1994 Nissan S14 Silvia Q’s
Available for: $10,995
Stock Number: 4376
Literally and figuratively, the Silvia grew up when it was designed to replace the S13 generation. This 1994 looks and drives great; finished in a classic Pearl White (WK0.) Offered with only 82K verified miles, the body is in good shape with only minor fading of some clear coat, and some small dings and chips. Boasting a true manual gearbox, and a sturdy naturally aspirated four-banger, paired with an inexpensive market price, this S14 would make a fantastic daily driver or weekend toy.
The interior was a substantial departure from the S13, utilizing more premium materials. While there we still a few issues when it came to the durability of some of the materials over the long term, the S14 is a definite improvement. For instance, the dash, which is prone to cracking in this generation Silvia, is in great shape. The headliner and door cards are also in good nick, as are the interior plastics. The carpet doesn't suffer from any major blemishes either. The digital climate system works as it should, and has no problem pumping heat into the cabin to stave off those winter temperatures. Power windows and locks are standard, and the back seats provide two additional spots when needed in a pinch. The seating upholstery is a quirky, tiger stripe design in gray, and except for a bolster tear on the driver seat, it has have held up well over the years. That is not to say that this Sivia is perfect; the shift boot has a few minor imperfections, and there is a chip in the windshield that has been filled with epoxy. A digital speedometer has been installed as well since the factory one is sometimes inoperable.
Premium driving dynamics are what made the Silvia legendary. The slightly longer wheelbase over the S13 gives a less twitchy feel on the interstate. The chassis is communicative, lightweight, and predictable for those who want a car that corners exceptionally. The mechanical underpinning of this S14 offers quite a few benefits. The SR20DE is a fuel-efficient and simple design, which is inherently easy to work on. Lacking a turbo, and all the heat and pressure associated with it, the SR delivers decent throttle response and plentiful parts availability. Benefitting from a fresh oil and filter service, the 1998cc mill fires up with a turn of the key. The VTC solenoid is noisy upon startup, which is a common issue that doesn't have any impact on drivability. It settles into a constant idle, and revs freely. Acceleration is more than adequate to get up to and above legal freeway speeds. The OEM suspension isn't the most refined but handles the rigors of daily driving without a problem. Tons of ground clearance allows for clearance over parking barriers and large potholes. The steering is light yet communicative along with being power-assisted, which makes parking a breeze. The brakes are in good working order and the near 50/50 weight distribution allows the car to squat down when you depress the middle pedal, rather than nose forward. The OEM alloys have been fitted with new all-season rubber to handles wet and dry conditions,
This Silvia is incredibly fun to drive, and you don't ever feel like you need a turbo SR when behind the wheel. It handles well, is inexpensive to own, and has classic lines that have aged nicely. Coming it at an affordable price tag, it's both a practical and a certified Japanese Classic.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.