1989 Nissan Pulsar Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1989 Nissan Pulsar NX 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres

Summary:

Awesome car

Faults:

Well lets see, I have had the timing chain done.

Struts.

CV Boots.

Alternator.

Battery (2 times)

And one of the gauges.

Of course this is a over a matter of 12yrs to remember, so when you break down the cost of some of the expensive stuff, it really doesn't work out to to much.

My seats are starting to wear out.

I have a bit of rust starting to show on the passenger side on the lower black rock guard close to the back wheel.

And some rust on the metal part that attaches to the windshield.

General Comments:

Its been a great car to me, I get a lot of comments on my car and how it looks because it is in such great shape.

It has been reliable.

Considering how old this car is, the style of it is still with the times and doesn't look like an older car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

1989 Nissan Pulsar NX-XE 1.6litre SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6litre SOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 kilometres
Most recent distance479000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet S-10Blazer

Summary:

Fun, reliable, well-made.

Faults:

Numerous things have gone wrong, however considering I've driven this car under every conceivable weather and road condition over the past 7 years, it's been MORE than reliable.

I'm fortunate enough to be able to work on this vehicle (mechanically speaking) myself, and have learned a great deal about it's operation.

I've had to replace the timing chain (and cover, since it was worn-through from chain-stretching), clutch and pressure plate, numerous fusible links, and most recently, a voltage regulator for the throttle-body.

I SHOULD replace the struts all around as well as the one for the rear hatch. Small things continue to fail, but look at the mileage this thing's got!

General Comments:

I've never hesitated to start my Pulsar in any weather and drive the 60 km. to work. It is equally reliable in -30 as in +30.

The compression is weak, it burns a bit of oil, the exhaust manifold is cracked... a NORMAL car wouldn't be running at all!

The hood wasn't latched and consequently blew completely off one day (on the highway), and has since been replaced with a a different-colored one (now spray painted flat black). I've replaced both side windows (victims of vandalism), and am confident that, since they're installed properly and with the elaborate mechanism, they will not fail. They car still looks pretty darn good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2003

1989 Nissan Pulsar NX from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance166000 miles

Summary:

Great sporty little car

Faults:

-Had to change tires 6 months after I got it.

-Change brake pads

-Water pump broke.

-Replace the clutch.

-Replace the clutch cable.

-The engine light comes on without no reason. It's probably some kind of computer problem.

-Change one headlight

-Oil leaks

-Power steering leaks

-Timing chain guide fell of.

General Comments:

Even though a lot has gone wrong with this car I still believe Nissan is a great make. It had so many miles on it when I got it so some of the repairs were expected.

-The T-top and the hatchback are great.

-Plenty of room for the driver and one passenger, but back sit gets very cramped.

-Great sporty look and good acceleration.

-Replacement parts are cheap.

-I drove it 45 miles a day in stop and go traffic and it didn't start giving me any serious trouble till after 155000

-Compared to some of the newer American cars I've test driven lately, the Nissan feels safer and more solid... no cheap plastic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2003

1989 Nissan Pulsar 5 speed from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5 speed Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres

Summary:

This car rocks!!

Faults:

Actually, I LOVE THIS CAR! She's my baby!

The only things that have gone wrong are:

I replaced the clutch about a year and a half ago.

Replaced the tires, obviously:)

Ummmmm, a new muffler about a year back.

The seats are actually starting to wear out a bit, but nothing to serious.

General Comments:

I just love this car. I bought her when I was back in high school. So I have done a lot of driving that's for sure!! But so far so good, knock on wood.

The only thing I could say bad about it is that the back seat is tiny!! Not like I am back there, but I hate hearing everyone complaining. The one rear light is right there passengers always hit there heads on it. I mean constantly.

The tee tops rock and the whole truck part comes off, which is great for summers!!

I totally think this is a worthy car and to anyone looking at this car... buy it up, cause it's a great deal!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

22nd Mar 2003, 00:38

Hey.

Well I have an '89 Nissan Pulsar as well, and totally have to agree with what was said especially about the back seat part and the banging the head on the light. :) I had to laugh when I read that part.

I have 190,000km on my car I bought it in '91, and have not regretted it one bit. Its also my baby!

In the 12yrs that I have owned my car I have had to do the timing chain, alternator & battery, and general maintenance.

Get right down to it I feel special to own a Pulsar as they no longer make them, which makes me feel unique.

Denise ;)

11th Aug 2004, 09:03

I also have an 89 pulsar nx. I also have the answer to your backseat problems. All you need to do is replace the back seat with a large set of subs and 1 if not a couple of amps. Then you won't have any back seat problems.

Rich.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 16 reviews