Nissan Primera Review from France

1996 Nissan Primera 2.0 SE Autom. 2.0L. 125 bhp

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0L. 125 bhp Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 440


Understated and reliable quality car


Front suspension joints needed to be changed, as a clapping noise indicated. No big deal, either financially or work-wise.

General Comments:

A well built and serious family car.

The engine runs like a clock, will roar or purr on request.

Better build quality than most European rivals: it feels very safe.

Fuel consumption remains reasonable for an automatic gearbox, if far from exceptional.

Aerodynamics are nothing to write home about: whistling sounds above 120 km/h.

I beg to differ from most opinions: I enjoy the understated simplicity of the cabin. Nothing plain or sinister, just functional and low-key. Hey, some BMW cabins are far gloomier...

It's a great car for all of those who rather not to make a statement with their car (in France, of course, the Primera doesn't have the "minicab image" I understand it is afflicted with in the UK).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review