1986 Nissan Bluebird Reviews

1986 Nissan Bluebird 2.0 D Estate LD20II from Portugal

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission LD20II Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired400000 kilometres
Most recent distance480000 kilometres
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

One of the most reliable cars

Faults:

Changed timing belt.

Fixed alternator (90€).

Clutch bearing.

General Comments:

A bit slow, specially climbing.

Very cool to drive.

Great gear box.

Excellent strong, reliable engine.

The dash has all the info needed.

This car will go on forever if you just take a little care for it.

It will even keep on going with damaged parts.

The only similar cars are the Mercedes series 124.

I have heard and seen some of these models doing 1.500.000 km without opening the engine.

It´s just a headache when we need parts that only Nissan has! (they do not sell... they simply steal money from you!!!) It´s outrageous!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2009

1986 Nissan Bluebird SLX estate 2.0 from Denmark

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance242000 kilometres
Previous carLeyland Mini

Summary:

Cheap motoring, IF you shop around for parts

Faults:

Brakes were very worn.

Rust in rear damper turrets.

Shock absorbers defective, especially front.

Worn ball joints

Oil leak from rocker cover

Auto choke sticks on

Rust, rust, rust.

General Comments:

I'm quite impressed with this car.

I got it for almost nothing and have been very lucky sourcing cheap or used parts.

Nissan main dealer prices are just a joke. Avoid them.

Not particularly economical, but extremely high comfort level.

Common faults include steering rack problems, cracked blocks/heads and suspension faults and rust, rust, rust.

Easy to work on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2003

1986 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100010 miles
Most recent distance100327 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Cheap reliable sound motor

Faults:

Well its when I bought it, the rear window De-mister does not work, but am getting it sorted.

General Comments:

OK the car is a little slow of the start although when inside the cabin the engine growls when you put your foot down a little. Being a 'C' reg it is remarkably agile for its age. The fuel side of things seems OK. I put around £10 of unleaded fuel into it and it gets around 100 miles out of that which is quite good.

Compared with my 306, it's an OK car. I bought this as I am getting married this year and buying a house so my newer car had to go.

She hasn't given me an cause for concern yet.

The only thing I will say is that the auto choke stays on a bit too long for my liking and rev's quite high. Also I think my starter motor is sticking, but it starts never the less.

The power steering makes this car a dream to drive and when you consider I only paid £475 for it, it certainly seems to be worth it, but, then again I have only had it for a little while, but all things considered it's a big thumbs up here.

Any comments e-mail me jmohammed1@aol.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2003

1986 Nissan Bluebird Universal 2.0 diesel from Lithuania

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired182000 kilometres
Most recent distance282000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Kadett

Summary:

Great car, but look for high running costs

Faults:

Power steering had leak.

Generator has been too weak for winter conditions.

Oil consumption a bit too high.

General Comments:

Very comfortable car.

Powerful and reliable engine.

Lots of space for whole crew and luggage.

Fairly economical - round 7.5 liters of diesel per 100 km in mixed environment.

Expensive service and parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2002

31st Oct 2004, 05:32

Its very good car I have run on this car about 340 000 km.

25th Jan 2005, 07:46

Good and reliable car, but loud diesel engine sound is annoying, especially in a long trip at speed over 60Mph. Or maybe there is something wrong with my car?

26th Feb 2005, 05:23

I have a Nissan Bluebird Diesel and I also have a lot of noise at 60 mph. Am not sure at the moment if it's the engine or the gearbox, will let you know when I find out.

Apart from that, I do enjoy driving the car, it's now got 204,000 on the clock!!!

1986 Nissan Bluebird SLX 2..0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2..0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Top value for money

Faults:

The shock absorbers.

Rear calipers.

And steering rack have all had to be replaced.

The gas struts for the boot need replacing.

Get it with air conditioning. It gets real hot inside during the summer.

General Comments:

A real bargain of a car, cheap to insure (group 6, that's the same as a Nova).

Good economy if driven politely, evan at the high millage it still flys down the motorways at 70 and uses about 15litres per 200 miles.

Drive it hard and it just won't respond. This car was not built for aggressive driving. That said the handling is very secure if not amazing.

The brakes are the best I have experienced and that includes modern cars. The 13 inch disks on the front bring the car to a halt in an alarmingly short distance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

28th Sep 2002, 03:54

Agreed. Fantastic car - definately gets my vote for best 'general everyday car' of the 80s. Brakes are stunningly good!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 10 reviews