1989 Nissan Micra Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1989 Nissan Micra 1.2 LX k-10 1.2 Gas from Portugal

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 Gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance164000 kilometres

Summary:

The car is reliable and cool to drive

Faults:

An year ago the car got a leak in the gas tank.

About a month ago its two lamps died.

General Comments:

Very reliable. Very cool to drive. Handles well even on wet roads. Consumption is high, about 7.5 litter per 100 kilometer. Good visibility when parking. I already got five accidents with the car: 3 minor, and 2 medium. It wasn't expensive to repair and it is as good as new.

Acceleration is good, but it's no match for most of the current cars, except in turns.

My model has open-air system, that is really cool with the Portuguese weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2005

24th Aug 2005, 12:10

I agree, my '90 Micra only can achieve with careful driving about 35 MPG's, and sometimes as low as 25 MPG's with hard driving. I'd say the problem lies somewhere in the carburettor, which as I am planning to replace soon enough.

1989 Nissan Micra collette 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Ideal first little run-a-round

Faults:

I have had to have the carburetta cleaned out because I let it run too low on fuel too often, other than that, nothing at all!

General Comments:

It is cheap to maintain, a little petrol goes a long way!

It is quick off the mark, I can beat nearly anyone off a set of traffic lights!

Mine is smooth to drive, can't feel that its on half the time!

One downside is that, although you can get this car to 105mph, it would fall apart if you did it for long! Its very shaky at 86mph, so best to keep at a max of 80mph, or avoid the motorway!

This was an ideal first car, however now I've been driving a while I want a slightly bigger engine, 5 gears and 5 doors!That is the only reason I'm reluctantly getting rid of it, id love another with these features though!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2004

1989 Nissan Micra GSX 988cc/ 1 litre petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 988cc/ 1 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84300 miles
Most recent distance84800 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Fantastic cheap reliable runaround!

Faults:

I bought this car recently for the princely some of £170 with the knowledge that one or 2 bits needed doing to the car. Namely the Gear selector mounting brackets which had worn through, this made changing gear, well, interesting, having to lift the selector up and then change gear then let the selector back down to rest on the exhaust! This was fixed for £30 and a few pence with 2 new brackets. Surprisingly they are RUBBER! And this so I am told is a common problem. I have replaced the distributor cap and rotor arm (£12 the two) and the plugs and leads will be changed soon (£20-£30) all minor stuff. Other than that no major gripes.

General Comments:

Micra's are fantastic little cars to drive, own, work on and park. There are very few moving parts and any bits you might need can be found from a scrap yard. The car had an electric aerial which didn't work, bought an original for £5 at a scrappie (2 hours to fit it though ;-) ).

The car is quick if it needs to be, economical if driven wisely. Powerful enough to tackle hills and capable to carry loads. Ideal as a cheap run around and brilliant to drive in town. Visibility is good, the mirrors don't angle in enough to my liking, but that's mainly due to my height (6'1") and field of vision. The seats are comfortable and give enough support for long-ish journeys.

Handling is good, but needs getting used to, there was a power steering option available from new, but the car doesn't really need it, and its less to go wrong! My 5 door hatch has good rear legroom for tall people and with the seats down is a good load carrier.

There are a few little niggles however.

Micra's use a low capacity battery, a tall thin job not a heavy duty one, the down side to this is that the more electrical items you have on (lights, radio, fan etc) the lower the engine idle speed drops, and you then need to rev it more when standing in traffic, this is all controlled by a little box under the passenger seat and can't be serviced.

The indicator switch is on the wrong side! Until you get used to this you'll be signaling left with your wipers on.

About the wipers, if you have the radio, lights and fan on they won't work and will stop randomly (see above).

The rear seat belts are not inertia belts and are just static adjustable harnesses.

The radio no longer picks up medium wave.

Only buy one with 5 gears for maximum economy.

On the up side however it can be parked with ease, costs little to insure and will easily do 100 plus urban miles on £10 worth of unleaded and falls into the lower tax bracket.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2004

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 18 reviews