1996 Nissan Primera SRi 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Generally excellent, who cares about the looks!
Windscreen slowly de-laminating in top corner of drivers side due to hidden corrosion. Properly restoring metal when the windscreen cracks will be expensive.
Leak in boot due to rear spoiler's fixing-adhesive denaturing. Now fixed.
Rear nearside passenger kicker-strip retainers broken.
Various minor repairs - CV boots, Silencer.
Note : This car is P10 model (older style - older interior, less rear legroom, no multi-link suspension, and looks like a horses @r$e)
Don't let the SRi badge and ridiculous spoilers fool you, it's only got average family-car performance, the 1.6 must be -very- underpowered, however...
It's a fantastic mile-eater, especially around twisting roads and hilly country. It handles well and gives you good feedback and confidence. Quite enjoyable to drive in fact.
The bucket seats are perfect and have good adjustment. The driving position is only bettered by the Passat. Anyone over 6' will find the headroom insufficient though.
V.Good build quality for '96, especially interior, plastic on dashboard is higher quality than later models!
Good gearing for motorway - It hums rather than screams.
Excellent value for money.
Despite good build quality, I would prefer them to have used thicker grades of steel for the body panels. Don't go hitting any SAAB's.
The boot is enormous, even in my saloon version, luggage straps would have been nice though.
Turning circle is poor.
Stereo system is good, with excellent high-level (pillar mounted) tweeters, although bass is a bit weak.
I'm very fussy about my driving experiences and I'm quite happy to do another 100k in this one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th August, 2002
The P10 model is the Primera that ran from around 1990 to 1996. After this it was the P11 from 1996 to 1999, I think. Then probably the P12. Clever people those Nissan chaps!
About 60,000 miles after posting that initial glowing report, my much loved Primera was shunted at the weekend and is now a write-off. :- (
Am now looking for another, although the build quality on later models doesn't look so good.
A moment of silence please...
The problem with the heater that only runs on setting 4 is caused by the "Heater Rheostat". It will cost about £33 from Nissan dealer and takes no more than 10 minutes to fit. It's buried beyond the glove box...
I agree completely with the comment about the heater rheostat - its the only thing I can remember that's gone wrong with my 1996 2.0 p10 SRi 5 door since I bought it with 11k miles in '98. Now its done 120k and its still tight and rattle free.
The handling's great, still loves to go over 100 mph in 4th and the engine oil even stays clean between services.
Turning circle - never noticed a problem. Maybe that's because the power steering and gearbox are nice to use.
Unfortunately I'll have to sell it because I need an estate - someone will get a bargain for just several hundred quid!