1980 Datsun Cherry Hatchback 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good 1980s first car
Rust and more rust!
Faulty carburettor (using too much fuel, common fault).
Locks difficult to use.
Aerial broke off (not the car's fault, vandals, damn kids!)
General wear and tear - brakes, oil and belt changes.
What can I say, I have fond memories of this Datsun Cherry as one of my first cars. I believe it was one of the last cars badged as "Datsun" before the Nissan name plate took over.
Being a 1970s/early 80s basic car, you did not get much. No electrics or fancy features. Interior was dull even with bright red cloth seats. On the outside it looked OK though, red hatchback (not the coupe) but I liked the chrome trim inserts typical of cars from this era.
To drive it was pretty boring, handling was OK, was very slow (1.0 engine) and averaged a little over 30 MPG, but this was acceptable in the 1980s. I had it a few years and was pretty reliable and cheap to run; the problems above were all sorted out by a local mechanic for a fair price. God I miss the old days of taking a car to a back street mechanic and getting an honest repair for cheap!
In the end rust got the better of it at its last MOT and I scrapped it just before it reached the infamous 100,000 mile mark. Japanese cars from this time are famous for bad rust, but I think you could say that about a lot of cars. At 90K plus miles and 12 years old this was good going for a car from this time. I would no doubt be disappointed if I drove one again today, but would love to have a go in one again, as everyone has a soft spot for their first car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2020