What should I look for in a used Nissan Almera saloon?
Nissan, like most Japanese manufacturers, enjoys a well earned reputation for reliability. So, you can expect an Almera to run and run.
Pretty much all you need to check is that the appropriate recall work has been done. There haven't been too many, but there was a major one that affected the petrol engines and it's important that this work was carried out. Issued on January 29 2002 and affecting cars built between March 2000 and the end of July 2001, it concerned the crankshaft and camshaft. If not rectified, it could cause engines to stall and, in the worst-case scenario, prevent them from restarting.
In June 2004, diesel engines built up to the end of 2002 were recalled to have possible camshaft problems rectified, and all models built between December 2000 and September 2001 were called into dealers to fix a possible handbrake problem.