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Used Nissan Primera Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Nissan Primera faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Nissan Primera fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Nissan Primera (1996 - 2002) Fault Guide
Nissan Primera (1990 - 1996) Fault Guide
Nissan Primera (2002 - Present) Fault Guide


Nissan Primera (1996 - 2002) Fault Guide

View Nissan Primera (1996 - 2002) Fault Guide

We know of 16 NISSAN Primera (1996 - 2002) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 2 engine faults
  • 4 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 4 bodywork issues
  • 3 recalls

Here's an example fault on the NISSAN Primera (1996 - 2002)

What to look for:

On 2.0 litre cars, open the oil filler cap on the top of the engine and check to see if there are any white creamy substances on the inside of the cap. Then start the engine and listen for a squeak at the top of the engine.

What it means:

The cam is failing as a result of insufficient oil changes. The engine needs re-building or a low mileage imported engine fitting.

What to do

Negotiate a £500 discount to fit a new imported engine or £2,000 to re-build the engine, or have the repair completed.


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Nissan Primera (1990 - 1996) Fault Guide

View Nissan Primera (1990 - 1996) Fault Guide

We know of 11 NISSAN Primera (1990 - 1996) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 2 recalls

Here's an example fault on the NISSAN Primera (1990 - 1996)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most Diesel engines the cam belt must be changed within 5 years or 54,000 miles.

What it means:

If the two cam belts and associated parts have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £300.


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Nissan Primera (2002 - Present) Fault Guide

View Nissan Primera (2002 - Present) Fault Guide

We know of 10 NISSAN Primera (2002 - Present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 1 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 2 recalls

Here's an example fault on the NISSAN Primera (2002 - Present)

What to look for:

When testing the car, use both the main key and the spare key. The spare key, if not used for some time, can lose its coding. If the key loses its coding, the car won't start and the engine management light may come up.

What it means:

The key needs re-coding and the engine management light re-setting.

What to do

Negotiate a £150 discount or have the repair completed.


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