1997 Nissan Primera GX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Brilliant value family hatchback


Air con recharged after 5 years. Failed again shortly after and haven't bothered to get it fixed again.

Rear suspension bushes replaced after 75000 miles - no sign of problem, but main dealer said needed doing on routine service! Very expensive as involved dismantling rear suspension!

Clutch pedal clicked incessantly from new - replaced under warranty.

Both front doors now rusting in same spot - inside at the bottom where they meet the rubber strip along the sill.

Drivers window loose in runners. Fixed under warranty, but never really been tight.

Front brakes can bind on sufficiently to cause overheating after heavy application (infrequent). Usually fixed by cleaning and greasing.

General Comments:

An initially unexciting car that grew on me quickly and despite its age I have no wish to replace it.

Ultra reliable, economical and still goes well if the revs are kept up.

Seats and driving position very comfortable. I am 6ft 3in and regularly drive 2/300 miles in a single trip without suffering any problems.

My only worry is how long it will last - it's now like a family member!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2004

1997 Nissan Primera Precision 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


A comfortable, practical, economical and very reliable car


Apart from consumables like tyres, bulbs and brakes, the only thing that needed fixing between service intervals was a spring on the gearbox manifold that came off during an emergency stop. The cost of repair was a mere £10.

CV gaiters were wearing out by the time I sold the car, but as it had 106,000 miles on it by then, I can't complain!

General Comments:

I did 64,000 miles in this car over three years, and it was always a pleasure to drive. It never went wrong, started first time every time even in the depths of winter, and the economy never dropped below about 42mpg.

Performance was good for a 1.6-litre engine. The power was there if I needed to overtake quickly, and it cruised effortlessly on the motorway.

The service at the dealer was always good. A free courtesy car was available (unlike some other marques who charge you to insure it), and the work done was always right first time.

The only complaint I can think of about the car is that it was a bit prone to wheelspin on quick acceleration from standstill, even with expensive tyres and not revving it hard.

It's a pity that Primeras, especially ones of this age, have such an image problem because I feel that the car is seriously underrated. The only reason why I didn't buy another one is because Nissan don't do the spec of car I want at the price I want (leather trim, all the bells and whistles), but if the Honda Civic I have now is half as good I'll still be pleased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2003

2nd Sep 2004, 09:11

I also have a precision, hasn't let me down since I had it. if you want power and style, go for the GT SE or LE versions. full or half leather interior. 300 were made in flip paint, which has the full extras!

1997 Nissan Primera SLX () 2.0i from UK and Ireland


Great all round family car


No faults.

Had to put a complete set of tires on shortly after purchase as previous set were badly worn in places.

General Comments:

Handles well and very nice to drive.

Automatic box is excellent. Gear changes are smooth and predictable. Really takes the effort out of heavy traffic driving.

Generally, the engine is up to the job. It can be a little noisy at high revs though. It would have benefited from a ‘smoother’ 6 cylinder.

Real cruising car. Enjoys being on the motorway.

Very stable at high speed. This means you need to keep an eye on the speedometer as 90-100mph can easily pass for 70ish.

Bland, but very functional interior.

Comfortable and highly adjustable seats.

Tons of space in the boot. Accommodates a double buggy and weeks worth of shopping with ease ;-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2003