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We would love to hear about your experience of the Nissan Primastar and what you thought about the vehicle. If you have ever owned one of these and had to replace any parts, then let us know how the parts performed when fitted. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Nissan Primastar Overview

The Nissan Primastar is classed as a light commercial van from the Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan. This vehicle is part of a joint venture between Nissan, Renault and Vauxhall/Opel. These vans are badged according to their manufacturer’s name: Nissan Primastar, Renault Trafic or Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro. The Primastar has been in production since 2001 up until the current day. These vehicles have good engines which offer quite good fuel economy for this class of vehicle. They are well equipped but have been noted for having lots of problems. A lot of criticism has come from the fact that it is a joint venture with Renault and not as reliable as Nissan built vehicles. Does this sound anything like your experience of the Primastar?

Nissan Primastar History

The Nissan Primastar (2002-2013) has a few variations available and is available in long and short wheelbase form. This joint venture is mainly designed by Renault at their design centre just outside Paris. This has led to a lot of criticism as the Primastar doesn’t seem to have the build quality of other Nissans. These vehicles are manufactured in Barcelona, Spain while the Renault and Vauxhall/Opel versions are built in Luton, UK. You can get these vans as standard 3-seaters with load space in the rear or as 9-seater people carriers. In 2006 there was a slight facelift mainly affecting the headlight design.

Model Types

Panel Van
Chassis Cab

Fuel Economy

The Nissan Primastar is available in 1.9, 2.0 and 2.5L diesel engines and a 2.0L petrol engine. The 1.9 and 2.0L diesel engines are the more economical engines offering up to 38mpg. Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically? The age, fuel type and engine size are determining factors when it comes to fuel economy.


The Nissan Primastar is available in 6-speed manual and 6-speed semi-automatic. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Nissan gearbox parts where you can begin to search for your Primastar gearbox parts.


If you are looking for Nissan Primastar parts then you are in the right place. You will find these parts available at some of the best prices around. We have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers with parts available for all makes and models. You can search for your needed parts by entering your vehicle details in our part finder or you can visit the Primastar parts page to locate the exact parts you need.

If you have experienced problems with parts on the Primastar, why not check our Primastar problems page here?