1989 Nissan Bluebird Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1989 Nissan Bluebird GS 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carVolvo 340

Summary:

It'll outlast all of us

Faults:

Service history was described as "near full", but third owner (from whom I purchased the car) had in reality only had oil changes and the like done. As a result, within 2 weeks and 1000 miles, two exhaust valves burnt out. The reduction in performance and increase in noise turned the Bluey into a 2CV at a stroke.

Once repaired, nothing else went wrong, at all. The only minor gripe was that when the car was warming up in the morning it used to like to idle at 200rpm (carb fault?). I used to get round this by using my left foot to brake and depress the clutch, while leaving the right foot planted on the accelerator.

One spot of rust - at the base of the A-pillar.

Electric aerial reluctant to retract from time to time.

Car came with only three wheeltrims, and I couldn't get a replacement for love or money. Ended up bodging a Vauxhall Carlton one, fished out of the roadside one day, to fit.

General Comments:

A great, great car. Even now taxi drivers will wax lyrical about them.

No looker in five-door hatchback trim (I personally prefer the looks of the saloon, but even so that ain't great), it did have seductive factory black paint, and looked superb after a wash and polish.

Best economy I got was a trip from Newbury to Wigan and back (400 miles or so) out of one tankful. Probably 40mpg. Otherwise it was mid-30s using a combination of A/B-roads and motorways.

Comfortable seats, a high 5th gear and a footrest for the clutch foot made for restful cruising. Very light power steering could put you from lane 3 to the hard shoulder on the motorway if you sneezed, however.

Lots and lots of electrical toys, and as a testament to the boys and girls in Sunderland who put it together, they all still worked after nine years.

Very cheap insurance for a family-sized 1.8-litre (Group 6), ideal for me at the time as I was 21 with just one year's no-claims bonus.

Should never have sold it really, but I was bored, it was coming up to the magic 100,000, and I didn't really need all the space and practicality. Helped a mate buy a 90H 1.8GS auto a couple of years back which he still has, so I still enjoy driving and working on Bluebirds from time to time to this day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

1989 Nissan Bluebird Super Select 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired189000 kilometres
Most recent distance223000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Corolla

Summary:

Pretty decent

Faults:

Hose pipes keep leaking and splitting, this is a constant problem. Easy to fix.

Engine mount split.

General Comments:

The car is pretty decent in terms of acceleration, handling is OK, but can slide out fairly easily. I've thrashed the hell out of this car and it's stood the test quite well, Nissan motors are pretty tough. The car used to run on the smell of an oily rag, but I put a 'Coby Resonator - Straight through exhaust system' and it goes thru petrol really fast now, this did give it the power of a 2.0 liter engine which was well worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2002

1989 Nissan Bluebird LS 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Reliable and economic

Faults:

Wheel bearing needed at 75000 miles and I have been told to keep an eye on the radiator. Other than that it is in mint condition and the interior is in showroom condition. The only other problem has been a leaking windscreen which was easily rectified with silicone. As long as you keep them regularly serviced these cars should go on for ever and a day.

General Comments:

This car is quick enough for my needs and the fuel consumption is very good. This model doesn't have power steering which for a car of this size is quite hard work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2002

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