Long Term Almera N16 ..Love It
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.