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.
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