1994 Nissan 180SX 2.0T
Few Japanese sports cars attain legendary status, and the 180sx has a lengthy performance lineage of its own to brag about. This 1994 180sx is about as desirable as they get, and includes a long list of performance upgrades to match the aggressive aesthetic. Finished in a Crystal White (326), the body is in good shape aside from some dings and scratches associated with normal use. The aftermarket FRP front bumper, OEM side skirts, OEM rear spats, and privacy tint deliver on a menacing look. While those who nitpick, generally arent S-chassis folks, however, we did want to mention the front bumper fits poorly which is a common issue with FRP bumpers, the rear bumper has also some alignment issues likely from previous rear repair history performed in Japan. Powered by a potent SR20DET and equipped with a manual gearbox this is the enthusiast's dream, and it drives better than it looks. The communicative platform has a massive aftermarket and parts following already available stateside, making this ideal for those who wish to modify the already stellar hatch. Fast, collectible, and fun, this tossable two-door is certified turn-key Japanese Classic.
Admittedly the strong suit of the Silvia and 180sx was not the quality of the cabin. This model, like most we see, suffers from dash cracks and a touchscreen headunit that is on its last legs. But frankly, that's griping a bit, as most S13s are less complete than this one. A functional Defi boost gauge and aftermarket steering wheel liven the look inside the cockpit, and aid the driver in keeping an eye on the instrumentation and engine vitals. The A/C actually works and along with the power windows and locks make this a good candidate for daily use. The mirrors are sadly manually adjustable only at this point, but you'll likely only set them once. The speakers work too, and the seats are in better shape than your regular run-of-the-mill S13. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and are durable too. The headliner, carpets, and door cards have resisted major abuse over the years. It is missing an ashtray, and passenger window switch cover, and the headlights stay up all the time, but those aren't typically deal killers for the S-chassis guys. This one also seems composed around town, and squeaks and rattles very little, which we often don't say about 180s. The car was cared for in a prior life and is more than manageable for daily use, in our opinion.
As you can tell, the engineers at Nissan put way more emphasis on the drivetrain and platform than the interior. That's why this car has such a broad appeal, and there aren't that many left in Japan at this point. This federally legal example is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly with a twist of the key. A new engine air filter and battery keep the SR20DET happy, and one of our trained technicians has replaced the serpentine belts, too. While the mileage is unknown, the coupe pulls hard to redline and is plenty powerful! The two-liter sounds awesome and a 3" downpipe combined with a 3" stainless catback free up some extra ponies. The HKS air filter supplies the four-banger with adequate filtration and a Trust front mount intercooler keeps intake temps down. While we had this S chassis up in the air we installed a new rear main seal and repaired an oil pan leak, saving the next owner a few bucks on repairs. The sub-3,000-pound curb weight, and potent, revvy powerplant are an ideal match and acceleration is impressive. The Nissan's rear-drive, manual layout delivers above-average smiles per mile and the gearbox is a joy to row through. Many of these have transmissions with hitches and grinding problems, but this one proudly doesn't. It also handles better than a stock version, as the factory suspension was ditched in Japan for some adjustable Blitz coilovers. They lower the fender gap and allow for balanced and flat driving mannerisms through the twisties. A Cusco front strut tower brace stiffens the front further and the near 50/50 weight distribution always seems to pay dividends. The brakes are grabby, and we have performed brake jobs on both axles. All four rotors were resurfaced and new pads installed giving the brakes a new lease on life. The silver 18" ADVAN AVS Model 5 alloys set this thing off and are all wrapped in new tires. The new rubber will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and quiets the ride down a touch.
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