1991 Nissan Primera Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1991 Nissan Primera T4 (4WD) 2.0 Injected petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Injected petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired73500 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

A very sturdy, reliable car that looks great

Faults:

Rear shocks worn out - very expensive to replace on the 4WD model. Nissan genuine parts very expensive and no after market parts available in New Zealand.

General Comments:

Very reliable car, ideal for touring and great for ski-field roads (icy) and gravel roads.

The T4, while a 110kW (150hp) motor, lacks the punch of the 2WD Primeras and uses considerably more gas (approx 9-11km/l = 25-30mpg).

Car handles like a dream due to great independent suspension on all four corners, but the side effect of such rigid suspension is a very hard ride and rapid tyre wear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2002

1991 Nissan Primera e ZX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired71500 miles
Most recent distance73500 miles
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

A surprise to other motorists

Faults:

Rear electric window lifters broken.

Drivers seat partly worn.

Heater resistor switch broken.

General Comments:

Quicker, but even quicker once new HT leads, oil, air, fuel filter and oil changed.

Bring on a HKS super-flow air filter and then we will be talking.

Handling is excellent, but it has a tendency to be back heavy under hard acceleration. Equals wheel spin even in third.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2001

1991 Nissan Primera SLX 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carford escort

Summary:

A reliable, high tech, quick car, which is cheap

Faults:

The carburettor had to be replaced with a manual choke in 1996.

The carb has been rebuilt since I have owned the car.

The CV boot was replaced after 10 years.

General Comments:

I am very pleased with the car and feel it will not let me down. I am a bit unhappy with the handling, but for a large car the 1600 engine copes quite well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2001

1991 Nissan Primera LSi 2.0i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0i petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Granada Ghia

Summary:

Thinking man's GTi

Faults:

Driver's side window wouldn't wind up/down.

Central locking packed in (wouldn't lock!).

Alternator broke.

General Comments:

Storming, smooth performance from the 2 litre injection engine and great handling & brakes let down by silly faults. Hopefully, when these are rectified, Nissan's legendary reputation for reliability will begin to shine through.

Fantastic driver's car with okay running costs for the engine size. Precise handling a welcome change from the titanic, stodgy Granada I owned previously.

Recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2001

1991 Nissan Primera LX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles

Summary:

Civilised

Faults:

Consumption a ghastly 24mpg when bought! Mistuned to disguise typical hesitant carb. Local Nissan dealer declined to carry out any investigation or work as car "too old" and mpg "about what you'd expect". I won't forget that, guys. Former Nissan dealer (now Subaru) did standard carb mod and tuned the car. Now around 32mpg (car is driven hard).

Alternator - Nissan replacement £275, pattern part £60, easy DIY.

Yes the radiator is getting a bit ragged so gets a bit hot on really hot days when driven hard/long.

Never broken down, utterly reliable.

General Comments:

Beautiful handling even in 1.6 guise with skinny tyres. A bit underpowered if loaded up. Quiet, comfortable and well equipped. Durable interior. Look out for rear electric windows though. No safety feature other than lock off and strong enough to cause serious injury. Bit of rust appearing at rear sill seams. Galvanised front end holding back stone chip damage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

1991 Nissan Primera STW SLX 2.0 petrol from Finland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

None.

Rust starting to build up in the tailgate after 7 years.

General Comments:

Very reliable.

Comfortable and powerful enough for long travels on highways. Roomier than many competitors. 'Oldfashioned' engine; noisier and higher fuel consumption for the power than the competition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 1999

1991 Nissan Primera dLX 2.0 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Alternator (twice). First time fixed under warranty. Second time fixed at a "special price" because the dealer was embarrassed it failed a second time. Still cost a lot of money (30,000 BEF, about £600).

Analogue clock stopped working. Fixed free of charge.

General Comments:

Very friendly and comfy car. Super handling and roadholding makes it a joy to drive, despite the slow non-turbo diesel motor. Immune to rust. Paintwork faultless. Big, square boot. Equipment on the sparse side. Fuel consumption exceptional (50+ miles per gallon). Dealer service has been excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

1991 Nissan Primera GS 2.0 (115bhp) petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 (115bhp) petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

Front electric window rattle.

Central door lock switch replaced.

General Comments:

Excellent handling and high speed stability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 1998

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