1997 Nissan Primera GT 2.0 from UK and Ireland


A lot of car at a bargain price


Rear brake light integrated into rear spoiler failed, expensive replacement at £137 + v.a.t.

Annoying rattle from exhaust.

Very squeaky wiper blades, even when replaced with new items.

Intermittent rattle from dashboard.

General Comments:

The car performs very well and handles superb for the size of the vehicle.

All that performance and it still returns a good 36-40 miles per gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2002

1997 Nissan Primera GX 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A top class bargain


There was a fault in the air conditioning wiring. It took some diagnosing!

Annoying rattle on the dashboard.

'Doors open' light not working.

Other than that, nothing.

General Comments:

I'm not sure why this car has such a bad image reputation. I actually think it's quite stylish.

Performance is okay, but you have to give it some beans, then it shifts reasonably well for a 1.6 with a heavy body.

Very quiet cabin. Comfortable seats, sensible instruments.

Why is there no door lock on passenger side?

Great value car which is seriously underrated. I bought my high mileage Primera complete with full history, not a blemish and a factory 6cd autochanger R registration for £2000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2002

1997 Nissan Primera SLX Auto (a/c) 2.0i from UK and Ireland


It's a bargain now, don't worry about the cabin design, everything works and the drive is great fun!


Rear disc brake caliper seized at 70,000 miles (3rd party warranty)

Constant velocity joints 80,000 (3rd party warranty)

Front wheel bearing (3rd party warranty)

Electric mirror (factory warranty)

General Comments:

This car is pretty lively for just a 2.0 with an automatic 'box.

Cabin plastics a bit dreary.

The faults above imply that it's been unreliable. This simply isn't so; it's never let me down; the odd faults have all occured at 'fair' mileages (and I do boot it around a bit!)

Handling and steering are both superb, minimal body roll and stacks of grip make for entertaining driving. I run mine on 195/60's for extra turn in bite.

Engine is a bit lacking torque down the ass-end of things, auto-box exacerbates this as it's geared for 100mph plus cruising. However, will accelerate uphill in top at 100mph (3800rpm)!

Great big hatchback boot swallows tons of stuff.

Air-con is very effective, unlike your Mondeo/Vectra conterparts.

Brakes good, but need a firm prod to get the ABS to react.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2002

1997 Nissan Primera GT 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Excellent performance and road manners!


Colour is black and it has a white primer?! Stone chips show up badly.

Engine makes snoring noise at 2000 to 3000 revs. Dealer is baffled and car is now out of warranty.

Rattle behind dash when cruising at 3500 revs.

General Comments:

Excellent car for the money.

Accelerates well, Corners nicely, slight under steer when putting the power down.

I have just started on my second set of P6000's.

Ride over bumps can be a bit harsh due to the stiff suspension set-up.

Cabin is good if a bit plasticky.

If Nissan had fitted it with a short shift (close ratio) box and increased the wheels to 205 or 225 / 16 or 17 inch, it would have been a true drivers car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2002

1997 Nissan Primera GX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


A large car that handles superbly and should last a life-time


Slight squeal from the passengers side, easily fixed once returned to dealer - turned out to be the pads were worn out. Dealer did them free of charge.

General Comments:

A bland looking car inside and out.

However, the interior is logically laid out, and easy to use.

I find the car very comfortable, my only criticism is the clutch is quite stiff, when asked my dealer to look into it, they said it was the original and should be expected. (whenever I had a new clutch on previous car, it always felt hugely lighter than the previous one). Not bad though considering the car has done nearly 70,000 miles.

I think it will last quite a while longer yet, a friend of mine has the the 1.6 version, and uses it as a taxi - his has now covered 174,000 miles and other than normal wear and tear items has only had to have a new electric mirror after someone ran into the side of him and smashed it off.

I also feel that they are excellent value for money - after all, I am a 19 year old student, and is running a 2.0 Primera - from a main Nissan Dealer, I only paid £3500 with Air-con, now the new Primera has come out, it should be even cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2002