2001 Nissan Almera Sport 1.8 from UK and Ireland


An all round excellent car


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


A high value low cost gem of a car


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?


2001 Nissan Almera E 5dr hatch 1.5 from UK and Ireland


Good, reliable, cheap car


Light behind electronic odometer went after owning car for 6 months - £50 to repair.

General Comments:

Good, reliable, small family car.

Space in rear is cramped, even for small (i.e 8 year old) children.

Struggles when fully loaded with children/luggage.

Not much sought after second hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2003

2001 Nissan Almera SE 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


I was planning its replacement within 6 weeks


Door trim strip came unglued. (5 weeks to get a replacement)

Dash-top box lid and catch replaced.

Peg for parcel-shelf lifting cord replaced (and abother about to fail)

General Comments:

Very poor turning circle. I dread having to park it anywhere.

Sun-visor design is bad - the depth is good, but they are so narrow that there are large gaps at either side.

Driver's door design allows collected water to drip onto window and door-lock switches.

Front-end grip is not good in the wet - the limits can be easily reached.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2002

23rd Sep 2002, 06:25

Poor comments - but high marks given below??

4th Nov 2002, 17:53

??? So mechanically it was good?

They all sound like minor problems with the car. I bought a Y reg Nissan Almera about 2 months ago and I love it!!

The drive is a nice drive for a 1.5 it picks up quite quickly on the motorway. Pull away speed could be better, but it's only a 1.5.

The engine is so quiet, that took some getting used to, but now I love it, and if all that goes wrong with it is catches on dashboard and seals coming off, I think it's a good buy.

I do agree though about the bad window design and rain able to get into electrics on door.