Nissan Laurel Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1986 Nissan Laurel Medalist 4 cylinder unleaded from Guyana

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder unleaded Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80005 miles
Most recent distance432000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

The car is very strong

Faults:

Well, I had a 6-cylinder turbo engine that was a gas guzzler, so I previously replaced the engine with a 4-cylinder with a kick-down shaft.

General Comments:

I love this car. It is sturdy. We once had a Toyota Camry ram into its rear. The Camry was badly damaged in front, but all that affected our car was that the rear fender was bent. As for performance, I say 9/10. The kick-down though is very powerful; a head turner.

Two thumbs up,

Adrian.

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

Review Date: 6th April, 2007

1993 Nissan Laurel Club S 2 litre, 6 Cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2 litre, 6 Cylinder petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Sirion

Summary:

This is an exceptionally comfortable cruiser

Faults:

Small rust hole in engine bay next to gas-stay arm (below wiper) due to a drain hole clogging up years ago and the previous owner ignoring it.

Rear diff is very slowly leaking oil.

Headlights just stopped working after I drowned the headlight relay while washing the engine bay. Must try to find another one now. Easily fixable (and completely my fault).

Rust underneath boot/trunk rubber seal. Not serious and easily treatable.

Very light surface rust in some areas under the car. Not serious and not an issue for Warranty of Fitness checks.

General Comments:

Mine is the "new shape" from 1993 to 1997.

I'm impressed with the quality of this car. Compared to a Toyota Windom/Lexus GS300 of the same age, this car was far superior in smoothness of ride, interior ergonomics, and quietness of ride.

The 2 lire, 6 cylinder engine starts up quickly every time and makes very little noise and vibration. I can barely tell the engine's there until it goes over 4000RPM then it's *just* noticable! I'm seriously impressed!

The gear changes are very smooth (comparable to later model BMW's), the engine produces no vibration and the dashboard layout is very minimalist and tidy. The handbrake has even been removed and replaced with a button/foot pedal. Seriously cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2006

20th Oct 2006, 16:42

As an update to my post regarding my Laurel:

The Diff was not leaking oil, it was grubby so it may have in the past, but after cleaning it up and monitoring it for 2 weeks I've seen no tracing of fluid seeping from anywhere.

The rust hole and minor rust in the boot has been fixed up for next to nothing.

I'm still very impressed with this car although I still haven't fixed the headlights yet. Whoops. Must fix that before Mr Plod decides he wants my money more than I do...

1993 Nissan Laurel Medalist 2.5 2.5 DOHC 24v from Zambia

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 DOHC 24v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance104000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Gloria

Summary:

Great value for money car

Faults:

I once had a little rust in the auto transmission fluid, but that was easily sorted out with an oil and filter change.

Only other problem I have is non-availability of spares.

General Comments:

Well I first had a Nissan Gloria, which was a dream car, very comfortable and quick for a big car, with that famous V6 engine, and stable on the road, but a very rare car in Zambia, so spares were a headache.

I ordered an upgraded version of the Gloria from Japan, but sadly they told me they were out of stock. The sent me the Nissan Laurel Medalist 2.5, and I've been smiling ever since. A comfy car, fast, good acceleration for a mid sized car.

I upgraded the tires from the 195/65 R 15 standard mags to 225/45 ZR 17 Chrome rims, and she looks a beauty, handles better too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2006

15th Aug 2007, 09:25

I think I raved too much and gave the car too many props; it snapped the timing belt 30K Kms after being replaced.

1994 Nissan Laurel Medalist RD28 diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission RD28 diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired330000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Eterna

Summary:

Absolutely amazing

Faults:

I have to replace the air conditioning motor as it is worn. At this mileage this is not a surprise!

General Comments:

This car drives like a dream. It is very quiet, and is very peppy for a non-turbo Diesel. I have just done a long trip of 330km, and got 7.25lt/100km. Of course it uses more around town. It is an ex-taxi and was well looked after, with a full reconditioning on the motor at 280,000km.It has also had an inter-cooler added to the gearbox, so you don't notice a gear change.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews