A complete surprise
I got the car at 129k. It had no history, although seemed in good condition. It needed nothing for the MOT apart from new wipers (£2 off ebay).
Had a wheel bearing at 131k (£50).
Centre/rear exhaust at 132k (£60).
Erm... that was it!
I wish I hadn't sold this car. I've always had German or Swedish cars, and bought this Primera as a stop gap between a 320 and a 9-3 convertible as I had no money. I was embarrassed by it at the start, but after a while it really got under my skin.
The eGT is such an underrated car.
It feels so solid to drive with real feeling from the gearbox as to what the car wants from you.
I discovered, only after buying it, that people rave about the engine being 'bombproof'. It feels like it just might be.
It isn't lightning fast, but the engine is hungry for revs and enjoys being driven hard. It feels 100% quicker than it is.
The handling, for a cheap old saloon was bordering on ludicrous - it corners superbly. I'd go as far as saying it is one of the best handling front wheel drive cars in its class.
It looks very dated now and the interior looks old fashioned, but it is very very comfortable, really easy to drive and has the exact right amount of power and refinement.
Honestly, I usually could never be bothered to write a review about a car, but if you are considering one of these you really need to buy one.
If you find a good one for less than £1,000, I'd say buy it over every other saloon/hatchback in the same price range.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2009