Used 1998 Nissan 240SX

Pros & Cons

  • The 240SX runs through twisty roads like a slot car.
  • Firm suspension easily upset on rough roads. Small cockpit uncomfortable for large drivers.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Vehicle overview

In 1990, the Nissan corporate think tank was in high gear, producing some of the most fun-to-drive cars of any carmaker on the planet. In quick succession, Nissan dealers received new model after new model, all of them exhibiting a brash, in-your-face personality and suave good looks. The Nissan 240SX was no exception to the rule. The car was engineered with eager young drivers in mind. To keep the insurance companies at bay, a twin-cam four-cylinder was the sole powerplant available. For tail-out good times, Nissan opted for rear-wheel drive on the 240, and then designed a graceful body that could be had as a coupe or hatchback. Later, a convertible was offered. The 240SX was an instant hit, particularly in hatchback form.

In 1995, Nissan fiddled with the formula. Gone is the popular hatchback. Gone is the convertible. Gone are low prices. Gone is the brash personality. The Nissan 240SX has moved uptown, baby. It retains rear-wheel drive and the twin-cam four. It retains speedy performance. It retains suave good looks. But in trying to become a mini-Infiniti, the Nissan 240SX has lost its magical charm.

This doesn't mean it's a bad car. The Nissan 240SX should do rather well with people who find the more refined Acura Integra GS-R unsatisfactory. Inside, the 240SX displays excellent ergonomics, with rich leather seating surfaces an extra-cost frill. Load on the options, and the 240SX SE approaches 28 grand.

Time for a wake-up call, Nissan. Twenty-eight thousand dollars is an awful lot of green for young people to pay for a car. And for those of us paying off school loans, the new Nissan 200SX, based on the Sentra, is closer to the original 240 in execution and price than this wannabe luxo-coupe.

1998 Highlights

No changes to Nissan's sporty coupe.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1998 Nissan 240SX.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
8 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • engine
  • appearance
  • driving experience
  • interior
  • road noise
  • dashboard
  • ride quality
  • spaciousness
  • value
  • handling & steering
  • wheels & tires
  • steering wheel
  • comfort

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.625/5 stars, Good clean fun, lotsa power!
Espen,
SE 2dr Coupe
If RWD is your choice, the 240SX is your number one for excellent handling and awesome power!
4.875/5 stars, the best review yet
msg240sx,
SE 2dr Coupe
this is a true dream car
5/5 stars, A perfect 10!
apzak,
SE 2dr Coupe
After several months I decided I know the car well enough to review. I bought the car over 300 miles away, when I say the couple hour trip back was comfortable, I mean it. With this car you do feel the bumps, there is more road feel. This is a sports car, not a luxery car. It's a lot lower than the Pathfinder, and not as smooth over bumps, but definetly more fun, and longer trips feel shorter. It's quick, and there's lots of torque with this motor. Nothing beats the fun of RWD, as for handling, let's just say it's skidpad is equivalent to the 97 BMW M3. A mildly modified SR motor can run mid 13s, that Porsche Carrera, Corvette territory!
4.625/5 stars, Amazing Car Lacking very little
GsuSilvia,
SE 2dr Coupe
Buying a 97 the factory tires had been replaced so me opting for better ones would not really be any suggestion. But when you do put performance tires on this car it handels like it is on rails. If you think the ride is to harsh you are to old and should drive a dangerous, wasteful SUV!


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
N/A
MPG & Fuel
20 City / 25 Hwy / 22 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal. capacity
Seating
0 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 155 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 160 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Basic Warranty
N/A
Dimensions
Length: 177.2 in. / Height: 51.0 in. / Width: 68.1 in.
Curb Weight: 2800 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 8.6 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
0



FAQ

Is the Nissan 240SX a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 1998 240SX both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Nissan 240SX fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 240SX gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 240SX has 8.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan 240SX. Learn more

Is the Nissan 240SX reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan 240SX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 240SX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 240SX's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 1998 Nissan 240SX a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 1998 Nissan 240SX is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 1998 240SX is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 1998 Nissan 240SX?

The least-expensive 1998 Nissan 240SX is the 1998 Nissan 240SX 2dr Coupe. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

Other versions include:

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    What are the different models of Nissan 240SX?

    If you're interested in the Nissan 240SX, the next question is, which 240SX model is right for you? 240SX variants include LE 2dr Coupe, SE 2dr Coupe, and 2dr Coupe. For a full list of 240SX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 1998 Nissan 240SX

    Used 1998 Nissan 240SX Overview

    The Used 1998 Nissan 240SX is offered in the following submodels: 240SX Coupe. Available styles include LE 2dr Coupe, SE 2dr Coupe, and 2dr Coupe. Pre-owned Nissan 240SX models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 155 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1998 Nissan 240SX comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

    What do people think of the 1998 Nissan 240SX?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 1998 Nissan 240SX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 1998 240SX 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 1998 240SX.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 1998 Nissan 240SX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 1998 240SX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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    What's a good price for a New Used 1998 Nissan 240SX?

    Used 1998 Nissan 240SX 2dr Coupe

    The Used 1998 Nissan 240SX 2dr Coupe can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,849. The average price paid for a new Used 1998 Nissan 240SX 2dr Coupe is trending $15,226 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $15,226 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,623.

    The average savings for the Used 1998 Nissan 240SX 2dr Coupe is 80.8% below the MSRP.

    Used 1998 Nissan 240SX LE 2dr Coupe

    The Used 1998 Nissan 240SX LE 2dr Coupe can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,939. The average price paid for a new Used 1998 Nissan 240SX LE 2dr Coupe is trending $21,245 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $21,245 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,694.

    The average savings for the Used 1998 Nissan 240SX LE 2dr Coupe is 85.2% below the MSRP.

    Used 1998 Nissan 240SX SE 2dr Coupe

    The Used 1998 Nissan 240SX SE 2dr Coupe can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,489. The average price paid for a new Used 1998 Nissan 240SX SE 2dr Coupe is trending $18,746 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $18,746 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,743.

    The average savings for the Used 1998 Nissan 240SX SE 2dr Coupe is 83.4% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 1998 Nissan 240SX?

    1998 Nissan 240SX LE 2dr Coupe, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
    22 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/25 highway MPG

    1998 Nissan 240SX SE 2dr Coupe, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
    22 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/25 highway MPG

    1998 Nissan 240SX 2dr Coupe, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
    22 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/25 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG22
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Drive Trainrear wheel drive
    Displacement2.4 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase99.4 in.
    Length177.2 in.
    Width68.1 in.
    Height51.0 in.
    Curb Weight2862 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 1998 Nissan 240SX?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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