2002 Nissan Primera sve 2.2Di from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Underrated

Faults:

Rear anti roll bar bushes (Should have been changed under recall?)

General Comments:

I looked around at many different manufacturers estates, and was set for something German, but this car came across as good value.

I haven't been disappointed with it. Its very modern yet has been designed to look different inside and out

Its really good at cruising, running at a good deal under 2000rpm at 70mph, and has very good ride comfort for rear passengers. It doesn't disappoint on A and B roads either, although the gears and the engine torque take a bit of getting used to.

Safety wise it has 6 airbags (if you believe in those things) and a class 4 ncap rating. It feels big and solid.

Add in a common rail engine, Sat-Nav (which is seriously useful if you live near Birmingham), air conditioning and you certainly feel like you are getting a lot of bangs for your buck.

I wouldn't stress the bad points too much. It does seem to only average 38 to 40mpg on mixed runs, perhaps due to its weight. The estate boot size could be much better if the sides and floor had been more sculpted. Lastly, it tends to be a hot car inside and the ventilation system is not one of the strong points of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th July, 2005

19th May 2010, 18:33

That's because you have old school diesel, but mentioned VW/Audi used this until 2008, and it sounded rough, but still had the reputation of being a good car.

2002 Nissan Primera SVE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good car, but thirsty

Faults:

- Rear boot lock failed.

- Windscreen developed a crack that appears to be a manufacturing fault.

General Comments:

- Reasonably good car, with reasonably good handling and reasonably good comfort.

- Very thirsty however, with the computer reporting a measly 23.1 MPG on average.

- Satellite Navigation system is excellent with clear maps and directions.

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

Review Date: 25th June, 2004

2002 Nissan Primera Acenta 2.2 turbo diesel from Lithuania

Summary:

Economy diesel racer with premium class comfort

Faults:

Still nothing major, only small UK assembly faults - rubber packets of luggage compartment have note been glued well, service had to tighten several bolts, still there are some small sounds inside, but they are tiny, and dealers will fix that next week during usual maintenance.

General Comments:

2.2L 126 HP diesel is really powerful, can challenge most of 2 liters petrol cars. Especially when turbo switches on ;)

Interior is superb - see no much difference from Audi comfort. Sound isolation is really good, you don't hear much of a noise running at 160 km/h, 6 speed gearbox is great for economy - my average diesel consumption is 6-6.5 liter / 100 km with 40% urban usage, however its very accurate too - you won't make any mistake when switching the gears.

Xenon headlights are just great, can't imagine how I used to see something with standard ones before.

And exterior looks like UFO landed - had lost of turned heads when got this car.

However the chassis suspension is very hard, gives superb handling, but looses some comfort on bumpy road.

But all above can be attributed only to diesel and 2L petrol models with 6 speed gearboxes.

When I was selecting a car, I did test drive with 1.8L basic model called Visia, it had 5 speed gearbox and the feelings where as awful as they could be:

- Sound isolation was terrible. I drove 130 km/h with 5th gear, there where around 4000 RPM, engine sound inside was terrible and wind/tyres noise was very loud.

- The steering wheel was too tight, and the drive train was definitely different from top models - I hardly could feel holding a car in my hands at 130 km/h

- Interior was cheap, comparing to Acenta's soft textile.

- Gearstick was _VERY_ soft and inaccurate. Several times I switched to 3rd gear instead of 5th.

Summarizing above - its really a car you will love, but go for Acenta or Tekna model with 6 speed gearbox, otherwise you won't be as happy as me :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

18th Sep 2003, 06:31

I agree! when I change my petrol 2.0 litre it may well be for a diesel, but I'll go for the 138hp 300Nm 2.2dci, the performance on THAT is oustanding! 1.8 a very different car, sluggish and dull witted.