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I have just bought a 1996 Nisan Bluebird Le Grand saloon off a friend who bought it off another friend. The 1st owner (the friends friend;) took abosultely wonderful care of it(oil changes, servicing regularly, driving it well, etc!), and so did the second owner. Because of that, i got it at just under 200,000ks and it goes beautifully- wouldn't be surprised if it had a few more years in it! The interior is prestine- and all the whistles and bells are wicked!
I would highly recomend a Nissan Bluebird- or any Nissan for that matter to anyone!
If it's taken good care of then it should last you ages and run really well.
Mine is a 1.8, and does about 500ks for a full tank(which is usually somewhere around the $100 mark with petrol prices nowdays! So it is pretty efficient, especially if you drive it properly. (i got mine to learn in so the first tank full went pretty quick because i sucked at driving!)
Over-all, Nissan Bluebirds rock!!!!!!!
And i'm very proud to have one.
Although your average Nissan Bluey isn't the most drop-dead gorgeous car on the roads, chuck some nice mags on it and i think there pretty spunky, especially the later models.
For practicality, though, there flippin awesome!
Easy to drive, nice to be in, and not expensive, bluey's are for everyone!!!
When my first car, a Volvo 340, was written off, I was still only 21 and as such the replacement needed a low insurance group. As I don't like small cars this narrowed things down somewhat. I also needed something capable of handling big mileages with reliability. What else could I buy but a Bluey? Insurance Group 6 for a 1.8 and as for reliability, well - drive one of these puppies off a 40-storey building and the engine will still be running long after the rest has disintegrated. After the very stark Volvo, the Nissan was a revelation - the 1.8GS was the mid-range model but had electric windows front and rear, electric sunroof, power steering, central locking, electric aerial and cracking Blaupunkt stereo, all as standard. The one I bought was a hatchback in seductive gloss black. Personally I prefer the styling of the saloon, but neither are lookers to be honest, and the hatchback is very practical with a big boot. I got it for £1,600 in the summer of 1998 with 82,000 miles on the clock. The Bluebird is quite possibly the easiest car in the world to drive. All controls are super-light and you even get a footrest next to the clutch pedal. It's real forte was motorway cruising, where 40mpg was possible. Otherwise low 30s was the normal, again on unleaded. It did everything asked of it, but with no soul. It's the perfect interpretation of a car as an appliance. The car was also, as expected, superbly reliable once some teething troubles were ironed out. The car hadn't really been serviced properly by the previous owner, and this manifested itself early on with two exhaust valves burning out. So the head had to come off but once it went back together everything was fine. The only niggling faults were that the electric aerial would only rise and fall intermittently, the stereo eventually began to eat tapes, and there was some kind of problem with the automatic choke - when warming up the car would idle at about 200rpm and di
e all the time, so you would have to brake with your left foot while constantly blipping the throttle. Rust resistance on these cars is excellent too - you couldn't say that of Japanese cars from earlier in the 1980's and before. My car had a small bubble at the base of the pillar between the doors on the driver's side. I sold the car after eight months because it was coming up to 100,000 miles and I thought it was best to sell it then. I got £1,325 and had spent £600 on servicing and repairs, so I did quite well I think. It was a great car all round. Would I recommend one to a friend? I did better than that - I helped one buy one!
I bought my Bluebird 1.6 LX on the 28th March 2002 as a replacement for my other Bluebird which I managed to roll on the motorway (long story). It is a 1986 (c reg) with one owner from new, 66000 miles on the clock and only one spot of rust on the bottom of the drivers door. It has a different specification to newer LX's, it does not have elec windows or sunroof but does have elec mirrors, power steering, tilt drivers seat with lumbar and remote boot and fuel cap release. The colour is Nissan Light blue which I have grown to like. It only cost me £245 with a full MoT, 4 new tyres, new exhaust and radiator. I was looking for a Turbo or exec model but then i found this one so cheap so I bought it. The performance is adequate but it can struggle with 5 people in the car. The engine runs really sweetly and leaks no oil. The gearbox feels very tight and the power steering is very well assisted. I have made some small modifications to the car: - Bluebird Turbo 15" alloy wheels, it really sticks to the road now - Sony X-plod CD player - Pioneer 2-way front speakers - Nissan Turbo front spoiler - Nissan Turbo mud flaps - Colour coded mirror housings - Floor mats I would really recommend buying one of these cars as they will go on forever. I've done 2000 miles in mine in just over a month and enjoyed every minute of it.
