Nissan Pulsar

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Nissan Pulsar

David Morley

Make Model PULSAR Model LX,LX PLUS,Q,ST,ST L,ST L Series N16,N16,N16,N16,N16,N16,N16,N16 MY03,N16 MY04,N16 MY04,N16 MY04 Year 2004,2003,2002,2001,2000 Body 4D SEDAN,5D HATCHBACK

The Pulsar has served Nissan very in Australia over the years. For a there, as Nissan was nearing the end of its as a local manufacturer (and the Pulsar was one of the few shining lights, the sales meter ticking while models either of it let the team down.

So it’s no to learn that even as entered the 21st century, would be a Pulsar model to with the Toyota Corolla, Focus and Holden Astra.

The N16 (as it was known in Nissan-speak) arrived in but initially only as a sedan. And Pulsar sales had been up of about 30 per cent hatchback the sedan had to struggle along a five-door hatch was added to the in 2001.

Even so, sales actually in that period, mainly the new car represented a big improvement over the vehicle it replaced.

Engine consisted of a 1.6-litre or a 1.8-litre with 16 valves. Power was 83 kW and 92 kW respectively. They were capable engines, but the 1.8 is the pick of the as it offers better flexibility and power, both at suburban and speeds.

The sedan landed in trim levels – an LX the 1.6, the ST and Ti with the 1.8-litre as standard, and a Q version with the 1.8 and a sportier level of trim, a rear spoiler and alloy

In the five-door range there was no LX Nissan launched the hatch the ST trim level and a sporty Q As such, all hatches were powered, although there was no Ti

The base-model LX sedan came a driver’s airbag, air-conditioning, locking and power mirrors, no anti-lock brakes (ABS) or windows. Just to confuse a little, the ST hatchback had an extra airbag to the sedan.

In Ti form, the gained both front ABS, climate-control air-conditioning, wheels and power windows. The Q was also well equipped, there were discrepancies the sedan and hatch, with the scoring an extra air-bag and alloy wheels versus the alloys on the sedan.

The differences were all to do with the that the sedan and hatch of the Pulsar were built in parts of the world. The sedan was a vehicle, and the hatch was built at Sunderland plant in the north of It’s the reason why the Pulsar had its indicator stalk on the left, as per the norm.

The other thing heritage brought to the Pulsar was styling, which blurs the between a conventional hatchback and a wagon. The composite styling not have pleased those for a sporty car, but it certainly it a versatile contender in terms of space.

Nissan Pulsar

All Pulsar variants were with a choice of five-speed or four-speed automatic transmission. The nature of the engine (particularly the means the automatic is a viable

Ride quality is pretty as the Pulsar was no longer a small car by The main gripe is that the had started to feel a bit tinnier we remember – almost as if had finally figured out how to build it cheaply.

Things to watch out for a used example include CV joints, which are the critical between the gearbox and the front Drive the car in a tight circle at low and listen for clunking noises, indicate worn CV joints need replacing.

The engine oil should be clean in automatic versions, the transmission should be a bright, clean and shouldn’t smell of burnt If the car fails any of these tests it suggests that it may have had its maintenance skimped on – will also raise about every other of its maintenance.

The other big possibility a Pulsar is that the example looking at was once a rental That’s not to say you wouldn’t buy an ex-renter at any but it would need to be significantly than a privately owned

Check for a shadow on the lower of the rear window, where a company decal may have and be especially vigilant if you’re your Pulsar at auction. is a popular way for rental fleets to their old vehicles on to the private

What to pay

A Pulsar Q is still about $17,000 from while the 1.6-litre LX base from 2000 is closer to You’ll do better from sellers, and there are now plenty of Pulsars from which to so take your time and a nice, clean, low-kilometre

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