I bought this car from my mum on January - it's now October and im already counting down the days when i get rid of it...
Since i've owned the car it has went through a whole exhaust system, front and rear brake discs and pads, rear brake calipers, handbrake cables galore... Oh yes and a gearbox. Seems ridiculous for A) a car thats been driven by families in its previous life, b) My first car and C) a W-Reg thats only done 65k...
The only thing thats good about it is the handling and acceleration - but then again sports springs and uprated filters helped that out as well as helping the car go through 60ltrs of petrol in no time at all.
It's extremely standard in everyway, even the equipment is disappointing - Central Locking (not remote), Power Steering (rather vague), ABS (missing in action) and in this day and age Radio Cassette players should've been banished long ago
In order for better value you have to opt for the dearer models - but, like some entry level BMW and Merc Hatchbacks, it's already that bit too expensive for what it is... An entry level, no frills family hatchback
I have had my diesel Almera for 6 months now and bought it used. I do around 25,000 miles per year and needed something that was capable and comfortable on the motorway as well as on the odd country lane now and then. I found this car to perform exceptionally on all types of road with very good handling but the ride can be choppy at times and the suspension is a bit too firm for my liking. There is bucket loads of power in any gear and I love the turbo hiss when I lift off the gas; though this seems to be louder than most other turbo diesels I've noticed, but this adds to the appeal for me.
The standard kit is great with climate control, in-built sat nav and the trip/economy computer. Although the sat nav does get confused now and then, like directing me onto an old disused railway line, but don't they all!
After owning an Almera for 2 years, I am so glad I’ve finally managed to get rid of it.
It seems as though Nissan have designed this car to have a lifespan of 3 years, so that once the warranty is up they are able to cash in on their poor customers. The known faults on the 2.2 Dci engine is seemingly endless, from fuel pumps that involves engine removal to timing chains. Each time you’re Dci breaks down, which it will, expect a repair bill in excess of £1000. The cost of parts is outrageous, and Nissan do not care. My car needed a new turbo, a new clutch and flywheel, various suspension components and drive belts, and a brake vacuum pump. And no, I didn’t drive it hard, otherwise I would never have seen any more than 40mpg from it. That is to say that fuel economy was simply poor.
It drove like an absolute pig. The handling was rubbish, the ride quality was the worst I have ever experienced in a car. You could feel every detail of the road through the ride. It felt as though Nissan simply took a car designed for a light petrol engine and chucked a great big heavy diesel engine in without any modifications. Although it had plenty of power, it had very little traction meaning huge amounts of wheel spin.
So would I recommend this car? No not to anyone. And nor would I recommend anything else fitted with this disastrous engine, such as an X-Trail, Primera or Tino.
Bought for £5995 at 9 months old with less than 5k miles on it. I owned it for 2 years. It never broke, never embarrassed me and never let me down. Fuel consumption was regularly about 45mpg; it was composed and calm to drive. Without doubt it was the best of the 19 cars I have owned to date. I am sorry I sold it.
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