1987 Nissan Sunny L 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Mental first car!
Fault with left headlight due to a problem with the cable - possibly due to age as it was about 20 years old.
Sometimes wouldn't start first time in wet weather.
Disc brakes were pitted.
Rear suspension had gone.
Anti roll bars were corroded.
Brake and/or fuel pipes were corroded.
Quite a fair amount of rust on wheel arches and the doors.
Needed 4 new tyres as they hadn't been changed in about 15-20 years!!
This was my first car, and I bought it in April 2007 for a bargain at £100 off my neighbour. I was also the third and last owner of this car. It was on an E-plate in faded red (almost going pink) and had all the basics I need to start with such as a steering wheel, tyres, mirrors, windows and a charming retro 80s digital clock! As it was a Nissan Sunny, I thought it was going to be something slow and my mates sniggered at it, but I admit it was a mental thing, gently tapping the accelerator and it would literally fly!! It was a real hoot to drive, even it did leak and rattled and squeaked so much inside you would think you were driving an old bus instead!
It was cheap to insure, good on fuel and managed around 46mpg, which was good as I regularly commute to college, and that's about a 30 mile round journey where I live! A minor problem was the radio didn't work very well, so most of my journeys were spent singing on my way as I couldn't listen to any music!
Problems listed above were mainly due to age, also the fact there was little TLC when I got it, so it was hard to keep up with.
Sadly, 3 months after I purchased it, it had failed it's MOT miserably and so, it had to go, not least because I had a ordered brand new Ford Focus, but the repairs was 3-times more than the cars value.
For a car that people sniggered at, I still miss this car, as it was rather fun to drive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2009