Well for the year what a fantastic little motor! It's one of 'those' japanese quality built cars, like toyota. Without a doubt I would still choose a micra today. I found the 1-litre was a little slow on the uptake, especially carrying 4 adults up a steep hill, but what do you expect. Rear legroom is not to bad considering its small size. Equipment levels on base models are very limited,with just a radio cassette which always had a bad reception, dispite a new headunit, aerial and cable! There could have been a few little extras thrown in the basic trim such as electric windows and perhaps a cd player. But this was 1997 however. The only thing that ever went wrong on this car was the clutch/clutch cable hence I sold the car, but that was the only problem in all the years I had it. BTW watch for wearing paintwork on the bonnett and the roof before you buy! :)
Have had the 1.0 S for 18 months as a second car to communte to work. Apart from a service and some new tyres haven't spent anything on this in 15,000 miles. It's a bit slow but it does 50mpg and is very cheap to run and insure. My wife did own a new Micra 1.2S mark 3 which broke down three times in a year. If you can put up with the Noddy looks this is a good second car for buzzing around on B roads. It's basic but fairly comfortable. Feel a nerd driving it but so what - it's cheap and won't let you down.
I owned a micra for 4 yrs, it was my first car and it proved to be very reliable for the whole of the time i had it, however i had to scrap it in the end as the engine went and it would have cost a lot to get it replaced so it wasn't worth it in the end.
The only problems i did have with this car was the driver and passenger windows, they just used to drop to the bottom, i had to have them replaced about 3 times, i even bought new parts that the window sits in but it never worked. The sunroof leaked. The engine used to rattle like mad aswell, i have known people with micras and theirs have rattled aswell.
My family and friends used to find it a bit cramped in the back, but as i never sat in the back it didn't bother me.
Apart from these few problems and until my engine conked out, the car never let me down, always started first time. I would buy another one of these as the parts are cheap to buy for them, insurance is cheap and so is the running cost.
My sister has had this Micra since 2005.
OK, so it has no airbags, no power steering and no electric mirrors. This is cheap and cheerful motoring. You don't really miss any of the extra gizmos.
What it does have is a nice peppy 1.0-litre 16v engine which is good to drive in town. It is not too bad on the motorways either, cruising nicely at 65mph (on knobbly 13-inch wheels - any higher really isn't advised).
I haven't driven it fully loaded, but even with people on board it doesn't struggle. Despite not having ABS, the brakes haven't locked and it stops really well, too.
I like the cheaper road tax, fuel economy of nearly 50mpg on long runs, peppy engine and the steering isn't too heavy, even without the power steering.
I dislike the image, with it being more of a girl's car, but I rarely drive it, so I am not too fussy about that.
The cabin is nice and airy, and despite the odd mark on the bodywork it's still looking really good for a 14-year old car. However, the rusty underbody is a bit of a worry and is definitely something to examine when buying one of these.
I wouldn't personally buy one, being more a Skoda fan, but for anyone else this is a nice car if you want something cheap to buy and run.
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