Bought car 5th March 2008 for wife as she likes to drive "high up" Derisory performance was due to failed air mass sensor ,ie turbo not working at all. Remedied at cost of £49 in 10 mins,performs ok now,turbo kicks in at 1600rpm. very comfortable ride,will last us well. Seems much better than the Note. The 136 may be the best option & certainly the jap cars are abetter buy than the german( too many electronic faults nowadays) A good mechanic will verify this!!!!!
We previously had a Citreon Berling Multispace 2001 (rubbish). However, we are expecting our third child and so needed a car that would fit three child seats. We looked at the Vauxhall Zafira and Renault Grand Scenic, but having owned a Nissan Primera previously, we had a look at the Tino. We honestly didn't think the three seats would fit in the back, but they do and there is plenty of room. We love Nissan's, they seem to run forever. We particularly like this model, it's really comfortable and it just goes when you need it to. However, you might want to check the rear legroom if you have long legs.
We are now expecting our 3rd child, seating suddenly became a very large issue with the Primera we had. Anyone with children will know that each child car seat takes up the same space as a very large night club bouncer.
We looked around at a number of people carriers from other manufacturers and read the reviews on this web site. The alternatives that we looked at included the Vauxhall Zafira.
From the moment you sit in the Tino you realise just what makes a good family car. The visibility is great all around, the controls are basically where you want them.
The model we bought was a Nissan Almera Tino 1.8 S Auto on an 05 plate. My wife and I have the same opinion of this car, one of the nicest cars that either of us has ever driven.
We were also worried about the boot space on it because there is some compromise of the load space. However, we can get a folded double buggy in to the boot along with groceries etc. I think that makes it still quite a large load space in my mind. We bought ours from a Nissan dealership who have put a 12 months parts and labour warranty on it which includes electrics. Another great reason to buy from a dealer these days. It worked out to be the same price as buying from a car supermarket but with a years peace of mind.
All in all a sound motor. A shame that it is not in production today.
I've just bought a 2005 Tino for my wife and baby (she is on maternity leave - had a company car).
We paid £4994 for the car with 25,000 miles on the clock, we had looked all over for MPV class cars for a small family and after reading bad reviews on C-Maxs, Picassos and lots of others, we came up with the Almera Tino, because it was the only one that came up with mostly generous reviews.
Well, after owning the vehicle only 2 weeks I can see why - OK, it's not a sports car and not fantastic to drive - you have to take your time round corners, for example - but it's very comfortable and spacious, and for the money what else can you get that comes with climate control, reverse camera, sunroof and so on?
It's currently averaging 31mpg (computer screen says so) around town which I think is OK for a petrol. I set the wife a challenge as she is normally a bit of a maniac on the road - I told her if she can get up to 40mpg, I would buy her some new glasses (hers are falling to bits and with me being the sole breadwinner at the moment!), so now she is driving like Miss Daisy (which in turn is safer for my kid).
Anyway, so far it's a great, cheap little car - well worth what we paid for it!
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