Friday, December 3, 2010

1988 Nissan Pulsar NX

Remember these? This was a car that seemed brilliant at the time.

Want a coupe? The NX was a coupe. Want a sort-of-station-wagon? The NX could be that. How about a convertible with a roll bar? The NX could fill that request, too.

It seemed brilliant until you looked at it a little closer... The concept was good, but the reality was less than good. The hatch and and the "Sportbak" (which is what the station-wagon-like back piece was called) were bulky and heavy. Removing and replacing them was a 2 man job. The Sportbak roof was painted a grayish silver, no matter what the color of the car was. It sort of gave the car a made by Mattel look. After awhile the tops would squeak and rattle. Unless you really liked changing the looks of back end, it was best to choose a look, leave it that way and just take the t-tops off when you want some sun on your head.

These aren't bad cars by any means, though. They have a lot going for them. They're reliable. These cars will easily do over 200K miles without a problem. Parts are plentiful and cheap. In stock form they are not fast, but with a few aftermarket parts you can turn the Pulsar NX into a rocket. They handle very well. They get great gas mileage.

These cars are relatively rare, but they sell for very little money. If you look at it as a unique commuter car that can occasionally be used as a "fun in the sun" car, they're a genuine bargain.

Located in Knoxville, TN, click here to see the Craigslist ad.


JT said...

Doesn't say which version this one is....if I'm not mistaken, wasn't there a NX1600 and a NX2000 (1.6 liter 4cyl vs 2.0 liter 4cyl), with the 2000 being the far more desirable engine option?

Blair Russell said...

My brother in law used to drive a Pulsar. At the time he and my sister lived where I did, it was a piece of junk. They moved out to the Midwest (from Florida) and the car was left here for a bit. My dad had to drive it from Florida to where they were living. Somehow the car-loud muffler and all-made it out there. So, that's my memory of the vehicle.

It at least a nice-looking vehicle, for one in the 80's, that is.