1995 Nissan Almera Reviews

1995 Nissan Almera Equation 1.4 petrol injection from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol injection Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A very good car. Totally recommended

Faults:

Exhaust joint was split when I got the car, but the exhaust was still held on.

Rear sills rotted out.

General Comments:

The Nissan Almera is economical, quickish and as reliable as an old sheep dog.

The cabin is very deep and well trimmed.

Don't buy one without power steering, it's hard!

Looks good from the front and has good brakes and a light clutch.

Totally recommended, but get the sills treated ASAP!

Very smooth and responsive engine. Always starts, and has a timing chain not a cambelt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2009

1995 Nissan Almera GX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles

Summary:

Reliable, economical, you won't regret it!

Faults:

Needed welding to get it through the MOT.

Driver's seat a bit worn out - otherwise fine!

General Comments:

This is by no means a sexy car, and it is not a head turner. However, if you want economy and reliability, this is the one to go for.

It is easy to get spares for from the local scrapyard (when needed), but in my experience very little has gone wrong in this car. I have driven 25k miles in 3 years and all I have had to do is the tyres, and some welding on the underbody to get it through the MOT (oh, and a shock on the front right - 40 pounds all in from a scrapyard!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

1995 Nissan Almera SRi 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

In 10,000 miles nothing has gone wrong or fallen off. Ignore the motoring press. The car is lively, for a 1.6l, comfortable and well specified - the standard CD player is excellent. It certainly is not ugly and bland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 1997

1995 Nissan Almera Equation 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 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

Faults:

Nothing, but the original Dunlop tyres aren't up to much. I've got Michelins now and the handling improves 100%.

I have only found one good dealer - but then that's all you need!

General Comments:

I didn't like it when I first got it, but its grown on me in the two years I've had it - its not at all bad. It's thirstier than a Golf, but it is much faster. Less street cred than a Lada, but then I bought it for the reliability and low insurance. From what my friends have said it's just as well to get the bottom of the range models - the gadgets just aren't worth the hassle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 1997

29th Jan 2001, 08:32

Just a quick note to say that we sold the car (i.e. part-exed it to a dealer) at the weekend. It had just under 150,000 miles on the clock - roughly the same distance as Apollo-13 when they announced, "Houston, we have a problem!".

Generally, we got our money's worth from the car and only had to pay out for non-standard repairs after about 120,000 miles. The odd things that needed doing were a new clutch, replaced CV-boots and replacement of some pipes on the power steering unit which had corroded.

At the time of selling the gearbox needed an overhaul as the bearings were getting a bit noisy, the driver's door hinge was well worn and the driver's seat belt was a bit tired. We decided it was time to part company before we were hammered with some serious repair bills.

I'd still recommend the model - it's a good, solid, no-nonsense work-horse - but our car has had its time.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews