Used Nissan Primera Hatchback (1996 - 1999) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 03 Mar 2014
The second-generation Primera carried on where the old model left off, which means comprehensive abilities and good value. The way it performed on the road was polished to the point where it was one of the nicest cars in its class to drive.
3 out of 5



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All models benefited from ABS brakes and a strong structure, whilst a driver's airbag was standard fitment and passenger and curtain airbags were optional. Every car has an immobiliser; an alarm was fitted to high-end models or was optional.

5 out of 5


Reliability has proven to be exceptionally impressive with the Primera. Make sure servicing is maintained and this should continue to be the case.

Car check problem points


General high-mile wear and tear.


Possible oil and coolant leaks - check head gasket; clutch wear is a clue to high mileage.


Damaged 'cat' is costly to replace; worn front discs or noisy suspension betray high-milers.