There is something to be said about clean, unmodified, vehicles these days. With the rising popularity of the S13 it’s nearly impossible these days to find one that’s been left untouched. This 1992 comes in with a verified 40K miles and has been kept all stock. To add a little cherry on top this 180SX was finished in hard to find Aztec Red (AG2) which is one of the best factory color options. The paint shows exceptionally well for its age with a great luster. The body is in equally good shape and appears to have been well preserved over the years. All of the gaps line up as they should and makes for a very clean factory look. Of course, with any car that’s been on the road, it does have some routine little door dings and stone chips, but nothing out of the ordinary to report. However, with only 86K verified miles that does come as less of a shock. All the way down to the stock wheels, this is one clean example of what a 180SX should be.
Like the body, the interior on this one has been left completely stock. All the way down to the original steering wheel. The interior shows particularly well, as these are known to having issues. The only real issue to note is the driver’s side seat. As you can see from the pictures, the top and bottom bolsters have smaller holes from getting in and out over the years. Since these are the stock seats you could easily replace it with another factory one, or the more common approach of putting something in with better overall support. All of the seats and carpeting are free of any severe stains or unsightly blemishes. The dash does have a couple of cracks, like every S chassis on the road, but has been covered by a much nicer dash pad. These came with all of the creature comforts we know and love; automatic climate control, power windows, power mirrors, and powered door locks. It even still has the factory radio, despite the lack of compatibility here in the US. In an effort to keep everything original yet functional we’ve had customers in the past replace these with the factory USDM radio that most people have tossed on a shelf somewhere.
Pop the hood and you’ll find the iconic SR20DET. The Aluminum 2.0 liter has become an icon in the S Chassis world. Unlike all of the USDM models that have to undergo a transplant, the JDM spec vehicles came from the factory with the proper motor choice. The engine bay is just as clean and OEM and the rest of the car which is a rarity these days. Since this platform is so versatile finding one that hasn’t been modified and beat on over the years is refreshing. The 2.0L quickly comes to life and quietly idles through the stock exhaust. The automatic transmission shifts properly and does a great job of providing a quick response. While many mock the autos they’re no slouch. The fact that you never have a loss in boost pressure makes them quicker than their manual cohorts. The power is seamlessly delivered out back to the proper wheels making it a blast when you get out onto a twisty backroad. The factory suspension is more than capable to keep the lightweight coupe in check. Due to having been so well maintained it arrived with us only needing some routine items. Four new tires, a recharge on the A/C system, and a routine oil change have this 180 ready to pull daily duty. The S13 really has stood the test of time,