2002 Nissan Almera Reviews

2002 Nissan Almera E 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired52 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A great drive for the car it is, and the economical and comfort plus points speak for themselves

Faults:

Nothing, so far so good.

General Comments:

I decided to purchase a Japanese car for the first time following comments about their "reliability". After looking around, I opted to go for a "used" Nissan Almera 1.5E, 3-Door. "51" reg.

The drivability and comfort factors are great. 40-50 mpg also make it economical, along with the cheap insurance and tax.

Its 1.5 engine is swift enough to get you out of trouble, and it's soooooo quiet. You could hear a pin drop when at standstill!

The gear change is effortless too. I've driven Corsa's as well as Peugeot's which are similar in design, but this is a far better drive. You feel safe on those bends in the rain, and it's wonderful on the motorway. Okay, its not the most exciting looking Car in the World, but neither are Corsa's etc..

The interior is also highly impressive; nice full and wide dashboard, with a nice modern look, as well as hugely comfortable seating. There's great vision out the front and rear windows, and the boot space is also generous for a 3-door hatchback.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the comfortable and responsive suspension when tackling the numerous "speed bumps" and "pot holes" that plague our inner city roads!

To summarise, it's a great drive for the car it is, and the comfort and economical factors speak for themselves. If you're looking for a "used" car, give the Almera a look and a test drive yourself. I'm a happy owner of one, that's for sure!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2007

2002 Nissan Almera Sport 1.8 DOHC 16v from Mexico

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance93000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Corsa

Summary:

A real Hot Hatch

Faults:

The car has been a real good car, except from some rattles in the interior like the passenger seat, some rattles near the glove box, and that annoying airbag light that keeps flashing since I bought it.

General Comments:

The car is fast and comfortable. Since it's the sport version, it's got all the amenities from a more expensive car like 4 airbags, 4 disc brakes, active headrests, front and rear fog lamps, adjustable front lights, etc, etc.

I've had like 4 hatchbacks in my whole life, and this one is the first where the trunk door doesn't rattle at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2007

2002 Nissan Almera 1;5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1;5 petrol Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles

Summary:

It has cost us a lot of money feel let down and upset

Faults:

Gear box went at 25000 miles cost over 1000 to put right could not give price, but would have been based on used gear box new one much more.

Changed brakes week ago.

General Comments:

Paid 6000 18 monthes now value 2600 this car was very well looked after by my husband just passed mot.

Get another car today worth 4500 but had to pay 2000 more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th December, 2006

23rd Feb 2012, 12:51

Exact same thing happened to mine; got it replaced, and 10000 miles later, the gearbox went again. They apparently always give trouble. It's a design flaw.

25th Feb 2012, 21:16

Brakes are a normal wear and tear item, regardless of what vehicle you drive.

2002 Nissan Almera Perfect 1.8 from Israel

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance83267 kilometres
Previous carRenault Megane

Summary:

A basic reliable car

Faults:

Headlight bulbs kept burning out.

Odometer bulbs replaced unter warranty.

Ignition sensors replaced under warranty.

Brake-pads did'nt last more than 20000 Km

(But that might be due to poor quality brake pads used by the leasing company that serviced this car.

General Comments:

This is very reliable as you can expect from a Nissan.

The car steers and rides quite well although the automatic transmission hurts the performance.

Inside, the plastics give you cheap feeling and the build quality could be better.

The seats are basic, and not so comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2004

2002 Nissan Almera SE 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 309

Summary:

A good all rounder for family use

Faults:

The foot-brake has developed some play which seems to vary with the speed of the car (more play at slower speeds).

The plastic interior door handle on the driver door frequently comes loose, and on one occasion separated completely. A firm down-ward nudge will put it back into place, but to have to do this is irritating.

The rear parking sensor likes to beep even where there is nothing behind. This may be a calibration issue.

The drinks holder is basically two plastic rings which pop out just below the ashtray. It sounds good, but realistically can only be used if nothing is kept on the plastic surface just beneath. A better option would be to reshape the storage tray in the doors, as in the Micra Twister.

The front sun visors should be seen as for decorative purposes rather than for functionality - they are deep, but much too narrow.

The turning circle is large.

General Comments:

I cover a lot of motorway miles, and find the Almera to be very comfortable.

The driver seat has adjustments for the lower back and lower thigh, as well as the standard recline, so it is impossible to be uncomfortable!

Although the 1.5 engine seems to struggle a little at times, it is easily able to keep up with the speed of traffic on the motorway.

The engine is very quiet, but there is a bit of wind whistle when going faster than about 45mph.

Road noise might be a problem for some.

Transmission between the gears is smooth, and the clutch is very light.

With a size 8 foot, I find the pedal spacings between the gas and brake, and brake and clutch, to be adequate, but can envisage that there may be problems for larger feet.

Like the Nissan Bluebird, there is a plate to the left of the clutch which make it comfortable to cruise.

However, this is a bit too close to the clutch pedal.

The boot is not as large as you'd expect, but will easily carry a weeks shopping for a family of four.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th November, 2003

30th Oct 2008, 09:17

I got one last march, model 2002 SE. It drives smooth, reliable although struggles a bit to drive uphill. Recently I took my car to dealer as the airbag sign was blinking and they immediately sorted it out as it was wiring problem. Again they gave me free Headlight box replacements as original headlight boxes are faulty. So if you drive Nisaan almera 2001 onwards model, its worth to check with your dealer if you are eligible for free headlight box.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 9 reviews