Added: 17th of July 2018
I had a 2005 Nissan Almera N16 with a 1.6l 72kw. Made in Sunderland, the car was a bit of a let down. The performance is quite bearable in urban conditions and you can even overtake on the motorway but when there's even a little bit of snow/ice on the roads - forget about it. It was bambi on ice at best even in a parking lot at low speed looking for a space. Either the car was swerwing or it had little to no grip even with studs. Let alone driving through a valley climb. Just didn't do the trick. The ride's not awful on perfect conditions though. The spare parts come cheap. The headlights though? Unless you had bought the car as new and were lucky enough to be eligible for the factory recall you were quite soon stuck with corroded and foggy headlights that were a hazard and there was to be no driving during dark even with full beams. Seriously. Bought two new aftermarket headlights which with top of the range halogen bulbs were brilliant cause they weren't made by Nissan but by TYC. The car has reasonable space inside for the passengers and the only downside was that when you let the rear seats down, the width of the boot-to-saloon was considerably narrower but that's that. The inside looked cheap and the stereo went dodgy quick with the cd stuck and the fm alternator going mad. The buttons on the stereo were hard to press as well which is worrying if you needed to silence the damn thing. Luckily for current owners there appears to be Chinese alternative plastic consoles so that you can fit in a decent stereo.
Added: 25th of June 2017
The car is has lots of room in front and the back, the boot of the car is very Romney, this car has power steering, AC billet in CD player, immobiliser, the engine is very bullet Prof dead reliable.
Added: 13th of October 2016
I enjoy driving this particular car because since I bought it , it has never one day disappointed me except one day that my granddaughter left the door unlocked properly and the battery ran down. I need to change it but I am contemplating on this daily!
Added: 11th of October 2016
This car is fantastic. So much room inside. Love the fact that the back seat will fold down in two halves.
Added: 15th of April 2016
I bought my Almera in 2011 with 35K on the clock for £1600. The gearbox bearing failed at 36K, but so far the reconditioned unit has done a further 115K with no problems. All the usual items wear, pads and disks, exhausts, tires, wipers, bulbs but other then these consumables it just keeps going. £2.4k for a practicel car that has lasted 5 years and jus passed its MoT with 2 advisories and stands me £38 per month in deprecation if I scrapped it tomorrow! It's my third Nissan and reputation for reliability whilst being a reasonable drive seems well deserved.
Added: 4th of August 2015
Decent overall car. Gears are a bit hard to shift into gear. Makes a good cruise on straight roads. Looks are ok. Good perks inside car. Can find a bargain second hand buy as not a desirable car to have apparently.
Added: 9th of June 2015
I updated from the 'old' Almera to the N16 about 8 years ago and never looked back...I have the 1.5 Flare, which comes with a lot a factory extras as standard that makes the car stand out a little more and look smarter .... I only added 'Lexus' lights ...I bought her with 24,000 on the clock and she has now passed 97,000 and still looks and drives like new ... It has been a long time since a car has impressed me this much ... Like others, yes, locking and ignition started playing up ( a common problem) and a quick trip to my local key shop (and Jay who is a wizard at this) cost me £87 and a new 'after market' loom behind the steering column and hey presto no more issues The room inside is brill and for the size of car, the boot is quite good too.... She has a full service history with no problems and I've yet to find another car with such a slick gearbox ... I've driven the newer Nissans and bloody hell those gearboxes are awful ...It makes my appreciate my car even more. I'm impressed with the whole handling package that sees many more abled cars to become specs in the rear view mirror when cornering.... The suspension upgrade Nissan did together with ABS and EPS sees this car go round tight bends with out effort in full confidence at speeds shall we say that can put a big smile on your face. This is no sports car and many modern small hatches easily see this off. but it has more than it looks like it might have. She is a dream on the motorway and easily cruises quietly at 70/80mph and in 5th gear will pull well. Seeing 100mph (private roads of course) she still feels she has a little more to go. By todays standards,my Almera doesn't really look dated (but the flare edition does look smart) and is a pleasure to drive. The downside I've have found is the MPG.... My car is driven sensibly most of the time and many times i have tried to achieve the MPG the brochures state...... Cruising steadily at 60mph on the motorway, I can't even achieve anywhere near the figures quoted. ... Mine isn't the only Almera I know that suffers from bad MPG ... Driven really gently on my own I can get 32mpg in town and 38mpg motorway. Cruising like a real pussy at 55MPH with the computer reset, I can get just over 40MPG ...basically, the fuel economy isn't great so I enjoy driving the car. At 70MPH without worrying about fuel figures I average around 33MPH ...It will do for me but by todays standards and other similar aged cars, this is not that good. The road tax at £185 isn't too impressive either ...so why do I keep her? .. The answer is that my Nissan is just so reliable that it is unbelievable and so smooth to drive and comfy all in one. Add to that the effortless gear changes, the sensible and enjoyable layout, the superb handling and confidence this car gives and does everything from ferry the kids to towing trailers and a lot more with complaining in total comfort, I've yet to find another car in this class to match all this. My option is to go bigger (Mondeo 2.0) to get the same feel. I changed my tyres to FALCON tyres and what a difference especially in the wet. The road noise is barely noticeably louder. but the grip is fantastic and suit the cars handling better too. All in all I know I will be changing my car at some point, but I will be really sorry to see this go.
