A love/hate relationship.
Looks better than the bland old modles, but it's a mid-2000s Renault Laguna in all but name and engine
Looks Interior specification Reversing camera Very smooth motorway cruiser, if a bit too much wind noise above 85mph
Various factory assembly faults, including earthing problems in rear light clusters that can shut down the cruise control when the indicators come on, and general fit/finish isn't up to what you'd expect from a car of this price range/pedigree.
Unsupportive driver seat.
HANDLING! It's vastly inferior to the P10/P11 primeras it replaced.
Satnav: Updating costs more than a premium Satnav disc and the system is incompatible with Nissan discs newer than 2005.
Fuel economy: The best I've been able to achieve on my daily commute is about 32 mpg. It's very thirsty if pushed or in stop/start conditions
Engine: It's very easy to stall when taking off. Very touchy clutch,
All in all the car is a disappointment. It's a completely different vehicle from Primeras of old and shouldn't have the same badge. Tyres and wheels are _very_ expensive as I've found out to my cost after driving into some of the finest potholes Surrey can offer (My old P10 primera handled these fine).
It's no wonder Nissan sold so few of these. People buying one as a tradeup from their old Primeras would be disappointed and other makers made better all round packages.
I owned a 1.8S automatic for three years and recently managed to off-load it as trade in for a much better car.
First the good points: The ride (under 50mph) is not bad. There's plenty of space in the cabin and in the boot. The dash layout is excellent. It's reliability is second to none. I never had a single problem with this car. It provided me with very good protection on two occasions when, in standing traffic, someone drove into the back of me.
Now the bad points: The ride (over 50mph) is very noisy and badly affected by side winds. The car is woefully underpowered with an auto box and 1.8 engine combination - overtaking at speed can be a risky business and is best avoided in heavy traffic. The seats are terribly unsupportive. This is easily the most uncomfortable car I've ever driven. And finally - the fuel consumption was far worse than the official figures claimed. I averaged approximately 27mpg - my old 3-litre Nissan QX auto was miles better.
A great shame but I'm still a fan of Nissan - just not this car.
Bought the 2005 Nissan Primera with 32,000 miles. Just under two years old. Had it for 7 months. First the car lost power and black smoke plumed from the exhaust - a defective turbo charger solenoid valve - covered by warranty. A couple of weeks later the handbrake failed and the car had slid down a drive and crashed into a wall. The handbrake was full on. A garage told me that the disk brakes were hot - as they cooled the disks contracted releasing the brake. Nissan deny this - park in gear, tyres pointing to the kerb. I also place bricks behind the wheels when on a slope – did this with old bangers in my youth. I had to pay for the repairs. The Nissan ‘health check’ the week before didn’t show any problems. Next the radio changed channel when turning corners. I didn't go straight back to the Nissan dealers. With Nissan warranty claims you are charged £75 if THEY decide that the fault is not covered. Next a grinding noise coming from the back left. Next a warning that the air bags had failed. The faulty air bag and the defective radio were under warranty. Nissan Benfield fixed the faulty air bag within 24 hours. However, still waiting for the radio parts. The brakes are still grinding - not covered under warranty. This is my experience of ‘Douki Seisan’ - the Nissan Way. This is the most unreliable car I have ever owned. My 1967 MGB GT is over 40 and it puts the Nissan Primera to shame
I bought the car second hand as an ex-fleet car 6 months ago with 51K on the clock, I've now added another 10K to that. I have mostly been very impressed with it, with only the odd niggle letting it down. The cabin is spacious and comfy, the stereo is excellent and can put a lot of aftermarket systems to shame. The problems with ride quality quoted by a lot of reviews here is down to the OE tyres (Dunlops) - they're terrible! Replaced them with Goodyears and the ride and handling both improve massively.
That said the handling is pretty good for a large diesel fwd car, with plenty of feedback from the road. Rear visability is great with the camera covering the only blind spot. Perfect to avoid running over the cat!
The dCi engine is near-perfect for motorway cruising, let down by being a little thirsty if you're in a hurry. Economy varies but 45mpg is easy to achieve and 50 is not unrealistic, 60 is possible but only on a deserted flat road at 50mph. It's quiet at motorway speeds and has a lot of low down torque to save you changing gear to overtake. It is thirsty if used around town - 36mpg but that is still very good compared to an equivalent power petrol engine.
The boot can swallow more than enough luggage for the occupants. The sat-nav is very good, although an update disk is about the same as a new satnav. As for the appearence of the car: I love it! It's different and interesting when most modern cars are almost copies of each other.
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