2003 Nissan Primera Dci 2.2 turbo diesel from Germany
Overall, I'm very happy with this car and I hope it continues to run as well as it does
A week ago I purchased a UK Spec 2003 Nissan Primera (right-hand drive, manual, hatchback) for around 500Euro. With the exception of my previously owned 240SX and Murano, and since we don't have this model in the U.S., I have no prior experience or knowledge about the Primera. In lieu of all the posted problems others have had with this model, I took a chance and bought this used Primera.
1. The seller disclosed a problem with the immobilizer, which I experienced when I was inspecting the car. The car started up fine when I first tried. We drove around and then parked. After I bought the car and was ready to leave, it wouldn't start. We removed the under-steer cowling to expose the ignition cylinder. We unplugged and re-inserted the white NATS plug. Then the car started fine. As a precaution, I replace the battery (CR2025) in the key remote. I'm very concerned about getting stuck or stranded roadside if this problem reoccurs. I'm seriously considering to disable the NATS system entirely. No security system is worth causing the driver and passengers to become stranded at the most inconvenient time if the system becomes glitchy! I'd rather have no security system at all.
2. The only other problem is the driver's door "electric door lock actuator," which makes a buzzing sound when I unlock the doors.
So far, the engine and trans appear to be working like a champ. I figure after 100,000 miles, if the car hasn't had substantial engine or trans repair yet, it may be one of the exceptions. The electric windows, moonroof, wipers, int/ext. lights, and electronics and controls in the dash all work fine as well. The radio and speakers work fine. Haven't tried the CD player yet. The front/rear windshields and side-glass are all in great condition. The rubber moldings have really held-up well for a 13 year old car.
The seats are very comfortable. I was surprised how well the car accelerates and handles in the turns. Great suspension.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2016