Nissan Cherry Reviews

1985 Nissan Cherry 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Very reliable

General Comments:

Got this car from my dad, who had it for about 5 years as a general run around, and gave it to me when I needed a car.

Had it at 30k when he got it, and was constantly running up and down the country in it, put over 120k on it in about 8 years and never once had a single problem with it.

It was very basic inside, but if you're looking for a car that just gets you from A to B, this is perfect.

Sold it to a mate, and he still has it on the road now at about 180k. He had to replace the exhaust, which cost him £25, which he fitted himself.

Rust is quite heavy on the wings, but it's still getting though the MOT OK.

Tires were about £12 each in 2005.

Used to be in the forces and we would use it as a civi car in exercises; was put into ditches and hedges (it was really abused) and had upto 7 people in it at one time.

You won't get any points for the look of the car, but the reliability was amazing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2009

1984 Nissan Cherry GL 1.5 petrol from Finland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired336000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap and reliable little car

Faults:

Rear brake cylinders broke.

Replaced the starter.

Leaking fuel tank also replaced.

Oil consumption is high. Could have fixed the problem, but it would have probably cost more than the car itself.

General Comments:

Cheap. Paid only 200 euros for it.

It's a great car and very reliable.

It goes trough snow, ice and fire.

Fun to drive and comfortable seats.

Performance is also great for such a little car.

You can go over 110 km/h with the 2nd gear.

Low on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2004

1987 Nissan Cherry GL 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carVolvo 440

Summary:

Cheap and cheerful

Faults:

The fuel pump had to be replaced at a cost of about £10.

It set itself alight and burnt out, after heavy modifications, causing minor damage to a nearby car.

General Comments:

The Nissan Cherry is to budget motoring as the Transit van is to burglars. To say it is a beast of an automobile is a criminal understatement.

My vehicle was used from rallying round fields to trekking up the M1, and never missed a beat.

When I got my hands on the car the suspension was already failing, but still went over speed bumps at a high rate of knots, however due to the engines having no rev limiter, being able to push for 70 mph in second gear more than made up for this minor problem.

Obviously the body work was the first thing to go, but as any owner will agree, this merely adds to the character, and is hardly what could be considered important

Had the car not made an untimely demise due to no fault of its own, I have no doubt it would still be gracing Kettering with its presence.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

1986 Nissan Cherry 1.5 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Gold GTi

Summary:

This is simply a little bullet on four wheels

Faults:

Once the car would not start due to the intercooler pipe being broken.

Then my little brother's friend crashed the car, causing slight damage to the front of the car.

General Comments:

This is one of the best examples I have personally seen over the years, and it has no problems leaving cars such as Rover 220 Turbos. Even though it shouldn't be put to the test, what's the point in having a fast car if you can't control it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2002

1985 Nissan Cherry Spirit GSL 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance36500 miles

Summary:

Absolutely perfect first car or bargain motor

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong on this car has been a loose battery connection which was fixed in about 10 minutes.

There has been a problem with the hydraulic pressure in the tailgate which means the boot lid sometimes won't stay up; this has been the case since I bought the car, but it isn't worth fixing.

General Comments:

This car knocks spots off any other banger.

It is much more comfortable than other cars of a comparable size, for example the Ford Escort mk2 or Vauxhall Astra.

Fuel economy is superb, and I often beat 206GTIs, Golf GTIs, etc at traffic lights (naughty I know).

Can't wait to trade it in though... for a 1.5 Cherry Turbo!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2001

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 15 reviews