound car.
Simple maintenance and regular driving will keep this engine for many years and even 15 years later, is still a cute little car.
Only aesthetic prob that exists w/lot of Nissans is that the paint decays faster - not sure why, but true.
Man. tranny is one of the easiest and long-lasting - clutch replaced at 582K for 1st time.
Was just in shop for radiator replacement (and brake pads) - original radiator so figure can't beat that.
AC is still strong and has never needed work (other than hoses, etc.) and always a pleasure to drive.
Will keep running her until she finally dies-Best car ever had.
by danmanrn on Jun 2, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan 200SX SE 2dr Coupe
Great little car! Both my 1st new car and 1st car! Never expected to have such good fuel economy 30-40mpg depending on conditions and driver. This car is 11 yrs old! Driven hard! Modified for performance increase with header, CAI, 17" rims and low profile tires. Added some chrome accents to the wheel wells and bought aftermarket headlights. Short shifter, crank pulley and flywheel. Gone through 2 clutches (excluding a race clutch). Worth every penny to replace. My fault for burning it. Had to learn to shift on this car. Otherwise no broken parts! For 11 years! I will be buying Nissan from here on out.
by Joe on Jun 21, 2007 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan 200SX SE-R 2dr Coupe
I bought my Nissan new in 1997 and have not had any problems since I purchased it. I now have 250,000 miles on it and it still runs great and gets 37 mpg. The car is fun to drive and would recommend it to any of my friends. I plan on keeping my Nissan as long as I can.
by preppie on Sep 1, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan 200SX SE 2dr Coupe
Not a bad little car. The only vehicle I've been in contact with that was more reliable was a Toyota Corolla. At nine years and 146,000 miles it still runs beautifully. The oil pressure sending unit developed a leak in 2002, which caused the alternator to die, but that's the only non-routine issue I've had to date. She's a little underpowered, but I can't complain too much. The back seat is very easy to get in and out of for a 2-door car.
by Doubletwist on May 26, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan 200SX SE 2dr Coupe
Super-great car! 161k miles and still
goes like a champ! Very little $$ spent
on unexpected repair costs. Alternator
at 120k was the only "major" item. My
aggressive driving still gives 33mpg
average, though it also puts me on my
3rd clutch and 2nd set of front brake
Overall, I love this car!!!
by SE-R wannabe on Sep 22, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Nissan 200SX SE 2dr Coupe
In over 2 years, I've had just a few
unscheduled maintenance issues: a
wiper linkage repair, a front-end
crankshaft seal, and a dead battery.
Total cost: less than $400 (including
an oil change) at a Nissan dealership.
For this market segment, the car is fun
to drive (manual transmission),
although more power and a tighter
suspension (i.e. the SE-R) would be
nice. Despite my fast driving habits,
I get between 30 and 35 mpg in city
driving (even with the A/C on.)
I have K&N, high-flow air filter and a
killer aftermarket sound system, and
plan to keep the car for at least a
couple more years.