1989 Nissan Bluebird Premium 1.6 from UK and Ireland
A well built reliable car
Power steering pump at 170,000 miles.
Internal heater Matrix sprang a leak at 190,000 miles.
Rear nearside section of Handbrake cable required replacing at 225,000 miles.
Drivers side windscreen wiper link bar required replacing 3 times in the 4 years I owned the car.
A well built extremely reliable all-round car which never let me down even on the coldest mornings. Excellent Japanese engineering.
The 1.6 engine was probably a bit under powered for this size of car so acceleration was a bit poor.
Fuel economy was ok. Around town I got about 33 mpg and on a long run about 39 - 40 mpg.
The Premium model I owned was the base model which the original purchaser could add extras too. They chose power steering which was a bonus.
This car was 13 years old and had covered 245,000 miles when I parted with it and was only just starting to show signs of rust, which is a testament to how well it was built in the first place.
My only gripe is with the price of Nissan parts. The rear nearside part of the handbrake cable (handbrake cable comes in 3 parts) was only available from the dealers and cost over £60.00!
The only other gripe was the windscreen wiper link arm which had to be replaced 3 times in 4 years as the nylon cup on each end wore out. The Nissan dealers told me that this was their biggest selling spare part, so it was clearly the only design fault.
The interior of the car was spacious and quite comfortable although the drivers seat was starting to sag a little.
Boot space was copious. Plenty of room for luggage.
This is a car more suited and comfortable for long journeys rather than urban driving.
I would have purchased another Nissan, but was only put off by the high price of parts and the high insurance groups which I think is ridiculous for a range of cars built in Britain. Comparative cars built in Britain are Fords and Vauxhalls and parts and insurance groups for these makes are a lot cheaper.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd August, 2003