2002 Nissan Almera 1.8


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This is a great successor to the Sunny.

My opinion is that it's the best in its category (I tested it against VW Golf, Opel Astra, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Peugeot 307, and none is as good as the Almera).

The Almera is good looking (from the front it looks like the BMW), very fast, very comfortable (great suspension), and very economic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2003

2000 Nissan Almera Luxe 2.2 diesel turbo


Unfortunately underrated


Boot opening mechanism failed - boot jammed shut.

Both headlight bulbs failed simultaneously - after dark during a winter gale of course. LH bulb very difficult to change with normal-sized hands, RH impossible to change without removing coolant expansion bottle (the handbook is useless on this point). Fortunately I had the optional fog lights to get home on.

The Nissan badge dropped off all 4 wheel trims.

Recurrent problems in the (standard) CD charger. Eventually replaced under guarantee.

General Comments:

The Turbo Diesel gives lots of power and torque, but remains economical - it goes like a petrol, but drinks like a diesel. Very noisy on a cold start, but quickly becomes very discreet.

Gear ratio in 5th is too high even with the torque. Motorway cruising is at less than 2000 RPM, but normal road speeds mean frequent change-downs - a pity.

Very high level of equipment at a very competitive price - £2000 less than an equivalent Golf.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2002