1988 Nissan Micra 1.2
A fine car, I wish the new ones were available in Canada
Aside from normal wear and tear, the only real problem was a sheared off bolt on my rocker arm. I managed to limp into a service station on 3 cylinders.
Lots of head room for a small car.
Lots of leg room for a small car.
Easy to park.
Car has worn well considering the abuse heaped on it.
Even at 205,000 km, it can easily handle a 1000km round trip at 100-110km/h.
Amazing mileage, particularly considering it's age (about 5.9L/100km or 49mpg!)
Wish I had a 5 spd instead of an automatic.
Lots of cargo room.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th April, 2002
You should import a new model Micra (K11 or K12) from either Europe or Japan. The ones from Japan are usually very cheap.
Left-hand steering in Canada means one won't enjoy an import from Japan with right-hand steering. One really has to have first-hand experience traveling as a passenger in a vehicle that is not correctly set-up, steering-wise, for the country one is in. In my experience it was Her Majesty's British Army Land Rover on Norwegian roads. You feel, in the passenger seat, that you are in a nightmare where you have lost all control. The opposing traffic and the scenery keep whipping by and you feel like the proverbial tit on a bull. Thankfully, my driver had experience in Cyprus. Great for UK that Japan took to the same side of the street, but it's just too bad for pretty much everywhere else.
How do you think us Brits cope when we do the annual "booze cruise" to France, having to drive on the right-hand side of the car on the right-hand side of the road? It's just something that you (quickly) get used to.
Getting a March/Micra K11/K12 import from Europe might be a nice idea though, where they have LHD and the more common 5 speed tranny.