Thoroughly disappointed with the reliability having had persistent power loss problems traced to faulty engine management tachometer (3 repairs under warranty and a fourth currently outstanding). In most of these cases the angine lost power under acceleration whilst overtaking on a motorway - all harrowing incidents! This is a low mileage car, which at 4 years, 24,000 miles had to have its timing chain replaced at a cost of just short of £1000 (as reported for 1.5 Almera). I write as the past and present owner of 3 other Nissans including the earlier model Micra and two Primeras which have far outperformed this model!
I have owned a Micra for the last 18 months. Recently I started having a few problems with the car cutting out, or not starting.
I contatced Nissan and was advised to bring the car into the garage. After paying £70 for a 30-minute diagnostic test, I was informed that it was the timing chain and it had stretched. I was quoted in excess of £800 to fix the problem.
When I was collecting the car from the Nissan machanic, he said that they were changing at least one every day on the new-shaped Micras.
I love the car, but this has put me off keeping the car, so sadly it will have to go.
I am worried that as they are apparently changing so many that there is a problem with the actual chain, not anything I have or have not done.
My 1.2 SE was 12 months old when I got it. I'd previously owned a Corsa, and had initially intended to upgrade that, but I got so much more car for my money with the Micra.
I'm constantly up and down the motorway visiting two daughters away at uni; this little car is packed to the hilt at vacation times, when I move the seat forward for extra boot space. My usual combined motorway/commuting mpg is about 51, much more than the corsa. I have keyless ignition(heaven help me when I change back to a key...), air con, CD player and LOADS of storage space. It ticks all the boxes.
Nissan servicing is expensive, so I go to my local garage for half the price (they still stamp my book). It has nearly 40k miles on the clock, and I've just had the wheels bearings done. Apart from that, it has just wear and tear items (like the brakes).
Oh, and there's loads of headroom for my 6ft hubby! I'd definitely love another one.
Let me make this clear from the start: If you are considering buying the 1.6 sr model you will not be disappointed. Well equipped, excellent build quality, safe, very cheap to own (avg. 40mpg even on a thrash) and that's not to mention that this is the first car that has always put a smile on my face. I have driven hundreds of cars from various manufacturers (my work kept me in new cars every few weeks), but the little Nissan is just a hoot to drive. It is chuckable, has plenty of grip, it rides well and it emits an hilarious "old school" hot-hatch growl from the engine, without being thrummy or having you reach for the aspirin. Fun, non-pretentious and characterful - how many cars can you say that about these days?
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…