1986 Nissan Pulsar Reviews

1986 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired178000 miles
Most recent distance248000 miles

Summary:

Economical, comfortable, reliable and affordable

Faults:

Transmission slipping, so I had it rebuilt.

Replaced muffler, alternator, starter, 1/2 axles.

General Comments:

It always starts, even in our sub-zero temps.

Has excellent traction in deep snow and ice.

Excellent visibility.

The most comfortable seats (I have purchased two more sets from the parts yard).

I can get 40 mpg on the highway, and I live between the Rockies and Cascades.

I installed a receiver hitch, and can tow a small trailer with building supplies.

It is even comfortable to sleep in.

I paid $1000 for it, and have spent $2500 since.

I would not hesitate to drive this across the country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2011

1986 Nissan Pulsar ET Turbo 1.5 turbo injected from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 turbo injected Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 kilometres
Most recent distance275000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 1200

Summary:

Little turbo pocket rocket

Faults:

Minor oil leak coming from the head gasket.

Vacuum hose needed replacing at 250000ks, cost 50 cents.

CV joints and clutch needed replacing.

General Comments:

The Pulsar ET is an absolutely marvelous car. When 3000 rpm hits, you're on boost and you sure know about it.

It handles OK, but could be better by putting new shockers and springs in.

The seats are said to be the most comfortable seats ever made in a production car, and I would definatly agree with that.

It can keep the wheels spinning strongly into second gear, and chirp into third, and easily beats V6 Commodores in pick up, but obviously loses in the top end.

If you can find one, buy it, they are truly a piece of automotive history. I searched for 3 years to find one and don't regret a single bit of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2006

1986 Nissan Pulsar 1.6 In line 4 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 In line 4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

A good reliable car

Faults:

There is a leak from the oil sender at 155000 miles that was a easy fix.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable car that gets good mileage 30 mpg city. And handles grate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2005

1986 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6L E16 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L E16 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Rebuilt Engine at 137000 rings went bad due to previous owners over-heating it, I did all the typical things for a motor rebuild (replaced motor mounts etc).

Rack and Pinion.

Drivers Side CV Shaft.

Heater Core (just bypassed it)

Rebuilt Power Steering Pump.

Muffler rusted away.

Rebuilt carburetor.

General Comments:

In my opinion this is a great little car. I can't kill this little thing. It's been wrecked and repaired twice as well as taken on water in a flood and still started faithfully. I have been very impressed that at 175000 miles it still has the original starter, radiator has never been touched, and A/C still blows ice cold. Sure it's a tin can, but for being 17 years old can't complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews