1988 Nissan Sunny LS Pulsar 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Superb for one unconcerned with image and sporty performance


Absolutely nothing beyond bulb, rubber boots, tyre and exhaust pipe replacements.

General Comments:

An extremely reliable car as it is reputed to be, that is to be scrapped only because some welding is required on one side at the rear. This, plus the fact that a timing belt replacement is long overdue, means it would cost several times the market value of the car. This car was, moreover, never serviced, only undergoing one oil change in four years or 40,000 miles. It weathered neglect wonderfully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd May, 2010

1988 Nissan Sunny 1.4 from UK and Ireland


An unexciting but very, very dependable little car


Very little ever went wrong with it. The reliability was incredible.

I had the brakes repaired, plus a few other quite minor things during the two years I drove the car.

I went to Cornwall twice (from South Wales) for two holidays during this period. On the second occasion, I noticed the gearbox becoming more and more noisy.

This heralded the end of the car for me, since I could not locate a cheap replacement box at the time. The car was getting old, and rust was becoming a serious problem, so that is why I parted with it, yet this was a seriously dependable little car.

General Comments:

The car was probably very average in performance and handling, but its reliability was just what I needed at the time.

Since it was white, it was also very easy to touch up over the increasing rust problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th February, 2010

1988 Nissan Sunny LX 1.3 from Norway


Very well, I would own another one! (If it had 4 doors and 1600-engine)


One of the threads in the rear window defroster broke at 144000. Nothing bad, though.

The clutch burnt out at 145000 due to erratic driving and a lot of clutch-hanging instead of holding on the brake when standing in road crossings etc.

A little rust under the wheel arches (front)

General Comments:

This car is great. The clutch was already worn when I bought it, but I replaced it. I have recently been on a 1013 km long trip in Norway, and the car handled exceptionally.

It is very reliable and it always starts, even if it is -30 celsius degrees.

The heater is effective and I usually start the car before I go to work in the morning 6-7 minutes before I am off. When I get to the car, it is warm and comfortable.

Automatic choke is a bit staggered though. If the car has been parked for a week or so, the engine might die after a couple seconds running and needs a re-start, but it will run fine after that.

The only reason I am selling it is that 1300 ccm engine is a bit too small for me, and I definitely need more than a 3-door-combi-car, regarding the amount of passengers I usually bring with me every day. It is kind of inconvenient having to step out of the car whenever a backseat passenger is leaving the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2006

1988 Nissan Sunny LX 1.6 from Finland


Old, but still kicking ass and taking names.


Biggest problems in the last annual inspection were:

Rusted badly near the rear shock absorbers (you could've pressed your hand through it if you'd wanted)

A broken anti-roll bar.

General Comments:

Engine and transmission works like a charm, even though both are still original parts from 1988.

It accelerates slowly (0-100 Km/h @ 12sec, including the turn to the freeway), but has no problem keeping up with the rest of the traffic.

My Sunny has some mild case of overheating in the summer - to it's defence, it's been around 25-30 degrees Celsius here the last few weeks - but once driving on a freeway, or just somewhere over 60 km/h it gets enough air to keep it cool without the radiator fan that occasionally kicks in if you have to drive/stop frequently.

I don't know have many others had the same problem.

The car has been very reliable for the short time I've owned it, the engine runs smoothly and emission values are way under the set limits.

It is also very comfortable and roomy in the cabin, shame you can't say that about the trunk; Don't get me wrong, you can fit many 6-packs of beer and a sub-woofer there if you wish, but might be tough to fit in hockey sticks or something else long or moderately high objects (e.g. lawnmower).

It's really hard to find anything bad to say about this car.

Yes, it has it's small quirks and problems, but for a car that is nearly 18 years old that is to be expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2006