What should I look for in a used Nissan Micra hatchback?
The Micra is generally strong and bolted together very soundly. However, a few weaknesses have started to emerge. The most common are batteries that suddenly go flat, which can be caused by a number of electronic glitches - very often the immobiliser or software problems with the keyless entry system - and should be fixable (or, hopefully, already fixed) under Nissan's three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.
Some diesels have been known to suffer from turbo trouble - sometimes it's the bearings, but occasionally they just blow up. If the turbo has been replaced (again under warranty) check the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve has also been replaced. If not, another turbo failure may not be too far off.
Rear hatches can leak and a few cars suffer from a clonk on full lock, caused by misaligned suspension. It's rare, but dealers are aware of it and should sort it. Finally, the cables that adjust the seat can be problematic, too.