1989 Nissan Micra LS .74L


A great bargain for around town use


The head gasket failed at 120000 km.

The power transistor failed at 100000 km.

The ignition has an intermittent "no spark" problem I am trying to fix. It is not the power transistor or coil assembly.

General Comments:

This has been a great little car.

I hope to fix this problem using used parts.

New part prices are outrageous.

The power transistor costs $175 CAD.

The car was rust proofed and now shows very little rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th October, 2002

16th Oct 2002, 16:47

A Nissan Micra in North America? Since when?!

22nd Jul 2004, 19:22

Nissan Micra has been in CANADA since the early eighties, but we only got the K10 model.

6th May 2008, 15:49

I am in Canada and recently bought a 1989 Nissan Micra for the low kilometers on it as well as the awesome shape it was in. Apparently owned by a driving school previously, this sweet little car is a must for any one looking for fuel efficiency and a no nonsense car. The cost of insurance, and gas has definitely had a positive impact on my wallet. I have been offered double for what I paid for it, even before I added a stereo and new tires! If you have one, keep it!!! I love my new little car!

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.

General Comments:

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

17th Dec 2004, 19:33

Leaky transmission.

10th Aug 2006, 16:48

You should import a new model Micra (K11 or K12) from either Europe or Japan. The ones from Japan are usually very cheap.

3rd Feb 2007, 20:49

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.

8th Apr 2007, 03:15

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.