My new-to-me '98 200SX SE is typical, according to local mechanics: it boasts 171,000 miles, and has needed a timing chain replacement, oil temp pressure switch, motor mounts, control arms and ball joints, and replacement of hoses etc cracked rubber bits, for a few years/couple owners before me. That timing chain SNAFU disregard nearly killed the car. I can't find anyone willing to attempt it, even for the 10hr estimate that works out to more than I paid for the car, which (at $1500) was too dear. So I've found an intact engine at a wrecking yard, and am paying a mechanic to fit it to the car.
I've driven it several times, with the bad timing and oil pressure switch, and as is the car goes from 0-60 in about a minute and a half, and that sucks a lot of fuel: ~19mi/gal. When the new engine is in play, and esp when I've got intact control arms and ball joints on the car, and matched wheels and tires, I expect 40mph, and precision awesome performance. It will be well worth the $4K I expect ultimately to have invested in the car. I'm a petite blonde, accustomed to DIY modified sports cars like Miatas and my beloved Mazda3. This car may be perfect for me, when repairs are complete. The turning radius is 34.1', which even on dead suspension makes for neat u-turns. The low stance allows for aggressive handling on freeway onramps, even with less than certain footing on bad tires and torn open ball joint boots. This tiny sexy little coupe is a hero. I hope to give it another 171K of happy motoring.
I've been very happy with this car that looks just like the one pictured :) It's going strong after 11 years and 128,000 miles, with little maintenance. I have had some minor repairs done, but it beats having to buy a new car.
my favorite features of my car are the power windows, sunroof, and spoiler
I've had this car for 2 years now and she's running fine so far. One of the obvious yet best things about this car is the gas mileage. When it comes to tuning, there aren't a ton of mods out there for it, but you can purchase mods for a 95-98 Sentra with the same engine size and type and it'll be fine. So far I've got a cold air intake, cat-back exhaust, and street springs. Performance was a little lackluster stock, but when modified... well, I'm left speechless. Great car and lightweight as well.
Smooth shifting (manual trans.), gas mileage, handling when cornering
Increased comfortability for seats, hydraulic clutch and shorter shifting would be very nice.
I have 201,189 miles on my car. I replaced the computer chip, kind of expensive. But, overall just standard maintenance, tires, oil, brakes and 1 battery. Starts always! Not very fast, but once it gets up to speed, you can lock the cruise at 80 and go. Averages 36 mpg!! I think I will keep it until it falls apart, or 500,000 which ever comes first.
Gas mileage! Gas mileage! 36 MPG.
N/A do not make anymore, but they can be found. I might buy another for a spare!
I'm the orignal owner with 105k on it so far and have had barely a single problem the car. I replaced the alternator at 56K and o/w nothing but routine maintenance. Good handling on curves and mountains. Good visibility but some wind noise. No power locks or windows to break - manual works. Smooth shifting and decent acceleration.
After 10 years, it (5-manual) gets 32-35 in the city and 40+ on the highway. Easy to park in the city.
Cheapest model, but the fronts seats are relatively uncomfortable for long drives and the back seats are quickly uncomfortable. Let the back seat fold down! Storage is severely limited.