1991 Nissan Primera Reviews

1991 Nissan Primera SLX 2.0 from Estonia

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 kilometres
Most recent distance175000 kilometres
Previous carSkoda Felicia

Summary:

Good car if previously well serviced

Faults:

Oxygen sensor replacement. It didn't work already when I bought this car.

Water pump leaked and I had to replace it. Also was already leaking.

Right headlight igniting problems, I repaired the switch with soldering iron.

Rear muffler replaced.

Oil leaking from bonnet sealing. I replaced the sealing once, but the new one (not mentioning the manufacturer), started leaking again after 3000 km.

I had to repair rear windscreen wiper's motor.

With full tank sometimes gasoline smell in saloon.

Mystically rainwater is coming into saloon from passengers side. Tried to find the hole, but couldn't find it.

Multilink sleeves replaced on one side.

Power steering pump is making noises (needs replacement)

General Comments:

Very good handling due to multi-link suspension. Though suspension is quite stiff for bad Estonian roads.

Very good headlamps.

Not enough space in drivers seat (I'm 6'3 tall), the steering wheel remains too low despite of regulating option and not enough room for knees.

Quite thirsty engine, in winter no problem to waste 13-15 liters per 100 km in city. Although the medium consumption is about 9-10 liters per 100 km.

Good acceleration - 9,9 seconds to 100 km/h.

Problems with switching to reverse or first gear.

Good overall build quality.

Big boot and hatchback is very practical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2005

1991 Nissan Primera LX 1.6 from Belgium

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

Very reliable family car

Faults:

The battery died in a freezing winter after 11 years of service.

The electric aerial didn't function anymore after 2 years, it froze shut during winter which caused the motor to overheat and break down. I never had it fixed though because the radio is still playing fine.

General Comments:

A very reliable car, for the last 2 years I had to leave it outside a garage and still it starts immediately every morning. No engine or electrics problems so far in 12 years.

No rust at all, apart from some minor scratches caused by a dog this car is in mint condition.

Sometimes the gearbox refuses to go in reverse. I have to get back in 1st gear, drive a bit forward and then it works. Luckily this doesn't happen too often, but it can be annoying when parking the car.

Fuel consumption is too high for a 1600cc engine, 600-650km with 50 liters of petrol is my average.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2003

1991 Nissan Primera LS 1.6 carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 carb Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired717000 miles
Most recent distance743000 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

A cheap, reliable, practical runaround

Faults:

Carburettor wear means there is slight hesitation or jerkiness when lightly on the throttle, not a big concern.

Rear suspension bushes are very noisy.

Brakes squeak when not in use. I think the pads have glazed over.

Brakes have faded quite badly on two occasions.

The interior is rattly

Some interior plastics are brittle, the drivers seat belt clip cover has broken.

General Comments:

I bought this car after a second long period of having my other car fixed. It seemed a bargain at £550 so I paid up and drove off.

Its comfortable and quite roomy, though I would like more storage space.

The engine is good, if a little lacking in torque low down the rev range. However, further up the range and this car has a very decent turn of pace.

Has decent fuel economy varying between 35-40 mpg.

Handling is very good and the car is begging for some bigger wheels with lower profile tyres. The 13" wheels on it currently are a bit inadequate for the chassis though it keeps it fun I suppose.

Its nice and practical. It has a big boot and fold down seats.

Some of the interior rattles. I don't really mind on a car at this price, but it can be annoying. The interior is a bit drab, but again I don't care. It does the job.

It seems ultra reliable. The engine is over engineered and leaves you safe in the knowledge that its got loads of miles left in it yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

14th May 2003, 18:51

Just changed a 1991 LSi 2.0 at over 220,000 miles and the engine was like new. Just a few other mechanical things were beginning to wear and time seemed right.

Excellent car with awesome reliability and pace.

New 2000 SE+ seems smoother if a little slower even with higher powered engine.

19th Dec 2007, 15:53

Does anyone whom has had a 1991 Nissan Primera LS, p10 know anything about the alternator on this car? They are supposedly prone to failure (due to fluctuating voltage) and the 67 amps are inadequate for this car. p10 owner.

Thank you.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews