2000 Nissan Almera S 1.5 from UK and Ireland
I look forward to the day when we change it for something better
The glove box catches keep breaking off, causing the lid to fall onto the passengers legs when opened.
The plastic trims around the front window switches are loose.
The seats stain very easily.
The performance feels very poor; the engine needs to be worked very hard to make barely adequate progress.
The steering has no feeling whatsoever and is too light.
The turning circle is dreadful, parking at the supermarket (or any car park) involves lots of three pointers.
The build quality is not as good as our previous Micra which we bought from new. For example, the glove box keeps breaking off which may be due to the fact that this has to be completely removed to change the air conditioning pollen filter, according to our local garage.
Although the driving position is comfortable, you get the feeling that the dash and side panels are too high, even with the seat fully raised.
For a car that does not feel particularly fast, the fuel economy is disappointing. Admittedly, we use the car for the school run, but do not thrash it and yet we struggle to get more than 30 to 32 m.p.g.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st August, 2003
4th Oct 2004, 09:38
I took an Almera for a test drive, opened the glovebox and it fell on to the floor, must be a design fault.
7th Mar 2005, 07:50
If the two lugs on the rear of the glovebox are not in the correct position, the glove box will drop out. Open the lid, check by turning them that they are engaging the surrounding frame.
Not defending a weak design, just something to check if you were suffering the same problem. If these tabs are broken they are available from Nissan for very little.
The design generally is bomb proof, interiors wear relatively well by comparison although 3 door seat belt recoil mechanisms are generally weak within 30,000 miles because of the extension arm.
14th Jun 2005, 15:28
I notice that one recurring comment is about the almera's turning circle. I have never had a problem, but then again I have driven coaches on roads that are narrow for cars, taken 28 foot long by 8 foot wide access buses into council estate culdi sacs. Maybe the problem exists with the driver.