1985 Nissan Pulsar Milano X1 Turbo E15ET 1.5litre SOHC from Australia and New Zealand


Quick Cheap Car, but hard to find now


Front Drivers and passengers windows won't wind up properly, always come up on an angle, this has caused a broken window.

Car had worn out Distributor when I bought it, fixed for $65.

Car has failed Warranty of Fitness on:

Brakes, Rust, Wheel Bearing, Exhaust.

General Comments:

Despite the cars faults it's a fun machine, I only paid $700 for it, so expected that I would need to do some work on it.

Currently the Car is being modified for better performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2003

21st Jul 2010, 20:55


I have a 85 Milano X1 nonturbo. I was wondering what would be a good motor & gearbox to go for, that would bolt straight in.


1985 Nissan Pulsar ET Turbo 1.5 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Quick, reliable, not for learners


Snapped exhaust mounts.

Minor electrical glitches, due to factory 'crimped' wiring throughout the car working loose.

Placement of computer under passenger seat, can cause problems with seat adjustment. Namely, the computer connections being 'bumped' loose.

General Comments:

Very quick little car, that used to surprise a lot of more highly fancied machinery.

Engine was a gem, and went forever, only slightly down on compression in each cylinder before the car was prematurely crashed. The key to this long engine life was the use of an exceptional turbo engine oil, along with the use of an aftermarket turbo timer, and ensuring the car was properly warmed up before driving too aggressively.

Handling was good, due mainly to good shocks and springs, the chassis however was way too soft, and exhibited too much flex.

It was a great little car around the city, and cruised admirably on the freeway. The gearing however, meant that a downshift was sometimes needed to pass safely.

Seats were exceptional and were better than what is found on most small cars today.

Interior was livable, and all controls well within reach.

The Pulsar was sadly missed for many years, and is probably one of the most underrated small cars (the ET model) of its time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2003

12th Jun 2003, 04:00

I believe that this article was very well written, The review on this car was I believe correct in every way. the article was extensive in the way it cover ed the car.

Congratulations to the writer.

13th Jul 2006, 07:52

Well written review. The ET is a great car that is very fast for what it is, and has an exceptional engine and gear box. Boost is also very strong and throws you back in your seats.