1983 Nissan Bluebird Reviews

1983 Nissan Bluebird GX 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired197000 kilometres
Most recent distance234000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

An amazing car for it's age. Goes like a rocket!

Faults:

Front Pulley Seal leaked badly, but repaired. Temperature gauge not working. Door ajar light used to stay on - earth problem.

General Comments:

A fantastic car. 20 Years older than the VY Commodore, but I had to go back - missed the bluey too much!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2004

1983 Nissan Bluebird GXE ULTRA 2.0 pintara motor ca20e from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 pintara motor ca20e Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

A high performance bargain

Faults:

Blown motor, drove it too hard.

Blew the fuel pump straight off the head.

Heater controls broken.

Keeps blowing headlight fuse.

General Comments:

This hot little wagon was seriously quick and handles like new, even though it's low, very LOW.

Seats are comfortable, very fun to drive - I like driving it more than my 2002 Magna VRX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2004

1983 Nissan Bluebird GL L20B 83FEB 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission L20B 83FEB 2.0L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired56400 kilometres
Most recent distance60700 kilometres

Summary:

Good to drive, good costs

Faults:

Currently the car is needing a new fuel pump, this is resulting in power cut outs.

The car's idle default very low, I would recommended raising it a bit, other wise it stalls.

The engine is very sensitive to the cold, it likes to stall.

General Comments:

The car is a "GL" model, however, I have fitted it with the 15" alloys from a "TRX", which improved the handling, the car handles very well. The lack of power steering makes the u-turns hard on the arms, but it is quite agile for normal driving.

I also put the "TRX" wing on the car.

The car is good on fuel, $20 gets me to Brisbane and back easily (180k) and a bit of running around.

The car is good to drive, yet I believe that it is abit under-powered, you notice the proformence drop when other people get in. The car is quite heavy.

The purchase cost of the car is good, about 2500AUD (1250USD), with only 56400 +/- on the dial, and the interior in perfect condition with books.

Good fun to drive, good running costs, good price.

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

Review Date: 25th April, 2003

1983 Nissan Bluebird Phase I from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Phase I Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.3 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

I think it's cursed

Faults:

Rust.

Blew a head gasket, cracked a cylinder head.

Carby was faulty when bought.

Distributor faulty.

Eats points.

Always goes out of tune: points and timing move.

Steering rack needed replacing.

All hoses needed replacing, some electricals.

General Comments:

This car may last forever but it's high maintenance, so I don't intend to find out. Rust will get it before anything else does.

Handling is awful, mainly due to worn shocks, which aren't worth replacing because I'd rather spend money on a new car.

This car hardly ever ran well.

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

Review Date: 25th April, 2001

10th Jun 2001, 22:33

My wife owns a 1982 Nissan Bluebird and I think it is the best car I have ever driven. It was in good condition when we bought it. Ever since we bought the car I have been looking after the car really well.

So we have a good car that never lets us down.

1st Jul 2007, 12:48

We've owned one for 21 years, and have had nothing but brilliant faithful service. Same gearbox, clutch, diff, up until sale. It had 587 thou on the odometer when sold.

Same head on the vehicle, but had been cracked twice; once at 260 thou and then at 567 thou, but solid car that just kept on going and going. More reliable than my Dad's VN Commodore.

Was that good, my parents towed a 16 foot camper and carted 3 kids around Oz in it, and it never missed a beat!!!

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews