Nissan 100NX is First Produced

The 100NX came with two engine options, a 1.6 L and a 2.0 L. The 1.6 liter, made from 1990 to February 1993 had a carburetor fitted which tended to consume excessive fuel as it aged.

From April 1993 onwards, the 100NX was sold with a more efficient fuel injected setup.

1.6 carbureted — 90 bhp (67 kW; 91 PS)
1.6 fuel injected — 105 bhp (78 kW; 106 PS)
2.0 fuel injected — 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS)
2.0 fuel injected — 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) North American version

The 1.6 liter fuel injected version achieved 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 10.5 seconds and had a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h).

The 100NX was mainly sold with a T-bar removable roof in Europe.

The Nissan NX was also sold in the Japanese domestic market as the Nissan NX Coupe. Some models were fitted with T-Tops, whilst others were hardtop. The Japanese domestic NX Coupe's came with either a 1.5 DOHC carburetted engine (GA15(DS)), a 1.6 DOHC EFI engine (GA16(DE)), a 1.8 DOHC EFI engine (SR18(DE)) or the rare 2.0 DOHC EFI engine (SR20DE)of the NX-R (Aus). The model was available in automatic or manual transmission. The 1.5 DOHC models were all fitted with digital speedometers, whilst all other engine versions had the standard analogue gage. All Japanese domestic models were fitted with electric windows, air conditioning, power steering, electric mirrors and central locking which locked the doors automatically at 18 km/h whilst driving.

Forever destined to remain an interesting curio, the Nissan 100NX seems to have become a better used car than it ever was when new. It offers a bit of charm for very little money and there are many doing the rounds quite happily that are approaching 200,000 miles. Find one with half that on the clock and you could look forward to a few years of very inexpensive sunshine coupe driving. Just don't expect white-knuckle thrills.

NX DIRECTORY

Now here's one that you may not have considered for quite some time but which is not altogether unappealing. The Nissan 100NX offers something a little different if you're after a budget used coupe and want manageable bills without the 'froufrou' image of something like a Vauxhall Tigra. Tracking one down isn't going to be easy but these cars were built on Nissan Sunny underpinnings and are therefore tough and reliable. It's not the last word in the style stakes, true, but the shape has worn well and your neighbour won't know what on earth it is.

History of the 100 NX

The genesis of the 100NX appeared in 1986 in the shape of the no-nonsense Sunny family hatchback, a range which received a major shot in the arm in 1991 with the introduction of a revised range which featured more modern multi-valve engines and revised styling. Ushered in on the periphery of the Sunny barrage was the 100NX, a neatly-styled little coupe that went head to head with the Mazda MX3 and spawned rivals like the Toyota Paseo, another Oriental underachiever.While European markets got a 130bhp 2.0-litre model, the car sold in the UK was only offered with the less punchy GA16DS 1.6-litre 16v which was good for 90bhp, revised in 1993 to the GA16DE engine designation which managed 102bhp. Bear in mind that at the same time, Nissan was selling the 227bhp Sunny GTi-R hatch.The Californian-designed 100NX sold in small numbers over here, shifting around 5,000 units in the four years it was on sale. Its number was up the moment Vauxhall released the Tigra and Ford announced plans for the Puma.

Nissan 100 NX Road Test

The 100NX isn't a particularly exciting car to drive. Its modest power output gets it to 60mph in 10.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 115mph. The upside of this is that fuel consumption averages hover around 31mpg, so running it isn't going to be expensive and this, coupled with the relatively cheap insurance and lift off roof, makes it a desirable choice for penniless youngsters, safety caveats notwithstanding.

Buying a Nissan 100 NX

Look out for worn driveshaft joints on early 100NX models. You should also check for heavy front tyre wear, oil leaks and signs of engine coolant loss, which could indicate cracking or warping of the cylinder head. The interior trim isn't particularly durable and you need to check for rust around the wheelarches and the bottom of the rear tailgate.

Based on the Nissan B platform, the sporty 100 NX model was launched as a replacement for the Sentra and Pulsar models. Dubbed as the NX 16000/2000 in the US, the Nissan came with a choice of two gasoline power plants ranging in displacement from 1597 cc to 1998 cc. The 1.6 Liter units developed a power output of 90 hp and 102 respectively while the 2.0 fuel injected GTi boasted some 40 extra hp. First models were equipped with a carburetor which was later dropped due to increased fuel consumption issues and replaced with a fuel injection system. Although not particularly powerful, the 100 NX is widely regarded as having been one of the best handling cars at the time.