I'd never bought a Nissan before I'd always owned Ford's (a 1994 Fiesta, 2000 Fiesta, 2000 Ka and two more Fiestas after that so you could say I was loyal to the brand) but this Nissan Almera is the business! I've been driving it about a month now (May 2002) and I'm more than pleased with it. If your a car buyer who likes their toys and good looks on a car then look no further. The colour of my Almera is Marine Green which, when colleagues heard I'd bought a green car it made them think 'yuck' but when they seen it they thought it was a lovely colour and very eye-catching - which it is! It's always been the toys on a car that attacted me before and this Almera was no exception. It's very well equiped but I'm not 100% sure whats factory fitted in a Sports+ and what was an optional extra so I won't try and pretend I know! So the spec of my green beauty is as follows... 18" 10 spoke alloy wheels front fog lamps remote central locking / alarm (with an anti-hijack function on the keyfob which will only open the drivers door unless you tell it otherwise) rear spolier air conditioning PAS 6 disk in-dash cd changer electric tilt and slide sunroof electric windows (one touch on the drivers side) It's a lovely car and there are so many nice finishing touches on it that I will be sad to see the back of it when I do eventually sell it. Little things like the lights next to the vanity mirrors behind the sun visors and the bag hook in the passenger footwell. The boot is HUGE compared to the Fiesta's I've had before (I thought they were ample) and the cargo nets are a useful feature. There is also a 12v plug available for the rear passengers. Don't get me started on the engine. It's fantastic. I was impressed with the Ford zetec range of engines but the 16 valve 1.8 in my Almera really hits the spot. It's quick
off the mark and has a really smooth gear change so you'll be flying along in no time. As for the mpg I'm having too much fun driving it to really pay attention to the petrol it's guzzling! It's not as good as the Fiesta's I've had previously but it's better than I thought it would be seen as I've nearly always got the air con on and I do a lot of harsh accelerating - just because I can ;o) The only thing I'd criticise would be that I've got a 3 door model which looks sportier but a 5 door would have been more practical I think. The interior trim could be better too. I'll keep this in mind when I buy an Almera next time around!