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My wife and I have a dilemma. At present we have a 70,000 mile 1998S Nissan Almera automatic, top spec. We love it: always reliable, cheap to service oil twice a year etc., brake pads yearly. I understand it has chain cam. We would like to change it soon prior to retirement, could spend up to £8,000 but want automatic (good solid old-fashioned box like on Almera), with lots of trimmings like electric windows, air con, CD player, sunroof, etc. The Citroen C3 Exclusive seems OK. But would a Note be a good idea? Is the cam chain driven? Is the gearbox Nissan (not Renault)? Perhaps a Jazz? or Corolla? As you can see we really cannot decide. My wife loves the solid feel of the old Almera. Would a late 2005 Almera be any good? Essentially we want a top class car that is ultra reliable, with lots of trimmings as cheap as possible.

Asked on 7 February 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
It might be smaller than you were thinking, but have a good look at a Hyundai i10 1.2 Comfort, Style or Comfort auto, from £7,750 - £8,500 with a 5 year warranty and a chain cam motor. Also the Perodua MYVI 1.3EXI auto (old model Yaris chain cam engine and
4-speed torque converter auto). Yes, a Note auto should be 1.6 chain cam, same as a Micra. The box is Renault/Nissan 'Alliance' and I have yet to hear of trouble with it. £8k buys the old shape Jazz 1.4i-DSI, also chain cam. The auto is a CVT and has been more reliable than the manual.
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