Nissan Presea Review from Australia and New Zealand

1990 Nissan Presea 1.8 ct II

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.8 ct II Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Newport


Wish they still made them!!!


Replaced the alternator once.

Replaced belt pulleys twice.

Replaced front strut twice.

Plastic A/C vents all bubbled and melted in the harsh NZ sun.

Required oversize springs and shocks, as the road clearance was down to 90mm without passengers!

Carb badly needs rebuilding (yes, it has a carburetor...).

General Comments:

I call it The Mighty Presea. 23 years old and still looks and runs great! Better looking than the newer Presea models, too!

Only real maintenance costs have been age-related (belts, hoses, brakes, tyres).

Not a spot of rust on it.

Always starts instantly and has never stalled. Runs well even with the dodgy carb (not good fuel economy), handles well and takes a beating!

Sits too low to the ground, and the roof is too low for me, but I'm probably just too big for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2013

18th May 2013, 01:50

I was unfair on the running costs, it's actually more like a 7/10 except for fuel economy (which is just 10k/l, gotta fix that carb). I've spent very little on it over 8 years!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review