1995 Nissan Micra Reviews

1995 Nissan Micra L 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

One of the best small cars you can buy on a budget

Faults:

Very little, I would be lying if I were to say the problems I have had with the car are anything more than the combination of wear and tear, and a number of neglectful and idle previous owners.

General Comments:

Well where to start? This is my review for a ‘1995 Nissan Micra L’. If you are wondering what the ‘L’ stands for, it basically means it’s the basic entry model.

Mechanical.

The Micra I am referring to features a 998cc 16 Valve engine. As I write this, the car is fast approaching its 16th year on the road, and the engine is a robust and reliable as it no doubt was when it was first fired up. It does not feel the need to use any oil or water.

Trim.

There is no nice way to say this, so let’s get it over quickly. What follows is a list of things the ‘L’ model is not lucky enough to feature. Power steering, central locking, air bags, internally adjustable wing mirrors, vanity mirror, alarm, immobiliser, trip computer, rev counter, boot light, rear speakers, clock, electric windows, rear windscreen wiper, sunroof (electric or otherwise).

The ‘L’ model does feature rear heated windscreen, heater, Blaupunkt radio cassette, a cigarette lighter, and that’s about it.

Body.

As mentioned earlier, this car is nearly 16 years old, and quite frankly the body is solid, a small rust bubble on the front wheel arch being the only blemish on its entire shell, and I’ve yet to see a K11 with flat paint, a curse present in most nineties Vauxhalls. As far as style, Nissan kept this basic shape all the way up to 2002, and because there are so many still on the road, the K11 manages not to look as dated as other early nineties cars, such as the MK3 Fiesta or MK1 Punto.

Summary.

Currently on Ebay and Autotrader, you can find early K11 Micra with 12 months M.O.T, with prices starting at around £500. With that in mind, you’d be hard pressed to find a better small car for the money. I bought mine for £600 over 6 months ago, and it hasn’t cost me a penny since. It’s reliable with modest performance and solid build quality. If you’re after a simple commuter, 2nd family car or a 1st car to get to grips with driving, you can’t do much better for the budget. It’s not perfect, for example motorways can get a little loud, louder than my dad’s 98 plate Mondeo, but quieter then my friend’s 99 plate Clio. The skinny 13 inch wheels can sometime fall foul on these potholed British roads. But generally it’s a good all rounder. I would recommend if you thinking of buying a K11, then look at the ‘LX’ model or higher, even though the ‘L’ model is perfectly fine, its basic trim can sometimes make it a little hard to live with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2011

1995 Nissan Micra 1.0L twin cam from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.0L twin cam Don't Know
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 kilometres
Most recent distance137000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Most reliable car ever

Faults:

It needed a wishbone bushing and a CV boot; that's it, nothing else at all has gone wrong, and most likely never will as these cars are bulletproof.

General Comments:

I bought this as a second car to get me to work as my WRX Impreza was costing a fortune on petrol.

There's a good bit of room inside and I'm 6' tall, but not much room in the back for adults.

Steering is nice and light, and the brakes are good, but not in the wet with the lack of ABS; I ended up in a ditch when the wheels locked up in the wet, but the only thing wrong with the car was a small crack on the front bumper :)

It's nippy enough for a 1L, but I didn't buy it for that, I have the Impreza for power and speed =)

Really good on petrol, I average about 50 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2009

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews