<preform>Last Chance To Buy: Nissan <Br> Primera</preform>

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When is it going?

When is it going?

You probably won't notice because the Primera has had one of the most subtle revisions in vehicle history and you won't be able to spot the new Primera from the old easily because it has a more upmarket interior. Actually, there isn't much wrong with the old one, so hurry and you will pick up a prime bargain.

What's good about it?

It is spacious, technologically advanced, comfortable and good value. Not only that, there are good engines, it is very well built. Technologically, it is highly advanced, with a comprehensive level of electronic equipment. It may be full of gadgets but that is not the sole reason for choosing a Primera, because this is a supremely comfortable car. On the motorway it is quiet and the suspension soaks up uneven road surfaces very easily. The styling is controversial, but at least it is distinctive. Inside, it is just as radical, and with all the controls, buttons and dials grouped in the middle it makes for an impressive, stylish and very usable layout. All occupants have a decent amount of room, although access to the boot is a little awkward. The petrol and diesel engines are quiet, refined and economical.

What's bad about it?

Hardly anything. Technophobes won't respond well to the button-filled extravaganza, and private buyers will be subject to an absolutely stomach-churning dose of depreciation. Most models will lose over 60% of their value over three years and 36,000 miles. Only the spacious estate car loses slightly less. So, best bought after someone else has suffered depreciation and this also explains why brand new ones can be bought with such generous discounts.

How much?

An '04 registered 1.8S costs £9,499 - down from £14,600 - at Motorpoint 0870 120 9625. Nissan dealers have some special offers, too.

Any snags?

No, it's a Nissan. This is likely to be the minicab picking you up at the station any time now so it will be utterly reliable, we think although there were some recalls on stalling engines and possible deflation of the left hand front tyre.

FACT FILE

Launched: 2001

Engine: 1.8, 2.0, 2.2D

Performance: 2.0, 127mph; 0-60mph in 9.6 secs

Economy: 2.0; 33.2mpg

NCAP: Four stars

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