1997 Nissan Almera Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1997 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

Excellent and very underrated car

Faults:

A gearbox spring needed replacing after 38,000 miles.

General Comments:

An excellent very underrated car. The engine is very flexible with good power across the rev range, particularly after 5000 RPM when it really takes off!

The handling is outstanding, very little body, excellent feedback through the well-balanced steering. The brakes also have great feedback and are very effective.

The interior is not as bad as people make out, the dials are superb and the cabin well laid out. The materials are harder than those in say a Golf, but it has better handling and performance which is much more desirable!

Some are not keen on the way the car looks, but I have found it attracts more praise than criticism. I also find it to be an attractive and subtlety styled car with good proportions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2002

1997 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0 16v from Belgium

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Almera

Summary:

Best car I've ever driven

Faults:

Blower of the heating broke down.

General Comments:

Fast.

Handling is superb.

The clutch is a little too light for the performance of the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2001

1997 Nissan Almera GX 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carToyota Corrolla

Summary:

Meadering green snail with zero excitement

Faults:

None, sqeaks a bit.

Knob has fallen off the stereo.

General Comments:

This is THE most boring car in the world.

I would trade it in for almost any other car of equal value.

Old people should be the only ones it's available to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th August, 2000

21st Aug 2004, 14:34

If boring means a car that doesn't break down, starts in the morning and doesn't have bits that regularly fall off then I'll take boring anytime. I swapped my 96 Almera for a company VW Bora. The Almera now belongs to my wife. the car has done 85,000 miles and had 1 new exhaust from the Cat back, 1 set of front pads and 1 jubilee clip on the steering pump hose. No other work other than regular servicing work has been carried out. Nothing breaks, nothing falls off, nothing refuses to work.

The VW has bits of trim that get sucked up in the vacuum cleaner when I clean the car out, the turbocharger has inermittently failed (so far around 85 times so the car behaves like a non turbo charged car) and has had countless electrical malises with windows, door locks etc.

Dealers are hopeless and can't cure the Turbo problems and the car is like a bus to drive. It also has no rear leg room.

I'll take a boring Almera anytime!

Signed.

A young person.

1997 Nissan Almera Action (Equation) 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14250 miles
Most recent distance52500 miles

Summary:

Excellent reliabilty with comfort

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I've done huge mileages in this car and nothing has gone wrong with it. It's comfortable, responsive and well worth £7,000. the perfect second hand car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2000

1997 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Not quite as fast as some of the other hot hatches, but superb handling and good brakes. Seats not quite entirely comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 1999

1997 Nissan Almera GTI 2.0 SR20DE petrol from Belgium

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 SR20DE petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Misses the 7500rpm redline of the old Sunny model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

26th Apr 2003, 12:17

Indicated red line at 7000rpm, but the engine speed does go above this to 7500 rpm... check for your self and see.

1997 Nissan Almera GX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10

Faults:

Idle speed to low. Dealer increased base idle speed. Squeaks on back door trim.

General Comments:

Lights too dim when driving in unlit areas (especially in rain). Cheap to run (good fuel economy - 43mpg on combined cycle 30mpg in town).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

1997 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

It rocks! (not literally of course!)

The styling of the back end is an acquired taste.

Great value, good performance.

Shares the same steering wheel as a 200SX and a Skyline GT-R!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1997 Nissan Almera GX 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Faults:

Not too hot on fuel consumption, but, all-round, a very nice little motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 19 reviews