Nissan Primera 2.0 16v Saloon

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Nissan Primera 2.0 16v Saloon

Nissan present the Primera 2.0 16v S 5dr Hatchback with 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol

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Review of "Nissan Primera 2.0 16v Saloon"

published 21/02/2006 | NorwichRicky
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Pro Value, Practicality, Running costs, Handling
Cons Image, Hard ride, Turning circle
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"2001 Nissan Primera 2.0 Sport 5 Door"

Let's get the obvious out of the way - if you are looking for charachter and good looks then look away now! But if like me you are appreciate vale for money, reliability, and practicality then keep reading! (In fact I won't waste your time commenting on the exterior looks - decide for yourself on that one!)

That might be a little unfair on the 'Sport' model which tries hard to please with decent equipment levels, nice alloys, and full exterior colour coding. But if only Nissan didn't fill their cars with acres of tiresome grey plastics they seem to get from the same suppliers as the Korean manufacturers.

I purchased my metallic blue Primera privately in 2005 for £3500 with a full MOT and just 45000 miles on the clock. Immediately you can start to see that it's a lot of metal for your money. The value doesn't stop with the purchase price - servicing is cheap, insurance is reasonable, and in my weekly job of driving round Norfolk I could easily return 39mpg.

It's a practical car with decent legroom all round and a deep boot. Rear headroom is a little tight - don't stick your father-in-law in the back if he's more than 5'10".

Equipment levels are quite good, but my car didn't have a CD player. BEWARE - there is NO after-market CD multi-disc player available for this car - I had Halfords trying to fit one in my car for over a month before they gave up, and the Nissan changer is £350. The only solution would have been a standard single player in the dashboard but this would have meant making the interior uglier that it already is. TOP TIP: Get one with a CD player already fitted or buy a Sport 'Plus' model.

The driving position is excellent and the seats are about the best thing about the car - supportive, fully adjustable, and really well made. Try not to stare at the upholstery design for too long though - it's a cross between a 1983 'Athena' poster, and a modern painting hanging in The Tate!!!

The gearbox is a little sloppy but the engine is smooth and pulls well throughout the rev range - I was just surprised that it never felt as quick as the figures would suggest. The handling is firm and there's bags of grip - but it's sometimes too firm, and the car 'jumped' out of potholes. Wind noise is fine, but tire noise is dreadful - the worst tire noise I have ever had in a car. TOP TIP: Not a car for long or frequent motorway journeys.

This may also not be a car for frequent town users, or those with a tight driveway, as the Primera has simply the worst turning circle you could imagine!!! TOP TIP: Try parking manoevers when you test drive.

If i seem negative then I may have been a little harsh - you have to keep reminding yourself of the purchase price. The Primera Sport is cracking value despite it's downfalls - if you've £2000 to £4000 to spend on a family car then it should be on your 'maybe' list.


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  • MAFARRIMOND published 21/02/2006
    A well-balanced review. Maureen
  • kmc25_1 published 21/02/2006
    This model was a much better handling car than the model that replaced it .... or so I have heard.
  • pinkmatchstick published 21/02/2006
    I would have thought a bigger model like this should be capable of longer journeys, but there you are. Is your name a play on Swiss Toni the car salesman from The Fast Show by any chance? (3 car reviews you see)
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Product Information : Nissan Primera 2.0 16v Saloon

Manufacturer's product description

Nissan present the Primera 2.0 16v S 5dr Hatchback with 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol

Product Details

Body Type: Saloon

Available Trims: S; SVE; SX; T-SPEC

Fuel Type: Petrol

Range: Nissan Primera

Range + Engine Type: Primera 1.8 16v, Primera 2.0

Manufacturer: Nissan

Insurance Group: 10

Engine Size (cc): 1998

Towing Limit (kg): 1500

Boot Capacity (litres): 780

Height: 1482

Width: 1760

Length: 4567

Weight: 1399

Power: 140

Type: Car

Release Date: 01.01.2005

Transmission type: 6 Speed Manual Gearbox

Classification: Intermediate Car

Country of Origin: Japan

CO2 Emissions: 208 g/km - (Man)

Emissions Class: EU3

Number of Doors: 5

NCAP Rating: NCAP 4 Star Rating

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 9.8 seconds - (Man)

Maximum Speed (mph): 124

Warranty: 3 years / 60000 miles

Cylinders: 4

Fuel Capacity (litres): 62

Torque: 141@4000 lb/ft

Driven Wheels: Front (FWD)


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