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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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19 reader reviews for Nissan Primera Hatchback.
  • 1.8i SE 5dr

    David Pimblett , Merseyside . Date: 12/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have driven this car since new in 2000. it has now done 55000 miles and apart from new tyres, only the front pads have been replaced. MPG is good, 38 around town and up to 48 on motorways.

    Road holding is exceptional and overall confort is good. It is well past replacement but as it is still going well I cannot think what to replace it with.

  • 1.6i E 5dr

    Philip Beckett-Lennon , Greater Manchester . Date: 05/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I used to own a Nissan Primera 1.6i, before I stupidly traded it in for a 51-plate Renault Laguna II Tourer.

    I bought the Nissan from a car auction when it was about three years old, I paid about £3000, and it had about 135,000 miles on the clock. In about five years, I replaced plug leads, fuel pump, water pump, top hose, and two radiators, and the rest was just service.

    The most expensive was the fuel pump at £175 (genuine Nissan part). This car was absolutely brilliant, doing over 230,000 miles and the car did not miss a beat. I never had to put oil in between services, but then I traded it in and bought the rubbish Renault Laguna II Tourer for over £11,000 and £7000 interest.

  • 2.0 GT 5dr

    John Marti , Oxon . Date: 21/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I currently own a 1997 four-door GT since 1998, and without a doubt, it has to one of the most under-rated sports saloons around.

    I have never owned a car as long before. It's brilliant to drive, has a great chassis, good, positive steering, a strong engine and a slick gear box. It's reliable, and averages over 36mpg, with over 40mpg on longer jouneys.

    It's still as solid as ever, has no creaks or groans, and has all the right equipment. I always felt Nissan should have introduced more power and it was always a little under-tyred. Why didn't they capitolise on their British Touring Car Championship triumphs?

  • 2.0 TD E 5dr

    Philip Insley , Vale of Glamorgan . Date: 24/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Primera is a 1997 2.0 GX TD, which I have owned since 1999. It has been completely reliable, good to drive and very cheap to own. The engine is an old design, with indirect injection, although the fuel control is electronic. It is smooth and relatively quiet at 60-80mph.

    Everything still works after 98,000 miles and it produces no visible smoke, even when accelerating hard. The roadholding and anti-lock brakes are excellent, although the ride is firm and it thumps over potholes. The driver's seat is comfortable but I have had mixed views about the passenger seat, which does not have height and lumbar adjustment.

    I tow an 1100kg caravan, which is at the car's limit for performance and safety. Over hills, the revs are kept above 2500mpg. The handling while towing is excellent. Fuel consumption is 49mpg normally and 30 mpg towing. It has a good boot and acres of room for gardening rubbish or moving the kids from University with the seats folded.

    Servicing is due every 6000 miles. I do it myself - it is easier than all the petrol vehicles I have owned. Filters and oil are £35 from a local motor factors, and arive belts have cost £330 fitted. Overall, it's a completely solid, reliable and enjoyable car, but don't expect high performance.

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