1994 Nissan Micra LX 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


It won't let you down


Clutch needed replacing.

That's about it. The car is hugely reliable, never having broken down.

General Comments:

Performance - notably quick at the lights, gets up over 100, feels comfortable at speed. Fuel consumption is very good.

Cabin - incredibly roomy for a car of its size, pedal spacing is perfect, basic interior, but functional.

Sadly, it is designed for retired people or girls, but don't let that put you off a great little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th February, 2004

1994 Nissan Micra L 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Utterly reliable, fun small hatchback. Class leading at the time of purchase


The gearbox packed up at around 10,000 miles, and took the clutch plate with it. All problems were fixed under warranty.

Other than that, nothing - and I mean nothing - except a shock absorber and a cracked boot handle cost me a penny outside of routine servicing. Reliability was excellent.

General Comments:

I bought the Micra new in '94 - the first and probably last time I'll buy new, now that I'm wise to the amount one loses on any new vehicle, thanks to depreciation.

But I'm glad I did. It lasted me 6 years and 120,000 miles. Many of those miles were spent bouncing along ropey British and Irish country roads, loaded up with a family and a camping trailer. The only thing that went seriously wrong was sorted under warranty. I'm confident that the equivalent contemporary Ford or Vauxhall would have given up the ghost long before the Micra.

It's now a decade old design of course, and as such is seriously outgunned by more modern rivals - such as the latest incarnation of the Micra and the Yaris, which have set new standards of quietness, equipment levels and performance.

But at the time it was the class leader.

The seats were wonderful. I could drive it all day and experience no back pain, unlike certain cars which cripple me (the Vauxhall Vectra for example.)

The driving position was slightly upright, but somehow suited the car's personality and road stance.

The dash layout was lovely and simple, and the cabin was light filled and airy.

The gearbox was pretty good, although it had a bit of a long throw and could be notchy. The downsides were the clutch which needed a tad more muscle power than it should have which I suspect is a fault found rather frequently on Nissans. Also, the unpowered steering which was a touch lifeless, especially as the miles piled on.

Towards the end it began to burn some oil, so it was time to say goodbye. I replaced it with another sunderland built Nissan - a Primera. I fancy the X trail next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

29th Sep 2007, 16:51

I owned an L reg nissan micra for 3 years and it was a great car. It had high mileage when I bought it, but that wasn't a problem. I drive quite a lot of miles and on motorways and it's a very nippy car for a 1.0. The only problem I had was it needed a new exhaust and towards the end it occasionally had problems starting in damp weather. I didn't spend much on repair bills and it went threw every MOT without a problem. It was a reliable car and I now regret selling it as my current car which is NOT a micra has nothing, but problems. I would like to buy another micra for my next car as I think they are great cars.

12th May 2011, 17:39

I bought my 1994 Micra at Christmas 2010, serviced it myself, Waxoiled the underside; now looks like new on the underside. It gives good return on petrol; as good as my old 800cc 30 year old motor bike.

1994 Nissan Micra LX 1.3 from UK and Ireland


An unfairly slagged little wonder!


Throttle Body gave up the ghost after much kangarooing. Got replacement from scrappy!

Replaced Exhaust.

Replaced Brake cylinders.

Steering shakes a bit between 75-80mph.

Things you'd expect from a 9 year old car really!

General Comments:

On my second Micra after throwing the first one accidentally in front of a Fiesta. It was so good I bought another.

It really does not need power steering as you can park it one-handed.

Will do 110mph down a hill - so I've been told!

No seriously, the Micra does not deserve its slagging. It's never let me down, it doesn't use much fuel, never drinks oil and leaves many more powerful cars behind at lights. 1.3 is a total gem and really good for overtaking.

Also, any car that has pedals so well spaced you can drive it sitting in typical bloke position, cannot be called girly!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

21st May 2003, 05:31

You are totally correct. ALL Nissans, either Japan or UK built, are excellent, durable and first rate machines. It's just the motoring press (in the UK) with their adolescent view of cars that thinks otherwise.

My Primera (see review), nearly a year old, 20,000kms, parked outside in Finnish winter, is EXCELLENT. No faults, just marvelous, and funky too!