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      20.12.2012 18:29

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      Fantastic little car. Worth every penny, hour spent on them on them,

      In truth I'm no fan of small cars, then again since my wife bought herself "Flo" back in 2007, I've actually changed my view for this la'l car. Both my wife and myself have had some lovely comments about the car, from. "You dont see many of these cars anymore." to "My Grand parents had one similar to this, are you interested in selling it?" No! is the answer to that one. Yes the she's had both her inner and outer sills repaired, had a second hand nearside wing fitted, and some prize idiot parking his "Toy" motorcycle down the side of her and leaving a lovely indentation from the nearside door to under the rear window, we thankyou, She has never let my wife or myself down. With the aid of a Haynes manual the car's easy to maintain. Thankfully I've a shed full of spare parts, and in our local garage we have a spare engine being stored, all of which came from a previous 1.2 GS K10 Micra my wife owned, before it finally went to the great scrap yard in the sky. For those who are fairly tall, there's plenty of leg room in the front, but not enough in the rear. The ride's comfortable made even more so with the soft cusioned seats. Once you've got used to the fact everything's on the opposite side on the steering column with the lack of power steering, ABS, traction control and a computer to tell you what the cars doing, the car's easy to manouver, even at low speeds. Going on motorways is not recommended, mainly to the engine and road noise gets too loud to even hold a conversation or to listen to the radio, but for those who are eco warriors, we never go north of 50/55mph on the main roads. Apparently, there's very few of the GSX model left on the road. With this in mind I hope in time, my wife'll let me take "Flo" off of the road and restore her? Who knows?

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      08.11.2011 23:19

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      Good cheap car, Cheap to buy and to insure excellent value for money

      Nissan Micra k11 is it any good? Well i've owned my micra for the last 4 weeks and only paid £1200 for a 2001 with 55000 miles on the clock, at first I was a bit sceptical as this was for the girlfriend to drive but after driving it I am very very impressed, first of all the shape is very bubbly and a bit girly but does have a good solid body and not tinny unlike some small cars I have driven. The interior is well made and is very comfortable to sit in but the front seats do feel loose with wear as they are used regular to let people in and out of the back (only for 2 door versions), the dash is well laid out and everything you need is right at your fingertips and the steering wheel can be moved up and down to adjust to peoples height and driving positions, it also has a fair bit of space in the boot for a small car and can easily carry a full load of shopping. The engine is very reliable and easy to service by oneself, and it is chain driven so no need to worrie about cam-belt changes or cam-belt breaking. Our Nissan Micra is only a 1L in engine size but you can get a 1.3L model, the torque in the lower gears are outstanding 0-60 in about 10/11 seconds, it does struggle up some hills when fully loaded with people but you got to respect that it is a small city car, the suspension is very light and handles the weight of 4 big people with no problem and is quiet smooth to drive. Nissan has obviously spent a big deal at designing a good reliable car that is very economical, easy to park and have a good bit of space inside, so if you are looking for a small economical easy to drive car and at a good price you must consider test driving one of these, I promise that you wont be disappointed about anything with these cars.

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      29.04.2011 00:17

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      a very simple car in terms of engineering , driving and ownership....still makes a great first car

      do you know looking at this car sure does bring back more than a hint of nostaglia....it was a "B" registered car( that means an '84) and it was a gold colour. this was one of my first cars. Having had another nissan at the same time( a 3.0litre 300zx) it was always such a disappointment to drive this car after getting out of the faster one. However this was the car designed for the frugal,sensible and budget orientated and did its job admirably. Packing nothing more than a 1.0 litre engine, a poor un-assisted steering, no electrics,no sunroof and no luxuries whatsoever i felt it was my duty to drive this car as sensibly as possible at ALL times and wring every last drop of MPG out of it. One thing that sticks out to me was that both nissans had a similar level of "un-burstablity" about them. The little nissan was so well engineered that reliabilty was never and issue. The basic layout was stone age,but the benefits were extra MPG aswell as so little electronically to go wrong. The contrast of owning the two easily measurable by the "WoW" factor of people.Where the huge 300zx swaggered around town like a local legend courting controversy everywhere, the little micra was more at home when not noticed; like a hermit, hiding, darting and barely noticed...except for the mild rust that accumalated slowly over the year!! I can safely say that the micra has quite a large and loyal following by those who have pure A-B motoring in mind and by this measure i say i really enjoyed owning this car for its sheer sensiblity and contrast to the bigger nissan , so much so i kept it for the year.. and went on to own further iterations of the marque.

