Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Nissan Micra hatchback?
Some versions of the Micra use some light colours on bits of the dashboard and seats to brighten up the interior and make it a more pleasant place to spend time. However, if you don’t keep the car clean, it can begin to look grubby in places, so check for any marks and stains.
What are the most common problems with a used Nissan Micra hatchback?
The 1.5-litre diesel engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). To ensure that this can regenerate (burn off trapped soot), frequent motorway journeys are necessary because this process is only triggered when the exhaust is hot enough. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure because lots of urban journeys will clog up the filter, potentially leading to an expensive repair bill.
Other potential problems with the DPF come if it has been shut off part way through regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, so it’s worth checking the oil level or have the car inspected if you're unsure.
Is a used Nissan Micra hatchback reliable?
The Micra finished mid-table in our latest What Car Reliability survey in the small car class. But, Nissan as a brand has been slipping down the rankings lately. They came in 27th place out of 32 car brands, which is a lot lower than the likes of Ford, Seat and Volkswagen.
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