1988 Nissan Bluebird Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1988 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.7 turbo diesel from Pakistan

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.7 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Nothing, it worked perfectly fine and it never let me down. I could always count on it, be it to travel late at night or in the afternoon, the car was always ready for action.

General Comments:

An excellent car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2001

1988 Nissan Bluebird LX D 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired194050 miles
Most recent distance197955 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego

Summary:

A comfortable and reliable family workhorse

Faults:

Nothing, although it has just had an MOT, costing me £450, but it was only the suspension worn out (it used to be a taxi). Not bad for 197,955 miles I don't think !!

General Comments:

I use the car for work 6 days a week, which is a 44 mile round trip on the motorway, the car uses no oil to talk of, and the water has never dropped below the full mark.

The car is Jet Black color, with alloy wheels (from a Primera), it looks good and is a pleasure to ride in.

I only wish the Primera was a match, but unfortunately it's no where close.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2000

8th Jun 2009, 18:21

Ye, these cars can be more realiable than a mercedes 190d.

1988 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.6 carburetor from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 carburetor Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

A very reliable underestimated car, you have to own it to appreciate it. One of the best cars of 88!

Faults:

Alternator, extreme rust on both rear wheel arches, power steering fluid small leak, fuel insertion cap had to be replaced.

General Comments:

I got it for only £500, I have owned it for two years and there have been few problems with it considering the miles. It starts immediately in all conditions every day, still most original parts, I use it for about 30 miles each day.

It is very comfortable and easy to drive with responsive steering and good acceleration and no slack in the gear box. I love it and would sell it for no less than £700 despite the rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2000

1988 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Electric windows fail, and are expensive to repair. Sunroof failed, and it was expensive to repair.

General Comments:

160,000, without any major problems!!!!!

Then failed m.o.t, and too expensive to repair. Dealer servicing very expensive. Excellent value for money, lots of fond memories, but it has to go, hope we can afford a new Primera!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 1999

1988 Nissan Bluebird GS 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.8
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

70,000 - needed new clutch.

88,000 - gearbox trouble (recon fitted), rear electric window failed.

180,000 - recon gearbox failed.

185,000 - cylinder head gasket leaking, corroded alternator connector, faulty windscreen wiper motor, handbrake ratchet broke.

210,000 - shock absorbers were really bad, leaking power steering rack.

General Comments:

A lot of trouble but a lot of mileage, the bodywork was excellent throughout, it withstood over 220,000 miles and 10 British winters.

Fun to drive, and with many nice features like all round electric windows, electric sunroof, elec mirrors, internal central locking switch, switch on/off passenger windows, power steering, reclining rear seats, free Blaunpunkt Stereo system (which was very good), electric aerial.

The free Nissan toolkit with spanners and screwdrivers was nice.

A very comfortable car too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

1988 Nissan Bluebird LS 1.6 (tuned for leaded petrol) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.6 (tuned for leaded petrol)
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

The tape deck wasn't used for nine years, so it got a bit fluff-filled.

A fuel feed problem developed very recently, but it was fixed by one visit to the dealer.

The lid fell off the compartment between the front seats, but I put it back on. Shucks.

General Comments:

So it will always be a minicab car. It's still responsive and spacious, built like a breeze-block urinal and despite the fact that it has the smallest engine that was available for them at that time, it still shifts (top speed about 98-101mph depending on what mood it's in, reasonable take-off but slooow between 30 and 60).

Short, precise gear shift. Power steering doesn't muffle your sensation of the road, but can feel a bit flighty cornering above 50mph. Not dangerously flighty, but still. Good visibility for a car this size - the nose is just curved enough that it doesn't obstruct your vision of the immediate road, but you can peer at it in a tight parking situation.

And, of course, the toys. PAS I mentioned before. Now add electric windows front and back, electric sunroof, electric aerial, Blaupunkt stereo (4 speakers, not standard on many cars of that age). Adjustable steering column and front seats. Probably a bunch of other things I've forgotten.

It's just celebrated its 10th birthday, and it has (garsp) 2 rust spots. One on the driver's side door sill, the other below the fuel filler.

Happy Birthday, Bluebird.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews