7th Jan 2008, 16:41
Little note from the owner here, the car has done 215.500 KM now, and is going to have maintenance in early February. Engine is still running fine, no oil consumption whatsoever.
In the mean time I had to replace the battery (50 euros) and the blower-fan (30 euros from another micra on the scrapheap). Everything else is still OK.
I'll post a follow-up about the things that come up in February.
24th May 2008, 08:56
Mr Netherlands, how is your car faring? Mine is nearly on 50,000 miles (80,000km) and it's been nearly a year since I wrote my review so I'll be doing a follow-up on it within the next few weeks.
22nd Sep 2008, 20:13
I would agree with your comments about the Micra being favoured by women, my mother owned a 1.0 5 door K10 Micra on a G plate and had it for 10 years, selling it in 2004 when it was 15 years old. She replaced it with another Japanese car, a 1999 Toyota Yaris CDX and still owns this car as of Sept 2008.
The Micra was a Mk1 and I have been in it as a passenger - it pulled very well and was so reliable. She swore by it and would have kept it longer but at 15 years old it was starting to look very dated. It just went on, and on, and on and...
The 5 door is less common than the 3 door, but is more practical. Several people in my street own K11 Micras K reg to 02 reg, and they are all women, and they have had them for some years as well. If I wanted a small car and had to make the choice, I would have a Toyota Yaris as the Micra although very reliable, is too much seen as a girl's car. Japanese cars are the ultimate in reliability and hold their prices well.
15th Apr 2009, 17:36
Little update here from the owner.
The car is still running OK. I've just seen the 232.000KM mark pass and so far everything is still OK. Today on a long run at about 130 km/h the fuel consumption was about 16 kilometers/litre which is, even to todays standards, excellent. Also a good sign for me the engine is still in good shape.
During last maintenance there were some minor issues, the left steering column switch was broken and as a result my right headlight wasn't working. Fixed by replacing the switch.
Also a plate was welded on the floor on the rear left seat. My car mechanic told me he'd never seen rust there, so it was probably damaged long ago and started to rust.
Another issue was the left-front joint, it was damaged because the rubber seal was broken and therefore broke. I let the Nissan dealer replace it.
The quality of the engine and driveline keeps amazing me. Since 1993 and 230.000KM the only parts on the engine and driveline that have been replaced are a clutch (worn out), front-left joint (because the rubber seal wasn't replaced in time) and an oil pressure sensor.
So far so good, still an excellent car. I've driven about 45.000KM and paid (including the initial purchase price and excluding fuel) about €2800.