Written on: 19/05/2013 by Tallywhistler
Bought new in 2001 & scrapped in May 2013 when I drove through a swollen ford and got water in the engine. In between however it did 203k with minimal servicing minimal care and attention and with the original clutch. Only thing that got changed was the drive belt relatively early in its life. Good family car, reliable. Could push it on motorways. To me a car isn't a trophy its a work horse. Dropping the back seats gave plenty of space and even with a tow bar and trailor good power for a... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2011
My Almera is a 2003, 1.5 S and is well built and very reliable. I am the second owner with 80k miles. I have read many reviews about problems with other owner's cars but have had none of these. The engine has been run on fully synthetic 05-30w changed every 9k miles. One critical aspect owners overlook is changing the gear box oil. Nissan don't specify a service schedule for this, but Toyota recommend changing at 72k. (Gearbox oil wears down it's viscosity over time and accelerated high-wear... (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2011 by Jillsm (1 review written)
It's the worst car I ever owned. Even worse than my first rusty Ford Sierra.
It has a faulty timing chain which makes the car very jittery and eventually won't start at all.
Fixing the timing chain would cost £1800 (May2011). Replacing the timing chain is no gurantee the chain won't strech again.
I replaced mine last year, I'm having the same problem again.
I thought I was unlucky but when I googled it I found many Nissan owners are having the same problem.
I can't believe Nissan is... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2011
Bought almera 1.5 in 2006. At around 40,000 miles the timing chain had stretched and needed replacing,very costly.After about another 24,000 miles we have the same problem .Nissan refuse to admit there is a problem although there are countless people complaining of the same problem along with so many other faults.I have reported this problem to watchdog and would strongly advise other people to do the same.Maybe then something will finally be done.Why should these big name manufacturers be... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2011 by chriskane (1 review written)
Not the quickest or most exciting car,but ive now done 96000 miles,the engine is great and its been pretty reliable,however the gearbox seems to be its achilles heal,i had to have it reconditioned after about 80k miles.Its making funny noises again,this may be due to the muppet that rebuilt it !.
Other than that its been pretty good.I like the look of the car,but im in a minority there! (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2010 by David38 (1 review written)
I bought it because it was a Nissan but I was really disappointed.
The exterior is ok but I liked the interior.
The timing chain got stretched and it was very expensive to repair.
After one year, I'm having the same problem and Nissan quoted me £15000-£17000 to repair.
I called Nissan customer services but they said I was the first to report it. I guess they say that to everyone who reports the same problem.
I'll keep clear of Nissan cars next time.
Written on: 05/11/2010 by frazel (1 review written)
I purchased this car with only a few thousand miles on it and now reads 60k and other than tyres and an annual service has been very cheap and reliable to own.This model is much improved over earlier models of the almera.It is also eco on fuel,insurance and other running costs are very reasonable.Thoroughly recommmend to anyone. (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2010
I have had my Almera 1.5s from new and have had no problems at all.
Nissan have always been good and reliable that all my family own them.
The size of the car is great for the family and luggage space is good.
Written on: 30/06/2010 by john bullock (1 review written)
got an almera 2 years ago with 45,000 on clock timing chain went at 53,000 got it fixed it cost £1,000 pounds and it has just gone again 70,000 on clock is this common? i would not recomend this car to anybody its the worse car ive had (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2010
i have a 2007 nissan almera with only 65000klm its warranty is only out by 3wks and the gearbox has packed in,is this normal? nissan are refusing to repair it am I the only one that has this problem? (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2010
I bought my Almera Esteem 1.4 because I do high mileage and I needed a reliable, economical car. At the time it had 78,000 miles on the clock. It's now got 182,000 miles and still going strong. I replaced the gearbox and clutch recently because the gearbox was noisy and I thought while it was out changing the clutch would be sensible. That was the first repair it has needed apart from the usual minor stuff. It's not flashy, but it's a faithful old soldier which still does 40,000 miles a... (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2010
Hi-I drove a Nissan Almera 1.5 from 2002-2009.I bought the car with 38,000 miles on the clock and all was well until 55,000 miles when the gearbox bearings had to be replaced.Nissan wanted to charge £800 for the work but as the car was only 1 month out of warranty they eventually agreed to carry out the work for £400.That was in 2003 but I'm happy to report that since then nothing further has gone wrong and I sold the car in Dec 09 with 123,000 miles on the clock. (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2009
I THINK THAT THE ALMERA IS A VERY GOOD ECONOMICAL CAR. THE ALMERA GEARBOX
IS A PROBLEM GIVER BUT OTHERWISE THE ENGIN IS SUPER. I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THE ALMERA SHOULD GET A BETTER PERFORMANCE ENGIN, MAYBE A 2L ENGIN TO MAKE THE CAR A MORE YOUTH LIKE. NISSAN WILL MAKE ALOT OF MONEY IF THEY CATER FOR THE MORE YOUNGER GENERATION. THE A/C OF THE CAR NEVER ONCE GAVE ME PROBLEMS AND I THINK ILL STILL DRIVE IT FOR FIVE YEARS. (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2009
Almera 1.5 - S.
