2003 Nissan Almera Reviews

2003 Nissan Almera SXE 2.2 turbo diesel (dCi 136 bhp) from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo diesel (dCi 136 bhp) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired66008 miles
Most recent distance67450 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

An ideal used family car, for those not concerned with prestige

Faults:

No significant issues, other than there is a leak somewhere, as the inside of my windscreen ices up in very cold weather, and the gears are difficult to select when first started.

General Comments:

So far, I am very pleased with it. It has been by far the best car I have owned.

This is a post-facelift model, which I think looks great. The exterior styling is enhanced with 16 inch alloy wheels, side skirts, rear spoiler and fog lights.

This car has a high level of equipment, such as a six speed gearbox, climate control, traction control and satellite navigation.

This car is very quick with its 2.2 136 bhp Renault diesel engine. A very entertaining drive.

I have been a little disappointed with the fuel economy on this car, but this may be down to being used mainly around town. This car, with it's 136bhp diesel engine, is best suited to motorways and A roads.

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

Review Date: 11th March, 2011

27th Apr 2012, 14:47

2004 SXE diesel. This car is a bargain for the money. It's very fast, has 6 speed box and 136 BHP. Looks like a bit of grandad car until you leave them shaking their heads at the traffic lights.

Interior is very good quality.

Sat nav, climate control, ESP, fog lights, great sound system, alloys. You won't find anything to compare to this car for this money.

2003 Nissan Almera Tekna Plus 1.5 DCI turbo diesel from Portugal

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 DCI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Faults:

Nothing gone wrong with the car so far.

General Comments:

This is a very good car in general; good in economy, very good engine, smooth driving, easy to control, extremely reliable, comfortable, good looking inside and outside, lots of equipment, good materials, solid built, refined.

It's good that the car market doesn't give much value to this car, like all Nissans and most Japaneses cars, because prices are better and smart buyers can have a better car that's much more reliable than Golfs, Focus, Meganes, A3s. It's the truth; if you don't believe me, try one.

Could be more potent in low revs, visibility to the back is not good, car computer, audio/climate control are difficult to operate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2011

2003 Nissan Almera Visia 1.5 16v from Croatia

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.5 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Recommended for slow drivers

Faults:

Noise from the front end.

Dirty fuel intake.

Oil consumption.

General Comments:

The noise from front end comes from a thrust bearings on both shock absorbers, which needs to be replaced.

The car was working bad on minimum gas, the cause was a dirty fuel intake, which was fixed in a half and hour (cleaning + reset of the car's computer), which cost 70 euros. The car consumes a lot of oil because of the worn piston rings.

Generally, car is built very good. Really quiet while driving. Fuel consumption is amazing for a petrol engine - 5.7 l/100km during summer and 6.8 l/100km during winter (mostly on motorways). Very comfortable and not made for high speeds, since the engine is quite sleepy. Accelerations are very slow, though it can be driven 150-160km/h at really low noise and stable on the road.

Car is ideal for people who like a comfortable, reliable, quiet and economic car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2010

2003 Nissan Almera SXE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.7 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

I am happy with it

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This car is very nippy with good acceleration.

All round view is good.

I find it rather noisy at speed.

Fuel consumption not as good as I expected, but by using the super unleaded, I get a further 6MPG. On a run I get 40MPG.

Nice and roomy inside.

Boot space better than most small cars.

So far it has been very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2010

2003 Nissan Almera S 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carNissan Almera

Summary:

Faulty timing chain makes the Nissan Almera dangerous

Faults:

Headlights melted: this was recalled and fixed for free.

Timing chain stretched, which caused the engine to stall without any warning and not start. It's faulty a RENAULT part that takes 4 hours to fix and £900-£1000 to fix.

General Comments:

I like the space and the dashboard, but I think it's a death trap due to the faulty RENAULT timing chain, which Nissan are still refusing to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2009

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 9 reviews