2003 Nissan Primera Visa 1.6 from UK and Ireland


10 out of 10


5th gear has to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails. Hope Nissan replace this model again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2009

13th Oct 2010, 16:54


I have one and I can honestly say it's the worst car I have ever owned! I bought it because I had an Almera before it, and never had a day's trouble with that! But the Primera... problems I've had with it:

Rear bushings.


Door handles breaking.


Steering problems... to name a few!!

I will NEVER buy another Nissan.

2003 Nissan Primera S 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Reliable, radical design, quick


When we collected car from dealer, the immobiliser light on dash stayed on after car was started, which didn't effect the way the car ran, then some times when we tried to start the car, it would just turn over and not fire, or when we turned the key, there was nothing, just lights on the dash, but the car seemed to be dead!

After a visit to the dealer where we purchased it, they arranged to have it sent back to the Nissan main agents to sort the problem, which turned out to be a loose wire behind dash, which had something to do with the immobiliser. This was sorted and seems to be fine now.

Gearbox is a bit notchy when the engine is cold.

General Comments:

Handles road well for a big car, but the ride is a bit hard on bumpy roads.

My car has the 6-speed box, but I can't see why it has the 6th gear as I have not seen any real benefit when driving on motorways, the engine revs hardly drop, so fuel economy isn't great above 75mph, but it is a comfy car on long hauls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2009

2003 Nissan Primera S 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Wallowy, boring, and mechanically suspect


Undiagnosed clunking and uneven ride from the rear suspension; uneven and premature rear tyre wear.

Loose exhaust heat plate.

Drivers seat sagging and creaking. (I'm only 11 stone!)

Permanently faulty handbrake.

General Comments:

The car is quick enough for a 1.8; handling could be sharper; fuel consumption acceptable, but no better.

The steering is vague at speed, and the car seems particularly susceptible to crosswinds.

Discs and pads replaced front and rear at 39,000 - never experienced brake wear this rapid on any other car.

At about 30,000 miles, the car developed an intermittent rumbling, clunking from the rear end at low speed. The dealer could not fault it, but blamed uneven wear on the rear tyres for causing ride problems. These were replaced with no subsequent improvement.

The handbrake was unsatisfactory when new, and had to be tightened shortly after delivery by an independent garage. There was subsequently an official recall because of poor handbrake operation, but despite this, and the fault being mentioned at every service, it has never been right, and the car once crept out of my driveway on its own.

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

Review Date: 8th July, 2007

16th Aug 2007, 07:52

The clunking noise is the ABS self-check mechanism that operates when you reach 10 mph.

This seemingly is normal on all primeras (and almeras).

I found this out myself - after Nissan Dealer "Experts" could not explain it!

18th Mar 2013, 12:30

My Primera developed an annoying knocking from rear near side wheel area, but oddly it doesn't happen when people are in the back. I have inspected the whole back axle area, and can't find anything amiss or loose, and it has always flew through its MOTs. So it can't be anything to worry about, but the knocking does get on your nerves after a while.

7th May 2013, 09:03

My 2003 Primera 1.8s has the same issue. An annoying clunking noise happens when going over an uneven surface under 30mph.

Did you manage to fix the problem then? And how much did it cost.

Any further info will be much appreciated.

Thanks, William.