Unjustly overlooked due to motoring press prejudice
In two and a half years nothing apart from headlight bulb failure. Headlights must be on in daytime too in Finland so this is no big surprise. Cheap and easy to replace 4 Euro each.
Read the motoring press eg CAR WHATCAR TOP GEAR and all you'll find is sarcastic remarks about Nissan being boringly reliable.. Is THAT a crime?Not when you have to own and run a car from your own pocket it isn't!
The Almera is my wife's car and we are both extremely pleased with it, it has never given any trouble whatsoever. The 1.8 engine is powerful and makes an excellent long distance car. Average fuel economy is very good on long runs too,7.0litres/100kms or less.
The heating and Air con system are first rate and the headlights (important in long Arctic winters) are astounding. Controls and gearbox nice to use.
Quality of assembly of the cabin is excellent, no rattles or squeaks after 2.5 years. Can FORD manage that? The cars produced in the UK seem to be of very high quality (I own a 2002 Primera and am very pleased with that too, see my review) it uses no oil at all and no leaks anywhere despite having to be in -25 c.
Sunvisor is pathetic though, it is stamp sized and is frankly useless at doing its job. Tyre noise is high too, but this is due to Bridgestones, a switch to Continental should alter that.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th November, 2002