1998 Nissan Primera GT 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Great performance for the class at a bargain price


High-level brake light failed. I am still waiting for the dealer to get a replacement!

There are several annoying rattles from various parts of the interior. The ones that I have identified are as follows:

Door trim on both front doors; Rear view mirror; and the nice looking aluminium surrounding the gear stick!

The air conditioning has had to be re-charged already - although not a specific fault, I would have expected it to last a little longer?

General Comments:

This car is superb for driving and takes very well to all conditions.

I have a 4-door as I felt that it looked far more classy than the 5-door - More in line with a BMW / Audi than a Mondeo / Vectra, but that is only my view! The rear spoiler looks far more purposeful on the 4-door than on the 5-door (which has a smaller one), but there are some practical disadvantages:

1. The boot is smaller in volume (i.e. litres) and you lose the practicalities of a hatchback.

2. There is no rear window wiper.

It is very easy to drive around town and is perfectly behaved in stop-start traffic, although the spring on the clutch is quite stiff and can get tiresome under extended use.

On the motorway it really comes into its element. Power and torque are available no matter what gear you are in. To be honest, once you are up to cruising speed (i.e. anything over 50), there is rarely any reason to take it out of 5th... unless you are in a real rush! The only gripe is the lack of cruise control for those long journeys or the days when you are not in the mood (Your right foot can start to ache after some time - This is due to the position of the accelerator pedal / seat).

I have not had a chance to test the claimed top speed to date, but I have no doubts that it will get there with some to spare.

On twistier roads, handling begins to weaken at higher speeds - I believe this could have a lot to do with the tyres that are fitted... I currently have Goodyears fitted.

Still on the subject of the tyres, they can loose grip if pushed hard (especially under hard acceleration from a standing start). I feel that this could have been reduced by fitting wider wheels / tyres as standard. 195's on a car like this seem fairly narrow, especially as some lower spec Mondeos / Vectras have 205's as standard.

Acceleration from a standing start is phenomenal for a car of this class (although it is possible to experience some torque-steer) and it proves all too easy to dumbfound the 'boy racer' as you pull away from his Fiesta XR2i or Golf GTI. And for those of them that can keep up with you to 60, they soon vanish once you get to the bigger numbers! This car has made me smile on many occasions (just keep pushing to the red line in every gear - but make sure you don't hit the limiter at 7,200rpm!).

Handling is assisted greatly by the stiff suspension and anti-roll bars, which really do inhibit body roll unless pushed extremely hard. Not only does this make you feel more confident whilst cornering hard, but you really notice the benefits when changing up through the gears under hard acceleration.

The driving position is pretty good, and the seats are wonderfully supportive. The only criticisms that could be made are:

1. The seats are a little high (I would prefer it if they could be lowered a little more).

2. The arm for the clutch pedal gets in the way - i.e. I can never fully depress the clutch (right to the floor) without my toes rubbing on the arm protruding from the top of the clutch pedal.

3. There is no reach adjustment on the steering wheel.

I'm looking at taking this car to a track day to see what it's like when pushed harder / further than is possible on the open road.

Finally, I would really like to know if anybody knows where I could get styling / performance modifications for this car from. I don't want anything excessive, but body coloured light glass (for the rear light cluster and the side indicators) would be good?

I am also considering lowering the car and fitting bigger wheels / tyres - let me know if you have any recommendations. Also on the subject, with reference to one of my comments above, please let me know if you have any recommendation for tyres to fit the standard wheels - I am not completely happy with the Goodyears currently fitted.

Or if you have any personal recommendations - e.g. what performance air filter or exhaust to fit, please let me know by adding a comment on this review.

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

Review Date: 16th May, 2001

3rd Jun 2001, 07:06

Go to http://www.g20.net; the G20 is the USA version of the Primera. Look at some of the reader's cars!!!

24th Jun 2002, 15:48

I think you'll find the later GT or GTSE models have wider 16" alloys - if you can find a set from a wrecked car, they should be a straight swap - but might affect your speedo readings.

1998 Nissan Primera GT 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Laughs in the face of all its rivals!



General Comments:

I bought this machine from new and from the first day, I've never been disappointed. It's a spirited, lively performer and you get the feeling that there's always more under the bonnet than meets the eye. I've made many a VW Golf GTi driver feel rather inadequate as I've pushed them aside like yesterday's news.

The car always starts first time without fail. It's solid and sure footed. I only wish they'd build a 2.5 litre V6 model.

Best colours, black or silver!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2000

18th Apr 2001, 07:40

I myself own a 98 GT. I love it, but I was wondering if anybody out there knows where I can get modifications from - Performance and Styling?

17th Jan 2006, 12:57

I own the 98 gt too and agree with everything said, I know it's a few years since some of these comments, but try 'chipping' the car - any flat-spots can be rectified.

What a truly fantastic car for the money - stick to Japanese or German cars, leave the French to wow your taste buds!

8th Feb 2006, 13:57

I'm thinking of buying a Primera GT and have not really owned any performance cars before, how heavy is the insurance for a car like this?

28th May 2006, 09:40

I've got a 99 GT LE, fast motor, 150 bhp as standard, group 14 insurance, which ain't too bad!

19th Sep 2006, 05:44

Hi there.

I am from New Zealand and the only UK GT P11 2L Hatch models we get are all autos!!

Can anyone give me their experiences on an auto version?

How much difference is there in performance and economy compared to the manual version.