1998 Nissan Almera Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1998 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

A nice combination of speed and practicality

Faults:

Nothing as yet.

General Comments:

Not the most fashionable car in the world but I love it. Fast, safe, practical and so far utterly reliable.

Rare, (only made up 2/3% of UK Almera sales) but faster than many of its competitors.

Not much torque but it flies above 4000 revs. Has a bit of a drink problem if you drive it hard although mid-to-late thirties miles per gallon probably attainable if my wife drives it.

Secure but fun handling from multi-link suspension and standard strut braces flatter my mediocre driving. Resultant ride can be a little 'jiggly' on bad roads. Power steering communicative at speed.

Generous standard spec with anti-lock brakes, airbag, air con and CD player.

Interior has been criticised for being dull but its fine and certainly no less practical than a new Focus I drove recently. Build quality was better than the Ford too. Controls light and easy but gearbox a bit stodgy. Front sports seats not that comfortable after 2-3 hours driving. Loads of room in the back.

Styling not to everyones' taste but big alloys and GTI adornments make it look quite aggressive and sporty. Just don't buy the 5-door. Don't pay too much either, its rarity means prices are all over the place.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2002

26th Jun 2003, 04:17

50,000 miles up and still virtually faultless. This is the best car I have ever owned. It has been driven hard, but refuses to go wrong. Get the right tyre set up and it handles perfectly neutrally. It is not for sale.

1998 Nissan Almera GTi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

An excellent buy

Faults:

The front brake discs wore out at 33,000 miles.

The engine idles at under 1000 revolutions per minute.

General Comments:

The Nissan Almera handles better than most cars, and is faster than any other of hot hatch I have come across.

The car is impractical for everyday use as fuel consumption is terrible.

If it is not driven fast, it seems as if it is not running properly.

However for the price of these cars second hand, there is nothing that comes close for value for money.

If you do buy one be prepared to lose a lot more money than you would on say a Golf, but this is reflected in the value for money when you buy one.

It does turn heads, due to its unusual styling and looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2001

26th Apr 2003, 12:11

Its designed to idle at under 1000rpm (850rpm to be precise), as are most modern cars.

1998 Nissan Almera GTi SR20DE from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission SR20DE Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

An able and cheap Golf /Peugeot alternative

Faults:

A really annoying clicking clutch pedal. Cured by tightening loose mounting nuts for the pedal box, also the pedal pivot bolt nipped up.

Tyre size is hard to get, and expensive. It seems if you go up a size, it solves the problem (generally much cheaper).

General Comments:

This car goes and handles with the best of the hot hatches.

However, it is much too quiet for a sporty car, and lacks the quality interior of other GTI's (VW's).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2001

24th May 2001, 10:56

I've got a 1999 Almera GTi and it rocks! Have you tried fitting a K&N air filter or something similar? It really changes engine sound and it adds a bit more power. The engine note is wonderful under acceleration with those air filters.

1998 Nissan Almera SLX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired14500 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles

Summary:

No worries - lots of fun!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Really good fun to drive hard. Feels like it is on rails. It doesn't roll or feel like it's going to skid ever.

Could be more interesting in the cabin, but the new shape Almeras have rectified this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2000

21st Jan 2001, 13:41

I have the same model, albeit a 1998 one.

Great car - no problems, but missed out on the ABS and I would love to have fog lights fitted in the cut-outs under the bumper (the wiring is already there), but Nissan charge too much.

Reg

1998 Nissan Almera GX 1.6 gasoline from Latvia

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 gasoline
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

As my car is just half a year old there have not been any problems with it.

General Comments:

Car is perfect, but the dealer service... Oh! That is total disaster! Official dealer of Nissan in Latvia "Auto Grupa TBF Ltd." has serious problems with post purchase client service. In my first visit to the service I ordered regular works. Car was not ready on time and cost was relatively high if compared to other car dealers in Riga.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews