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!!

General Comments:

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

1987 Nissan Sunny DX Van 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


In van form - excellent; as a first car - ditto!!


Absolutely nothing!

General Comments:

Had this van when I was a student and it served my purposes admirably.

Changed the oil twice and air filter once and that was it.

Each year I took it to the same garage for the annual MOT test and both me and the inspector were amazed that nothing needed to be done - his only on going concern was the condition of the brake pipes that were showing (after 15 years) signs of minor corrosion.

As well as being my daily mode of transport, returning 35mpg, I built an extension on my house and carried everything I needed in the back - and still nothing broke!!

I paid £100 for it, spent nothing on it (bar consumable items) for two years and got my money back - unbeatable budget motoring in my opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

1987 Nissan Sunny LX 1.6 from Finland


Cheap, reliable beast of burden


Rear bearings replaced.

Speedometer vibrates a bit (+/-3km/h)

Pump of front window washer replaced.

General Comments:

VERY reliable car indeed! Has never failed me and starts always at first try.

Naturally little corroded, (Here in Finland they use lots of salt by winters...) but still in good condition when compared with other as much served cars.

This car hasn't been expensive to keep and drive. Fuel consumption is moderate (keep age in mind!) and eats no oil. Everything works as they should to. It has no special features and it really isn't so 'cool', but for my ideology (to reach place c from place a and perhaps stop at place b between a and c whenever I want to) it's perfect one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2004