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Nissan Micra 1.0i 16v S 3dr
Member Name: michaird
Nissan Micra 1.0i 16v S 3dr
Date: 31/07/02, updated on 31/07/02 (1504 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Reliable, Nippy
Disadvantages: Got a good whacking with the ugly stick
I feel sorry for my little car sometimes, I really do. I don't give her any love, care or attention. She sits, alone in the garage used, abused, battered and bruised and yet she still keeps on trying her best in the hope that one day I'll return that love.
I haven't cleaned the inside since January; the dashboard is grey and doesn't show up the muck. I haven't cleaned the outside since November, the paintwork's still good and she hardly looks dirty. Just when the windscreen gets to the point where it's to grubby to see out of, we get rain and I think "oh, it'll last a few more weeks"
I've had her almost two years and I haven't had her serviced, changed the oil, pumped the tyres up, changed the air filters. I've done nothing for her, nothing. Yet still day after day she starts first time and does it's job.
I hit her once. I didn't mean to, I felt bad about it afterwards. It was a black pole, in a black tarmac car park, on a black night, with no lighting. I made it better, had her wing replaced and her bumper re-sprayed. I spent a hundred quid on making it right and she forgave me.
One day my car will start to hate me for not treating her right, one day she'll give up I'm sure.
We met in September 2000, I'd finally decided after two years of having a driving licence it might be nice to actually drive a car. The salesman introduced us, I didn't fancy her much, she's a bit of an uger, bright red, round and podgy like a metro that's eaten all the pies, but she had big moony eyes that begged for someone to love her. I later learn that these eyes are designed to make her look like a baby and therefore appeal to women, which shows me she can be manipulative when she wants to be.
A super stylish, sleek looker is great in the short term, but in the long run what we really want is cheap and low maintenance and it doesn't matter what s
he looks like. Ok, you might be embarrassed to introduce her to your mates for a while, but you soon get over it.
She was 18 months old with 13500 on the clock, she was a young enough model to me worthy of my attention (it didn't want an old banger) I wanted something that could give me hard graft for a few years. I also got what was left of the 3yr, 60000 mile warranty that comes with all Micra's I put up £4500 and took her to see her new home.
She's enthusiastic and eager to please, with a nippy little engine she'll get off quick from the traffic lights and can corner pretty quickly. She may only be a one litre but the 16 valve engine certainly counts for something. She can only do 0-60 in 15.5 seconds and if I try to go any quicker than 80 she gets scared and starts shuddering and shaking, but she'll ride quite comfortably and 70 on fast roads and prefers to do around 40 on slower ones. She doesn't really like 3rd gear and whines at me until I put her into 4th although her favourite is fifth. She knows how annoyed I get if she doesn't do as she's told so if I forget to take her out of second when we pull off, she rarely stalls.
She moves best with just me in the car but she gets a bit shy when I have more than one passenger and I will struggle to get her to move with any amount of gumption.
She's pretty quiet too but you can still hear enough to know how she's feeling as you drive her.
Sometimes she gets argumentative when I change gear and wont change smoothly, I force it and she screams a little but it doesn't seem to have done her any harm. It could be because I'm clumsy with her or it may be the design of the gears themselves, I don't know.
I fill her up about once a month, I can get about £30 into the tank and she'll give me about 40 miles to the gallon. This is pretty good considering my other half reckons I drive like a rally driver (which isn'
;t true) but it is true that I'm a bit heavy handed and heavy footed with her.
She has nice comfy seats in grey fabric, which don't show up the muck. She's quite roomy for such a small car; my 6ft 4" boyfriend can sit quite comfortably in her as she has quite a high roof and plenty of legroom in the front passenger seat. He has the seat set back as far as it will go but most people don't need to do that. The boot is very small but you can put the back seat down to create more room, it doesn't lie flat but she'll take a pretty impressive amount of stuff.
As a younger driver with only 2 years no claims bonus I get pretty reasonably priced comprehensive insurance cover. She was one of the cheapest I looked into.
She does have a few nice features:
She has a switch so that you can choose to circulate air from outside the car for freshness or from inside the car so you don't have to breath in fumes when stuck in traffic.
She has a pretty good cassette radio, nothing flashy, nothing anyone would want to nick. For months she would switch of my tape and tune into radio WM for the traffic and it was months before I realised it was a local traffic announcement function.
Driver's airbag comes as standard as does power steering so she's pretty easy to handle.
She has rear fog lights and heated rear windows which are very useful in the winter.
The dash has a speedometer, fuel gauge, engine temperature gauge and an electronic odometer. There is no rev-counter; I've never missed it.
The breaks are stunningly good, I tend to break later than I should do and she has never given me any cause to worry about this.
The steering wheel adjusts to the height your most comfortable with, which is good because my arms would get very tired before I lowered it.
Some things though, do annoying me about her.
She's manually locking; most people nowadays expect cars to be centrall
y locking so they never lock her when they get out. The number of times she's sat there with the passenger door unlocked is scary. I always double check now.
Her windows are manual wind too, a bit of a pain in the bum when you're driving.
The wheel trims all fell off, one the day after I bought her and the rest slowly over the coming year. She's really let herself go in this respect, I'm not buying her anymore it's a waste of money.
There's no cigarette lighter, I don't smoke but it would have been useful to charge my phone on.
She's now about 3 and a half, getting middle aged and I'm getting bored with her now. The newer models have features like reverse parking sensors, air conditioning, bottle holders, tinted door glass, a 12V socket and are generally more powerful, they start at only £6995 which is pretty damn good. I think she's afraid I'm going to dump her for a younger model but she's still worth around £3000 and has yet to let me down so she needn't worry for the time being.
I don't know a lot about cars, all I care about is that they start first time, all the time and that they don't cost me very much money and even though she's not very good looking, flash or fancy she does what I want and them some.
I promise ill take more care of her from now on.