2006 Nissan Primera Flare 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Wish I'd never bought it


Replaced air filter and had to perform an ECU re-learn procedure as the car started "revving" at the lights and jerking on acceleration.

Replaced rear engine mount.

Required new clutch at 34000 miles!

Required all discs and pads replacing (discs width below minimum wear limit) at 41000 miles!

General Comments:

I bought this car on the basis of previous Nissan experience, however I have been seriously disappointed.

The Flare variant gives you electric windows all round, alloys & cruise control.

The drivers side window is supposed to have auto up/down, but seems to have a mind of it's own.

The electric windows don't seem to have "object detect" which my previous car did - this has led to one of my children trapping their fingers.

The car looks big and solid from the outside, but on the inside the ride is very harsh, and the room, particularly in the back, is quite sparse, which means our 3 kids are cramped.

The doors lack rubbing strips, which leads to marks when left parked anywhere, and the metalwork appears to be so thin that you can push the boot lid in just by trying to shut it.

Acceleration from the 1.8 litre petrol engine is OK, but the only way to accelerate quickly is to run the revs up to the red line - obviously doing this takes its toll on fuel economy, which isn't exactly stunning to start with!

Fuel consumption seems to average around 34 Mpg - The highest I've ever achieved is 42.6 on a long run driving about 60Mph and the lowest was around town at 27 Mpg.

I replaced the clutch at 34000 miles, £120 DIY or £390+ at the main stealer - I thought both prices were outrageous.

All in all, I wish I'd never bought the car, but it's depreciated so much in the 9 months I've had it that I now can't afford to get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th August, 2009

2006 Nissan Primera SVE 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Reliable, but not inspiring to drive


Nothing so far working very well although there is a funny rattling type soung under medium to hard acceleration coming from engine bay.

General Comments:

Good comfortable car with plenty of toys mine has all the usual bit sat nav, leather seats so for the money compared to similar spec cars in this range is very good. One point though is that the 1.6 petrol engine is seriously underpowered, so is the 1.8 I've driven before. Other cars in this class with this size engine don't seem to suffer as badly, overtaking can be a highly dangerous manoeuvre so with this car patience is a virtue.

This car is OK on go go juice, but with the weight of the car compared to to size/power of the engines avail if pushed you can see th MPG figures drop dramatically. To finish it's a reliable car with modern looks, plenty of kit, but if your in a hurry buy my previous car, Impreza WRX PPP, wife forced me to sell mine reminded me I'm not twenty something anymore.

Oh Well...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2006

7th May 2009, 16:11

Update on the Primera, almost 3 years old now, no problems to report. 100% reliable, has never let me down, and now done 79000 kilometers, although I think clutch release bearing is on the way out, groans on releasing clutch.

Other than that, the car still runs perfect and looks new after a good wash.

18th Aug 2011, 09:56

That rattle from the engine bay may be valves. I had this problem in another manufacturer's car. Adding thicker oil will make it go away for a while, but it comes back.

2006 Nissan Primera SX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Unusual, but certainly worth a look!


Nothing so far, some trouble with the Air conditioning, tends to whine for a while after being turned on.

General Comments:

Just to clarify, this is a rental car I am stuck with while doing a PhD degree. I wouldn't buy a new one even if I did have the money! (EUR28,000)

Strange looking car, the benefits are reaped with the surprisingly large amount of head and leg room offered by the Nissan. It is often referred to as a potato wedge on wheels by some of my colleagues. (can't fault them, its true.)

The 1.6 engine is quite economical on longer journeys, reporting an average of >38 mpg. Town driving rapidly drops the figure to 30 mpg, having said that, I drive it quite hard in the lower gears.

It is vastly underpowered, first gear does not pull until around 1500 rpm, leading to some suicidal moments at junctions! The 4th and 5th gears offer no comfort, they are miles too long and make overtaking a dangerous and ill-advised gamble!

It suffers badly from stiffened suspension, handling is quite good as a result, but sometimes feels giddy over rougher surfaces.

Rough suspension ruins the ride at all speeds, which is a pity as most of the rest of the car is well thought out, except of course, for the dials controlling the integrated Radio/CD and air conditioning system.

Reversing camera is quite nice, if a little silly, it looks at the ground, rather than directly behind the car at a 0 angle. The level of trim is excellent, the seats are well designed and the driving position is good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2006

4th Aug 2008, 14:30

I think the Primera is a very good car, it has all accessories that you need:DVD, Anti-lock Braking System, Traction control, Multifunctional Wheel, Climate control, Reversing camera, 6 airbags, Cruise control, Xenon lights and more!!!