• Used Nissan 240SX Buyers Guide

    A used Nissan 240SX can be a very solid used car purchase. The Nissan 240SX was often overlooked by the performance car buying public when introduced, but has since garnered an almost cult-like status, especially among drifting enthusiasts. Good performance, rear wheel drive, precise handling and above average reliability make the 240SX an excellent choice for someone looking for a sporty car on a budget. Kelly Blue Book has prices ranging from $1000 for older models to $5700 for later models in excellent shape.

    The first-generation was produced from 1989 to 1994 and was available in two configurations, the hatchback and coupe, and each came in various trim levels. The hatchback included an optional sports package with a limited-slip differential. These are the most desirable of the 1st generation 240SX. Also, from 1992 to 1994 a convertible version was added to the lineup.

    In 1995 Nissan introduced the 2nd Generation 240SX. The chassis and body were redesigned resulting in a wider car with a longer wheelbase, and it was only offered in a coupe version.

    Originally, the 240SX came with a 2.4-liter, 140bhp SOHC engine, but in 1991 Nissan introduced minor styling revisions and upgraded to a DOHC, 155bhp engine.

    All versions came with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission.

    The 240SX had a large production run so finding a clean example for sale is fairly easy. When examining any potential purchase be sure to check for these common problems.

    • Radiator reservoir leaking.
    • Idling problems usually caused by a bad ground wire on the IAA valve.
    • Broken or loose EGR tube.
    • Leaking Valve cover gaskets.
    • Leaking fuel injectors.
    • Power steering return hoses leaking.
    • Sunroofs often rattle and leak.
    • Torn steering rack boots and tie-rod end boots.
    • Tension rod bushings leaks or tears.
    • Gas tank sending unit can fail, causing low fuel pump pressure.
    • Power options, like mirrors, windows and sliding electric seatbelts tend to stick or fail.