About Nissan 200SX
As an automobile nameplate used on various export Nissan models, Nissan 200SX was built by the outstanding Japanese multinational automobile manufactured Nissan Motor Company Ltd between 1977 and 1998 as a compact sports car. Originally introduced as a renamed version of Nissan Silvia in North American market, 200SX then became a rebadged version of Nissan Lucino in North America in 1995. Competing against the Saturn SC and Acura Integra, 200SX was an excellent coupe. But after being manufactured for about sixteen years, the production of 200SX was eventually discontinued in 1998.
Since most modern people only own the 1995-1998 Nissan 200SX, we will only focus on the 200SX during this period. Nissan 200SX made its debut in the United States and Canada in 1995 for the 1995 model year. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door coupe to replace the Nissan Sentra and Nissan NX. Built based on the Nissan S platform, 200SX came in three trim levels: base, SE, and sportier SE-R. equipped with standard dual airbags, optional anti-lock brakes, Nissan 200SX was powered by 1.6 L inline 4-cylinder engine and 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower. And both engines sent power through either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.
Nissan 200SX Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even backed up by the renowned Nissan famous for excellent craftsmanship, the youngest Nissan 200SX has experienced for at least twenty-two years, which is not an optimistic age for a vehicle. Therefore, you will have interest in these common problems on 200SX:
First, for an old model like Nissan 200SX, engine failure could be an unavoidable issue that could act as an omen of the vehicle is on the verge of breaking down. Though you could stop the process of engine wearing, you could slow down it. The trick lies in diagnosing and solving it as early as possible based on these typical symptoms of this issue provided by experienced 200SX drivers. First of all, this issue often starts with abnormal noises from engine such as squealing or rattling, you may also find metal shavings in the oil and leaked coolant on the ground; then, you will notice the engine does not perform like usual, it would misfire, stall and even have starting issues. Before the vehicle loses power when acceleration and has poor mileage, once the Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light come on, you are supposed to inspect the 200SX motor and transmission mount, engine mount, timing chain tensioner, timing chain guide, water pump gasket, spark plug, timing chain, thermostat and drive belt.
Second, issues on suspension and steering systems on Nissan 200SX are also very serious since both of them are exposed to long-term wearing. And the seriousness of suspension failure often lies on drivers have not too much understanding about it. It often manifests as rattling or squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle, intense car vibration while driving, steering pulling to the left or right, poor handle and loose shaky steering wheel. All these could lead to uncomfortable, unsteady and unsafe ride and could be attributed to the 200SX sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, coil spring insulator and steering knuckle. As for steering failure, the 200SX power steering hose is often the culprit.
However, in order to sustain your Nissan 200SX's overall excellent quality, you need to perform some routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on it to make sure every part play their role well in making sure safe and comfortable driving trip. Some electrical parts are exposed to a high frequency of usages, therefore, 200SX window regulator, door jamb switch, instrument cluster, headlight switch and power window switch should be maintained routinely. Other parts such as the emblem, speedometer cable, door handle, and wiper arm should be on the routine maintenance list as well.
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