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      13.02.2011 16:04
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      an amaizing car, cheap, reliable, very eco, go for it and buy one !

      hiya , i bought my micra about 6 months ago, she is silver and is in really good condition for a 21 year old car! and with only 43k miles on clock, she hasnt been very far. my partner hated her, said she was an old grannies car, till he looked around our street in all the snow over christmas, we got in the car and drive off whille most others sat there for 1/2hr+ trying to get there cars running, she is very reliable apart from the bodges that the previous idiot did on her! on her first long run, the clutch went, on a hill of all places, the shocks absorbers have gone on the back, the air filter fell apart in my hands, the petrol filter was full of sludge and her tick over was well to slow, also there was less then a cup of oil in her when we changed it last week, all of which explains the bumpyness, and bad running of the her ,but thats not really her fault. shes relitvly comfy, and the interior isnt that bad, although i have out seat covers in and changed the carpets to pink ones, and put pink fluff around the dash board, which goes well with the creamy interior already in it. shes cheap insurance and tax, ideal first car, easy to drive and soo very reliable, and i think shes a very pretty car. any way we did the oil, and filters, petrol filters, etc and now she runs lovley, very quiet and picks her speed up nice for a 1L, she has very little rust and marks, shes the best car me , my partner or his dad has owned, and thats 100s between us, being a car sort of person i am now going torestore her and maybe modify slightly engine wise( tastefully) and take her to the classic car shows along with my partners austin mini =], i paid £200 for her and i think that for that money this is an amazing car, everyone should get one of these, my molly runs like a dream, and now causes me no problems! =]

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      26.01.2010 20:54
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      I loved this car, and would buy it again, if I was allowed

      My first ever car, and what can I say. I loved it, and don't think I'll ever experience driving another car like it. I had a 1991 Nissan Micra, which only had 19,000 miles on the clock when I bought it in 2003, and it lasted me until 2008. 5 glorious years driving a car which felt like you were a proper driver. My car was white, with a grey interior. To be honest it didn't look great. There was no rust on the bodywork when I bought it, but that developed in the five years I owned it, and was the ultimate end of "White Lightning". However I think this was because I was unable to keep it in a garage. It only reached 43,000 miles when it went to car heaven. The exterior did not look great, and inside was never luxurious, but it was comfortable. Even after having our daughter in 2006, we did not travel a great deal of miles to work, and we always found the car comfortable, and for me that is all you could expect for £800. However I imagine if you are driving more than 10 miles each way, you would not find it as relaxing as a newer car. Saying that, I would imagine all older cars suffer from this problem. I loved driving without having power steering, and having the indicators on the "wrong" side. I felt it made my little car quirky, and it stood out in a car park. Due to the small size it was easy to park. It was also cheap to tax and very economical to run. For a new driver, it was an ideal car to get first true driving experience in. I do not recommend it, if you are after an attractive car, which you want to get recognised. However it is ideal for someone who has just passed their driving test, who wants a cheap and reliable runaround. In the end, my car had no problems with the engine or anything mechanical. It was purely rust, which was my fault. I loved this car, and could happily drive another one.

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      20.11.2009 17:02
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      It has it's faults but I still love it.

