2003 Nissan Tino SE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Excellent car, but not very economical


Starter motor packed up with no warning whatsoever. Got it reconditioned at an auto-electrical shop for 55 Euros.

Needed drop links replaced on front suspension. 35E and fitted them myself. The car failed its MOT on high emissions, which turned out to be just a faulty air mass meter. This was expensive; 150E.

General Comments:

Very good car to drive for an MPV. Handling is brilliant.

Suspension set up is very good for cornering with little body roll, which is unusual for these types of cars. The downside to this is the ride is quite hard on poorer roads, but you can't have it every way!

The car has been very reliable in the 16K miles we've done.

I think Nissan are comparable to Toyota in the reliability stakes, yet sell for a much lower price, like for like.

One criticism of the Tino is that rear space could be a bit better, particularly when the front seats are extended back.

Other thing is these cars are hard on petrol and average around 30-32 mpg. Even driving very easy, you won't better 34-35.

The car has a 1.8 engine, is pretty powerful, but road tax in Ireland is very expensive for it (almost 600e a year).

Parts are fairly expensive, and the Nissan dealerships are real rip-off merchants of the highest order. I knew my car was emitting more smoke than normal, and took it to the Nissan garage, who told me it was smoking due to the temperature outside being -2. They recommended changing the spark plugs and charged me 90 Euro for 20 minutes of bullsh*t and a set of plugs.

Subsequently, the car failed its next MOT on high emissions, which were being caused by a faulty air mass meter! Never again would I go to that dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2012

2004 Nissan Tino SE 1.8i 16v 115 BHP from UK and Ireland


Good car


Nothing at all, just general wear and tear such as two new tyres and new brake pads.

General Comments:

Well this is my Mum's car, which I have borrowed a few times. Here is a review of the Tino 1.8i.


Well it is a real surprise because the car is quicker than it looks. Switching from regular unleaded to Super makes a difference on throttle response; it seems to make it much sharper, and it feels quicker too. I am not quite sure where Nissan got their figures for the Tino from; Nissan quote 12.7 seconds to 60 and max speed of 107 MPH. I have tried and tested these figures while I was in Germany on the unlimited speed of the autobahns, and I achieved a 0-60MPH time of 10.9 secs and a max speed of 122 MPH.


Now this is a surprise too, as for an MPV the handling is very good; you can take corners faster than you could in the old Scenic; it feels more planted on the road.


Now what can I say other than it is very well equipped. It has got alloys, fog lights, climate control, reverse camera, CD, electric sunroof, 1/2 leather seats, electric sunroof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2009

2004 Nissan Tino SE 1.8i 16v 115 BHP from UK and Ireland


Bargain MPV


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Well this is my Mum's car, but I am on the insurance of it. Here is a review of it.

Well I will start off with the performance of the car. Overall for the size and weight of the car, the acceleration isn't too bad. 0-60 I have hit in 11.4 seconds, which isn't too bad considering it only has 115 BHP, and most 1.6i have the same BHP or more now.

The engine is bomb proof; you can rev it and it doesn't miss a beat. It doesn't quite like being revved past 5,500 RPM, but it has a strange boost of power between 3000-4500 RPM. Gutless below 2,000 RPM.

This MPV gets treated like a normal hatchback, but it performs well. The thing that surprised me was how well it handles for an MPV.

Max speed has been achieved on the autobahn where it was derestricted speed. We saw 127 MPH on the clock or 123 MPH on the GPS. That was with 3 people and boot of luggage also on the flat.

But more seriously now the fuel economy is poor. Even driving at a steady 70 MPH, it can't achieve more than 31 MPG, and round town it is 27 MPG.

The equipment for the money you get is brilliant. 1/2 leather, all round electric windows, front fog lights, reverse camera, electric sunroof, alloys and climate control.

The car is so comfy to sit in, and it is just so spacious.

The look of the car is funny though; I think it looks like a duck. The interior looks cheap and nasty though; my only bad gripe.

Overall a good car. I'd, give it a good 8.5/10 I recommend it to families, not young people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2008