2002 Nissan Primera SVE 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A really nice car, but too many problems for the money

Faults:

Back Seat creaking like a ship.

The TV screen in the front is still scratched from when we got.

Interior paint problems.

General Comments:

A real stunner, the 17 inch alloys really set off the rest of the car, the gold Colour was a good choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2002

4th Mar 2010, 19:58

Fuel consumption, not performance.

2002 Nissan Primera VISIA 2.0 litre petrol from Finland

Summary:

One of the first really 21st Century cars, but it reminds me of the wonderful Citroen DS 19 for its

Faults:

Nothing whatsoever so far.

General Comments:

This is the new shape Primera with a six speed manual gearbox.

The car was delivered on a Friday and the very same day I started to drive from Finland to the UK and France, during my one month holiday the car covered 6000kms and performed faultlessly, not bad for a car that's factory fresh and running in!

It is extremely quiet and in 2.0 litre form fast as well, at 150kms/hr all you hear is the wind noise.

It handles very surefootedly and the seats and driving position are excellent and very comfortable on a long haul.

Initially, the centrally located instruments seem bizarre, but they very soon grow on you and are quickly mastered and logical, it's so good to see a manufacturer offering something different and better.

I read an article or two in the British motoring press about the Primera and sometimes wonder if motoring journalists actually DRIVE the cars they write about? Some complained about the Primera's 6speed box, mine's perfect. Others doubted the ergonomics, they should try a VW Passat for overated ergonomics out of sight switches and very dubious reliability, mine at least.

The cabin is original and I think attractive, the only complaints I have is why no analogue clock and there's no pull down handle on the boot-lid a ridiculous omission. Overall fit and finish is very high.

I like the shape of the car very much indeed and believe me the headlights give an excellent field of vision, an important point here in Scandinavian winters.

I'm very pleased indeed with the car and the dealer network, fuel consumption is high on this engine as it's a heavy car 1470kgs, but it's fast, quiet accelerates well and is refined. I expect reliabilty to be high too even if it is Euro built rather than Japanese. Strongly recommended all round.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002

6th Jun 2003, 21:03

I like your comments, but I wish you could be more objective instead of trumpeting about Nissan and towing the company rope.

15th Jun 2003, 15:34

What's wrong with complimenting a very good car???

If it's good, say so!

28th Jun 2003, 12:24

Hi.

I just bought a Primera 1.6 Visia Sedan/Saloon. I read your comments a few weeks ago which somewhat influenced me. Thanks for your recommendation and I hope I enjoy it as much as you have. Only 200kms covered so far and all have been very enjoyable. No complaints whatsoever. I managed a 30km trip (60% motorway/40% major road and a couple of STOP junctions) on Friday and the fuel consumption came to 6.9l/100km. City driving averaging at 8.4l/100km. Hoping to do the same as you next year by driving from Finland to the British Isles through Sweden. And yes, the centrally positioned instrument panel is a good idea. And I love the information centre. I'm surprised it doesn't tell you what you had for breakfast also. The local Nissan dealership were extremely helpful and had a real personal touch. But yes, the clock. Hmmm, but it's not so difficult to press the radio button on the information centre to switch it on again.

I would definitely recommend this car to anyone, especially those with a family as the car is very spacious, front and back, as well as the boot. I just read this morning, Nissan Primera's sales have gone up by 40% here in Finland with this new model. Might be a good thing, might not! It's nice to have a different car. At the end of the day, it's a car that's perfect for my needs and that's good enough for me.