1989 Nissan Bluebird Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1989 Nissan Bluebird LX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Well done Nissan

Faults:

Central locking give up, but a solenoid from a scrap yard sorted it out.

Offside of the car showing a bit rust, but this is due to parking on the road and gritters spraying it with their load.

General Comments:

The best car I have ever owned. The performance is good for the weight of the car (1600kg), still gives the young boy racers in Nova SR'S a good pasting. Handles mint, what more can I say? (BUY ONE)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2002

26th Jan 2002, 14:43

Interested to see comments on Bluebird. It's 7 years since I owned one - a 1990 Premium hatch 1.6. Bought a 16v. Sunny to replace it and very disappointed. We toured France extensively in ours without a dot of trouble, although the alternator packed up two weeks after returning from Brittany. The back box also rots quickly and would be around £100 now. They used to say you could balance a 50p. coin on the camshaft cover of a well serviced Bluebird and it would not vibrate off - I once tried it and yes it's true. I personally though the design was really nice - although here is another car 'knocked' by the poisonous BBC TV Top Gear programme. Remember Maggie T. opening the plant at Sunderland that made Bluebirds. My only criticisms - harsh sounding engine at speed, driver's seat too low, and general Nissan 'image'. Change your cambelt NOW if you have not done so already.

16th Jun 2003, 16:06

I own a Nov 1989 Nissan Bluebird Premium. I am proud to say that it has just passed another MOT. It has never been welded, and it is my pride and joy. Only this past 6 months or so has a couple of rust spots appeared on it. I look after it well, and it has never let me down. It never gets any abuse. I was considering changing to a Primera, only because of the age of 'Bluebird', but my mechanic assures me that I'll get another year or two out of her if I keep looking after her. That's what I intend to do!!

12th Jan 2005, 05:31

I have just brought a 1989 Bluebird 1.6LX, it was a replacement for my Polo. I only paid £200 for it and am extremely impressed with it. I am only 18 and so was worried about the cost of insurance, but its set me back £200 more to insure than a 1.0litre polo! It has many brilliant features which my Polo didn't: electric windows and sunroof, Power steering and central locking. The only problem I've got with it is the fact the sunroof starts to tilt and then stops and I have to use a screwdriver to wind it back in, other than that its brilliant. It has covered on 120,000 miles which means its just about been run in. I decided to buy a Bluebird due to there reputation for longetivity. It's the best car I've owned on a list that includes an original Panda.

1989 Nissan Bluebird SLX 1.6 from France

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired290000 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A car that is built like a truck

Faults:

Nothing but tires, oil, brake pads.

General Comments:

This car is unbreakable.

I think that there is no equivalent in terms of reliability.

It is enough to turn the key, one is sure to arrive safe and sound in spite of its high mileage, and the absence of repairs.

Brake system, clutch, suspensions, electric system (all the car in fact!) is original.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2001

1989 Nissan Bluebird GSX 2.0i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Built like tanks - they just go on and on..

Faults:

Tailgate struts needed replacing almost immediately.

Needed a new alternator after 2 years.

Gear box overhaul after 4 years.

General Comments:

Fantastic build quality and body work condition is amazing.

I worry sometimes that I will never get another car because it seems like this car will go on forever!

Specification on the GSX is still very good by today's standards - electric everything.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2001

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