I have owned my 2003, 1.5 petrol "S" model for almost 1 year. It has been owned by one previous owner, a woman with 54,400 Miles. It needed some TLC and a full service: oil filter, new (Bosch 3 core) spark plugs, 5w-30 Synth' Oil, air filter, tracking and camber, repair to a slow puncture on one tyre and now drives like new!! I have previously owned a new 911 997 Turbo (GT silver) (sold because I am having a costly divorce) had a 53' Range Rover Vogue, had a new 52' Audi... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2009 by Nabile (1 review written)
I hated the nissan almera 1.5 s shape but I put up with it.
One day I was driving and all of the sudden the engine stalled when I was overtaking on a busy dual carriageway. It happened without any warning and it nearly killed me.
I found out that this problem is caused by a faulty timing chain. It's a RENAULT part that stretches and causes the engine to stall and not restart.
Nissan still refuses to own up and recall all Almeras. Until the timing chain is replaced, Nissan Almeras are a... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2009
After reading the reviews already on here i thought i would write one. My Nissan Almera 1.5 S 2002 02 plate 46k on the clock i got it at 40k!! and so far no problems. Alot of people have been talking about the gear box failing but after doing alot of reasearch and reading this only seems to appear on 2003 models or later and if its going to hapen it does it before 40k (so im hoping im ok. again another common problem seems to be melting headlights again seems to be on 2003 or later models.... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2009
I have owned different brands of cars and there is something to be said for all of them. The best car I had was an Audi 80 from 93. Had two Mercedes Benz which where great but expensive. The worst car I ever had was a Renault Clio. The second worst car was a Saab 9-5 3 ltr V6 full options, of 99. The Almera is like taking a clean breath of air. I have noticed a lot of complaints about small stuff and that Nissan would not do this and that. I recommend everyone to buy an expensive quality car... (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2009
I bought a 53 plate nissan almera s last year,was 40000 on clock,but now still not been 50000 on clock ,gearbox broken,I put in garage nearly one month,cos i can not find a used parts, and i can not offer a new gearbox it's cost around 2000 pounds! I do't know what shall i do now ! (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2009 by GOONERS11
I have an Almera with 80,000 miles on the clock and will be on its third gear box.
I think every 2 years I need a new gear box at £800 a time.
These cars are also dangerous in wet conditions when driving at sensible speeds,the front wheels slide.
The model is a 1.5 SVE.
I intend to contact Nissan,as I am fed up.
The head lights have been fixed though.
Written on: 28/05/2009 by ChainsawAutopsy
i have a W reg Nissan Almera 1.5 SE, its not exactly a hot hatch but its relatively handsome, it pulls ok if you gas it enough and it takes corners nicely if you dont take the mickey. That being said, push it too hard round a tight roundabout in the wet and it starts to lose grip and drifts, which is exciting, in the same way that approaching a waterfall in a canal boat is. The interior is what youd expect from a car in this price range, lots of grey and plastic (i have the brown drivers... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2009
I've owned a 53 plate Nissan Almera for just over a year now, when i bought the car it had already had the gearbox replaced so i didn't think it would be a problem, around august the gearbox failed again making loads of noise when i was driving down the road and i really had trouble getting it in gear, i bought a secondhand one for £180 and got it fixed, now last month the gearbox has failed exactly same again meaning i need to get another one as the cars on HP and i can't just get rid of... (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2009 by loveunow (1 review written)
They're good on fuel, but I had continual problems getting my 53 reg Nissan Almera 1.5S into reverse gear..the Nissan dealer said there was nothing wrong.
