1985 Nissan Bluebird Reviews

1985 Nissan Bluebird Series lll GXE 2.0L SOHC natural aspiration from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L SOHC natural aspiration Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance215000 kilometres

Summary:

This car is awesome fun!!

Faults:

Clutch went within first 400km.

Interior light worked intermittently, solved by re-greasing push switches.

Cluster wouldn't always work, solved (remedied) by hitting top of dash.

Fuel and speedometer gauges stopped working twice each over the time I had the car.

Piston 3 was down pressure, as a result blue smoke came out the exhaust under acceleration.

General Comments:

A very good first car. Recommended to all my friends.

Inside the cabin it feels fairly roomy and has excellent all-round vision. The vinyl and plastic interior is good as long as it's well maintained. Seats are very comfortable, and the drivers seating position is very good.

Performance is left wanting in the power division, although it still hit fairly well for its weight category.

Handling was soft but very predictable, making it an excellent car to have fun in; it felt stable and highly throw-able in most situations. This car is a very good car to learn in, and a fun car when pushing the envelope.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2008

1985 Nissan Bluebird GXE 2.0 SOHC Carburettor from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Carburettor Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres

Summary:

Slow, looks a bit dull and isn't the coolest thing, but I absolutely love it!

Faults:

Water regulator broke, but easily fixed.

General Comments:

I bought this car from my aunt to learn to drive in. This car is really easy to drive, you could give it to a 5 year old and they could drive you to Melbourne.

While the car was anything, but powerful, peak torque comes in at 2600rpm, the engine really does feel great for getting up to speed. Because the car has so little power, and no power steering, you really need to thrash it to get anything out of it. But it's a fun car to trash.

The car had done 135000 kilometers when I got it, and nothing was wrong, apart from the dodgy LED dash, which can get on your nerves at times. The fuel gauge is also terribly optimistic. At times, it'll be screaming "YOU'RE GONNA RUN OUTTA FUEL!". About 15 seconds later, it's fine "What? You've got heaps, I don't know what you're talking about!"

The car never misses a beat, and drives great. It's also really comfortable, and the stereo ain't half bad.

The body was a bit crappy with some rust, but that was down to the age anyway. I love it, especially for $1000.

Miss the poor old thing. Recommend it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2007

1985 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

At 95,000 I replaced the clutch.

At 101,300 I replaced the steering rack gaiter.

At 102,000 I replaced the windscreen due to air getting into the lamination.

At 110,000 I replaced the rear shock absorbers, totally wrecked.

General Comments:

I love this car and wouldn't swap it for anything. very comfortable, extremely reliable, and absolutely brand new condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2005

1985 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired144000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

I bought this for NZ$1000 and it is a bargain!

Faults:

In the 6000km nothing major has gone wrong.

Remote release for the boot sometimes doesn't work.

General Comments:

Power Steering is somewhat vague, handles quite erratically at times.

Drivers seat a bit uncomfortable.

Legroom in rear good.

Boot is big enough for two large suitcases or several dead bodies!!

Was surprised to note it had two spark plugs per cylinder. By having these I get around 650km for 45 litres of unleaded - cheaper than my Mitsi Lancer 1500!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2003

1985 Nissan Bluebird Ventura 2.0 Leaded petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Leaded petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap and reliable

Faults:

Replaced thermostat in radiator as soon as I purchased the car.

Boot seals went a little off.

General Comments:

Engine has original seals/ties?, If car is well maintained it will be an excellent reliable car.

This car tends to lack power. A set of twin SU's will fix this problem if installed correctly.

This car is extremely cheap on fuel, and its confert levels are extraordinary.

I have had this car for almost two years and have noticed nothing wrong with it.

Installed a two inch single muffler sports exhaust system, this gave it a beautiful sound. Like an MG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2003

1985 Nissan Bluebird Venturer 2.0 petrol - Leaded from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol - Leaded Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres

Summary:

A little gem- great first car

Faults:

Steering rack was replaced.

Electronic ignition module burnt out and was replaced.

Clutch was replaced.

Front suspension bushes were replaced.

Alternator was reconditioned.

Differential was reconditioned.

Gearbox and/or tailshaft gives a vibration at speeds above 40 kilometers per hour.

Rust problems and water leaks in boot area.

All door hinges are worn out.

Most door rubbers are on their way out.

General Comments:

I chose this as a first car because it was simply the best value for money at the time, and it is rear wheel drive.

This car has so far turned out to be a little gem, with most typical high-mileage problems having been fixed during my ownership.

Ever since my initial problems with the ignition module have been sorted, this vehicle starts first time, and has never left me stranded.

Performance is typical of a medium sized 4 cylinder family sedan from the era, and driving this car smoothly is a challenge due to it being carburetted and having a notchy little gearbox.

It has a surprising amount of torque at low RPMs, and after passing the 'flat spot' at about 3000 RPM, a reasonable amount of power is made.

Handling is fairly nimble around town, but this vehicle is not stable far above highway speeds (140 Km/h).

The brakes are a good match for the performance and weight of this car, as I have rarely experienced fade.

As for the cabin, most plastic trim parts are crumbling or warped due to sunlight exposure.

All of the seats are supportive and comfortable except the centre rear squab, however rear legroom must usually be negotiated for with the front occupants.

This car can best be thought of as cheap, reliable transport and as such, a great first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 15 reviews