My dad has a 1988 F reg Nissan Bluebird which has been used as a taxi for about 6 years. It now has 186,000 miles on it and it still starts first time every time and never breaks down. It is also very quiet and has no rust whatsoever on it. All 4 electric windows, central locking system, and power steering work perfectly and have never gone faulty. This may sound odd or untrue, but it still gives just as smooth and comfortable a ride as our friend's R Reg Mondeo! We also have an L reg Nissan Micra which we have had for four years which has never needed anything repairing apart from a minor fault with a window. It has never not started or broke down once.
We have had a 1986 ( D ) Reg. 2 litre saloon in the family for the past eight years. It just goes forever. There is no visible rust or corrosion anywhere on it. How much has it cost to run ? Well apart from services and consumables, just £6.15p for a distributor oil seal that was weeping - it took ten minutes to change it - just one bolt. It has no " Street Cred " at all, basically it is square, front and back. I have used it for towing a caravan, my Daughter now uses it daily. It has never missed a beat, the engine and transmission are quiet. Having now covered 87.000 miles I am confident that it will do the same again without any problem. If you have a limited motoring budget and do not care too much about image, find yourself one of these work horses for around £500, you will not be sorry. In the unlikely event that you need parts they are cheap and easy to get ( nobody ever seems to need them ). Good Luck with your Nissan.
My Dad bought one of the last brand new Nissan Bluebirds eleven years ago. Its a 2.0 SGX automatic in black. In the first eight years that he owned it, he spent money on petrol, oil, washer fluid, wiper blades tyres and a new exhaust system. In this time he drove about 90k miles. For the exhaust, he bought one with a lifetime guarantee on it. The factory fitted one lasted 6 years. The replacements have each lasted a couple of years, but he has been able to keep going back to get them replaced. In the last couple of years, he has had to spend more money on it. The battery, alternator and some track rod ends have been changed. However, he's still not complaining. I'm sure the handling isn't great on the limit, but he doesn't drive that fast. The only bad things I can think of about it are that it isn't particularly economical and the rear seat belts are quite short. This was a problem when he picked us up at a train station with our baby in a child seat which was too big for the belt to fit around. He's now got a new Almera on order, which should arrive by March. Hopefully that should last as long. If Bluebirds were still available, I daresay he might be tempted to get another.
I bought a G-Reg. Nissan Bluebird 1.8GS when I moved to the U.K. in 1998. It then had one previous owner with 128.000 miles on the clock, full electric pack, power steering, power breaks etc. I only paid £500 for the car and soon figured out why it was so cheap - the heater in the car didn't work (as I discovered the heater matrix has had it). Admittedly it was rather expensive to get this fixed at £400 plus VAT (the problem with the heater matrix in a Bluebird is, that you have to take the whole dashboard out to change it) However, once I had this fixed, the car was just great. I never had any mechanical or electrical problems in the two years I owned the car. Ok, it is not the cheapest to run, since you neede Super petrol at around £0.90 per litre, but then again it rewards you by going like a clockwork. Especially considering all the gadgets (windows, mirrors, sunroof - all electric, central locking - the list goes on and on) - not a single thing ever seems to break. There's plenty of room in the back as well as in the boot, both the driver's and passenger seat offer good body support and the engine seems to last forever. I sold the car about three months ago for £1000 with roughly 200.000 miles on the clock at this time. Since I only paid £500 plus about £460 to have the heater fixed - one could almost consider it an investment ;-) And I only sold it because I wanted a diesel, since I drive a lot and it was just getting too expensive to fill up once or twice per week with super. All in all - if you're not too concerned about fuel costs - the Bluebird is definitely one to recommend.
I brought one of these three and a half years ago for use as a taxi it had 105000 miles on the clock and i thought at the time i would be lucky to get a year or two out of it. I have just replaced it and it now has 217000 on the clock and is sitting outside my house because i just can't bear to sell it on. In the time i have had it all i have had to replace apart from the obvious(tyres, exhaust and other wearables) has been the rear shock absorbers and the clutch once. now remember thats 112000 miles of driving in just 3 years (about 10 years worth based on average mileage. I went out to it yesterday and tried to start it and it revved into life with just one turn of the key. so in summary if your looking to buy a second hand car that will get you from a to b with the mininum of fuss then get a nissan bluebird