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Extremely Reliable in my experience! Not only for the fact I have not been able to find a Haynes Manual for this car, but for these reasons also: I paid 500 pounds for this car, second hand. I own a blue R-Reg. I have hit a stag in scotland with this car, and still manged to drive it home to the North East of England with a crumpled bumper and smashed lights. I also just recently left the hand-brake off on this car, and it trundled down the alleyway next to my house, which leads to an old factory car park. Not only did it smash through the old rusty (locked) gates at the entrance, but it also continued down onto the next set of not so rusty gates, hitting the wall holding these gates up. Much to my relief the only damage was a scrape on the bumper. This car has also done nearly 130, 000 miles. I recommend one atleast!
I have had this car since May 2002. It has everything you could want in a small car. Nothing has been stinted, power steering, electric everything just about. I am disabled and find it suits me and my disability down to the ground. I can stow my electric scooter in the boot and still have space for a rear seat passenger. I do mostly long distances and have never felt unduly exhausted by the driving experience. The car has never let me down mechanically, the only call-out to recovery was a puncture. A great big nail! If I buy another car it will be whatever the replacement model for this one is! Geoff Hunt
The Nissan Almera was first driven out the showroom on 1st October back in 1995. The original is known as the N15, of which there were two releases. The first (as mentioned) was in 1995 and is known as a Phase 1, and then in May 1998 they made a few modifications and released what is known as a Phase 2 (believe it or not?! LoL). In the year 2000 they stopped production of the N15 and moved onto the N16, which is the model still being sold today. However, it is the N15 that I have the knowledge of so it is the N15 that I shall bore you about. Acknowledgements: Please note; obviously I don?t memorise things like bhp of individual models ? so most of the figures quoted (and some description) are used courtesy of Parkers (for link please see foot of page) and some information is used courtesy of the AOC and its members (for link please see foot of page). Are we sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin? The Almera has always been an underrated? overlooked small family car; although it looks as plain as the old Sunny? beneath that bland exterior are a well tuned? sporty chassis and some lively engines. The Almera is inexpensive to buy? and the larger engined versions are excellent value for money. It is a thoroughly competent all rounder? practical and spacious enough to suit a small family? however it does also have an evil twin, in the GTi version. There are two body types available, the hatchback (available in 3 and 5 door versions) and much more rare saloon. Both the standard hatch and standard saloon have dimensions: Length: 432cm, Width: 169cm, Height: 139cm and Weight 1155kg. Engine Types: It comes in three different petrol engine sizes: 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0GTi. The N15 is also available wit h one 2.0 diesel engine, however these are very rare and I don?t know much about them, so comments regarding the diesel will be few and far between. Miles Per Gallon (mpg): All their engines are 16 valve and they?re also all fuel injection. Roughly translated, this means that even the smallest engine will give a respectable kick as and when required, yet the mpg on all engines is very good: 40mpg on a 1.4, 38mpg on a 1.6 and 34mpg on a 2.0. The 2.0 diesel gives 46mpg. Speed, Acceleration and BHP: - The 1.4 engine has 85bhp and will give you a top speed of 107mph, with a 0-60 time of 12.2 seconds. - The 1.6 engine has 98bhp and will give you a top speed of 112mph, with a 0-60 time of 10.6 seconds. - The 2.0GTi engine has 140bhp and will give you a top speed of 131mph, with a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds. - The 2.0D engine has 73bhp and will give you a top speed of 97mph, with a 0-60 time of 16.3 seconds. Insurance: Basically ? they?re cheap to insure. When I changed from my J-reg 1.2 Micra to my P-reg 1.4 Almera, I was astonished when the quotes for the Almera were CHEAPER than for my Micra? work that one out! - Insurance group of the 1.4 is 4 - Insurance group of the 1.6 is 7 - Insurance group of the 2.0GTi is 14 - Insurance group of the 2.0D is 5 Interior: The interior varies greatly depending what model you buy. At one end of the scale there is the Almera ?Equation? that is bog standard, and misses such simple things as rear speakers, an air bag and a sun roof. However at the other end of the scale, the GTi boasts Electric windows, electric mirrors, electric sunroof, PAS, ABS, airbags, air conditioning, alarm & immobiliser & remote central loc king, alloy wheels, but to name a few. Obviously, there are other models in between offering various amounts of extras. Differences between Phase 1 & Phase 2? N15 Phase 1: Can be noticed by its headlamps, silver backed indicators, Flat faced rear lights with block style lenses, front mounted roof aerial, flat nosed and more T shape style grill. GTi's were more basic in phase 1, with bodykits as optional extras. The Phase 1 GTi also had a badge on the front grille and from 1997 had air conditioning. N15 Phase 2: The second phase of the Almera had quite a few enhancements including a new mesh style grille, crystalline headlamps, black backed indicators, rear lights had a raised twin tubular look, and bee sting aerial. The GTi model came with white dials, black side strips, black B pillars incorporating the GTi logo, ABS and a new bodykit which came as standard. Driving: It is a very nice, smooth and easy car to drive. The front seats offer comfortable yet sturdy seating, so whether you?re nipping to the shops or driving around the country, you don?t start to feel uncomfortable after time. The rear seats are similar, and offer ample room for two adults or three children. Three adults in the rear is possible, but it?s a bit of a squeeze! General The Almera is a good-sized small family car (if you know what I mean?). It has the incredible build quality that we have come to expect from the Japanese auto companies, Nissan in particular. All the petrol engines are very willing, but treat them with respect and they will reward you with some good mpg, however thrash the arse off them and they will reward you with some good mph (tip ? they?re at their best above 5,000rpm). For the relatively low price of these cars, the fact that they have exce llent build and drive quality, they do good mpg and have low running costs; it is quite astonishing that these cars are not as popular as they clearly should be. Hopefully what I have done is to familiarise you with what a good car the Nissan Almera N15 is. Whether you have owned one in the past, own one currently, or are considering purchasing one, I hope you find this write up interesting and accurate. If you have any comments or questions regarding the Almera, please either email me, or place them in the ?comments? section of this page and I will endeavour to respond to them. For more information on the Nissan Almera N15, please visit the following web sites: Parkers: http://www.parkers.co.uk/choosing/car_reviews/ Almera Owners Club (AOC): http://www.almeraownersclub.com/main.htm
The best car I've ever had the pleasure to drive. I've probably owned about 15-20 cars so far and the Nissan Almera SLX 1.6 is definitely the best car I've owned. I previously owned a Ford Focus estate which was a very good car, but nothing compared to the Almera. The Almera is a very solid, quiet, comfortable car. I can't think of anything bad to say against it. Highly recommended! I would recommend buying any Nissan, as they are all very reliable. My Almera SLX has twin airbags, electric sunroof and air conditioning. A pleasure to drive.