2003 Nissan Micra E 1.0 from UK and Ireland
Why change a good thing! There is no comparison with the older model and the new one!
Not firing on all cylinders
Seat creaking, replaced twice, going in today (02-11-05) for third replacement
Ignition failure, new ignition barrel
Passenger seat faulty, doesn't work automatically and you have to pull leaver underneath to pull forward when people get in the back of the car. This has also been replaced three times.
Bonnet locking mechanism faulty when purchased car, had to return same night
Boot locking mechanism wouldn't lock, kept coming open, locking mechanism replaced
Driver side door now doesn't lock, came open whilst driving and had to drive home with one hand on steering wheel and one holding door shut. I have to climb in through passenger side until this is fixed.
Seat material has bobbled and they aren't that comfortable when driving for long periods of time.
I'm 2 days late with my service and have been told that if the service of £160 (2nd Service) isn't done, they can refuse to do any further work on my car. However, they have fixed everything else that has gone wrong.
The Nissan dealer has stated that the problems I've had are common in the new Micra and I should be thankful that I've had all the teething problems. I don't expect to pay that much money for a new car and be told that it has teething problems like I've experienced.
I've always had a Nissan Micra, however am very dissappointed with this model, they aren't as fast as the old shape (vibe) and are chug along when pulling away. I believe this is because the new body is heavier.
I had my last Micra 6 and a half years and it never went into the garage. I've had this car for 2 years and it's in the garage every other month with problems!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd November, 2005
27th Apr 2007, 09:29
I agree about reliability of new Micras. My girlfriend bought a pre-registered Micra L (basic model) in Jan 04. Have had continual problems with the crankshaft sensor - car cuts out & needs AA man to get it started. Dealer has put new sensor in, but problem still there.
Radio has had to be replaced - wouldn't turn off.
Ignition barrel is about to stop working. Only 22k on the clock.
I had an older Micra which I ran for 17 years & only problems were mechanical ones (apart from cambelt breaking which destroyed the engine!!).
1st Jun 2007, 17:12
Has anyone had problems with their windows scratching, screeching, sticking and rattling. Unable to get satisfaction from Nissan Customer Services - taking matter to court.
16th Jul 2007, 08:32
I completely agree about the unreliability of the 2003 Nissan Micra and the inefficiency of Nissan to deal with the problem.
I purchased my Micra in 2005, since then I have had nothing, but problems with it, all of which are electrical and I am told are standard faults with the model. I've had the tailgate switch replaced as the boot was opening when the car was in motion, the car actually went on complete lock down and I was unable to even get in it. I now have an engine malfunction which registers as a cam sensor fault and subsequently I require a new ECU unit on a vehicle that is only 4 years old!
I would not recommend this car to anyone, it has caused me so much hassle and expense its just not worth it. I just wish I could afford to get rid of it!
4th Jun 2010, 12:47
I have a 2003 Micra E at the moment. The problem being all the lights are correctly on, but when you turn the ignition to start, nothing. This only seems to occur on very warm days. Has had a new ignition barrel fitted. The garage changed the starter motor; no joy. Just as well that I am not living in Spain!!!