1988 Nissan Pintara Reviews

1988 Nissan Pintara EXE 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance141000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

This lemon wins the 'Lemons Lemon Award', & Nissan should be ashamed to put a badge on it

Faults:

What hasn't gone wrong with this lemon - The gear stick didn't snap, & the doors didn't fall off... That's about all that didn't go south with this dog of a car.

The 1988 model came with inherent problems that I'm only able to assume were rectified in later models (see below for details).

Problems - Engine rebuilds, heads constantly blow (inherent fault), engine mounts (inherent fault), exhaust rattles free at the baffle (inherent), all dials stick, then die, all electronic extras died (age related), computer board constantly glitched & sometimes needed replacing (inherent), all running gear replaced (age related)...

I could go on, but I'm sure you get the general idea.

General Comments:

The two huge inherent design faults with the 1988 Pintara are...

1) Overheating, due to the exhaust fan being underpowered. This has resulted in one engine rebuild. The other engine rebuild came when the dials stuck & recorded a perfect engine temperature, when in fact the car was cooking. The dials eventually died completely, & never registered revs or temps etc - Pity the odometer didn't die as well, Murphy's Law; I guess I must have driven over a couple of nuns or a leprechaun at some point.

The 2nd biggest inherent problem is the dual fire spark plug system... What can I say, this is a dog of a design fault, & from what I'm led to believe, it was discontinued in the 1989 Pintara for obvious reasons.

I've owned a number of cars in my time, & the 1988 Nissan Pintara 2.0 EXE was the biggest, juiciest lemon of them all. It could suck $$$$ from an empty pocket, & my conclusion was that it was designed by a mechanic who needed the extra work... Nissan failed with this dog of a car.

But on the upside, it was comfortable to drive when it was on the road.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2012

1st Mar 2012, 17:26

Agreed - Mechanically speaking I'd steer clear of the 1988 Pintara. There are a number of design faults in Nissan's first fuel injected model... Mechanics love this car, owners hate it.

20th Mar 2012, 06:13

Dude, these cars rule. Have owned three so far. Maybe it had been abused by a previous owner. They are usually tanks.

7th Apr 2012, 02:16

Yes, the radiator fan wasn't powerful enough to cool the car in summer under 80 kmph, but this is easily fixable - bigger fans sell for less than $40... & the dual spark system really wasn't that bad - you may have had a mechanic who didn't know what he was doing? My 88 GXE is the best car I've ever owned, & the most comfortable drive I've ever had, but best of all, it has cost nothing to maintain for the 10 years & 400000km I've had it so far. Currently on the same motor for 400000km. I bought my car with a blown motor 10 years ago, it has done 800000km all up - Beat that :)

Nissan never builds a bad car.

14th Jul 2014, 23:03

WOW - pretty scathing review for a 24 year old car after driving it 6,000km. The Nissan Pintara / Ford Corsair is essentially a very simple FWD design with 8 sparkies. As with every car, there were a few quirks, but it was no lemon. It was aimed at the Australian urban small family market looking for fuel efficiency, in an era where the Australian dollar had very little international car part buying power.

The car was plain looking and uninspiring in interior features, but 25 years later many are still driving on Australian roads. Change the oil every 5000km and keep the engine cool, and 350,000km is certainly doable on the 2.0L drivetrain. Maintain it and it will last many years - neglect it and it will overheat and blow up!

1988 Nissan Pintara GXE 2 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Summary:

My Pintara is Reliable, hardy and a beautiful car to drive and own

Faults:

Odometer never worked.

Reverse Lights don't work.

Speedometer drops out if I rev it too fast or when it is out of overdrive.

Hole in the muffler which is wear and tear.

Gear changing is soft which is wear and tear, but if not thrashed she will last forever.

Side vinyl (on door) has shrunk, but I think that is due to me and window cleaner because I was removing a bad tint job.

Rear brakes padding wear and squeals..

Hand brake pad non existent (which was like that when I bought it).

Back suspension started to creak (something loose) which is wear and tear, but was re-tightened.

Washer leaks : (so its always empty.

Defroster does not work because it was damaged taking off the dodgy tint job.

General Comments:

My baby car can move when she wants to she has up and go and purrs.

Fuel consumption is great.

Comfortable to drive.

Roomy with a good size steering wheel and rear view mirror.

Reliable steady and hardy car and does not rattle in the car - its smooth for a car its age.

Fantastic condition, looks nice.

Air con works just consumes a lot of fuel and makes her sluggish.

REALLY REALLY good heater!!! for winter and unfortunately summer. Hot car.

Consumes very little water/coolant even in summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews