Nissan Almera Reviews from France

2002 Nissan Almera 1.8

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired7 kilometres
Most recent distance4200 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sunny

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 diesel turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

Unfortunately underrated

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews