I have owned this car for 2 years (it's a 2000 model). I bought it used with 165,000 on the clock, with a full dealership service history, one previous owner (a doctor). This was my 10th car in 6 1/2 years. It now has 190000 miles on the clock.
I can honestly say I have never owned a more reliable car. It's never once let me down. Even with a rise in petrol prices it's still very affordable. The spec on the SE+ is fantastic (6 cd changer, elec sunroof, elec windows, ac) the seating position is like sitting in an armchair with great all round vision.
With 2 teenage sons we need lots of space, this car doesn't fail at all. We all play golf and can get 4 trolleys and 4 golf sets in the boot. With the 3 back seats taken out there is tons of room. It has tons of storage boxes under the floor/seats etc.
I only have one complaint and that its sluggish in low gears when moving off, but this is completely outweighed by the good points.
If you are looking for a great priced, reliable mpv, I couldn't recommend the Almera Tino SE or SE+ more highly.
I bought my 2001 Almera Tino three months ago, for just £3000 which is not a lot of cash for a safe, solid, reliable five-seater MPV.
The engine really seems to lack much power; even working hard up and down through the gears, it's hard to get it moving fast enough to keep up with most other traffic.
Paintwork seems very delicate and easy to scratch, compared to many other cars I've owned. The seats are heavy and hard work to adjust, although in theory they have so many flexible configurations, if only you have enough time and energy to mess around!
Running costs are low; an average of 45mpg is easily achievable and the tax and insurance are both lower than for my previous car (a wonderful, almost indestructable Mazda 626).
I HAVE OWNED MY 1.8S FROM 36 MILES AND HAVE NOW COVERED 100500.I AM SELF EMPLOYED AND WAS LOOKING AT BUYING A NEW SMALL VAN. GLAD I DIDNT FAR MORE COMFY TO DRIVE AND MORE PRACTICAL.SERVICED UP TO THE HILT APART FROM TYRES AND BRAKES I HAVE JUST HAD EXHAUST REPLACED AND CHANGED ONE LIGHT BULB.NOT BAD FOR A CAR THAT IS USED DAY IN DAY OUT FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS.GREAT V.F.M.
I have had this car for nearly three years and it has been superb. It was bought nearly new and so someone else paid for the initial depreciation and I got a bargain.
It's good to drive, economical to run and very practical. I suffer with back problems, but find this car very comfortable and, in fact, I have toured around France twice in it, clocking up 2000 miles each trip.
Space in the rear could be better, but there are only two of us, so that's not a problem.
It's a Scenic with Japanese build quality and I love it.
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