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.
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