2002 Nissan Almera Commercial 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland
Ultra-reliable, but lacking excitement and expensive to run
Electric windows very 'sticky' during operation.
I wanted a reliable car after owning a poorly maintained Opel Combo for some months. It needed to be commercial as well, so I bought an Almera car-van.
It was immaculate with very little to complain about. The only obvious thing was that the electric windows were slow to operate and sometimes would not open beyond 50% of travel.
From a driving-perspective it was as bland as you get. It had enough poke to keep up with daily traffic on the motorway, but there was very little to get excited about.
It was ultra reliable for the short time I owned it. I eventually had to move it on due to never receiving the tax book from the previous owner. I didn't fret too much however as it wasn't exactly easy on the pocket.
Because it is 1498cc, it falls into a higher category of insurance here in Ireland in comparison to rivals such as the VW Golf and Opel Astra. Neither is it particularly economical. I got very little for €10, sometimes as little as 40 miles! Though maybe my familiarity with diesel cars up to that point had skewed my MPG expectations a little.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2014