1996 Nissan Pulsar Autech Version
The Nissan Pulsar Autech Version is a rare, and purpose-built hatch. From the more aggressive factory aero to the sports-tuned ECU, this platform oozes performance. The N15 chassis offers both a sporty ride and a spacious cabin. This 1996 is in good condition overall and offered with a mere 73k documented/verified miles. It remains mostly stock aside from a few minor performance upgrades. Recently refinished in its original (KH3) Super Black, the exterior is in good condition and lacks any major dents or dings aside from the normal wear and tear. The left front fender was replaced during its prior life in Japan and the repair was done very well and fits properly. Recently serviced and legally imported this tenacious two-door is a much more unique Japanese Classic than you're likely to find at this price point and would make a tremendous daily driver or weekend track toy.
The interior of this hot hatch is in good nick and its obvious previous owner cared for the car. The dash is nice and lacks any cracking or distortion which plagues many Nissans. These Autech cars lacked passenger airbags and sunroofs just to save weight, thereby adding performance. Other special interior touches besides the upholstery include a set of Autech branded white-faced gauges that add some contrast to the darker interior. The tachometer works intermittently but the rest of the gauges work as they should. Upholstered in a multicolored cloth, the seats jazz up the cabin and are wonderfully supportive. Aside from a minor driver-side bolter repair, they lack any major imperfections such as rips, stains, or tears. The headliner as well as the door cards are in great shape and the carpets have no major blemishes. A few upgrades can be found inside the cockpit including a MOMO race steering wheel and a metal NISMO shift knob. Additionally, a Kenwood DPX-700 radio works as it should providing some tunes for your passengers if they don't care for a screaming 2.0L SR20 soundtrack. The A/C blows cold just in time for summer and power window controls all function as they should if you prefer more natural ventilation. The mirror adjustments are intact as is the power locking system, but the folding mirror button is not operating properly.
Mechanically this example drives excellently and accelerates with ease. The heart of this Pulsar is an Autech tuned high compression SR20DE. Special touches include high lift cams, sodium-filled valves and features an 11:1 compression ratio. Fresh off a recent oil and filter service she starts right up thanks to a new 12v battery. The engine breathes a bit freer thanks to a Fujitsubo Giken axel back exhaust and a new engine air filter. It idles confidently and sends power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission with factory-equipped LSD. A new set of serpentine belts has been installed by our technicians as the old ones were starting to crack. Acceleration is impressive as this engine and its supporting mods increase horsepower from the base models 137bhp to 172 bhp. Max power also occurs at 6800rpv versus the normal 5200 revs. The gearbox feels strong and shifts smoothly and is properly geared for US highway speeds. The front adjustable struts can handle to rigors of daily use and the brakes feel confident now as the brake pads are brand new both front and rear. This Pulsar is a blast to drive at the limit as well and corners flat. Accelerating out of the corners is made better by a factory LSD. The power steering is on point and easy to articulate and is relative communicative. 16" Enkei two-piece alloys complete the aesthetic and are all wrapped in new all-season tires. These quiet down the ride nicely and should last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.