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Discussion in 'Motors' started by Patriach, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. Patriach

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    Mk1 Nissan Micra 1.2's. Ive seen a mint J reg for sale, £400, Low miles. Are they worth buying and that? Anything to look for when buying one?



    P.S. Im after any car for a 1st now, but nothing big.
     
  2. Steedie

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    Oh god, the Nissan Micra isn't very popular on here, expect some non helpful replies

    As a first car mate, it's ideal, chances are you'll bash it about a bit, so you want something cheap like this to get experience in. Then next year treat yourself

    Unfortunately I don't know enough about them to say what to look for
     
  3. Patriach

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    Its the old boxy one im looking at, not really keen on the recent girly models....
     
  4. Jonners

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    £400 for a 1991/1992 car?

    £100 if not less :D
     
  5. Sonea Fifer

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    It does sound like an ideal 1st car, cheap insurance, cheap to run, cheap to fix.

    However it does depend on what you're using it for - if you're commuting 50+ miles a day to work and back then it's a no brainer. If you're planning on short local journeys round town and to work then it's an ideal way to build up you're NCB.
     
  6. Steedie

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    My friend had one of the boxy cars for his first car

    He loved it, and he ended up writing it off so again, but luckily like you he didn't pay a lot for it so it wasn't a big loss
     
  7. GeX

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    i suspect there are better cars for the money as a first car, £400 on something thats of that class and that age seems steep to me
     
  8. Muffin`

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    I suspect, you have been banned many times before
     
  9. Patriach

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    Just round town and 'cruisin' with my mates...
     
  10. Vigoro

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    Of course he has, i pointed it out before :)
     
  11. Steedie

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    In that case, go for it mate :) It will be perfect. Try and get it for a bit cheaper as well :p
     
  12. Vigoro

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    Shame you didnt do the cossie engine in your mums focus, or the swift gti, or anything else you had tried doing of course.

    But then again, i suppose you still havent got a full license
     
  13. Janesy B

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    Hi Azab,

    The Micra will be half decent as long as its the bubble shape and not the square shape. If it's got a year of tax and MOT then you can't go wrong for £400.

    Not really. You can barely get a car in London for less than £500 with a tax and years MOT.
     
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  14. Maccy

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    He'll be referring to the K10, not the K11 (my one) or the K12 (newest shape).

    They're not bad, good for mods and that's about it. £400 is a lot for a K10, you should expect to pay that for K11 at the most.
     
  15. MarkDavis

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    A J plate £400 Micra is likely to be a bit of a disaster zone. Ancient cars, and will disintegrate quickly, if it hasn't already.

    At this price point, you don't buy based on make/model, you buy on its condition but you really ought to up the budget. Surely, its not going to take that much more to save another £600 for a £1k+ car?
     
  16. iaind

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    Utter rubbish.

    I knew someone with an E reg that was absolutely fine. It started with a doorbell and didnt even have inertia rear seatbelts but it was fine otherwise.

    It died when a stone chip in the radiator made it overheat and she didnt notice until it siezed
     
  17. jamief

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    And then save up another £500 for a £1500 car, why not save another for a £2000 car?

    Plenty of cars for £400 which are PERFECTLY usable. No need to spend any more in this case imo.
     
  18. Dup

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    You'll get a Mk2 K11 for £400, I would pay £200 or less for a K10 ideally. The K10 must be getting very rare now so will end up commanding a premium in good nick regardless of how good people may percieve it may be.
     
  19. breadturbo

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    K10 is x1000 times more reliable than K11 (made in japan not dodgy sunderland)
    as long as you dont ditchfind it there bulletproof

    and when you're ready you can get a £50 primera 2.0 engine, sunny 1.6 gearbox and bolts in :p
    i used to have one when i was 17, worked nor a nissan main dealer
     
  20. MarkDavis

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    Perfectly UNUSABLE you mean. A £400 banger is going to be one step away from the crusher. Upping the budget by £600 (which is hardly alot of money) gets you a MUCH bigger range of cars to choose from, the majority of which are going to be better mechanical condition.

    Yeah? I knew someone with a 20 year of Skoda Estelle which was perfectly fine. Ran like clockwork, never broke down, no rust. could go 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. It could fly too and travel on water.