Datsun Laurel Reviews

1975 Datsun Laurel Six 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carMorris 1300

Summary:

Who needed a Granada?

Faults:

Nothing was wrong with the mechanical parts, but the bodywork was full of holes and body filler where holes had been.

Scrapped due to terminal rot.

General Comments:

Despite being old and very rusty the Laurel ran like a dream. The engine and gearbox were fine right up to when it was scrapped, and would have outlived the body by at least ten years!

The seats were like armchairs, and it was very luxurious. Shame the interior was brown, though.

The six cylinder engine made it very quick in a straight line. It would out-run most Capris.

These days they are practically extinct.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th August, 2003

9th Jul 2004, 05:14

My laurel c-31 is quite amazing. after being used for some time in Saudi Arabia and now serving me for Three years here in Ethiopia, it still runs quite well & sound. it goes 120km per hour easily & drives 8km per liter of fuel. The only problem is that the body & door linings are worn. Once or twice I got a hit & the tail & front lamps are cracked. I could not get spares at all. Probably somebody who has one with good body condition & ought to sell might contact me. yoosepht@yahoo.com.

1982 Datsun Laurel C31 2.0 Straight-6 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Straight-6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance280480 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

A classic Datsun that beats the likes of a modern car

Faults:

Practically nothing! A very reliable car (like every Datsun).

Had to replace minor wear and tear parts like water pump, brake shoes, and rubber lining around doors and trunk.

Body started rusting badly inside the trunk near the rear-left light cluster. Caused by water leaking into the trunk due to worn rubber linings. All rust is patched and treated now after a new coat of paint.

General Comments:

Very comfortable car, minimal engine and wind noise even at high speeds. Consumption around 26mpg.

Quiet engine, no problem starting on mornings, never overhauled although the overall distance has topped 280,000Km.

Still can cruise up to 160 Km/h. Straight-6 engine delivers 110hp.

Quite difficult to find spares, had to import rubber linings from Japan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2001

24th Dec 2006, 12:56

I can vouch for this car. I bought my first Datsun Laurel C31 in 1989 with 126000km on the dial. I overhauled the engine on 380000km because it was smoking. All it really needed was a set of valve stem seals! It now has 730000km on the dial. I still drive it daily in city and open roads.

I bought a second Laurel in August 2006 for spares. It had 230000km on the dial. It was not necessary to strip as everything was in perfect working condition! I now have the two of them running daily.

I must get a third one for spares now, but as I know these cars I most probably end up with three daily runners.

Can anyone tell me where I can get hold of headlamps and tail lamps for this Laurels?

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews