1995 Nissan Primera Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1995 Nissan Primera LX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Carlton

Summary:

Cheap economical fun to drive under-rated bargain

Faults:

Alternator needed replacing at around 82,000 miles.

Needed new front suspension part.

General Comments:

We bought this car second hand...

This car is really quick and fun to drive, good handling all round.

Ride is a little bumpy however.

There is a slight lack of power being only a 1.6 but still VERY good on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2004

1995 Nissan Primera eGT 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16600 miles
Most recent distance62500 miles
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

People in the know bough one

Faults:

Mysterious whine from the clutch/transmission. Happens when pulling away and more recently on some gear changes. Dealer has stripped gearbox, but found nothing.

Small minor things. Brake pads good for 30k miles. Still on same set of disc's.

General Comments:

I'm on my second Primera. My previous car was a 2.0 SLX, but I have yet to find a car that has been a joy to drive as the eGT. Yes it is not the fastest, in fact it struggles to sixty, but on the move and 3rd gear is nothing short of fantastic. Swallows luggage, handles great and on top of that it has not been too thirsty.

I've driven a lot of cars, but I love driving the Primera. Nice leather interior and all the electrics works as they have always done. Insurance group 14 for 150hp not bad either.

Why did Nissan stop producing the GT? I think they miss the point with the new one as all eGT drivers will probably tell them. A Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2003

1995 Nissan Primera SLX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carRenault 19

Summary:

A good-value, comfortable and somewhat under-rated car

Faults:

Head gasket needed replacing after overheating.

Radiator, radiator cap, thermostat, water pump and top hose replaced as a result of head gasket failure.

CV gaiters replaced at 70,000.

General Comments:

The 1.6 engine lacks mid-range torque and sometimes needs changing down a gear if going up a steep incline.

Overtaking and acceleration are very good for a 1.6 unit if in the right gear.

Handling and ride are superb.

Head gasket failure can occur when the engine over-heats, and it is not cheap to replace.

Cabin layout is simple and easy to use.

The seats are comfortable, but lack horizontal support.

Paint finish is good, but is easily damaged by stone chips.

Brakes are effective and ABS doesn't activate unless you really need it.

Main-dealer only parts are not cheap. For example, heater-speed controller (resistor) costs £30 for about £1 worth of raw material.

Scrap-dealers can be a good source for replacement parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2003

31st Mar 2005, 05:03

Do you know how to change the heater speed control resistor? My '96 Primera has this fault.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1st Nov 2005, 16:48

I bought my primera P10 1996 at an auction for 350 Euro, it was towed through, but the bidders were assured it was just a dead battery. It was the head gasket, and my mechanic said he thought the radiator was gone also. No problem, new head gasket and a rad from the scrapyard got the job done. Drove 3000 miles in 2 months before the water pump failed. Mechanic fitted that and sorted it. All the above faults were due to poor maintenance by the previous owner. It has done 116k miles and still is among the best cars I have driven. It is reliable now and everything still works. Not bad for a 9 year old abused car. I will be buying another.

1995 Nissan Primera LX estate 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

A great motorway drive, no slouch

Faults:

Since new it has only had one starter motor, front to rear break pipe and has just had a new exhaust. Not bad for 150000 miles. Still as comfy as new (bought of someone I new) although it does look a little tired... think it just needs a good clean.

General Comments:

Outstanding car for motor way travel... cruises at 90mph no problems.

Only thing is watch out for rain, steering becomes a little light on standing water.

Performace is good, only gave it a 7 as the gear ratios do appear to be a little close together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2003

4th Apr 2006, 14:28

Totally agree, I am on my second, and think that it's the best car I have ever owned.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 29 reviews