1999 Nissan Almera SLX 2.0 diesel


This was previous owned by my company and all repairs (if any) were done under regular inspections and warranty.

I don't remember that there was any major breakdown.

General Comments:

When I acquired the car, I drove it to more than 270000km.

I only want to point to one thing, not only about this Nissan, but all cars (I only drove Japanese cars – Nissan and Mazda) up to the year ~2000 were generally better than today modern cars.

I believe that everyone agrees that chassis were not as good as today, but this particular model has an additionally protected body (done with my company), so with proper care and no accidents there was no rust at all, even with 270000km.

In general this was excellent car for what it gives. The trim level is SLX, so it has power steering, manual climate, all electric windows, and much more.

Engine: yes, it is slow, but if I wanted a fast car, I would look for something like a GTR (to expensive for me) or a Celica or something like this... this was always the second or third car in the family.

The last few years of ownership I drove this car on vegetable oil (used) and absolutely nothing went wrong. This was very cheap and sometimes free.

Performance, fuel consumption, were the same as if you drove it on diesel fuel.

And the most important thing is that every year car has passed its registration inspection and no one knew what this car was running on; there was never bad exhaust from the engine.

We could avoid the 'diesel gate' affair - there is no bad CO or NOX or something like that... bla bla...

Oil and oil filter were regularly changed every year.

Please do not delete this review because I wrote this. I know car manufacturers needs to make more money, and if they make cars that would go without a breakdown or with minimal maintenance for more than 20 years, we would not have good looking cars every year and car of the year contests, and probably many people would stay without a job.

I like this car; electric cars are still very expensive and I needed a cheap car for everyday use.

At the end... this is a great car, and together with my Mazda 626 hatchback 2.0 90PS from 1990, these are the best cars I have ever driven.

p.s. don't think this is a biased review - I have driven hundreds of cars in my company, and for private use I cannot find today a new car that I would like...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2018

2003 Nissan Almera Visia 1.5 16v


Recommended for slow drivers


Noise from the front end.

Dirty fuel intake.

Oil consumption.

General Comments:

The noise from front end comes from a thrust bearings on both shock absorbers, which needs to be replaced.

The car was working bad on minimum gas, the cause was a dirty fuel intake, which was fixed in a half and hour (cleaning + reset of the car's computer), which cost 70 euros. The car consumes a lot of oil because of the worn piston rings.

Generally, car is built very good. Really quiet while driving. Fuel consumption is amazing for a petrol engine - 5.7 l/100km during summer and 6.8 l/100km during winter (mostly on motorways). Very comfortable and not made for high speeds, since the engine is quite sleepy. Accelerations are very slow, though it can be driven 150-160km/h at really low noise and stable on the road.

Car is ideal for people who like a comfortable, reliable, quiet and economic car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2010