1998 Nissan Micra Equation 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Very little has gone wrong with this car. Basic wear and tear stuff i.e. tyres, brakes have been changed. More long term issues are now starting to emerge i.e. rust in some areas. I have also had some slight issues with the spark plugs and some other minor electrical faults, all easily corrected.
Both the interior and exterior are starting to look a bit tired, but really they weren't a work of art when it rolled off the production line.
There's very little I'd change on this car. Personally if I was going to buy another one, I'd buy a model with power steering, as without it's surprisingly heavy. This combined with very small wing mirrors makes slow speed manoeuvres a bit tricky. I'd also buy one with a slightly larger engine, as I could occasionally do with a bit more grunt that just isn't there. But that's it.
It's not an amazing car, but it has a lot of character. I've done a lot of long distance road trips with friends in it, and they all love it. For a small car, it utilises its internal space very well. Its economy is amazing; I managed to drive to the west coast of Wales from Birmingham and back, all on one tank with three passengers.
Basically, treat it well and it'll always bring you home.
P.s. don't try a handbrake turn in it, you'll just embarrass yourself ;)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2013