2000 Nissan Almera Luxe 2.2 diesel turbo from France
Boot opening mechanism failed - boot jammed shut.
Both headlight bulbs failed simultaneously - after dark during a winter gale of course. LH bulb very difficult to change with normal-sized hands, RH impossible to change without removing coolant expansion bottle (the handbook is useless on this point). Fortunately I had the optional fog lights to get home on.
The Nissan badge dropped off all 4 wheel trims.
Recurrent problems in the (standard) CD charger. Eventually replaced under guarantee.
The Turbo Diesel gives lots of power and torque, but remains economical - it goes like a petrol, but drinks like a diesel. Very noisy on a cold start, but quickly becomes very discreet.
Gear ratio in 5th is too high even with the torque. Motorway cruising is at less than 2000 RPM, but normal road speeds mean frequent change-downs - a pity.
Very high level of equipment at a very competitive price - £2000 less than an equivalent Golf.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2002