1985 Nissan Sunny 130Y 1.3 petrol from Malaysia
A nice drive, though I probably got one of those lemons
Absorbers were bust when I bought the car, replaced for RM 200.
Air-conditioning belt was replaced at the same time.
Radiator was leaking, had to get it welded.
Alternator went 'kaput' after I used the car for 3000 kilometres.
Radiator fan motor also failed before that. Had it replaced with a new unit.
The biggest problem with the car was the starter/stop for the ignition. For about 3 months, I was using the car, and always worried whether I'd be able to reach home. Car failed to start, then other times, it failed to cut-off the power when I wanted to switch the engine off. Had it checked, the mechanic replaced the starter, and one relay as well.
Air conditioning went bust, went through a period of two months going to the mechanic, and so the car went back and forth. Later, found out that there was a major wiring problem with the car. The starter/stopper issue was also spotted during this time, so it was some kind of a relief. For the wiring alone, spent about RM 400, and added to that another RM 350 for the air conditioning.
Now, have to get both the windshields to be refitted as it is leaking when there is a heavy downpour.
The seats are uncomfortable, though for its age, acceptable.
The only plus point is that when it is pushed past 3000 revs, the power kicks in, and I can take on any car that is between 1300 to 1600 cc, and it is a real joy. It has a very high power to weight ratio, as the car is somewhat light.
Fuel economy is not bad, considering it is now upwards of 25 years.
Bought the car for RM 4800, spent about RM 6000 on it already, so it is not a good investment, and on top of that being my first car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th May, 2011
5th May 2011, 06:40
You can't call a 25 year old car with 266K miles on it a lemon.
It's worn out through use - buy a new one and if you get multiple failures you can call it a lemon.
13th May 2011, 06:50
A lemon in the sense that it was probably not taken care of, but dressed up nicely so that it could be pushed. It's hard to explain to some people, but it is better if one experiences it oneself. A good experience for me, and even now, there are slight niggles with it, but I just have to live with it.