I have owned this car for 2 years now (from new). Starting positively the equipment levels and quality of the interior are excellent and as an earlier review mentioned, the rear camera should be fitted to every car. Unfortunately though, the negatives outweigh the positives.
I drive approximately 30,000 miles per annum, 75-80% of which is on motorways but I have never got above 40mpg out of it. I would consider myself a steady driver as well, certainly no boy racer. I previously had the 1.8 petrol which I managed to get 39mpg out of. It also has a dead spot which can kick in anywhere between 2800 revs and 3300 revs. Very scary when you are overtaking on a single carriageway and all power just disappears.
I now only overtake when the road is totally clear. Acknowledged faults to date include the turbo inlet pipe falling off and the steering rack failing. Steering just locked up while I was driving along an A road, a bit scary. With regards the engine in general it is very agricultural compared to the new breed of diesels.
I have driven the new Vectra 1.9 (150bhp) and Mondeo 2.2 (153 bhp) which are both far more refined and powerful. The Mondeo especially was a totally different class to the Primera, much more accessable power right through the revs. The ride is also very firm especially at slower speeds.
Would I buy one again? No. They're just not as well engineered as the class leaders and the willingness from the dealer to help solve the car's problems is none
Took a while to get used to the central pod for instruments. It's a roomy solid built car and economical to own. Rear view camera should be made compulsary on all cars.
I have had this car since 2005, and in that time it's been excellent. There have been no problems, reliability has been excellent and it has survived our kids.
All in all, it's a very good car. It's rather large, though. If you're tall, though, you should have no problems with visibility and should find that the cabin is more than adequate for your needs.
I would however prefere the dci.
I have had this car for 2 years..Purchased on a special deal £13995.It is the best car I have ever had.Before I retired as a sales rep (50000 miles per year)I had all the usual Rep mobiles.(Victor/Mondeo/Marina!!.)It is comfortable,average 47 MPG,Plenty of omph if needed from the DCI engine.The brakes are extremely responsive,and road holding is superb.You can move a mountain with the boot space,rear seats fold down easily.Only one small fault,at low speed ride is a bit too firm.
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