Review: Nissan Primera (1999 – 2002)

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Well-built, very competent all-rounder and good value these days.

If you like the styling, you'll come across plenty of friend and neighbours who don't. Blunted responses of the CVT.

Recently Added To This Review

1 November 2003

Worldwide recall of 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol engines built 1998 - 2003 to replace crankshaft position sensors that can cause the engines to stall or fail to start. Read more

1 September 2002

Rumour of recall due to a/c fault. Read more

29 January 2002

34,480 Almera and Primera 1.5s, 1.6s and 1.8s recalled because engine crankshaft and camshaft position sensors may case engine to stall and not re-start. Read more

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Why is my Nissan Primera automatic only returning 18-20 mpg?

I bought a 1999 Nissan Primera 2.0i automatic two years ago. It had 9000 genuine miles on the clock. The previous owner had ongoing health issues and the car was mostly off the road and stored in a garage. It has an on-board computer that gives comprehensive drive data. It seems to confirm the fact that the car only does 18-20 mpg in town at an average speed of 25 mph. Is this normal? Can I have something done to improve the fuel economy?
That is fairly normal for an old car that has spent its life doing short runs (or doing nothing). What I'd do is change the oil, oil filter and air cleaner. Then fill it up with Shell V-Power Nitro+ and take it for a 100 mile run. You should get 30 - 35mpg on this run, and, once The V-Power gets to work, it should help to clean up the car's fuel system. Or you could put it in for an engine fuel system Terraclean (www.terraclean.co.uk). Alternatively, if this is the facelift Primera P11, it has a ‘Hypertronic’ CVT with electronic manual hold on six ratios, and this might be where the problem lies.
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