1987 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6 from North America


Sporty, economical, reliable, but slow


I needed to replace the head gasket. I knew I would have to do this before I purchased the vehicle. I loved the look of the car.

Body has minor rust. It needs a paint job badly.

General Comments:

Being my first car, so far I am happy with it. With only one problem, I have to admit I am impressed.

For a little while I wanted to get rid of it. While my friend's drove around in their newer sports cars, I was unsatisfied with the performance of this vehicle.

But my friends are also thousands of dollars in debt. I, however have paid off the car in 3 months and ready for a new paint job.

The car however, a gorgeous and reliable little vehicle and I was crazy to think about selling it. Once you have T-Tops, you don't want anything else.

I am starting to put money into the car to make it look and sound nicer. I can do this since it is very reliable.

I love this car, it has everything I need, but speed. But it is good enough for now. I am only 17. For my first car it's a pretty cool car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002

9th Jun 2003, 08:08

The pulsar is a great car!!!

The e16i engine is a little slow, but the SE model with the CA18DE engine is much faster and fun to drive!!

20th Jun 2006, 11:37

I bought a 1987 Nissan Pulsar XE in 1987, (only had 14 miles) and drove it to 300,000 miles. I loved this car. It was reliable and never broke down except when the timing belt broke, otherwise, it was an excellent vehicle. I paid a little more than $10,000 new and got my money's worth!

The only reason I traded it in was because of mileage, but it still looked great. I drove it to the dealer and traded it in for a Mazda MX6, (a Ford Probe in disguise). I miss that car. I often wonder why Americans cannot build reliable cars like that one. I have owned a Cavalier, Mazda MX6 and a Grand Am, none making it to the ultimate 100,000 mile mark except the Pulsar.

I keep looking in the papers in hopes of finding a 1987 - 1990 model. I want to fix one up, even if it means putting a new engine in it. Wish me luck!!