1988 Nissan Micra GSX 1.0L from UK and Ireland
Tough, reliable, economic little car, with heart and character in spades
Scored brake discs.
Broken rear-heated screen.
Electrical fault which caused the lights on the in-car stereo to remain on even when the engine was off (solved by replacing the radio system).
Hole in the front section of her exhaust (at 117000 miles)
New ignition system/starter motor at 112,000 miles - starter still noisy.
Wheels recently re-balanced (mainly due to speed bumps!)
To date repairs have been mainly general wear and tear - fuel filter, points, plugs, leads, distributor cap, brake pads and discs, tyres etc.
Not as nippy as she once was, but extremely fuel economic (Edinburgh and back on a half tank of petrol).
Never had any problems taking her long-distance or on motorways, though she was designed as an about town car, though the ride is resultantly noisy due to her age. Top speed of 100mph is now well out of her range, but can do 75-80mph which is enough to allow for some security when overtaking.
Intuitive to drive, good driving position even for the tall driver (like me) positive gear changes, easy to manoeuvre and park, good all round vision. Roomier than expected for a car in her class.
Most faults can be put down to age! Doesn't like the cold and wet, but what car (or indeed person!) does.
Bodywork still solid and not rusting severely. I've had two mechanics tell me that with the Micra, it is usually not any mechanical fault that gets them in the end, it's a failure of their bodywork. They were built to run and run and run and my car has definitely done that.
I will more than sad when the time comes to say goodbye - she's been with me 2.5 fantastic years and I passed my test in her so...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2006
8th Feb 2006, 15:46
The noise from the starter motor is a common problem with all K10 Micra's. As far as I know, it isn't the starter motor that is the problem, but the teeth on the flywheel are broken, but I could be wrong. I am open to suggestion on what it may also be, because I often get the grinding noise from my Micra asw ell.
8th Mar 2006, 02:07
No, I believe you're right, as replacing the starter motor did nothing and the problem is getting progressively worse. That's certainly what all the car-knowledgeable men in my life seem to think it is as well.