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Nissan Micra (2002-2010) Buying Guide

Nissan Micra (2002-2010)
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by Richard Dredge

Ever since the first examples appeared in 1983, the Nissan Micra has proved itself one of the best superminis around. With its sliding rear seat for extra cabin versatility, stand-out exterior design plus a huge choice of engines and trim levels, there are plenty of reasons to buy a Micra. Another is that typical Nissan reliability - but you can't always take this for granted.

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Reliability
Build quality
Good value
Cramped rear seat
Unrefined
Dull handling
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Key Dates 
11/02The third-generation Micra debuts in three and five-door hatch forms, with 1.0, 1.2 or 1.4-litre petrol engines, plus a 1.5dCi turbodiesel.
3/05A 1.6-litre petrol engine appears, in the 108bhp Micra SR.
6/05A facelift brings a revised nose and tail, overhauled interior and extra standard equipment.
9/05The Micra C+C (coupé-cabriolet) arrives with a 1.6 petrol engine.
9/06The Micra C+C gets a 1.4-litre engine.
9/07Another facelift brings further interior and exterior changes plus more standard kit and revised trim levels.
Checklist 
  • The tailgate lock can fill up with water leading to the mechanism failing.
  • Clonks from the front suspension can be because the system was misaligned when the car was built. This can be fixed though.
  • The electrics aren't always reliable and batteries can go flat for no apparent reason, but a software update can cure this.
  • Poor starting or running is often due to a faulty crankshaft sensor because of deposits on the flywheel.
  • Timing chains fail on petrol engines, because of poor quality oil being used.
  • ABS modules fail; dealers charge less to fix cars with a Nissan FSH.
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