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Nissan Almera Tino 1.8 SE 5d (2003/53)

Nissan Almera Tino 1.8 SE 5d (2003/53) - Owner Review

Very versatile, rear seats go in and out easily, and it has a great sized boot.
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Review submitted by
Lucy Dean on

Nissan Almera Tino (00-05)

Summary

2 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Family type, with car seats and buggy in the back!

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Most think it's fine, except teenage brother who says it's the ugliest car ever!

Would you buy this car again and why?
No! Love the features and gadgets but just too many faults.

What are you likely to buy next?
Looking to buy a Vauxhall Zafira

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£3,500

When did you buy the car?
November 2008

Did you get a good deal and why?
We were happy we got a good deal, certainly felt we got more car for our money than if we had bought a Scenic.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Bought this car as we were looking for a good sized 5 seater MPV.

What was the dealer like?
The dealer was very friendly and helpful.

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Really nice to drive. Comfortable, controls well placed. Had no problem cruising along the motorway or nipping through country lanes. (Not so great now though since the engines gone wrong!)

What's it like to park?
Fantastically easy. The reversing camera makes it so much easier, can even attempt parking in places I wouldn't have before.

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Yes, Lots!!! Air bag sensor light constantly on, can reset it but comes on again shortly afterwards. The boot catch jammed up and refused to open, then if it opened it didn't shut. Rear door also jammed up, meaning you couldn't close it. Both repaired under warranty. Car has drunk oil like anything, 1 to 2 litres a month, and when it has a sump of 2.2l that's a lot of oil! Car has the engine management light come on. Nissan dealer and independent garage have both identified the problem as the exhaust valves, causing the car to drink fuel and oil, the oil is dripping on the spark plug and causing it to misfire. Quoted around £1000 from both garages to have it repaired and that's providing nothing else is wrong when they take the car apart. Oh and the air con doesn't work.

What's most practical about your car?
Very versatile, rear seats go in and out easily, and it has a great sized boot.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Reversing camera, best thing in the world!

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