1990 Nissan Micra 1.2 petrol from Netherlands


The best car I've ever owned!



When I took the car to 'APK' (that's the compulsory Dutch yearly check of each car), they had me change the front screen wipers (although if you asked me there was nothing wrong with them), get the hand brake fixed (although again if you asked me it was working fine!) and have the headlight changed (yes, you've guessed it - if you asked me it was just fine!).

Once I got those taken care of I haven't spent a single cent on it other than petrol (which isn't much at all).

General Comments:

The car is just terrific!

Recently I had to drive 4 different cars in one day - a Volkswagen Golf 4, an Opel Zaphira, a Suzuki Grand Vitara & in the end I had to drive my Micra.

I'm not lying to you when I say I didn't take anywhere near as much pleasure in driving any of the 3 fore-mentioned cars as much as I did driving the Micra.

I am telling you this car is so addictive, once you've gotten your hands on one, you'll find it extremely hard to leave it aside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2008

10th Jul 2012, 10:26

I find this to be the case. In the past when I spent far too much money on sports cars, I'm not sure if I really enjoyed the driving. Scared myself witless, showed off, but not really enjoyed. Now I'm doing up a house and funds are allocated elsewhere, along comes this cheap-as-chips 1.2 runabout that turns out to be a blast to drive, complete with a great exhaust note. Somehow, Nissan got the fun factor right with this car, with well-weighted steering, good road feel and a nice little gearbox and engine. I don't care how silly I look in it :-)

1990 Nissan Micra from UK and Ireland


Great little runner


The switch for the beam/headlights keeps going faulty - sometimes the lights go out completely as you're driving along!

The switch which engages when you go into reverse has failed - the reversing lights don't come on.

The hydraulic arms for the boot don't work and the boot keeps smacking your head.

General Comments:

This is a great little car, incredibly reliable, cheap to run, cheap to tax, and what more can you ask for for under £500?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2006

1990 Nissan Micra GLS 1.0 petrol (carburettor) from UK and Ireland


A pity more little cars aren`t as good as this


The first thing that was a problem, was the clutch. The previous elderly owner had a habbit of riding the clutch. This resulted in excessive wear. I managed to do an additional 24000 miles before the clutch needed changing. Cost £70.

Rear box blew at 42000 miles.

Cost £31 to replace and fit.

New front left hand tyre at 42500 miles.

Cost £15 to replace and fit.

General Comments:

Nothing that gives cause for concern has gone wrong with this car.

The parts seem to be fairly inexpensive. This car is probably cheaper to run than my motorbike, without a shadow of a doubt.

The engine starts first time no matter what. However, the automatic choke takes a while to get use to. I discovered, to start from cold, you fully depress the accelerator and then depress the accelerator by about 10mm. The engine then starts no problem.

The ride quality can be a bit bumpy.

Steering is a bit heavy at low speed, but nothing to worry about.

The engine has had its fair share of thrashings. Despite this, the engine still sounds like new.

The car is quite nippy, but when loaded with five people and going uphill, you know it is only a one liter.

The engine bay has loads of space, thus allowing maintenance to be performed with ease.

The engine and gearbox set up is a joy to work with. The engine pulls well in third gear at low speed. I have no trouble getting round tight corners with this gear and speed.

The only drawback is the four speed gearbox. This makes long motorway drives rather less practical, due to the fuel consumption and engine noise. A five speed gearbox would be hugely beneficial.

The interior is fairly bland and less equiped than my other car. But this isn`t really a concern, as I tend to concentrate on driving rather than paying attention to the fascia.

The all-round vision is impressive. Much better than any other car I have driven.

The boot, although appears to be small, is in fact, able to accommodate a large suite case and other items.

Rust has not been a problem. Although, Nissans have been known for rust problems.

The car is able to wheelspin surprisingly easy for a one liter, especially in the wet.

I can honestly say, what a cracking little motor. I would be heart broken to part with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2005