Used Nissan Primera Estate 1996 - 2002 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Advice for buyers

1996 - 2002 review
Nissan Primera Estate (96 - 02)
  • Nissan Primera Estate (96 - 02)
  • Nissan Primera Estate (96 - 02)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Nissan Primera estate?

Generally, the Primera is a robust, reliable car capable of high mileages if it's serviced on time, so look for a caring owner (the Primera tends to attract them) brandishing a wad of old service receipts.

That said, give the alloy wheels a close examination - they can be prone to corrosion. Also, ensure the climate control blows hot and cold with reasonable force, as it can be expensive to put right. And, while you're at it, check that all the electrical kit works.

The other concerns are the suspension and axles. Listen for clonks and watch out for cars that pull to one side, handle badly or crash through bumps. Uneven tyre wear can also point to suspension trouble.

There were problems with engines stalling on 1.6 and 1.8 cars sold in 2001. All should have been dealt with following a recall, but it's worth checking.


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