1997 Nissan Primera SLX 1.6 GA16DE from Finland


Left side drive-shaft snapped at 250k.

Left side rear spring plate split at 260k.

Distributor and starter had to be replaced at 270k.

Depression hose crumbled at 270k.

General Comments:

Handling was good, was very stable even at high speeds, and there was good feeling of the road, without requiring you to steer all the time. Also, was stable on icy roads with studded tires.

Noise level was OK - a Toyota Avensis is quieter, but the 2008 Auris has more interior noise.

The 1.6 gasoline engine doesn't have much torque in the low end, and with the gearbox having long ratios, performance can only be found by revving the engine to high rpms. On the other hand, fuel economy is quite good, about 7 l/100km.

Headlights were quite dim, even after replacing them (voltages were OK).

Driver's seat gives some leg support even for tall persons, and has lot of adjustment possibilities.

Rear seat is quite comfortable for its size and age.

SLX equipment spec was good for its age, too: AC, electric windows front & rear, electric & heated mirrors, heated seats. Aftermarket (SCS frigette) cruise-control couldn't keep speed constant, but that wasn't Nissan's fault.

Despite the problems, the overall feeling was positive. When a car has close to 300k km on its odometer, you can expect a couple of things to blow up every once in a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2011

1997 Nissan Primera SLX sedan 1.6i 74kW from Finland


Nice for long trips


Left side rear shock absorber snapped (replaced both sides, usual when a car has this many kilometers behind it).

Left side drive shaft snapped around 258000 km.

General Comments:

Performance is not very good with the 74 kW engine, especially because low rpm torque is weak and gear ratios are long. It wakes nicely around 4000 rpm, so relatively quick acceleration is possible, if you put in a low enough gear.

In city driving, it's not very agile because of the large turning radius, aforementioned weak low rpm torque, and long gear ratios.

In highway driving, it's very stable and not noisy.

Headlights give out lot of light, and the pattern is good, concentrating light around the edges and right side.

Reliability: I'd would say about average or slightly better for a car of this age and km.

SLX equipment level is quite generous for year 1997: 2 airbags, 4 power windows, heated power mirrors, heated seats + optional A/C and cruise.

Fuel consumption is good: about 6.5 to 7.5 l/km.

Liftback body style would be superior to the sedan, as even though you can fold the rear seat also in sedan, the gap between the trunk and cabin will remain tight + there is a rear window wiper in the liftback.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2010

1997 Nissan Primera GT 2.0i from UK and Ireland


Hope it will bring many smiles


ABS lights on constantly.

Security system has no power going to it.

General Comments:

Seems very nice, haven't had it very long yet, but it does go extremely well after 4000rpm. It seems good on fuel also for a 2.0, but if anyone can help with the problems I've listed ,it would be a great help as I am struggling to get answers.

Generally I've heard good reports about this car, so I hope to sort the problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2008

1997 Nissan Primera CVT M6 2.0 SR20VE from Australia and New Zealand


A lot of car for the money!


Nothing - it's been pretty sweet really.

General Comments:

The motor is pretty good, really economical when driven smooth/slow, but has great over taking performance that will surprise most people in it - so it's great for long/medium distance commutes.

Also, it can easy carry 5 people as it's a big sedan, and the torque of the motor means it does not struggle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2008

1997 Nissan Primera SRi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Would definitely buy another one!


Drive-shaft snapped 2 weeks after I bought the car.

Failed MOT on two faulty ABS sensors (Not cheap to replace!!)

General Comments:

Bought the SRI as I couldn't afford the insurance on a GT. I was pleasantly surprised with the power and handling of the car; most of my previous cars been 5dr hatchbacks also. The Primera is the best car so far!!

Fantastic around corners in the dry and in the wet, if you have good tyres.

Loads of room in the cabin (I'm 6'4" and all my friends are 6' plus, and there is plenty of room for all!!!)

Boot-space massive (enough for 16 crates of beer at least (this I have tested!) )

Fuel economy not fantastic, but that could be the way I drive! When taking it easy I get about 30-32 mpg about town and about 40 mpg on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2007