Added: 15th of January 2015
I've had my poky little Nissan for about 3yrs and I'm unemployed meaning that is affordable to run. It really is reliable. It was off the road for 5 months had use of another car and when i started to use my car again it just went with no problems. But there's rust on the back arches but the engine runs like a new car so quite. But i do service it other than wear and tear this car is good. I've been to England and Scotland in it and it up and down no problem. Great little motor. It's a 1999 model as well. Great
Added: 30th of December 2014
Just bought a 04 plate 1.5 petrol seems ok not much leg room in the back and interiror light does not work. and rear boot handle is rusty.not as good as a honda civic.
Added: 17th of December 2014
Had this car since 18 months old, done 90 000 miles since then, only had normal wear and tear item's such as tyres, exhaust and battery. Car is a bit dull but would recommend to anyone who wants reliable economical car. Only trouble is It think that this is the end of the road for Nissan now Renault own them!
Added: 21st of November 2014
I have owned this car for 7 years and it was a replacement for the 1.5 petrol Nissan almera the difference is night and day the power from the diesel has never let me down apart from replacement disc and pads and tyres oh and front springs nothing major has went wrong the dealers are good and very knowledgeable and as long as its kept serviced no problems my only regret is going to be when I have to replace it I can see major problems but Nissan have just released the pulsar so will be looking at that in a couple of years in no hurry to get rid of my almera
Added: 5th of October 2014
Comfortable,practical but quite thirsty. The turning circle is awful vey frustrating. Great value for money
Added: 21st of August 2014
Handy on juice parts n reliable u get what you pay for.
Added: 19th of November 2013
I've had 2, would have another if they still made them. Comfortable, affordable and definitely a cut above a contemporary Focus or Astra. Adequate interior space in the front - a bit short of legroom in the back when carrying 4 adults, good sounding Clarion factory fit stereo, respectable economy - I get around 40mpg on my commute from my 1.5 16v. Inspired take-away hook has prevented many a spill.
Added: 17th of November 2013
My Nissan Almera I consider as per ratings given to be good value for money, with a good all round rating
Added: 17th of November 2013
I have owned my car for all but the first 12 months of its life and have had no issues whatsoever. The car has not been modified in any way. Despite replacement brakes, exhaust, wipers and oil, it has been troublefree over the 90,000+ miles I have driven it. I have the original clutch and would seriously consider buying a similar car, if I could. This is the best car I have had over my 40 years of driving.
Added: 16th of November 2013
The car has served me well for 12 years. I am about to change it as the clutch has gone twice and I am advised that I need an automatic car and a recent damage claim has been refused as the cost of repair is greater than tyhe value.
Added: 16th of November 2013
Car was bought 2003 with 30k on the clock. I have done a further 100k. The car has been no trouble at all. Always reliable, always starts first time etc. The car still has virtually all of its original equipment ( alternator, wiper motors, radio etc). Its obviously not sporty but then I did not want sporty. Its pretty good in ice and snow ( big tires high ground clearance. The rear seats all come out and you can reconfigure them. The are only 2 real problem with the car. First is rear visibility. The rear window is quite high and you cant see what you are reversing up to. Wing mirrors dont help as car is normally wider than the car behind. Second is the steering lock which is very poor. The car has the turning circle of the QE2. Getting in and out of spaces can be difficult. Overall, I have been pleased with the car and its still going strong.
Added: 16th of November 2013
This car, which I exchanged for my previous Nissan Micra, was poorly reviewed in the press. But turns out to be reliable and a good buy. It was on special offer as part exchange for the Micra. However the body work is not strong. I was hit by another car - not my fault- and surprised to find how easily my car was damaged by a modest impact. Likewise the paint work is very fragile. The ratios of the gears require some getting used to. The change from first to second is uneasy in slow moving traffic and the fifth gear is really only appropriate on motorways. Otherwise I am happy with this car.
Added: 15th of November 2013
During the 3 years of ownership, the only major & expensive repairs have been to the front suspension struts. Being an automatic the brakes need regular cleaning to prevent expensive replacements. The engine size & power is more than sufficient for the body size & weight, even with lots of luggage in the boot.