2001 Nissan Almera Activ 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland
Overall, the Almera Activ 1.5 petrol is a good little car, but just watch out for the timing chain
The Timing Chain and Tensioner assembly wore prematurely at only 49650 miles, causing the timing to be out and poor running. This is, according to my local dealer, a fault that they have seen on five other Almeras with this engine over the past few years, and is a very expensive job to fix. The bill for this repair just touches on £1000.00, but my dealer shouldered some of the costs involved to lessen the blow to my wallet, but I am nevertheless still reeling from the cost of the repairs. If you're considering buying one, it would pay you to get it inspected very closely, and if offered an extended warranty, pay it, because it just might save you a lot of money later on. Wish I'd listened to my own advice 6 months ago!
It is quite economical, returning an average of between 39 and 43 mpg.
The petrol tank is quite large, so this means less frequent trips to the garage for a fill up.
It's reasonably comfortable, with a nice set of seats, but has a slightly harsh ride quality. This makes for a sometimes bumpy ride, but excellent handling around bends.
Engine and road noise are quite loud inside the car, and trim tends to rattle and squeak a bit too.
There is a large load area, with the rear seats down, in which to carry plenty of things, and, on a plus point, the seats are very easy to collapse, with just one pull cord for each seat back.
Since I've had the car, it has started first turn of the key, never broken down, and fulfilled all the requirements I've needed.
I am, however, disappointed that, at such an early point in its life and mileage, it has cost me so much money for what would appear to be an inherent fault with the engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th February, 2006