I bought this car as used 8 years ago, I have had 70,000 absolutely trouble free miles.
What I like: 1)Great response to throttle for a not so hot hatch, especially at motorway speeds. Very easy to go from 70 mph to 100 mph! 2)No cambelt change 3)Very good handling, minimal body roll 4)Nice driving position 5)Very comfortable front seats 6)Sleek gear change 7)Excellent and safe braking 8)Huge boot 9)Generous equipment level 10)Supreme reliability 11)Superb engine 12)Milage: If driven sensibly, can get 32 mpg in town. Change to 2nd gear as soon as the vehicle is in motion from standstill. It is possible to change the gear up at 2500 rpm. This gives good fuel economy in town. For motorway driving at steady 80mph, it gives you 36 mpg
What I don't like: Not a lot! 1)If I have to be picky,the GT label is misleading. Sure,it has 150BHP but it is NOT a hot hatch. 'GT' refers merely to the sports trim - lowered bodyline, stiffened suspension. As a result, firm ride. 2)Rear legroom isn't great 3)Could do with bit more turning circle for the steeringwheel 4)Occasional booming noise from exhaust when reversing
It a shame Nissan discontinued this excellent, grossly underrated Primera. In my view, Nissan should have worked harder to rectify the damage caused by the latest primeras instead of abolishing the entire family car range.
I recently purchased my Nissan Primera V reg (Jan 2000) after my 11 year old Vauxhall Vectra became too costly to maintain. I have now been driving the Nissan for 6 weeks and can state that it is a very nice car to drive in, I did 560 miles in a day on just over 1 tank of fuel and it didn’t miss a beat and didn’t leave me with any notable soreness (which is a bonus). It is adequately spec’d for a car of this age and price (£1,500) and is all in all a pleasant place to be for my journey to work. In the dry the handling of the Primera is comparable with the Vectra; however, it does become quite twitchy in the damper / wetter conditions and doesn’t appear to instil as much confidence on turn in as the Vectra did. Apart from that minor criticism, it is still overall a better car than the old Vauxhall.
We now own two of these cars; one is a 1999 1.6 si and the other is a 1997 1.6 gx. Our other car is a 2002 Peugeot 307 Rapier 2.0 hdi. We are one of those families who previously opted for three or four year old tried and trusted family cars which we have paid through the nose for. We have tried exclusive deals for various brand new cars and regretted them all.
The Primera P11 has had its day and was perhaps never a class leader for style. However with its comfort, ease of driving, space, reliability, and running costs, together with its apparently unburstable chassis and engine, it has proved to be a revelation for us.
The 1997 version, owned by a Nissan main dealer from new, was bought on eBay for £350. It is without doubt the best car I have ever driven in many years of car ownership, and will no doubt give us a few years of trouble-free motoring. If you avoid cars that have obviously been neglected you cannot really go wrong with a Primera.
The car press will tell you to go for the bigger engined cars, but they tend to be thinner on the ground, thirstier, and more expensive than the more common 1.6. There are diesel versions, but these tend to be quite rare and appear to offer few advantages over the bog-standard 1.6 petrol versions.
So we have fantastic low cost motoring for less than £1000 in 2007. What are you waiting for? (Unless you are destined to follow the registration year snobs, like we used to.)
I bought my Primera 1.8 S (V-reg) in 2000. It was six months old and had had one previous owner.
Between 1994 and 2000, I owned at least 10 different cars, two of which were purchased brand new - the rest were used. So, being someone who became easily bored with a car, I expected to change the Primera in 2001.
It's now the middle of 2007 and I still own it. It has over 90,000 miles and is still going strong. This car has never let me down. I have never needed to put oil in between services.
It's not the fastest car in its class, but it certainly isn't the slowest, either. The driving position is superb. I have driven other cars that were more comfortable, but they lacked the handling of the Primera. I've driven cars that had slightly better handling, but found the ride too hard.
This was my first Nissan (and if it keeps going, it may be my last!), but one day I'm going to have to change it - and the first place I'll go is to another Nissan dealer.
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