Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Nissan Almera Tino estate?
Overall, the Tino is a very reliable car, but we have heard of examples developing faulty airbag warning lights and a sticking clutch.
Three specific recalls have also affected the Tino. There was a problem on pre-2002 cars with the rear seatbelt buckles, and also with stalling caused by malfunctioning engine management sensors. Check down the side of the front chairs, too. A section of the seat covering is prone to coming loose, which could leave a sharp metal edge dangerously exposed.
That said, in terms of the materials used, the quality of the interior on the Tino is a definite step up from the Almera's. However, as with any family car, avoid examples with a tatty cabin caused by excessive abuse from children. Families can also mean dogs, so check out the boot for excessive wear and any lingering canine smells.