      I bought my 1992 Nissan Micra 18 months ago because I'd been driving a newer, more expensive car that I could no longer afford because insurance and petrol costs were just too high. I needed a basic, reliable and cheap car on a very modest budget of £600, so I logged onto Autotrader and started looking at cars... I decided that a Nisan Micra would probably suit me, because I'd read that they never break and that they are cheap to run. So I arranged to see six different Micras that were all different ages, with different mileages recorded on the clock. The cars really did vary in condition - one car I saw was the 1997 Micra model and it had a lot of viable rust around the wheels (no thank you), I saw another car which looked like the door was falling off and a third car with ripped upholstery within the interior (it was a real mess). I was starting to loose heart and seriously reconsider my budget when I stumbled upon a garage in Blackburn, I saw a red 1992 Micra - the body work looked good and everything seemed just so under the bonnet. So I took the car for a test drive (it ran perfectly) and I then asked about the car's history. I was told that it had one previous female owner and considering the car had done less than 50,000 miles and the owner was called Winifred, I made the presumption that she was probably a little old lady who had purchased the car as a run around. It was priced at £550, which I thought was a bargain. So I went ahead and purchased the car. ************Appearance ************** Nisan Micras vary in style and shape. I have the Nissan Micra Shape (pictured below) which has a slight curve to the body. However, some Nissan Micras are more square in appearance, but in general you can tell when you spot a car that belongs to the Nissan Micra family. I don't think this car is particularly nice to look at and the interior is very basic (don't expect an in-built CD player), but for me, appearance and mod-cons weren't over-riding factors when I purchased the car and you can, of course always make moderations once you've purchased the car. When you are looking at older Nissan Micras I recommend that you examine the colour - to make sure it isn't fading and to look closely at the body work to make sure there are no signs of rust. ************ Drivability ************** This car shakes at 80 mph, but obviously the speed limit is 70 mph so that's not really a problem. Although the car doesn't go particularly fast, I think it is quite nifty when you are setting off from traffic lights. I also like the car's combat size, it is so easy to park and you can wind around tight corners with ease. When I have a full car (which is rare) I can feel the load on the steering, but it is still relatively easy to drive. ************General affordability ************ I paid £550 for this car and my insurance is £60 per month - this is an ok rate considering I've only been driving for two years, I have three points on my licence and I live in an inner-city area which is notorious for high insurance costs. I will also offer a word of warning - if you do purchase an older Nissan Micra, then make sure you invest in a steering lock, because I learned to my detriment that old cars with no alarms attract joyriders. Thankfully they were stopped mid-way through the steal (my boyfriend chased them off with a mop), I purchased a steering lock the next day and touch wood - I've had no other issues with idiots thinking the car is an easy target since. Petrol-wise at the moment, because the price of petrol has risen so much it costs me around £35 to £40 to fill the tank up and I'd say that I get about 600 miles out of that, so with the high petrol prices I still only pay about 6.6p a miles. *************** Problems ***************** I've had my fair share of problems since I purchased the car. Despite having spotless paper work, it failed its first MOT and needed £300 of work. However you've got to expect to pay a certain amount on older cars when MOT time arrives and although £3000 was a lot of money to pay out, it was cheaper than the amount that a new car would have cost. I also had to purchase a new windscreen because a stone hit it when I was driving on the motorway (which can happen to anybody at any time). My uncle repairs windscreens for a living so he fixed it for me, but he explained that there was rust on the body which he sanded down and pained over for me. Apparently, Micras are made out of very cheap materials but the engines are good (and touch wood [again] the engine is about the only area of the car where I've not had any problems). At Christmastime (almost a year after I'd purchased the car) I broke down on Saddleworth Moor (in the snow) because my clutch failed - cue another £150 mechanic's fee and last night my exhaust fell off, which will cost me around £100. So, in 18 months, on top of the £550 I initially paid for the car, I've been forced to folk out an additional £550 - which seems crazy considering I've only covered 20,000 miles. However, my siblings both have newer cars which they bought for over £2000 and both of them have had to pay additional costs due to break downs. So although £550 is a lot of money to pay out over an 18 month period, I think that cars always cost you money, regardless. ************* Would I recommend this model? ************ I would advise you to take somebody that knows cars along when choosing your Micra though, because sometimes old cars do need quite a bit of work on them and there are always con merchants out there looking to rip you off. Personally I think this car is better suited to a female driver because its size and the appearance will appeal more to women than men. It will get you from A to B and compared to other cars it is very cheap to run. However if you are regularly going to be covering a lot of miles then maybe this car isn't for you, because, as I've explained, older models do occasionally develop faults. If you are buying an old car and you're on a budget then you need to think very carefully because an older car can end up costing you more than a new one. You have to be prepared for things to break unexpectedly and random wear and tear jobs to appear. However despite my problems I have enjoyed driving my Nissan Micra and I think that £1100 for 18 months of driving is fairly good - that equates to about £61 a month (which is much less than I'd play on finance for a new car. I am giving this model four out of five stars because although it's no Jaguar, and it has cost me money to repair, for an old car it runs well and most of the time it's the perfect, nifty little run-around.

