1995 Nissan Pulsar LX Sedan 1.6L from Australia and New Zealand
Best value for money yet
Persistent rumbling/creaking/groaning noise from left-hand rear of the car that isn't wheel bearing related.
What can I say? This is by far and away the best car I have ever owned (4th vehicle) since obtaining my licence 13 years ago. The Pulsar I own is the very first of the N15 series, which is a fair bit larger and more appealing, I think, than the N14 it replaced.
After having countless problems with my old XF falcon prior to owning this vehicle I found this car a complete contrast in every conceivable way.
It has never once let me down. All maintenance I have had is purely preventative (ie. replacing fluids at correct intervals, battery, brake pads etc)
For a 1600cc engine it really is a superb performer (86kW with variable valve timing) and pulls strong and hard right through the rev range (redline 7000rpm).
The steering is just light enough to provide enough feedback as to what the front wheels are doing and it handles extremely well.
After doing nearly 100K since my ownership, it has worn exceptionally well given that I don't always just putt around! Oil consumption is basically nil between changes and the motor still performs as well as the day I bought it. The interior fabrics are easy to keep clean although I do use floor mats and quality sheepskin car seat covers for extra protection. The two-pack paint has remained lustrous and hasn't succumbed to the severe Australian sun as long as it is kept clean and waxed occasionally.
The only modification are the fitment of 14" alloy wheels with reasonably low profile high performance tyres which offer just that little extra traction and better handling characteristics. I have also had a quality dark window tint added for that extra touch of class (to match the charcoal grey colour) and once again to help combat the harsh Australian summers.
I have owned one other Nissan before (a 1984 Sunny sedan) which was also faultlessly reliable. Given this, I would have no hesitation in recommending or purchasing other Nissan vehicles in the future.
I know my current Pulsar certainly gets the thumbs-up!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th January, 2003
Hey hey - me again. I STILL have the car. Just clocked over 250,000 trouble free kilometres. What an amazing car! Fixed the rumble with new gas shocks and springs. The only other things its needed were a starter motor and a clutch. That's it; apart from consumables (tyres, brake pads, battery etc). Still doesn't use really any oil and performs as well today as when I bought it over 7 years ago. Keep them regularly serviced and they will look after you.
No rust except a tiny spot I caught in the high level brake light in the boot and some paint fade evident on the roof now.
It's a shame it'll eventually wear out cause I'd keep it forever otherwise.
I just want to say that I love my 1984 Pulsar. It has way over 800,000 miles on it and does dirt roads and mountains great. Most people do not believe how old it is. One problem that I am having is with my brakes. I have to get some new rotors, for the 1st time. They have never been turned. Is this unusual? They seem to be using up brake pads this last five years. Excuse my ignorance on this subject. I do live in the mountains, but I use my gears instead of braking all of the time. My one owner car has been great! But, I am getting too old to sleep in it any more. It will always be ground sleeping from now on, rain or not.
How comfortable can one sleep in it? Can the back seats be pulled down to make long space for sleeping in the back?