Nissan Pulsar Review from Singapore

1991 Nissan Pulsar K1 1.5 petrol

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Tiida

Summary:

A well made cheap run around

Faults:

This review is for a 1.5 Nissan Pulsar K1 N14 Hatchback. It was purchased used, late 2005 from its original owner. Since then the following have occurred.

Replaced Power steering pump (caused a lot of noise) USD$70.

Replaced all 4 tyres.

Right headlamp occasionally goes on the blink. Will rectify it in due course. probably due to loose connector.

Engine is starting to smoke from the breather tube. Worn piston rings are suspect. Am quoted USD$630 for the job. May consider it in 12 months.

Petrol gauge seems to move very fast. So I fill up based on distance.

Carb seems faulty. Drives OK, my tuning the air fuel mixture doesn't seem to yield much results.

Petrol Consumption is rather high at about 9-10 km/l.

General Comments:

When we purchased this car it was in pristine physical condition. The bodywork is rust free, panels were straight.

The interior does not show signs of serious ageing. The plastics have survived our heat very well.

All the buttons work as well as all the printed text on the buttons are still visible. It almost looks factory fresh.

The car is moderately powerful. Sufficient would be the best to describe it. It tops out at around 150km/h and is relatively comfortable and composed at that speed. Tyres are still stock by the way, but the shocks were upgraded to Koni Reds by the previous owner.

Handling is typical for cars of this market group and generation. The skinny tyres give you early warning and there is body roll. The rear suspension does get a bit unsettled with mid corner undulations.

Interior comfort is described as sufficient. The driver seats are very basic in support. Tall rear passengers will have problems with tall drivers as the seat in the rear most position will rest only 3-4 inches away from the back seat.

All the cars electrics work fine. From power windows, to the power mirrors and air conditioning. Nothing has failed on me.

Overall I am extremely happy with this car. She has aged very very well and with the required repairs I believe she will continue on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2006

29th Mar 2007, 09:56

Just an update. The car here recently overheated and the driver at the time didn't realise it and kept on driving till it stalled. Long story short, the engine needed an overhaul. In the process the auto transmission was changed too.

The Auto transmission had an issue where it occasionally wouldn't upshift after I do a kickdown.

So now with the replacement transmission and repaired engine, the car is wonderful. Even quieter than before and much smoother. I still find the fuel consumption a little on the high side at 8km/l, so I do need to look into that.

The air con button has stopped glowing blue when activated (but the air con still works) and the fuel gauge is still inaccurate.

Other than that, the car is still running flawlessly. What an amazing example.

24th Jul 2007, 11:28

Regarding this Pulsar K1; the starter solenoid was recently changed because it would crank up intermittently. A light bulb in the cabin was replaced and nothing much else.

I know there are not many of these in Singapore, but I must say the car holds together rather well.

8th Apr 2010, 11:14

Pulsar update. Still in pristine condition. She is going into the shop shortly as the undercarriage bushings are being renewed. There are some odd noises coming from the underside when doing parking maneuvers, but relatively quiet at highway speeds. CV joints will need replacement in a couple of months. Some tell tale sounds showing through. Overall, still going strong, still holding together well. I'm amazed.

24th Feb 2011, 10:47

Happy to report that the Pulsar is still doing well.

Just sent it in for a rust spot under the side mirror. Other than that no other evidence of corrosion. Car still running well. Interior holding up very, very well. Hand on heart, it's almost factory fresh. Seats are perhaps sagging a bit.

Right now it's at 168,000 km and showing no signs of slowing down. Some odd thing happened a few months ago. The air con main hose came off. But otherwise that's it.

See you later.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review