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        19.06.2009 16:46

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        Cheap, honest, reliable, fun motoring

        What can be said about buying a 18 year old car. Must be mad to buy this type of car for £300. Well how wrong can you be. I paid my money and drove off a white 3 door 1.2 GS Automatic Nissan Micra 4 months ago. And it was a bit of a leap for me as it repalced a Land Rover Freelander. I had the car checked over, nothimg needed to be done. Has a genuine 51,000 miles on the clock, has full service and MOTs from new. What a superb little car. No fast, but will cruse at a steady 60mph. The gear changes you cannot feel, all 3 of them. Interior is good if somewhat basic by modern standards, and brown! Why brown. White car black bumpers and trim. Brown interior. Crazy Japanese idea I guess. A few rust spots, nothng major. Everything still works, nothing leaks. Quite comfy, but not the best ride you will get in a car. Poor by todays standards. Feels bigger than it really is, but low to to road from a 4x4. Does about 40miles to the gallon, has not let me down once. Better than my Freelander! If you want a cheap well built, reliable, straight forward, honest little car. You can't go far wrong. And anyway......you can say you have a Nissan Figaro.....sort of!

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        12.06.2009 21:27
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        If you don't care much about looks or speed - this is a great car

        I am not a car boffin but I have had my Micra for over five years so I know it quite well in a useless-with-engines kind of way. Please excuse the non-technical language. After being without a car for a while I got a job that needed travel so I bit the bullet and went to the local car lot. Basically, it was any car under £1000 that looked okish. This is not really a great criteria for car selection - and probably those salesmen saw me coming. Anyway, it was a choice between two budget cars. To be honest, the other car looked better - a bit more modern and I would have gone for that - but the test run changed everything. The other car felt cheap and rattly whilst the Micra had a much smoother drive. It had one previous owner, a doctor. This clinched it and I paid £1000. It was an R registration and had an average number of miles on the clock and a service history. Appearance and basics ----------------------------- The car has a slightly boxy appearance - not as funky as the newer models. It has three doors (hatchback). Only the passenger and the nearside windows manually wind down. The seats are a nondescript pattern of a gre/blue colour. It came with a car radio (quickly removed and replaced with cd/radio and better speakers). It has a lever for releasing the bonnet in front of the driver, near the leg area. You need to fiddle around at the front of the car to actually release the catch to open the bonnet which then props up. The engine area is fairly basic and with some poking around, even a person who is relatively useless with cars can identify the important maintenance elements (oil gauge, oil cap, radiator cap, brake fluid, screen wash). A quick look at the manual can instruct you as to what levels are appropriate. It is a 1L engine. The Manual -------------- This is very easy to decipher because it has lots of illustrations and the information is organised well on the pages. It is in a landscape type format with clear index and headings - so an auto-duffer like me can navigate my way around it easily, although I rarely have to do this. The only thing I look up quite often is the tyre pressures - because I forget them inbetween inflations. Just recently though, I have discovered a small table of the tyre pressures by the drivers door near the floor of the car. Never mind - it only took me five years to find it. Speed -------- I can't say that I've 'caned it' in this car much. It seems to do about 80mph but over that it does not seem so happy. That's ok though - seeing as the motorway speed limit is 70. I do like to be quite nippy in it from stationary when the lights turn to green - and it can respond quite favourably to one's foot being put down. Space ------- The micra seats five in adequate comfort. The boot is spacious enough for me to ram lots of camping equipment in but I have to organise it carefully. Micra Reputation --------------------- My daughter's music teacher also had a Micra and when he saw