1999 Nissan Primera Sport+ 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
A major breakdown waiting to happen
Camshaft has gone at 63000 miles. This isn't good enough. I've been quoted £1000 to get it replaced.
The car has had regular oil changes and has a fully documented service history yet this happens. A LOW MILEAGE car that has been well looked after sounds like it's got a bag of spanners under the bonnet.
I warn you to stay away from the 2.0 petrol version at the very least.
I will never buy another Nissan as long as I live. I'm going back to Vauxhall as their engines are bomb proof.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th April, 2007
You go right ahead and buy a Vauxhall if you think your Primera is bad, but I'm sorry to say that the car I had most problems with was a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra 2.5 V6 SRi. Bombproof their engines certainly are NOT. My Vectra seized up due to oil pump failure. The 2.0 16v Ecotec engine as found in MANY Vauxhalls is a total DOG of an engine, it's about as bulletproof as an egg carton. They suffer from constant cambelt tensioner problems, oil leaks, rubbish Cam and crank sensors, dreadful engine management systems, the list goes on.
The Nissan Primera has one of the most reliable engines ever made, the 2.0 16v Chain Cam DOHC engine is a dream, you had a bad one I'm afraid, and from reading all the other satisfied drivers reviews on here, along with my own car which is a 1999 2.0 16v Primera sport+, you are in a very small minority of owners who have experienced problems with the camshaft.
I suggest you read the comments on this website about Vectras of a similar age and year, then tell us that Vauxhall engines are bombproof.