Product Type: Nissan cars
Newest Review: ... from that, I can honestly say, I have had 6 years trouble free motoring from the Nissan Almera. I have it serviced and MOT tested onc... more
Nissan 1.5 SE (2002) - Reliable old timer!
Nissan Almera 1.5 16v SE 5dr
Member Name: SallsMumof2
Nissan Almera 1.5 16v SE 5dr
Advantages: Good value as a second hand car, VERY reliable, comfortable and good features as standard
Disadvantages: Difficulty fitting group 1 child car seat in the rear seats, not for boy racers
Most reivews for products are written around the time they are newly purchased. Just to be different, I thought I would give you a perspective on what it is like to own and drive a Nissan Almera 1.5 SE a good few years down the line.
I bought my Nissan Almera in 2005 when it was coming up to 3 years old. At the time, it cost £6000, had only had one previous owner and had around 20,000 miles on the clock. Members of my family had had Nissans previously, including my husband, who at that time was driving a Nissan X-Trail. Every one, regardless of model, spec or engine size were all robust, well built and reliable. These factors, along with the more reasonable price tag (many other comparative cars were at least £1000 more), were my main reasons for buying the car.
The model I have is an SE which is pretty middle of the range. It is a 5 door hatch back with metallic paint and there still isn't even a hint of rust on it - pretty good considering it is approaching 9 years old! It has a single, front feed CD player with audio controls on the steering wheel, air conditioning (which has never broken down or even needed the gas topping up), electric wing mirrors and electric front windows.
It is relatively economical, with a tank of petrol (60 litres) covering around 500 miles of mixed driving (motorway & urban). The 1.5 engine is powerful enough for most uses, but you won't be racing people away from the taffic lights in this car! It is a comfortable drive with good adjustability of the drivers seat as well as the steering column, making it able to accomodate my 5ft 3ins comfortably and without me feeling I am either practically sat on the dashboard, or in need of a pair of stilts to reach the pedals!
The only downside I have found was highlighted when we came to buy a stage 1 car seat (9 months - approx 4 years) to be used across the Almera and the X-Trail. There was (at that time) only 1 model we could find in our local Halfords that was able to be securely and safely fitted in the Almera. Apparently the main problem was the 'old style' rear seat belts in the Almera, which meant the strap attaching the buckle to the seat is longer than on most modern cars. Hence, we tried 5 different seats and only the Britax Si fitted.
Apart from that, I can honestly say, I have had 6 years trouble free motoring from the Nissan Almera. I have it serviced and MOT tested once a year and the rest of the time it drives along nicely without any breakdowns or large repair bills thus far. I am sure this is unlikely to continue for many more years, but for a car being nearly 9 years old, without having to replace or repair any major mechanical bits, I think that's quite impressive by todays standards.
So, if someone offers you a second hand Nissan Almera (more than likely, for not a huge amount of money), I would seriously consider it. My experience has been only positive and I hope my little old bus keeps going for a few more years yet.
Summary: Good vaule, reliable and comfortable but probably a bit slow and boring for some