me in mine he said, "Micra's are great. They're boringly reliable." That is just the sort of thing I like to hear about a car. I don't really care what it looks like, how fast it can go, does it have a flashy cockpit, what racer-boy accessories you can put on it. I'm only really bothered about it getting from A to B - and it's a good job because the Micra has none of those attributes. Just how boringly reliable has it been? ------------------------------------------------ Very. I get it serviced once a year and wash it approx twice a year (gasp-it's a white car as well). Otherwise I pay for bits and bobs (brake pads, bulbs, tyres etc). I have had relatively minor matters seen to at the garage but nothing that has made me gasp with horror when told the price. It has been the best car that I have had in terms of not breaking down; I've wasted several years worth of AA money whilst I've had the Micra. Presently, the car has a faint farty sound as part of the exhaust needs some attention. I'm planning to sort that with the MOT next month. There is little sign of rust. Conclusion ------------- Not really a car for those who consider a car as a status symbol - because it looks like a bit of a pensioners car. That's fine for me as I only care about getting there and getting back and with this car I don't have to worry about this.

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          01.02.2005 23:52
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          I've had my Micra now for three years. When I bought it, it was a steal. An Old couple had, had it from new and got it Nissan serviced yearly. I got it with just 27k on it :-) Anyway It's been fantastic. It's a 1.0 Engine, which OK it's not the fastest thing in the world but it's fun. Be warned it's heavily weight ratio'd. If you the driver weigh next to nothing like myself, you'll feel like you've got in a 1.6 or something. If on the other hand someone else gets in, you feel like your towing a caravan. It does bolt off at quite a rate, I'd say 0-30 not many small engine cars could beat it. (Alot of suprised looks at traffic lights :-) It's just 10m down the road that you run out of gears. Mines the five gear version. And not many people believe this possible but I have got it up to 99mph admitidely going down hill, but with 2 other people in it. It's top speed actually seems to increase with weight, because it otherwise shakes too much. Personally tho I don't recommend going above 85 unless you've got some sort of evil demon after you or something! Economy wise... I've yet to see better on a car of this size. I can get up to 50mpg out of it. Admitidely that means driving like a crazed tree hugger using everything you can to keep the momentum up. But still averages of 45mpg are achievable if you choose the right gears. On the motor way do an average of 70mph and you can get 350miles out of 30 litres of fuel. Go over 70 and your speedo needle will go up proportional to your fuel level going down! Mine has been kept exceptionally, and it's only just starting to show the first signs of rust :-( However it's so easy to bring it up shining and looking like new, as it's the lovely (cough) gold colour and so laquered. Buy yourself a new set of hubcaps (I recommend the five pointed cheapo ones from Wilkos) and a can of back to black for the trim and you can really make em shine, if you want. The interior does leave something to be desired however it is functional. Theres nothing really missing from it that you get in newer cars. Be warned however that the stereo and speaker(Yes non plural!) is appalling. Be prepared to rip it out if you like your music! The seats have plane style leavers for leaning back and forth, which are good. The GS has a boot leaver which leaves many other student cars wanting :-) The extras of the GS and GSX are good to have. Especially the rear wiper! My GS also has a tilt and remove sun roof. Not many people know about the remove bit. Read the manual and all will be explained! It's a nice feature. Can be done at traffic lights in 15 seconds once you've got the nac! Be warned real Nissan parts are expensive. I've been quoted £8 for an engine mounting nut! However you can pick them up at numerous Nissan breakers for next to nothing. Buy a pair of MaxWhite headlight bulbs (£15) because the ones that come with it are not good! Matenence is fairly easy with a Haynes manual. It aint big, but you can fit a 19" Mountain bike in the back if you take front wheel of the mountain bike.

