2001 Nissan Almera Activ 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Overall, the Almera Activ 1.5 petrol is a good little car, but just watch out for the timing chain

Faults:

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!

General Comments:

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

2001 Nissan Almera Sport 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

An all round excellent car

Faults:

Has one very slightly binding rear disk brake.

Nothing else has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

Almeras are very under rated cars. People who have not owned or driven one don't know what they are talking about, they also think that they are dull, which they are not. Good points are, excellent reliability, well designed mechanically and aesthetically, excellent handling the sport version has harder suspension, brakes and ABS are very good in all types of weather, men and women often give me good comments on it. Now the bad points, I don't like the pattern on the seats, one of the rear disc brakes has a slight overheating problem this might be because of binding or the disc is warped, when I looked at the brake caliper and bench tested it worked fine no binding so I do not know how to fix it, might be disc warped, also the engine although good on fuel and emissions does not suit the sport badge as it's no pocket rocket, but does 100mph with ease.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2005

8th Feb 2009, 16:27

The rear brake problem is the only fault I have had, and 1 tyre because of a nail. You will find the problem is the caliper not the disc, it works fine sometimes, then it will stick for no reason. Just does not screw back in some times. The only fix is a new caliper or just keep replacing the pads every 10000 miles.

Great little car - done 22000 miles in six months, good all rounder (rear pads £15).

2001 Nissan Almera SE+ 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A high value low cost gem of a car

Faults:

Noisy door locking solenoid at 20000 miles.

General Comments:

This is the first car I have ever owned on which everything works as it is meant to.

Unlike all my previous cars except one this car does not leak.

The car has every accessory that a reasonable owner could possibly want and this for considerably less money than its competitors.

The driving position is perfect and has never given me backache.

It behaves impeccably in town.

On the motorway it goes like a rocket and is almost completely unaffected by strong winds.

The doors open very widely and my disabled father in law has no problems getting in and out of it unlike my brother in law's German limousine.

I cannot understand why these cars get such a poor press.

I intend to keep mine until it or I fall to bits.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2004

30th Mar 2004, 07:48

They get a poor press because motoring journalist know nothing about real-life cars, nor do they have to pay for the cars they run. My wife's Almera has been simply the best car we've ever had:No faults, well equiped and pleasant understated drive. Your Almera won't be falling to bits for a long time!

5th Jan 2012, 04:12

Excellent review. I saw one in blue color yesterday - 5-Dr hatchback. Runs on both petrol ans LPG gas, and I want to buy it. Have no idea of its cc (could be 1.5 or 1.8).

Any info about real life fuel consumption figures?

Thanks.