Now you cannot get it into any gear and the local garage said that it needs a new gearbox and clutch costing over £2000 including labour and vat. (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2009
We bought an Almera 5 door S 3003 from our local Nissan dealer in December 2006 with 10,097 on the clock. Just over two years later (and when the two year warranty had expired) the car started making a strange noise and it was sometimes difficult to get it into gear. When we took it to an independent garage we were told that it was the gearbox. By this time the car only had 22,500 on the clock. The Nissan dealer has said it is not their problem and Nissan head office say that there is no... (read more)
Written on: 23/10/2008 by lizwoo22 (1 review written)
The worst car I have ever had the misfortune to drive! Cheap car with a tacky finish. 53 plate and the gearbox and clutch are completely shot. About 26,000 on the clock. Bought it from my mum who had it from new and she only used it as a runaround. Don't buy this car, spend a little more on a more reliable make and save your money in the long run. (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2008 by abc123ii8yoi
Reliability is key. Everything else is extra really. You never really have to put any money into it and always starts first time. (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2008 by brunzire (1 review written)
Nissan Almera 2001 1.5: Have had this car for over a year bought it @ 34000 miles. I have a had 4 breakdowns mainly around the car overheating and the drive belts snapping.
Latest problem is the Gearbox. The car will not go into 5th. I had it at mechanic who says it needs s new Gearbox (re-conditioned or one from a scrap yard). For what it is going to cost to repair it is not worth it. Plus there is a risk here as I having been looking around the web for info on a replacement Gearbox and it... (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2008 by wolfy1982
Easy to drive cheep to run even in todays hight fuel price, and very easy to clean and keep nice. Hmmm where to start, I've had to have the headlights changed due to melting, I've also had to have the gearbox changed at ONLY 37,000 and its had a new clutch to boot. But all in all I wouldn't change it, it still drives well and for a standard car she does all thats asked, and asks very little in the way of oil, water and so on. (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2008
Nissan Almera 1.5 SE is found to be road noisy. Faulty headlamps, and problems with the manual 5 speed gear box, and also found problems with the air condition system. Headlamps has been replaced by recall. These models has a manufactures deficiency on the 5 speed manual gearbox system. Nissan my recall to rectify the fault. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2008
The Nissan Almera nice comfortable car great for the open motorway but not the best for city driven. Very little noise in the cab and even standing outside the car you have to listen to hear the engine. Light clutch. Good breaking system and comfortable steering. The stereo doesn't give many options for eq purposes. (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2008
I bought this car about 6 years ago from new its now got almost 80,000 miles on the clock, and never once let me down still running with same exhaust, battery, clutch, from new..........great car. (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2008 by vic vic
Would definately reccommend the Nissan Almera as a reliable "family - active do things person" car. Very reliable, very versatile & easy to clean even after the dogs been camping with us for two weeks! Mines done 50 000 miles & has been really easy to maintain (I'm a girl!) so don't know what all these other guys have been doing to theirs! (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2008
38000 miles in a Nissan Almera Sport Saloon and my gearbox is toast. Really annoyed.
There is also rust on the roof and my headlamps melted down (but were replaced by recall). (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2008 by djbon (1 review written)
Can't recommend the Nissan Almera GTi, mine had melting headlights (repaired under recall) and a broken gearbox with 39000 miles on the clock. Cost of repair including new clutch 898. (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2008
'53' Plate Nissan Almera gearbox has gone after 33,000 miles. Nissan have quoted minimum of 1400 to repair it. Have read up on the internet and this is a common fault with Almera's. There seems to be a manufacturing fault. Don't think the car is worth 1400! Won't buy a Nissan again. Nissan customer service were not interested. Will but a Ford next time. (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2008
The Nissan Almera has been well looked after and serviced regularly so why did gearbox go so early had to pay for headlamp myself why? When it was a recall and now timing chain Nissan used to be very reliable not any more must have something to do with the RENAULT parts there starting to use WILL NEVER BUY A NISSAN AGAIN. (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2008 by Wendy Tasker (1 review written)
We have just had our Nissan Almera 1.5 S put through its second Mot and it failed! This 4 year old car has a problem with rust underneath the front of the car. Nissan do not want to know!
