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DCR said:
I am a new poster, but I have searched around quite a bit before registering and posting.

The story:

A friend of mine mentions to me that he has a 1995 Nissan 200SX sitting in his driveway, doing nothing since he bought a new car. He was going to literally scrap this car...have it towed and sold for scrap. I am totally new to Nissan, so I would like to ask the experts here about this car, and if I should buy it from my friend for $350. I need a general use vehicle to give my other cars a rest from time to time, and this may be what I am after.

It is a 5 Speed with the 1.6 L GA16DE engine, 110,000 miles, and generally not taken care of. Cosmetically, it needs a little work. The parts I would need off the bat are:

Front grill, Driver-side Mirror, Passenger front seat belt, the heater switch resistor (only setting 4 works..found that here too), front right corner assembly for the driving light and t-signal, and the muffler is disconnected from the pipe that runs to the front of the car...and I don't know if that is easy to repair on this car or not.

I have found most of these parts for quite I don't mind the minor cost there. Also, parts store links are welcome.

He would go 25,000-30,000 miles at some points without an oil change, which is extremely stupid, but the situation is what it is. The car sat for 6 months, through a Michigan winter and started on the first turn, so it seems strong to some degree. I couldn't drive it yet, but from just starting it and moving through the gears, the clutch felt tight and the gears didn't clunk or grind in any I think the clutch and tranny are OK.

My friend is totally honest about the history of the car, what works and what doesn't, and that he has never been stranded on the side of the road or had engine problems of any kind. One consideration is that the car doesn't have to last me 100,000 miles, but there is a possibility it could if I can get involved and take care of it well from this point on.

My biggest concern and main deterrent is that the car has an oil leak, so he states, and I assume it is the front gasket that I have found to be a common problem with this car from reading this informative site. I am not a mechanic, but I am mechanically inclined, so I think I could handle that part of it..but if not I know enough mechanics who could.

So, my main question is:

What should I look for specifically that should make me avoid this car totally? Are there other bad oil leaks that could be far worse than the common one? Considering the $350 price, and the fact that the only things that need addressing mechanically are the oil leak...I would like to hear your opinions.

I would. buy it from your friend.
That seems good to me.. not too many problems, and you seem to know what needs to be done with the car. If you decide you don't want it, tell me. I will get it.

but yeah why not.. you'll fall in love with the nissan as I did. ;)


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WRXrob said:
on the GA16 engine that is in the car (unless its an SE-R), the rear main seal is a very common problem which does not cause any major problems, other than having to put oil in the car often. Once I had that fixed (around $250 total), the oil leak problems were gone. I don't know why the market underrates the value of these cars. In my opinion this car has had as few problems if not fewer than my stock 97 honda prelude that pretty much died at 160K.

a 95 civic would cost you thousands to purchase. This car is much cheaper, and probably just as reliable.
I just got my car running.. I had to find out why it wouldnt start.. fix BOTH CV's, and a oil leak in the front crank seal.
( but yeah my old car i had to fix it like 17 times! this one 1 so far.)
man.. <3 nissan...
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