1997 Nissan Primera Precision 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Nissan need engineering lessons from the Germans!
Severe knocking noise from the front suspension at only 14,000 miles. Believe this to be the front suspension links. Nissan dealership say all Primera's have this severe cracking noise from the front suspension whilst in normal driving situation. Any comments out there?
Rattles from door casings, dash board, and window mechanism.
Reverse gear difficult to engage.
Other than these unacceptable faults, the car appears to be OK.
I regret selling the Golf for the Nissan, believed Nissan cars were good, this is certainly not appearing to be the case in our experience.
The car was previously owned by a mature gentleman and only driven in a gentle manner and treated carefully.
Handling is good.
Air-flow through the car is very poor, unless with high fan settings, this is very noisy so is not used very often.
Cabin is fine in terms of layout, all controls fall to hand easily.
Good fuel economy.
Believe there has been a lack of engineering development work if as dealer suggests, front suspension clunks are normal at 14,000 miles and are getting worse!
I have had 20+ new cars in the last 10 years (two car family) and have become reasonable at judging one make against another. The only ones to date that have been superb have been VW, Mercedes and the best ever - the Audi range.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th June, 2001
I'm not surprised you're having suspension problems. This is a known fault that affects nearly all Primeras since 1997. Nissan do not agree that it is a major issue and hence refuse to issue a recall notice. However, I took legal advice through Trading Standards and had my top/bottom links replaced free of charge, even out of warranty. Try to give them a call, they are most helpful. Have a look at my review: SE "Absolute heap of junk"
I'm VERY happy so say that I have just sold my bone-shaker Primera for a measly £3500 with 60k miles just to get shot of it. Please note that these links seem to go every 15-20k miles.
Good luck with your Primera if you're keeping it!