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18 Jun 2003

NISSAN N14 PULSAR 4D SEDAN (1991-1995)
A SMART little car, and initially Australian-made, the N14 Pulsar proved to be a tough opponent for its rivals. Its lively 1.6 16-valve engine mated well with a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic driving the front wheels. Radio/cassette standard. Well made, a good performer, comfortable, dependable and refined, this makes a durable used small car buy.

FULLY imported, and powered by a 1.5 carburettor-fed 12-valve engine, economical running was its forte. A three-speed auto or five-speed manual drives the front wheels. Power steering was standard from May 1995. The Lancer is not as roomy, comfortable, dynamic or refined as the BA 323 or N14 Pulsar.

A cloned Toyota Corolla and built in Australia, the Nova has a spirited 1.6 16-valve engine available with either a four-speed auto or five- speed manual gearbox. Comfort and refinement are OK, but the steering is light and rear-seat room tight. The Nova is better-buying than the equivalent Corolla because it has a lower resale value.

FORD KH LASER 4D SEDAN (1991-1994)
ANOTHER clone, this time of the Mazda BG 323, although styled very differently and made locally. It has the same 1.6 16-valve engine and choice of three-speed auto or five-speed manual, and drives just as well too. Power steering also became standard. Howerver this Laser's ungainly styling lost it many friends.

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