1996 Nissan Almera 1.4 petrol from Slovakia
Very reliable, but not perfect
Front light bulbs have to be replaced about twice a year. You will sweat for about 2 hours when doing this for the first time. Experienced repairmen were swearing for about 5 minutes and playing around for another 10.
Battery had to be replaced at 180,000km.
Clutch was suddenly dead at 208,000km.
Interior lights have a problem to work all simultaneously. As soon as one is replaced, another one will die.
The car has good brakes, even with cheap R13 tires. Some inexperienced downhill driving produced smoke coming from the brakes, plastic rim covers melted, but brakes were still good for another 15,000km. The brakes were so good, that a taxi driver crashed into me after a car suddenly blocked my way. The crash was something I've always expected to happen.
When cornering, the car feels somewhat unstable.
Seats are very soft and the driver's seat has suffered a lot. Driver and co-driver are sitting on pillows, since the seats are also low and height is not adjustable (talking about people of average EU height).
The trunk is a disaster - little space, lots of corners, no possibility to extend the space at the cost of the rear seats. Trunk cover arms fold into the trunk and need lots of space as well.
Fuel economy with a 1.4 is no better than with a 1.6 litre engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st February, 2007