1987 Nissan Pulsar Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1987 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

One of the best economy cars ever built

Faults:

When I bought my Pulsar it had a blown engine. I had one sent to Fairbanks Alaska from Japan that had 30,000 miles on it for $500.00 FOB. Since that time the head warped when my girlfriend was using it. Replaced it for $50.00 from an Ebay auction.

General Comments:

I believe you would have a hard time coming up with a better first car than the Pulsar. It's one of the most dependable cars I have ever owned. At

-35 degrees without an engine heater it's often the only car we have that will start, and that includes a Subaru Legacy and a Toyota 4X4. Besides the rock solid dependability it has a body design that, up to now, has never looked dated. I also thought the whole offering three different types of body attachments was really cool, but you never see anyone with anything, but the sedan. There have been times I wanted to pick up a Corvette, but honestly until this car bites the dust I'm happy with it as a sporty looking alternative. I pass a lot more gas stations than a Corvette can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2004

25th Feb 2004, 20:22

Before you nominate it for car of the century...

Did you ever see the crash test results for a Pulsar? Maybe it's a good thing you are in Alaska. Not so much to hit. My friend came out of a relatively minor accident with his looking like Frankenstein and was given last rites. Good luck.

25th Feb 2004, 20:29

Was that the Andy Warhol Frankenstein? or the Mel Brooks one?

1987 Nissan Pulsar 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired102100 miles
Most recent distance145700 miles
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

A very nice car, well built

Faults:

The only problems I've had out of the car:

I replaced the alternator, clutch cable, front brakes, one axle boot, and had to have the front rotors turned.

It is starting to burn a little oil.

The fuel gauge quit working.

A few rust spots, but not bad.

Never been wrecked.

The factory paint still has a shine.

General Comments:

I really like the old car a lot. It is very cheap to drive. The old car still nearly gets 40mpg.

It drives great, and is very easy to park in tight spots. But just doesn't have a whole lot of head room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2004

1987 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6 liter SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter SOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired125844 miles
Most recent distance125855 miles

Summary:

The perfect first car, or fun car

Faults:

When I first got this car on Christmas, I noticed a few bad rust spots on the bottom near the doors. Whenever I closed the flip-up headlights it made a funny sound. There were a few brake lights blown, and the stereo crackled whenever I turned it up.

General Comments:

This is my first car so I can't help, but to love it. this car was only $550. It has about 70 horsepower which is usually pretty weak, but since it is so light it feels like it has more power. At night me and my best friend who has a 1985 BMW make passes through a stretch of curves and hills. My car easily out handles his through the tight curves due to the low ground clearance of the car. There is also an abandoned airport runway that is exactly one mile long where we race. 1987 Nissan Pulsar VS. 1985 BMW, better race then you would think, though I am victorious. Overall I guess this car is not that fast compared to newer sports cars, but I can deal with my competition. This car gets greats gas mileage. In the summer I take the T-tops, and hatchback off and cruise, I get a lot of looks from people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2003

30th Dec 2003, 08:56

Don't know what kind of BMW your friend has or what condition it is in, but it must be pretty humiliating to be beaten by an '87 Pulsar with 125K on it!

11th Nov 2007, 18:56

Dear Sirs,

I bought a 1987 Nissan Pulsar NX in Germany and choose it over other Nissan models like the Sentra which had a good view of the road. Although it was a little bit limited in observing the autobahn. I liked it in hot, hot weather and did not have any problems with it. It was very appealing to the eyes and to the soul! I may have lost other opportunities, but this was definitely a well thought up automobile and a good investment. The more I put into to it the more of an enthusiast of new car designs I had become.

I liked displaying it and serving needs of others, it had original style and grace. I will always will remember that first car of mine. It was incomparable at any rate. Thank you for an opportunity to share memories with my comments filling a void back in 1987 and giving you personal evaluation and testimony.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 15 reviews