I have now owned this car 12 months now and have had only had one problem which was a whinning fuel pump which had to be replaced at a cost of £227.
But other than it has to be one of the best cars I have owned and driven.
Even after having had an accident in it on boxing day early morning, skiding on ice. ABS brakes did work but it was that thick not even the Ford Focus which is so highly thought of could of done a better job.
Without going on too much, I hit a brick wall at about 20 MPH and lucky all it damaged was the left headlight and intrusion bar, and the airbags did not deploy. I started back up after stalling it during skidding and it started fine and got me back which was about 5 minutes away.
Since the crash the handling has not suffered whatsoever, in my mind I would call that a brilliant car, and if you are thinking of getting one I would definetly advise you to do so, because if you did go for the overated Focus you wouldn't get half the things you get as STANDARD on the Nissan. Such as Electric Sunroof, 6 CD Changer, Rear Spoiler, side skirts, Fully coloured bumpers even the rubbing strips and not forgetting the all important curry hook.
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I just can't believe how British media (Whatcar.com, TopGear.com) hate Almera.
Yes, it's true it's not the prettiest car on the planet (but it's not ugly either!!!).
Yes, it's true, it feels a little cheap and old-fashioned inside.
It's an extremely well built, reliable and economical car. It basically never breaks.
Its reliabilty is among best in the class. It also droves very well and is extremely well equipped.
You have given better notes for such funny cars like Fiat or Chevrolet.
Give me a break, they can hardly be called cars. Certainly, unlike Almera, they cannot be called well bulit machines. With Almera, you can at least sleep well and hardly ever spend any money on repairs.
We have owned this car for more than two years on a Y plate and it has never missed a beat. We drive on all types of road from country roads to motorway driving and everything has worked from day one.
The only things we needed to replace were front and rear brake pads after 46,000 miles. It has passed its MOT with flying colours every time, and it's cheap to run (approx 40mpg) with cheap tax and insurance.
When we change the car, we will probably upgrade to a six-month-old top-of-the-range model. After test-driving a new Vectra and a Citroen C5, I realised how good our Almera still feels after 47,000 miles.
If you want a well equipped car which is cheap to buy and run, you should get one - and it's much better looking than an Astra or Focus!
I recently had this vehicle as a hire car and found it a pretty awful car with no redeeming features.
The drive was very average and the 1.5 engine provided insufficient power when needed.
The cabin was crammed with lots of cheap-feeling grey plastic and the controls were difficult to use and understand. For example, to increase the fan speed with the radio on required the radio to be switched off first as the controls were multi-purpose!
Overall, it's a car lacking in both style and quality, although I'm sure given Nissan's reputation it is both reliable and economical to run.
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