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Nissan Bluebird (1986 - 1990)

Last updated 13 June 2019

 
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Buying Guide

Good

  • Model designated T12 and T72 (pre- and post-facelift).
  • This was the second front wheel drive Bluebird, later examples of which were UK built at Sunderland.
  • Available as a four-door saloon, a five-door hatchback or a five-door estate car (imported from Japan, and based on the U11-generation Bluebird).
  • Introduced with 90bhp overhead cam 1809cc engines, the same block but turbocharged to 135bhp, or a 105bhp 1973cc ohc unit. three-speed auto optional on 1.8; four-speed auto optional on turbo and 2.0.
  • Facelift and 82bhp 1.6-litre introduced in March 1986, plus new 1796cc engine with 88bhp. 1.8-litre turbo and 2.0 continued as before.
  • 2.0 'Executive' introduced in October 1989 with 115bhp, and ran to the end in September 1990 when the range was replaced by the Primera.
  • Always solid and reliable.
  • Name used on later Sunnys in Asian markets.
  • There is still a 460 strong 'Bluebird' taxi fleet on Bali.

Bad

  • Old cars now. Some would say 'stolid' and reliable.
  • Banger territory, but previously a great favourite among mini-cabbers, though almost all Bluebirds this happened to will have died.
  • Poor parking brakes.

Watch

  • Check brakes and suspension carefully.
  • Look for signs it's been a family car rather than a mini cab.
  • If you're looking at a turbo, it's getting a bit old for a performance car, so check turbo oil seals by getting someone to follow behind on your test drive looking for puffs of black smoke.
  • Also check the discs themselves and adjust what you pay if they are lipped or scored.
  • (But, of course, you're not going to be paying much anyway.)
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