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Superb used reliable bargain, only let down by if it does go wrong the parts are extortion! - Advantages: Excellent Handling/Ride, Superb Build Quality And Reliability, Excellent Value, More So If an eGT like mine! - Disadvantages: Complete Rip Off Parts Prices/Useless Dealer (In West Cumbria), Could Do With A V6 Or Turbo Version, Image (If You Are Sad Enough To Be Bothered), But For Those Of Us Who Aren't It Makes It A Suberb Used Car Bargain
I have a M reg Primera and they are very very reliable. I have had this car for over four years and I do roughly 20000 miles a year. Therefore, the millege is creeping up rather fast, but apart from the normal things the car has run on. As I was a student when I got this car i needed one which was economical and the Primera has proved to be a shrewed buy, as I get over 450 miles for a tank of petrol roughy £40 worth. I service it once a year and the most I need done is new brakes. However, if anything does go wrong such as a distributer which mine did Nissan put different models of distributors on their cars therefore finding the right one is a serious hassle, and dont even think about buying one from a dealer as it costs in excess of £300. However, there are spare parts available easily so most times a cheaper part can be found. I have a LX model which means for its age it has lots of extras such as ABS, fuel injection, CAT, headrests in back, full electric windows and so on. The body of primeras tend to last as long as they are well looked after. The cars are roomy and comfy for long drives making them suitable for a family (the boot is big enough for two german shepherds as well) These cars are very reliable and are a good choice for anybody who wants a economical car that will run and run. They do not go on sale very often due to their popularity also owners tend to stick them as they are such a good car. As for myself my nissan has plenty of life left init and even though its around the clock I would not consider replacing it. In recent surverys by motor associations it received 98 out of 100 for reliability and which rates it very highly. One thing potential buyers should consider is the engine size mine is a 1.6 but as the car is solid a 1.8 engine would be more suitable so make sure the engine has not been knackered.
This opinion may be of interest to anyone looking for a second-hand estate car and has doubts about the reliability of the Primera. We bought our Kreg 2.0 Primera SLX Estate from new and it has given outstanding service and, honestly, still runs as good as new. You don't see that many of these curious "bubble-back" estates, maybe they never proved that popular. If the price hadn't risen so much I wouldn't hesitate buying the new style estate, ours was £14,500 new. Unfortunately the new look model has lost the bubble-back and therefore valuable load capacity, this is a useful excuse to give my wife for not forking out for a new one. When looking for an estate car our priorities were low flat rear loading bay, maximum internal width without intrusive wheel arches, legroom, quietness and an automatic, at a reasonable price. At the time the Primera was the only one that met the criteria, and as a bonus proved to be the best value and promised the best mpg. To have the automatic meant it had to be the SLX 2.0, which has all the electric extras. Still going strong, it is used for chauffeuring two tall teenage children, all the shopping, countless trips to the dump, two house removals, frequent booze runs to France and any long distance pleasure trips. It lives out in the open and there is not one spot of rust, and although it has lost its showroom shine, it looks great. I have to admit it has gone a whole year before now with only its complimentary annual Nissan garage shampoo and set as part of its service. Annual Nissan garage servicing has averaged out at £150, usually with a complimentary MOT and wash. Insurance varies enormously, as we all know and has peaked at £350 but is now down to £175. I believe these cars were made at Sunderland so count as UK manufacture which probably helps the insurance rating. With careful long distance cruising we can achieve 42mpg, though around to
wn it is nearer 30. It is quiet, has a reasonable four speaker tuner and tape, good leg room and gives a feeling of airiness, the springs in our front seats have worn a bit so we are sitting lower than we used too but overall offers a very confortable and relaxing drive. Terrific pulling power, easy to park, joy to drive or be driven, great for the shopping - the load liner is essential for sliding everything in and out. The only disappointment overall is the lousy headlights. Even with replacement 100W bulbs they are pretty feeble at full beam, apparently Nissan had lots of complaints, but it is poor design. Additional work on the car, outside routine servicing, has been one new set of brake linings and discs, probably our own fault for not replacing the linings sooner. A total of six new tyres, as careful as you can be, power steering does seem to put additional wear on front tyres. Investigation of a whirring in the power steering at full lock, a one off complimentary strip down and re-greasing appears to have resolved this. One new complete exhaust system, a battery, one rear electric window motor and a new key fob for the immobiliser/alarm. Personally I wouldn't buy a car again with all the whizz-bang electric extras, if they go wrong they are expensive, eg our electric window problem, and new key fob with the associated problems they had re-programming the alarm. I also have that nagging worry whether, in an accident, anyone can open the electric windows and release the central locking. Perhaps we have been lucky, but judging by our experience I wouldn't hesitate in buying another Primera. It would be interesting to know how many of these estate cars appear on the second hand market. Maybe like other owners, I am hoping to run it into the ground, which hopefully won't be for another ten years. No doubt my wife will persuade me otherwise. I am a committed Nissan fan and a new 1.4 Micra, which I also highly recomm
end, has recently joined the family.
I bought a primera (k reg) just over a year ago. I only bought it because I was told, being a japanese car, they are very reliable. My car has so far driven 40000 miles. One would say, it is a bit on the low side. As I have bought it from a main dealer, I did not and perhaps do not suspect the milage. Having driven it for just one year, it has recently failed its MOT.. costing me £400 in repairs. Only last week I was hapily going to work and all of a sudden, the engine switched off. After calling the AA, it was determined that the fuel pump was not functioning. Took it to a garage for repairs and they had to get the part from a nissan garage as any other would not fit. The fact that nissan actually stocked the part must indicate that might be a part which commonly goes faulty. This latest problem set me back another £320. I wonder what's next.