1994 Nissan Bluebird Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1994 Nissan Bluebird SE 2.0 Litre petrol

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired227000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A well built car

Faults:

The main thing that was wrong with the car when I bought it, was that it was running rough and seemed to have no real power. After talking to a mechanic mate, I purchasing a new set of spark plugs and pouring a bottle of injector cleaner into the fuel tank. It made the car go smoother and faster; it ran like a dream.

That is all I have done to it; apart from tyres and oil changes, that is it.

General Comments:

The car was very tidy when I bought it, and still is in good shape.

The best $2000.00 NZ dollars I have ever spent. It still runs good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2013

1994 Nissan Bluebird TI 2.4

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

A reliable and luxury car in this range, excellent hi-fi and features

Faults:

It lost power at traffic light or slowing down after about 20 minutes drive. Can restart after a minute or so.

I have replaced the fuel filter and the problem still there. Then I brought it to a garage and the computer code showed it is the crank sensor problem. It was found that there was engine oil leaking into the distributor, and usually after 20 minutes running, the oil will be spilled by the rotor to cover the sensor so it cuts off power immediately. When the car stopped for a minute, the oil dripped to the distributor bottom and not covering the sensor, it is back to normal. So I have the distributor replaced.

This is my case and hope it can help.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2008

11th Apr 2011, 00:37

Thanx, I just had the same problem.

10th Jul 2012, 06:46

I have a Nissan Bluebird 1994, and there has been smoke coming out of the engine. I think that it is the oil filter, plus the distributor is broken, and also it keeps on cutting out. We have been trying to find a part for it, but just takes so long. We haven t driven it for a while. What do you think that we should do with it? I was thinking about getting a quote for it, but don't know. Can you tell me what I should do?

Thanks.

1994 Nissan Bluebird SEL SR20DE

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission SR20DE Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance127000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850GLT

Summary:

Ultra Reliable Mid Size Cruiser

Faults:

I've had the Bluebird for 12 years since new, and nothing mechanical has ever gone wrong. Not one! The only major fault I've had with the car was a leak from the boot lid, into the boot, but other than that, perfect reliability.

General Comments:

I don't actually understand why so many people are saying the Bluebird is powerful and sporty. The 2.0L engine seriously lacks torque and needs to be punted fairly high in the rev range (over 3500rpm) for quicker acceleration. This makes driving up hills frustrating as the auto transmission is forever hunting for the right gear. The lack of torque also makes it a rather thirsty 2L car.

The handling of the car is rather average. Quite a bit of lean and body roll, not that much grip (and I've got premium touring tyres.) Bumps unsettle the handling, and big potholes overwhelm the suspension which I feel is neither particularly comfortable or sporty.

On the upside though, it's a steady cruiser. I've got top of the range SEL model and it's decked out with leather trim, CD player and the like which makes it a relaxed environment to be in, whether its stuck in city traffic or long distance to the countryside. Rear legroom however is not that generous and its noisy!

Overall the Bluebird has served me very well. It just seems like designers at Nissan got confused about whether it was going to be a luxury car or a sports car judging by sports car engine and overly heavy body. Firm pseudo-sports suspension, but crap handling.

The Bluebird is a great car for people who don't pay particular attention to the performance of the car, but value comfort and reliability more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2006

20th Jun 2009, 04:59

This review is spot on extremely honest and accurate assessment of Bluebird. I have an SSS auto model, which I would describe in exactly the same manner, despite its minor shortcomings it feels as though it will seriously just go forever.

Only niggle I've had with mine is the silly design of the rocker cover. It allows water from splash back to pool around the ignition leads and seep down into the spark plug channels, causing cylinder cut out. This has happened to me once after foolishly water blasting the engine bay, and again after driving in sustained heavy rain. Probably my fault for driving too quickly through puddles, however it does seem to be a bit of a design fault in an otherwise bulletproof package.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews