Nissan Pulsar N16: 2000-2006
You have to wonder about the car companies that dropped a name that became popular and replaced it with a name that no one knows. Ford did that with Laser, a top-selling small car, and then had to see when its small-car sales dropped significantly, and Nissan did that by replacing the popular Pulsar with the popular Tiida. weird.
The Pulsar nameplate dates back to 1980 and has over the years been known for its solid reliability, good value for money and operating economy. By the time N16, the last line of the line, was released in 2000, it was a well-equipped, good-sized, well-functioning, economical small car with little trouble.
If it had a problem, it might have become exhausting. It’s a car for those of us with gray, or not, hair and not enough hips to appeal to younger buyers.
The N16 Pulsar convertibles were made in Japan and were first launched in 2000, while the five-door hatchbacks came from England and arrived in mid-2001. It’s not a beacon of style. Contemporary, but it looks very pleasant rate and clean lines. Maybe it’s too nice and didn not have what kind of young buyers want.
There are four versions of the sedan at launch, starting with the LX and working through the ST, Q sports and luxury Ti. When the hatchback came a year later, it added the ST and Q versions to the range.
Like all cars, the Pulsar has grown bigger over time and the N16 is a bit bigger than the models that preceded it, but that extra size is moved into a decent inner room. Rear passengers may have suffered a bit for the space, but those in the front seats enjoyed the spacious room. Like the exterior, there’s nothing flashy about the Pulsar interior. It has everything you want, is laid out in a reasonable way, and is comfortable.
Mechanically, the Pulsar is a regular front-wheel drive model. There are two engines provided. The entry level LX model features a dual camshaft on the 1.6-liter four with fuel injection, producing 83 hp and 140 Nm.
It’s an economical engine, but the 1.8-liter engine gives the rest of the range a little extra zip and best buy. With higher performance, thanks to 92 horsepower and 161 Nm, 1.8 liters allows Pulsar to keep up the style in the heavy journey around town. Both engines are available with a 5-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
On the road, the light and agile Pulsar makes it light around town and easy to park. On the road, it is perfectly constructed with a supple suspension that can absorb most of what is thrown at it without being turned upside down. The ride is fit and comfortable for a small car, and its handling is balanced and safe. It is a good comprehensive tool.
IN THE STORE
Pulsar has a good reputation for build quality and reliability. Nothing serious seems to go wrong with them, this makes them buy a good used car. When checking, look for a service to ensure regular maintenance routine. The Pulsar engines have a cam timing chain so no service is needed.
Many Pulsars have been used by the rental industry, which often means they accumulate miles away quickly and are sometimes driven by fearless drivers. Remember that any Pulsar with a higher odometer than normal can be a tenant. Negotiating hard to reduce the required price on a vehicle seems to have a rental platform.
IN A CREDIT
All models have driver airbags, but some also have front passenger airbags and ABS.
AT THE PUMP
The N16 is generally an economical small car and is worth considering if you want to cut your fuel bill. Average should use about 7.5-8.5 L / 100 km in general use.