1985 Nissan EXA Review

1985 Nissan EXA 1.5 EFI turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 EFI turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired220568 kilometres
Most recent distance228695 kilometres
Previous carHolden Torana


A quick car, but not worth the trouble


The exhaust system became blocked causing the car to run very rough.

The head gasket blew, putting the car off the road for a few weeks while I gathered parts. I fixed it myself.

The turbo over heated, destroying the oil seals and causing the turbo to seize.

The seats are really uncomfortable.

It looks really ugly.

General Comments:

A fun car to drive, but it doesn't enjoy being driven hard.

The steering is heavy and has a large turning circle.

Parts were difficult to track down and we couldn't even purchase a service manual.

This car is quick, but not very reliable.

I'd prefer my 202 Torana over it any day.

Any one want to buy an Exa?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th July, 2003

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review