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 Post subject: Learn me on S12 200sx's
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:56 pm 

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I can't seem to find a good source of info on these cars (I've searched a bit), so if anybody has any good sites please link me. Anyway, I really want to buy one of these. How hard are they to come by? What should I expect to pay for one (in what kind of condition)? Is there a good source of replacement parts or a [somewhat] good aftermarket? Common problems?
Any info is greatly appreciated! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Learn me on S12 200sx's
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:07 am 
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N05 wrote:
I can't seem to find a good source of info on these cars (I've searched a bit), so if anybody has any good sites please link me.


http://club-s12.org/v3/ :tu:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:03 am 

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i have a bitter sweet love for them

had one as a project, one thing after another kept breaking, wasn't worth it to keep going....


one thing is for certain STAY away from the 86 year. those seem to have the most problems. early cars and the later ones are a lot easier to get answers about.


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There is a member on here with personally one of the nicest S12 Ever. He has a build thread on here you should check it out.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:21 pm 

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datsunfreak - thank you! cant believe i didn't find that before haha

schassisowner - thanks for the info, but sorry to hear that.

norcal510 - if you are talking about the RB swapped one, thats actually what got me into them (i saw it in modified mag)

yeah overall i want to build a (relatively) low-budget drift car that you wouldnt see at an event too often.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:22 pm 
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I meant this one viewtopic.php?t=6078&highlight=

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:22 pm 

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Norcal510 wrote:

ooohh woow that is a great build!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:41 pm 
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schassisowner wrote:
i have a bitter sweet love for them

.......one thing after another kept breaking, wasn't worth it to keep going....


one thing is for certain STAY away from the 86 year.

Is that TRUE, about the '86 200SXs, DF? Didn't you have an '86 coupe?

I have an '87 S12 XE coupe... and I LOVE it. It only has 80,000 original miles, and only needs a paint job. Other, than a weakass front defroster... this car is very RELIABLE, and great on gas. :wink: :tu:

If you can find one, with no rust or rot... and it's been well taken care of, then GO for it. When, you drive it around, it should turn heads, since they're getting to be very rare, nowadays. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:06 pm 

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yea idk it prob is fine if you keep it stock; but to swap engines its the most confusing documented swap.


i'm not totally against buying one; but i think id only go for an SE and keep it stock :P


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KresSlyda180 wrote:
Is that TRUE, about the '86 200SXs, DF? Didn't you have an '86 coupe?


Yes, and zero problems with it, even at 188k miles.

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yea idk it prob is fine if you keep it stock; but to swap engines its the most confusing documented swap.


You probably should have mentioned that then. 8)

Next time, say "don't buy an '86 if you plan to do an engine swap". :tu:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:32 am 
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datsunfreak wrote:
KresSlyda180 wrote:
Is that TRUE, about the '86 200SXs, DF? Didn't you have an '86 coupe?


Yes, and zero problems with it, even at 188k miles.

schassisowner wrote:
yea idk it prob is fine if you keep it stock; but to swap engines its the most confusing documented swap.


You probably should have mentioned that then. 8)

Next time, say "don't buy an '86 if you plan to do an engine swap". :tu:

EXACTLY...I think the stock ca20e is a VERY reliable engine. I don't know WHY, guys swap the CA for the KA24de(twin cam). Those engines give more power, but always need valve adjustment, and are crappy. I love the KA24e(single cam) in my S13, it needs NO valve adjustment, with it's self adjusting valve lash.

I think the SE V6s are more trouble-prone in the 200sx chassis(due to the crampness of the engine bay).

Although, the same stock V6 is GREAT in the 300zx chassis... my mom's '87 300zx gave us zero problems, since we bought it new in '87 till the time we traded it in, in 2000. :) :tu:

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