A pile of scrap
Timing chain replaced at 37000 miles; cost over £1000 to replace.
Airbag sensor constantly coming on £40 a time to remove.
Plastic trim falling apart.
Gear box sensor needing replacing.
Battery constantly going flat due to faulty immobiliser.
Gear box whining, and needs replacing after 47000 miles.
I purchased this car because of its low mileage and full service history.
The car was purchased to ferry my daughter and her child around, because it had a small engine and large cabin, and was reputed to be economical and reliable.
However, after owning the car for a couple of weeks, things started to make me deeply regret my purchase.
The first sign of trouble was the car kept cutting out. Then after a couple of weeks, the engine management light came on. A visit to the local garage and a full service and a new sensor seemed to cure the problem. However, a week later the light came back on; this time the dealer told me the timing chain had stretched and it needed a new one at a cost of over 1000 pounds.
After having the above work done, all was well for a couple of months until the air bag light kept coming on, following more trips to the garage, and hundreds of pounds later the electrical problems were cured. Or so I thought.
The next thing to go wrong was the rear lights not working properly. Again after more expense at the garage, it was found to be a faulty sensor in the gear box.
The following months were thankfully trouble free. Until I heard strange noises coming from the gear box.
I have now been informed that the gear box is worn and whining, and will need replacing.
The car now frequently refuses to start because of a flat battery, due to a faulty immobiliser.
Nissan are aware of all of all the above faults. They are all common faults to the new Micra.
However, the dealer still insisted that I be charged to have the car put on a diagnostic machine each time I visited the garage.
All the dealer is interested in is maximum profit.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st January, 2008