We are now going to change the car and go for a Toyota. I have had a Almera before which we loved, but we wouldn't touch one now!
Nissan should take on board any serious problems ie rust etc as this is a fault with the material they use, and not the fault of the consumer! (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2007 by philriches (1 review written)
This car is a reliable practical and versatile car, depreciation is high as discounting ate into the resale price. I bought my 6 month old 6000 mile example for £7300 in 2003, that was a full £4000 below list price, its still worth around £3500! No major issues on this car and would recommend it to anybody who wants a reliable family car with low servicing and insurance costs, good fuel economy its probably pound for pound the cheapest car to run you'll find in its class. (read more)
Written on: 24/06/2007 by glosdoc (1 review written)
Timing chain stretches! Can happen after only 20k miles and less than 2 years. Mine lasted all the way to 40k miles (timing chains are supposed to last 150k miles/lifetime of the car). The clue is the engine management light comes on, and the rev counter hunts. The car can be jerky under acceleration. So common, Nissan mechanics diagnose it without even plugging the car in for a diagnostic. Best bit..... they charge £1000 to replace it. The chain alone is £150 (for a piece of chain!). This... (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2007 by petras (1 review written)
Lost a lot of money devalued £3400 in 18 months £6000 paid for it. No concern at garage for our loss. Had £3000 offered in exchange for another car. Written to Nissan - no answer yet. Feel totally let down. Our loss, it seems. (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2007 by Tony486 (2 reviews written)
I would recommend to anyone that just needs a practical car for normal motoring. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2005 by pstubbs2
The Nissan Almera is a very good car, I've had mine about a year and haven't had any problems with it yet. Supposably its top speed is 113 mph but with a few small modifications I have been able to reach 125 mph so far on a track day. This is a very reliable car and I would recommend it to anyone! (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2005 by kizitootuos (1 review written)
I highly recommend the Nissan Almera 1.5 S. It is almost if not as good as the Toyota. (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2005 by alexbear (1 review written)
If you are considering purchasing the Nissan Almera 1.5S, to be honest you can't go wrong with it. It appears to have no design faults, and is extremely reliable, so I would definitely recommend it to anybody! (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2005 by bobjackson44 (1 review written)
Don't buy this car - Please take a test drive in a 'good' car before driving this, at least you'll understand what I mean.
Alternatives to this...
Any Toyota (very good cars)
Mitsubishi Colt. (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2005 by david1950 (1 review written)
The Nissan Almera is a very nice and practical car and deserves a lot more praise than is given. An average of 45mpg is very adequate, on a full tank it will go around 530 to 550 miles (£50.00) to fill up @ .939/litre.
A spacious car with plenty of legroom for 4/5 adults.
This is NOT a Jeremy Clarkson super car but a versatile vehicle for the average person to get around in. (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2005 by jonmartin (2 reviews written)
I have recently bought a second hand Almera S1.5 on a 52 plate. I have just had to replace the battery in the key which is only used to lock and unlock the doors. No immobiliser or alarm. The cost? - £1.90 for the battery and £45.08 to re-initialise the key. FORTY FIVE QUID!
Needless to say I no longer have remote locking. (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2005 by Julia Kingdon
The engine on the Nissan Almera 1.5 S purrs away with very little encouragement. I fill up once every two weeks even though I only drive around town. It never smells of petrol or oil or those other ghastly liquids men put into cars.
It is so easy to drive and straightforward to park. I feel comfortable in it. However, I am unlikely to buy another after the niggling problems I've experienced with the electric windows. What problems? Well, it's just about to rain and the passenger door window... (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2005 by NvrAgn (1 review written)
I have owned a number of Nissan's. The Almera 1.5 S was the 1st to let me down. The car was recalled for an engine revolution-sensor problem. Nissan replaced the failed part but refused to cover the full cost of repair of damage caused by sensor problem. Nissan Ireland did pay about one fifth of the cost of repair (1000 euro). (read more)
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