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            22.07.2003 20:26

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            I had this car for a year before I bought a citroen ax. The car itself was cheap and reliable, however I grew to dislike it after I noticed a lot of rust starting on the body. I'd recommend this car if you're on a tight budget, but I don't think there are very many still running as this model was replaced long ago. One of the main dislikes I had for this car was the body. I remember leaning against the side while working in the engine compartment and I literally felt myself sinking into it, leaving a small, but noticable dent (and I'm not heavy as I only weight 8 1/2 stones!) Another annoyance I had was that just about every part of the car rattled, even when going over tiny bumps in the road. On the plus side the car NEVER gave me any mechanical probems during the year I ran it and always started perfectly.

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            It may look like an amusingly shaped ice cube, but… when it gets down to it, the Micra K10 is a damn good car. The K10 was produced from 1989 till 1992. You can recognize this model due is larger headlights and coloured front. The seats of this model where also improved, this because of the safety. If you look good to the front of the car you can also see that this is a bit higher than the older model K10 (just a little bit). The wheels are also a size bigger at this model; this model Micra has 13" wheels instead of the 12" mini-wheels of the older models. I’m now in my second year as a car owner, and currently own my second car. My first was a Nissan Micra 1.0 LS (1989, F-reg) with 110,000 on the clock. As a supposedly high risk candidate for insurance claims I was forced to purchase such a monotonously boring car, and they still charged me over £800 for TPFF… and that was one of the cheap ones (I Nearly proposed to the lady who quoted me this, others were about £1000)! But alas there was no way of getting anything cheaper so I bit my bottom lip and purchased the car for £350 and the insurance for £800. Regardless of the costs of insurance, I ran that little 1.0 LS for a whole year. The petrol consumption was good, and over 300 miles were capable on its modest 40-litre petrol tank. According to the literature, the little bundle of joy would give out 54 BHP, getting it up to 91mph, but with 110,000 miles on the clock and only four gears to choose from, it disliked going above 60 and rarely topped 70. None the less, in hindsight, given that it was my first car and also given the rate of accidents of new drivers in powerful cars, it probably did me more favours than I realise. After running that for a year I then sold the F-reg 1.0 LS for £250, and purchased myself a newer, J-Reg 1.2 GSX. With it being newer it had fewer miles on the clock, this time 80,000 but the bodywork was (and still is) imm aculate. On last count I think there were only three pinpoints of rust, of which I will take care of this summer. Again, the literature says 54 BHP, reaching 94 mph, but I say once it gets to 85mph (Certainly not on public roads, in case any of our law enforcement officers are reading) it begins panting and I didn’t take it any further. As I have now moved up in the world, the difference in luxury between the LS and the GSX are very noticeable. For instance, although they may sound like basic attributes to you, the following list all appear on the GSX version, but not on the LS: Door Pockets… Intermediate Wipe… Rear Wiper… Five Gears… AM/FM Radio Cassette (opposed to basic AM Radio)… Light in boot… Interior clock… to name but a few. Other than that the GSX is pretty much the same as the LS. They both have two or four door versions, both had a built in tilt sunroof and both no creditability with car thieves, which is always a good factor to have! Maintenance on the Micra is quick and simple, with all major parts being easy to locate and fit/remove. Also, a big bonus is that spare parts can be bought cheaply at scrap yards or car parts shops across the country. Spare parts are available from Nissan themselves, but when a private alternative is (In my experience) about 20% of the price, you tend to go for that alternative. They’re just as good quality and although may last only three or four years compared to the 10 years that an official part will, at 20% of the price you’re still saving money. All in all, I’m a very happy man with my little Micra, both the LS and GSX have served me well, and my J-Reg GSX is continuing to not disappoint. My verdict? Buy one, you can’t go wrong. Any questions, feel free to email me.

