1985 Nissan Pulsar Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1985 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6L from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance247000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Duster

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

My husband rebuilt the engine at 247,000 miles. I drove it - it ran hot. I divorced my mechanic in 2002.

My ex has put a rebuilt engine in the car. I start it for the first time tomorrow after 6 years.

General Comments:

Got 40 mpg when bought brand new in 1985. Was getting 30 mpg in 2002 when engine ran hot - cracked block.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2008

2nd Sep 2011, 12:12

The Pulsar did it have alternator problems. Did they have a stick shift? Front or rear wheel drive? Email me @ klausristau@hotmail.com

1985 Nissan Pulsar NX 4 cylinder from Mexico

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles

Summary:

My first car. Thank you, Nissan! :)

Faults:

I blew the head gasket at unknown since mileage meter didn't work.

The mechanism that pulled up and down the headlights never worked, also the multifunction lever didn't work either.

Seats were torn, there was no lock on the sunroof and had to replace a fender, but this car was really fun... I remember going to junkyards to get parts...

General Comments:

No airbags, no on board computers (well maybe some transistors under the driver's seat), without any of the sophistication of today's cars, this Pulsar NX was my first car and had it some neat features like power steering, great driving like a Go-Kart. Bought it cheap since it was my first car and enjoyed it a lot it was a poor rustbucket, had a large crash repair on it's right side, but it was nonetheless fun, very economic on gas, fast, the 3rd. gear of the manual trans was like if it had a rocket strapped in the roof. Liked it a LOT!!! installed a 75 US$ stereo with CD player heeheheh.

I remember the day I made the head gasket blow it looked like one of those acrobatic jets leaving a large trail of white smoke all over town.

Sold it for what I got it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2006

1985 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

A nice looking car with the reliability that comes with a Nissan

Faults:

Driver's side CV joint, and front struts need replacing.

General Comments:

This car is in really good condition, considering its age. However I am aware that soon I'll be replacing parts on it.

It has the same engine/transmission as the same year Sentra, which I have owned two, (86 and 83) both cars being very reliable, and easy to maintain.

Parts are still available at most parts stores, and are inexpensive, which including the mileage, (30 mpg) is the reason I bought the car.

The car (with an automatic transmission) is not a tire burner, but gets me on the freeway quick enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2005

1985 Nissan Pulsar NX e16 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission e16 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carDatsun 280ZX

Summary:

A piece of junk, but it's so old it's to be expected

Faults:

Engine blew out at 90,000 miles. Had to be replaced.

Transmission had to be rebuilt twice.

Fuse box melted.

Striping around windshield rotted away.

Driver side windshield wiper flew off car into parts unknown during a violent rainstorm on a highway.

CV boots have rotted.

Axle broke.

Wheel bearing went bad.

Carburetor had to be replaced as there is no one left alive who has any idea how to rebuild one.

Fuel filter went bad.

Catalytic Pre-Converter went bad. Boy that was a fun one to fix. When it went bad exhaust backed up and blew out a gasket and broke a bolt off in the engine.

Floorboard is rotting away.

Had an electrical short, but I traced it to the brake light and fixed it.

The headlights don't sit down flat anymore. One sits a little higher than the other when they are turned off.

The heater/AC no longer works without a loud, horrifying, grinding noise.

Crank Arm Sensor went bad and that one drove me nuts trying to figure out what it was.

Replaced the shocks and struts. Suspension is still a joke.

Heat shield around the catalytic converter has half melted away causing the car to make a loud banging sound when I drive around which now officially makes me white trash.

Distributer cap split.

Thermostat stuck shut.

Folks the list goes on and on.

General Comments:

I have to be honest. This car is seriously old so these problems are to be expected. I didn't expect, however, to lose an engine at 90,000 miles. Over all I really hate this car, but it's so old I can't fault Nissan. I'm sure they had no intention of anyone actually still driving these cars more than ten years after they were made. For those who don't know better let me put it like this, the Pulsar is Nissan's version of the Ford Escort. In other words, if someone tries to sell you one run far in the other direction. Having said that I must admit Nissan does make good cars and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Nissan in the future. I'll just stay clear of all their Pulsar/Sentra type cars. I think I'm going to paint flames down the side of my Pulsar and put a big skull on the hood because "camp value" is the only value this car will ever have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2003

2nd Jun 2004, 07:53

The car doesn't maintain itself... It all depends on its owner. Treat it like a POS, yes that's what it'll be. I've had a 280z 2+2 for 20 years; it sits just like I left it. My Nissan Pulsar NX, I totaled & rebuilt from the frame up, pieces of other cars, new parts & used parts. When I finally got rid of it, they were clueless of its history until I told them. I can thank Nissan/Datsun for that.

Oh yeah, my 85 Pulsar was a beater; that's how it was when it was given to me.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews