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Nissan Primera Estate (96 - 02) review

(1996 - 2002)
Nissan Primera Estate (96 - 02)
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Which used Nissan Primera estate should I buy?

The 2.0 petrol is the one to go for. It has all the muscle you need for load-lugging, doesn't drink too much fuel and is relatively easy to track down.

We wouldn't be averse to a 1.8 petrol, but you should steer clear of the 1.6 petrol - it's too weedy and no more fuel-efficient than the 1.8. The 2.0 diesel is hardy and easy on the juice, but is unrefined, so unless you're a high-mileage driver obsessed with fuel economy, give it a miss.

The 2.0 petrol was available with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic gearbox, but steer clear of that, too. It's unrewarding and saps fuel.

And, while we're on about things to avoid, don't bother with the entry-level E models, as they're too spartan. The S trim gives most of what you need, but SE has worthwhile extras and Sport brings smart alloy wheels and aluminium trim, so either of them are the best bet.

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Which used Nissan Primera estate should I buy?

The 2.0 petrol is the one to go for. It has all the muscle you need for load-lugging, doesn't drink too much fuel and is relatively easy to track down.

We wouldn't be averse to a 1.8 petrol, but you should steer clear of the 1.6 petrol - it's too weedy and no more fuel-efficient than the 1.8. The 2.0 diesel is hardy and easy on the juice, but is unrefined, so unless you're a high-mileage driver obsessed with fuel economy, give it a miss.

The 2.0 petrol was available with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic gearbox, but steer clear of that, too. It's unrewarding and saps fuel.

And, while we're on about things to avoid, don't bother with the entry-level E models, as they're too spartan. The S trim gives most of what you need, but SE has worthwhile extras and Sport brings smart alloy wheels and aluminium trim, so either of them are the best bet.

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