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              21.02.2002 18:49
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              I have been the proud owner of my silver F reg Micra LS for nearly 5 years and not once has it let me down. I was given it as a present by my parents just after i passed my test. At the time i was bit gutted because as you can imagine they aren't thecoolest of cars. However, i was soon praising the car and th fact that unlike many of my mates crs never broke down despite the thrashig i gave it. Spec As you can imagine being the base model it doesn't really have mush in the way of standard equipment. It has a tilting removable sunroof. A headlight warning buzzer to stop you laving your lights on and a awful Japanese cassete player with only 1 speaker. Needless to say this was soon replaced by a semi decent tape player and a further 2 speakers in the rear. The LS model has a 998cc engine and a 4 speed gearbox, which i think was updated to 5 on later models. Reliability In the 5 years and 45000 miles have done in this car i has never once broken down or failed to start, ever. In the time i have owned the car the amount spent on it has been minimal. It hashad a new timing belt, new rear shocks, new handbrake cables and a new front wing. All of this cost less that £400 and was not essential but if the car was to be drivable for many years to come was needed. On top of this it has been well looked after with regular oil and filer changes, carried out in the comfort of my parents garage. I thas had a new exhaust and a few sets of brake pads, but with a 12 year old car with 90k on the clock that is to be expected. Performance Obviusoly it is no GTI but in my opinion is more than adequate for todays roads. I crusies comfortabley at 70 on motorway journeys, of which i have done many. Last year i was working in kent and i regularly used it to make the 320 mile round trip back to Leicester at weekends. Down hill it has been upto 85 but that isn't rlly recommended. But having said that despit my trashing the little Micra has held up well. Cost to run Insurance wise it is relativly cheap unless like me you are under 25 whenevery thing seems stupidly expensive. Currently i pay £500 a year third party, fire and theft and i have 2 yeas no claims. But that is the price you pay for being a young drivr. This is cheap compared to prices paid by my mate or their GTI insurace. Petrol consumption is excellent 40 plus mpg obviously depending upon how you drive it. It is extremely frugal on long runs. I have done Leicester to reading and back on hlf a tank of fuel. Overall It has been and stil is an excellent car for me and hopefully will be for some time to come. Cheap to run, nippy enough round town, yet still able to handle motorway trips, and it always starts, what more could you want.

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                12.06.2001 21:34
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                I have been meaning to write an opinion on the car, which I drive for quite a while now but until now haven’t really got around to it. Finally I decided to do it, so here we go, this is my opinion on the Nissan Micra. Okay when you hear Nissan Micra you conjure up the image of a car which quite a lot of elderly people drive, but then you ask yourself why? There must be something about the car, which is drawing people to buy the car. I will try to explain my view… ** Looks ** My Micra, which is an H reg was not bought for looks. This model is the model, which is quite square not the new updated bubble version, which I can’t stand. The colour I can’t quite work out, to me it looks Gold and to everyone else that looks at it they see Gold. But the logbook that I have says it is beige! Either the car is a re-spray, the log book is wrong or the translation from the Japanese name for the colour is wrong? Either way it doesn’t really matter, it is a pretty unique sight! Inside the car isn’t much better than the outside, the designers either didn’t know what colour they were using or there was a surplus of brown upholstery and brown plastic! I won’t moan about the colour too much, hopefully, as it is very comfortable to drive and be a passenger in. ** Performance ** Being a 1.2 you would expect this car to have a little go? Considering that it is quite a small and light car, but that is where you would be wrong. This car has less go than my previous car, which was a 1.0 VW Polo. However where the car lacks is speed performance the car gains in how economical it is to run. When I first got it, it was unleaded, which then meant cheaper petrol than 4 star (not any more thanks to the Government!). The car does around 41 miles to the gallon (about 320 miles per fill up), which is quite good and for the amount of miles that I do means that the petrol is quite cheap. To get the most ou t of the petrol the optimal conditions are for a long journey averaging around 60 Mph. If you go around town a lot the miles that you get will go down, as with most cars. ** What Does It Have ** Well in terms of extras, not a lot, but the model that I have, GSX, does has a tilt sun roof, a working heater, a boot opener by the drivers seat and a buzzer to say if your lights are on. Believe me this is luxury compared to my last car! ** Cost ** As I said the car is cheap to run in terms of petrol, but parts could be a problem. In general most of the parts are very cheap, but some could lead to very expensive (say if the part had to be ordered in from Japan!). ** Condition ** Well considering that this car is around 11 years old and has done a fair few miles (above 130,000) this car is in very good condition. It is probably not as good as it could be, but then it probably wouldn’t have been driven much and this is a car to be driven (as it does not have the looks). It has a few patches of rust, but not much and recently the radiator blew, but considering the miles it has done quite well.

