I bought this car second hand from a dealer.
It is an 03-plate model with only 15,000 miles on the clock when purchased.
I spend about £300 for an extended warranty which at the time would cover everything... not!
During the warranty period, I had the car serviced. At that time, I complained that sometimes I was having difficulty selecting gear and that the gearbox was a little noisy. After the service, they told me that there was nothing wrong with the gearbox and that the noise was normal.
Two months after the warranty period expired, the gearbox got very noisy and seized suddenly, requiring recovery.
After investigation, I have been told that there is a design fault with the gearbox where the bearings are too small for the purpose, and when they break up it takes out all the mesh. This requires a replacement gearbox.
Now I have a 03-plate Almera with less than 25 miles on the clock and a busted gearbox that will cost nearly £2000 to fix. It is now virtually a write-off.
My recommendation... don't buy one!
To all these people that have praised their Almeras... Just wait, your turn will come too!
I bought this car from a dealership as an ex-demonstrator. I have owned it now for three years.
The car comes with bags of accessories including climate control and sat-nav.
I bought the car, as I have previously owned Nissans and found them very reliable.
The economy of the car is not good - I am only averaging 39 mpg.
On driving there is a lot of road noise and the ride is bumpy.
The car is only three years old and has done 61,000 miles.
Both speakers have had to be replaced in the front due to distortion.
The turbo has now blown and needs to be replaced. The car has been in the garage for three weeks as they cannot get a new one and the cost is over £1000. According to the garage this is a common problem.
Do not buy one.
I traded a VW Golf for my current Almera 1.5 SE. It was the best deal I have ever done.
I found that my VW confounded the common belief about their build and reliability. This Almera has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. It feels rock solid, comfortable and is a pleasure to drive.
The engine, whilst it won't win medals for pulling power, is very willing, both in heavy traffic and on motorway cruises. My wife, unusually, wanted me to keep it until we had driven it beyond safe use. I agreed and fully expected to have it for 10 years as we only do about 9000 miles a year.
That was until I discovered very serious rust developing from inside some of the welded joints. Had I not acquired some knowledge about metal corrosion I would have merrily kept this car and would have found holes appearing in about 12 months time in crucial areas that would have scrapped the car.
For a car that is currently only seven years old, that is simply, inexcusably, very poor. Thus the overall rating has been reduced to two stars instead of four. Needless to say my next car is a Honda.
I bought this car brand new.
The ignition barrel needed replacing before the warranty expired and now at 42,000 miles I need a new timing chain at a cost of £1000 after being charged £80 to diagnose it.
I'm very disappointed and feel exploited.
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