1993 Nissan Micra Super S 1.3 petrol from Portugal


Indestructible fast little car


When I bought the car, there was a rattling noise coming from the timing chain, which meant it was time for a change, so I bought a cheap FAI timing chain kit and my dad replaced it.

After 1500 km or so, I started hearing a whirling noise coming from the engine; I couldn't really track the origin of it, so I just kept driving the car until it got worse. So my dad decided to check if everything was OK with the timing chain; that's when we found out the chain was rubbing the timing chain tensioner, spreading chips of plastics all over the engine, including the oil pan, almost clogging it!

Installed a new cheap timing chain kit and everything happened again, which made me go for a much more expensive timing chain kit (Blueprint); almost 10.000km later and no problems!

General Comments:

It's a little car with rock solid reliability, the 1.3 engine is really flexible and moves really well around town, there aren't many cars with small engines that can keep the pace of the Super S. It looks really good compared to a standard Micras, and it has a lot of equipment for a car that is over 20 years old. The interior has aged really well; there are a lot of 2000s cars with interiors more outdated than the Micra.

I regularly do 300km trips in it, and it's really comfortable, even for people in the back. The only con is that at 120 km/h you're going way past 3000 RPM.

Still runs like a clock, it has a Remus backbox, a Nodspeed 2nd decat and a custom airbox (it has a deep tone, really loud at higher RPM). For stability I also fitted a Cusco front strut bar and a Nodspeed rear strut bar, which has 'sacrificed' the trunk but the car feels really stable now, even at speeds over 130 km/h. It has white OZ Ruote Rally wheels, which makes the car look like a proper rally car. All my friends say they never thought a Micra could look/sound and drive this cool!

If you're on a budget and you're looking for your first car, look no further, the Super S is an amazing car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2015

1993 Nissan Micra Dot 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Very reliable and fun to drive


Rear sills rotten.

General Comments:

Great first car, very reliable, great for getting round town, not sure about the motorway as I've never been on one in it.

The headroom is brilliant, and it's also got a reasonable size boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2015

1993 Nissan Micra LX 1.3 from Greece


Great small car


Nothing at all. When I bought the Micra, it was already 12 years old, and I kept it for 2 more years without any problem at all.

General Comments:

It was a wonderful car. I gave it to my wife in order not to sell it. I was very sad in the end that I had to let it go.

The only minor issue was that I am a big boy, and it was a small car for me. Great handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2010

1993 Nissan Micra SLX 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


A superb car, ahead of its time then and still modern now


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Other reviews have mentioned this car as being the class leader for its time. I can certainly confirm this in many ways.

The CVT gearbox is an absolute wonder. It provides an infinite amount of ratios, unlike a standard automatic gearbox. Its efficiency is said to be as good as that of the manual. Approximately 4.4 litres/100km on the highway and 6 litres/100km in town (whatever this is in MPG). This I can easily believe. Acceleration is also extremely good for a car of its size - 0-60 must come up in well under 10 seconds, maybe only about 9. This may put it in the league of Saxo VTS, and older Fiesta SIs, but I did not buy the Nissan to race others' cars! 0-40 is certainly extremely rapid and will surprise drivers in considerably faster and larger-engined cars - great for getting away in town. Watch the tyres though - they are quite thin! However the handling is excellent nonetheless.

A recent 700 mile (1200 kilometre) trip across southern England, driving on some roads which were less than evenly surfaced, proved the Micra's worth as a go-anywhere car. It even handled the motorway respectably - 75mph equates to 3000rpm, which gives excellent economy whilst at the same time being able to remain in the middle lane ahead of most buses and lorries.

Internally, yes it is somewhat spartan compared to most of today's cars, but it does sport accessories like power steering and electric front windows. OK this is the SLX version, top of the range, but many of the Micra's then rivals (Fiesta, Clio) did not even have head restraints in the rear, something which is a feature of this Micra. Air-conditioning and an airbag were even an option, although this particular car is not fitted with them - my only small criticism as it can get quite warm what with the expanse of glass. However there is a sunroof with a sliding cover inside the car to hide it and to stop the sun beating in.

The seats themselves are extremely comfortable - I can regularly drive up to about three hours between rest stops and not experience any backache. Try to drive another small car. even today, but especially from the same era, and you will be hard-pressed to match the comfort levels which the Micra has/had to offer.

All in all, the Micra has served me extremely well, and owing to the low mileage I have no worries about owning it for another few years. I have heard that these engines and CVT gearboxes are good for over 200,000 kilometres. I hope this is true.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2007

24th Jun 2007, 18:54

What a great review.

As a CVT Micra owner, I can't agree with you more. I love my little 998cc car, but I'm still jealous of your extra engine power. It's not much of a difference, but my little baby does sometimes sound a bit laboured when she's going uphill. Saying that though, I've surprised more than one Corsa chav when I'm on the A roads ;-P

1st Jun 2008, 07:41

This is a small follow-up to the review; after nearly a year the car has almost 50,000 miles (80,000km) on the clock. What has gone wrong since I wrote the review?

The headlight bulb went. Hardly a problem, just general wear-and-tear

The rear brake light in the centre (in the screen) went. Again hardly a problem, just general wear-and-tear

The front tyres were replaced. Again just general wear-and tear.

I don't wish to bore people with such almost ludicrous comments about. The Nissan Micra is one of the most reliable older superminis out there, no doubt about it, as the many positive reviews on this site prove. I don't even have a replacement yet as mine is still going so strong and it's 15 years old now. Just have to treat her right and she'll treat me right (like a partner!)

18th Feb 2009, 07:12

Update Feb '09: the Micra is no more. It has been sold to a friend who rarely drives it, so I am confident it will last for much longer. In its place stands a VW Golf V, from 2004. However I will sorely miss the Micra, and for anybody looking for a cheap, reliable 1st car one cannot go wrong with one of these. Absolutely 100% reliability in the nearly two-and-a-half years I owned it; let's hope the Golf continues the trend in the time I own it.