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                  11.06.2001 16:29
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                  We owned our last Micra for 13 years. We couldn't get rid of it as it was so cheap to run. This car is perfect as a 2nd car for the school run, shopping etc. It requires very little maintenance and runs forever on a gallon of petrol. Even at 13 years old it was still recording 40+ to the gallon. Look out for any rust around the sills and also the rear window seals. Good examples are not that hard to find, as an awful lot were purchased as 2nd cars or by driving schools ( check the clutch). It also has the added "benefit" of no street cred - therefore the little brats who steal cars leave Micra's alone! If there is a problem with Micra's, it tends to be the condenser which causes the uneven running. This is not easy to spot and most would check HT leads,plugs etc first. Don't, because you're wasting time and money. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend the car, but bear in mind it is not designed for heavy motorway use but as a town car.

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                    28.11.2000 01:07
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                    I own the Nissan Micra LS 3 door saloon [hatchback], 988 cc petrol engine. Its the 1990 Hreg model with curves and full plastic bumpers This car looks good both inside and out, It looks less like a box now its gained a few curves, The body work has lasted well as with most Nissan cars. Yes there as been rust, but only small amounts which were easily touched up. The running gear, engine, gearbox and breaks etc., are still working well, and have needed little maintenance Inside is neat and tidy and well set out, The seats, door trims and dash are all matching. The controls are easy to reach when driving. The seats are comfortable and come with head rests and adjust quite well for different leg lengths, and plenty of head room. I'm 5' 9"ish and fit in with room to spare. The instrument panel is easy to see and gives you a speedometer and the normal range of warning lights and gauges. Three things missing which I miss are no intermittent wipe on the front wipers for light rain, And no rear wiper which you need in heavy rain. And a clock. Getting in and out is made easy with the big doors and adjustable front seats, even getting in the back is easy. The hatch opens to find a decent size storage space for a small car. And if you need more space the rear seats not only fold down but also once down they will lift and go right up against the front seats. I can manage to fit a full 3 week shop for a family of four in the car, and that's a lot of shopping. The Micra may only be a small car with a 988 cc engine but its still good at pulling away and is quite nippy. It may take a while to get to 60 mph but I'm in no rush, And it might only reach 100 mph {with a good tail wind and down hill }, But your only allowed to do 70 mph anyway. The drive and handling are good and its quiet enough to hear the radio on a low volume. The cost of running is very good with a low insurance group rating, Cheaper tax due to a small engine and a good petrol consumption rate running on unleaded petrol. The tyres are a smaller size which are cheaper to buy. The only thing about this car that I hate is the bonnet opens the wrong way, Towards the front of the engine bay. This means it can get in the way if you try to work in a garage, checking oil/water levels, spark plugs etc. This is the best second hand car I have owned and I have had a few from different manufactures, And this is the one I will keep the longest. My family and neighbours also drive Micras and I can well recommend them.

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