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NISSAN ALMERA Hatchback 1995‑2000
32 owner reviews for NISSAN ALMERA Hatchback 1995‑2000
Nissan Almera 1.6 GX '98 5-door Hatchback
NISSAN ALMERA 1.6 GX 5dr (Review date: 22nd February '11)
My Almera has been in the family for approximately 5 years, we are the second owners. Over the years it has given us very little trouble and I can honestly say I am very pleased with it.
In terms of the pro's, I would say it is lively, easy to handle, spacious for it's class and very reliable. It has never let me down mid-drive and has only had one expensive MOT, (mainly due to corrosion of break lines, and that was in early 2010, so good going). The car could comfotably take 4 people with a bunch of luggage and still respond and move well.
As far as the con's are concerned, it had a rather high petrol consumption - in the last couple of years it was doing approximately 26 mpg in urban conditions. Also, it gave way to corrosion fairly quickly, especially below the back passenger doors (by the back wheels). However, I am certain that the humid and salty UK atmosphere does not help either.
To conclude, I will say that considering the car's age, it has thus far served us excellently and with only mediocre financial input.
1999 Nissan Almera GTI
NISSAN ALMERA 2.0 GTi 3dr [Bodykit] (Review date: 18th February '11)
I've had the car for 3 years now and it has 70,000 miles on the clock. All i've had to change is tyres and a new exhaust. I would say it has been very reliable so far and is very good to drive in all weather conditions.
The seats are comfy and there's plenty of space although it isn't very practical getting a baby seat in and out. The rear window wiper has given up and there is rust starting to appear on the rear wheel arch and boot (windscreen wiper area). The seatbelts also seem to get stuck and don't retract very well. The handling in my opinion is fantastic.
NISSAN ALMERA 1.4i 5dr (Review date: 15th February '11)
Just a great engine, usual Japanese sound quality
NISSAN ALMERA 1.6 Ambition 5dr (Review date: 12th February '11)
Bought this car and i had a micra before and thought that it would be drink the petrol like a thirsty camel out in the desert...not the case.
It will do over 40mpg if you dont push it, great for a petrol.
Like many nissans, they start at first turn of the key, even when it was -18C outside and it was like Moscow! The gearbox is so smooth, it doesnt tire you out. The heater is brilliant in it and it comes with all the mod cons you'd expect.
Its got really good handling and doesnt understeer at all. It is small enough to park in tight spots and big enough to get driver+4 passengers and a fair bit of luggage on top of that. CD player fitted as standard, which is brilliant for the old David Bowie classics.
Tax 6 months : £112(Jan 2011)
Parts are arent too pricey as well.
Well, it doesnt look like a Lamborghini, cos its not one.
Its modestly styled for the modest motorist.
Rust may appear on the wheelarches after 10 years or so(depending on garaged years).
Its got quite a low down driving position, so vehicles can sometimes dazzle you in the mirrors on country roads.
Seats are not as comfortable as i'd like, but not uncomfortable in any shape or form.
No other faults, i can think of...
Nissan Almera, 1.4 ambition, 3 dr hatchback
NISSAN ALMERA 1.4 Ambition 3dr (Review date: 29th January '11)
Practicality - Leg and boot space to rival the best medium size hatchbacks. I imagine the 5dr gives easier access (but 3drs look better :).
Reliability - It's a Nissan. 10 years old or more so wear is expected on transmition and brakes. Easy to work on when repairs are needed. Rust will end the life of most, check everywhere to be sure.
Running costs - Average/ good mpg for late 90's car. 1.4 can be the the cheapest car you'll buy and own. High insurance costs for GTi badge and performace.
How it drives - Easy / relaxing to drive. Fun can be had when the fast pedal is used. Hot hatch performace can be obtained in a GTi.
Peace of mind motoring for peanuts.
NISSAN ALMERA 1.4 GX 5dr (Review date: 19th January '11)
A car is either a status symbol, a hobby, or a means for getting from A to B. The Nissan Almera, particularly the 1.4 litre model falls into that last category. But even people who see the car only as a tool want other qualities, reliability possibly being top of their wish-list, together with cheap running costs. The Almera offers all that, and without compromising comfort, practicality, comfort, and driving pleasure.
While the latest cars boast lower running costs due to their low emission engines and corresponding low-cost taxation, the Almera has offered lower-cost ownership since its introduction in 1995.
It's not the nippiest hatchback on the market, but on today's roads it's fast enough. On long journeys it will cruise on the motorways at the legal speed limit, and I've covered 200 mile journeys on A roads, arriving fresh, thanks to a very comfortable driving position, and great road-holding.
The Almera will take five without a squash, with adequate leg-room in the front and rear. There is a decent-sized load area that can take most of the items that you need to get home once purchased. All the sensible extras are there: electric windows, sun-roof or air-con, adjustable wing mirrors and steering wheel, and a great heater. The standard of interior trim is good, and nothing has broken in our Almera despite it reaching its 15th birthday. I love the spacious feeling of the Almera's interior where the dashboard isn’t sitting in your lap!
Bought second-hand five years ago when it was already nine years old with 80,000 miles on the clock, our car has sailed through five MOT's requiring only welding to the rear sills (the car’s one Achilles' Heel), and the replacement of one section of brake-pipe. Other than that we have replaced a starter motor and clutch. Most Almera owners tell a similar story.
Boring? No, while this car typically appeals to the older generation and families, I've seen boy-racers proudly driving around in one too.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but the Almera's looks have stood the passage of time. Cheap to tax and insure, it continues to offer owners a high standard of dependable transport for a comparatively low outlay. What more can you ask for in these times of economic woe?
NISSAN ALMERA 1.4 Esteem 3dr (Review date: 2nd January '11)
ONE OF THE BEST SMALL CARS I HAVE EVER ACQUIRED, SHE IS VERY OBEDIENT AND RELIABLE LITTLE CAR THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS THAT IT IS A TWO DOOR CAR. VERY LOVELY MY ENTIRE FAMILY MISSED HER. MY LITTLE BOY OF 5 WONT STOP MISSING OUR ALMERA. IT IS SAD. SHE WENT WITHIN TWO DAYS. GONE TO ANOTHER FAMILY. TOO RELIABLE.