Nissan Almera Review from Malta

1996 Nissan Almera GX 1.4 16v

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carDatsun 1200


Would I recommend this car?: a sure YES, especially if fun and reliability are top of your list


Absolutely NOTHING. Apart from the routine servicing, my Almera has been going and going, just like the Duracell bunny! After nearly 8 years of ownership the seats are starting to show some wear, but other-wise, not even a squeak.

General Comments:

Nearly eight years on, I still enjoy driving this car just as much as the first day.

Performance from the 1.4 ltr engine is strong and economy is very decent. The car pulls really strongly in second gear and the engine thrives on the high rev range (above 3,500 rpm), even though it gets harsh at these levels.

While it's road holding doesn't compare with the best in class, it's certainly very safe and predictable. The downside is traction in the wet. The engine delivers it's power too aggressively in 1st and 2nd gears, and the front wheels spin all too easily.

As regards to comfort, there is decent space for 4 and the ergonomics are simply excellent. Visibility towards the rear is particularly good, when compared to it's rivals.

There is one thing that has bugged me from day one though: if the car if fully laden with a compliment of passengers and luggage, the ride quality deteriorates incredibly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2004

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review