Originally Posted by joanne5600
what are parts like for it - ie when it needs servicing and stuff - are the costly or easy to get hold of
Yep parts on Nissans (& most Jap cars to be fair) are costly! It's the old irony that they don't go wrong as often as other makes of cars, but can get you with a bigger bill when they do! That's the price of reliability?
I once had an early Nissan Almera 1996 & when it was 2 year old a rear wheel bearing went with 30,000 miles on the clock & the part was £150 for one wheel bearing (comes pressed into the hub & you JUST CANNOT buy the bearing seperate!!!). That was the cheapest I could get it & was nearly £200 from the dealer (each!). Then the cost of fitting & vat was on top!
Saying that it was one of the best cars I've ever had, but would suggest you buy the best car you can get for the money (e.g condition of bodywork, service history & lowest mileage; dis-regard the year & reg ) & not the newest reg plate you can get for your budget or you'll be buying some big bills!!!!
Things that I would check on Nissans would include that the washer pumps work on the screen washers (front & rear), and that it ticks over when hot & cold without stalling or the rev counter 'hunting'. (that is jumping up & down whilst trying to tick over). Check the boot release works as well.
Good luck hope you can find one you like!