1998 Nissan Micra Profile 1.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
The learner driver car
Brakes pads and discs. Servicing and belt changes. No major faults over the time I had the car.
This was my first car and the car I learned to drive in. After being advised by my parent because "Most people's first car is the car they learned in" I stupidly done so, being young and naive and lacking critical thought, so I bought a Micra, even though learning to drive was not fun in this car, and I did not really like it.
The 1998 S registered car was a good used buy however, and proved to be reliable. Red 2 door, Profile model is a silly special edition with little to no extra's, very poorly equipped, no electric windows or anything, plus wheel trims. Most small cars from this era were the same though, unless you paid for the top spec. The interior was as dull as it gets, grey plastic everywhere. Seats were comfortable enough though.
1.0 16v engine was very slow, taking about 15 seconds to get to 60 MPH, and onto 90 MPH top speed if you are brave enough. You will get well over 40 miles per gallon though. Servicing and repairs were cheap and I guess that is this car's main appeal.
Looking back I guess I cannot hate it for what it is - an economy car suited to city driving and learner drivers. I have some good memories of it as a first car, but I would not buy another; even the very latest model does not tempt me at all, but probably because I have moved onto bigger luxury cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th November, 2020