1989 Nissan Bluebird Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1989 Nissan Bluebird Premium 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance245000 miles
Previous carLada Riva

Summary:

A well built reliable car

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1989 Nissan Bluebird Super Select 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired183000 kilometres
Most recent distance186000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Cordia

Summary:

Not a good car

Faults:

Suspension was totally stuffed.

Engine blew clouds of blue smoke when started.

Car blew smoke at all times.

Oil leak.

Used 4L of oil every 2 months.

Car didn't look clean, even after being washed.

Bad ticking noise from motor.

Speedo needle did not move smoothly.

Temperature gauge was faulty.

Difficult to do anything to, eg install a stereo/speakers.

Clutch was on its way out.

Two rear tyres replaced.

General Comments:

Paid NZ$2500 for it, spent $500 on repairs in first month, sold it 5 months later and lost more than $1000.

Sluggish for a 1.8L.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2003

29th Jan 2006, 05:17

This seems to be a very unfair review. It would appear to highlight your ineptness at assessing existing problems when purchasing a car rather than point towards any unreliability issues with this model. Everybody else who owns one of these seems happy, we've just brought one for the kids to learn in based on the other more realistic reviews listed in this sight. Perhaps an AA check might serve you well in future.

1989 Nissan Bluebird Executive 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0i Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance120600 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Perfect, unless you're a fashion victim!

Faults:

Front engine mount.

General Comments:

What more could you want from a car? It may not be the most stylish, and is old fashioned by todays standards. However, its comfortable, fast, roomy, reliable and easy to drive. The 5 speed box is a dream, and the overdrive is a great feature to aid economy. It has electric everything that still works, full Connolly leather interior, air-conditioning and fly's through every M.O.T. No wonder they were so popular as taxis. I shall really miss her when she goes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 22 reviews