Lost loyal customer after over 25 years.
Added: 5th of December 2016
Bought the car at 11 months old in 2012 (previously owned and registered to Nissan) with 7,000 miles on clock. Had to replace front tyres at 16,000 miles and rear at 19,000. Had to replace 2 broken springs at 16,000. Needed new brake pads and discs at 20,000 miles. Air conditioning failed at 18.000 due to fractured high pressure pipe, replacement £129 for pipe plus £400 labour. Heater blower resistor card failed at 19,000 and cost £58 to replace, but appeared to fail after 9 months, but fault traced to bad connection to card due to loose wire in connector which was replaced. I have previously had good reliable Nissans, starting in the late 1970's with a 180B, followed by a Stanza, Bluebird, and Sunny. All replaced at around 100,000 miles. All tyres lasted around 35/40,000 miles, and never had to replace brake discs or springs, but all were manufactured in Japan. (Yes I know the last bluebird was made in Britain, but I had the diesel model which was only made in Japan). My Sunny was also diesel but British built with engine manufactured in Japan. Due to increasing prices In 2,000 I purchased a Skoda Falicia diesel estate which was 100% reliable and only required replacement brake discs at 70,000 miles. In 2008 I p/x it for a Chevrolet Tucuma 2ltr automatic as I developed a problem with my left leg (which was cured 2 years later) but I only kept this car, which was also 100% reliable, for 4 years due to fuel consumption of between 26 and 29 mpg. I decided I would return to Nissan for my next car, deciding on the Note, the biggest mistake of my 63 years of car ownership. I am 80 and bought my first car when I was 17. I suspect the problems may be due to Nissans association with Renault. The engine (good performance and economy) is the loudiest diesel I have ever known and sounds like an old fashioned typists pool, both at tick-over and on acceleration, but its a Renault engine, not Nissan. Likewise the faulty blower resistor card was made in France, but internet research says this is a common fault and advise replacing it with one made in China for Nissan. Don't know who to blame for fast wearing discs and pads, tyres and poor quality springs but suspect this use of poor quality components is also due to Renault influence. I'll never consider buying another Nissan unless I'm 100% sure it's pure Nissan made in Japan.