1990 Nissan Bluebird Reviews

1990 Nissan Bluebird GS 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired56268 miles
Most recent distance57198 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Enjoyed my Beemer, love my Bluebird!

Faults:

Nothing. It was given a full service and valet the day after I bought it, and as the mileage is genuine, I expect it to be totally reliable.

General Comments:

Car is rust and damage free! Not even a scratch! Being white and near immaculate, it attracts quite a lot of attention when I'm out cruising.

Performance is adequate, considering its weight, as is the MPG. Averages 100 miles for £10.00.

I don't like the handling though, no match to a Beemer! I'm checking on tyres and wheel sizes this week to improve matters.

All in though, I'd recommend a GS 1.8 to anyone thinking of buying one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2006

1990 Nissan Bluebird GS 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired43500 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles

Summary:

Reliability incarnate

Faults:

Passenger side windscreen wiper broken when bought, garage charged £100 to replace motor and linkage.

Noisy gearbox (again, when bought). Have been told it's a bearing. No worse after 6000 miles!

Needed new battery, as the old one finally let me down in the thick snow. Was given an almost new one from a 1.8 VW Passat, so no costs there.

That's it, no other problems.

General Comments:

I love it :) As a first car, what more could you want? £380 for a incredibly reliable car with only 43000 miles on the clock.

Group 6 insurance for a 1.8 litre petrol engine!

More torquey than the 1.6 Ford Focus I learned to drive in, which is impressive for a 16 year old car.

Some people say the Bluebird looks like, and is, an older gentleman's car. I beg to differ... With some 15" alloys and a spoiler made for the executive models, it looks brilliant.

Although the interior was a little too brown for my liking, but that's sorted with some seat covers and spray paint. (Sounds shoddy, but trust me - it looks good).

The handling seems good, although I don't have much to compare it to. I've given it some tyre screeching driving and it's never once let go.

Has never let me down - absolutely solid and reliable piece of kit. Kudos to Japanese engineering (even though it was built in the UK).

I think petrol consumption is average, it gets worse if you cruise at much above 70 on the motorway. It loves super unleaded, runs so much better on it. But the petrol costs are offset by the fact I don't have to pay for anything else.

Noisy gearbox does kinda detract from the altogether solidness of the car, which is a shame.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2006

7th Sep 2006, 09:02

Just to say, my Dad's got a 2 litre Bluebird with all the trimmings on it..It's a 1986 model and a bit ragged round the edges now, but it has never failed to start or get him where he's going... unlike some of the Fords etc that I've had! Body is galvanised on it so very little rust. Very comfortable car to drive, handles OK for a heavy car and the brakes are half decent too.I'd rather have one of these older cars than a new un anyday, but I will say that the fuel economy isn't very good even with a manual box... he struggles to get 25mpg out of his! Good luck with yours mate and good on you for not going down the Saxo/Corsa route for your first car.. Cheers.

29th Jun 2009, 08:56

This is the car of my life, the only car I ever wanted.

Owing to a mechanic running it indoors and leaving it overheat, it has lost its radiator and I cannot find another one in Europe. But I still can't let it go.

Why did they stop making them. It is 19 years old and Nissan no longer supply parts for it. Didn't they expect it to last this long. It would go on forever despite the mileage.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 15 reviews