Powerful Micra Diesel is the Driver's car - but gearbox oil leak at 3K KM

A user review on Nissan Micra. Written by n.mathew on 01 September, 2011

Price: ₹ 4.82 - 7.04 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : XV Diesel
Purchased As : New
Familiarity : Have driven a few thousands kilometres
Fuel Economy : 19.5 kpl
Good : Excellent acceleration, no turbo lag, good fuel economy, drivability
Bad : High price, No ABS option for diesel, rear seat shoulder room,body roll, gearbox oil leak at 3K KM

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Exterior I  like the looks, also likes auto closure option for the side mirrors that folds the mirrors while the car is locked, the car has good ground clearence. Nissan should have considered wider tyres for the diesel model since it comes with a heavier engine and tragically no ABS.

Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Intelligent key is really cool. Leg space is OK, driver seat does not have height adjustment, the seats are low and might not be very comfortable for people taller than 5ft 10. The glowbox is very very small, it has enough space to keep the user manual and nothing else. Rear seats are comfortable for 2, leg space is good but shoulder space is not good enough for 3.

Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Engine performance is excellent,  engine brake is little insufficient which leaves you applying more brake than in any other car, gear box is also OK. There is absolutely no turbo lag, power delivery is very good and seamless. Gives me 19.5 kmpl which i think is OK for the driving conditions (30% city and 70% through state highways).  However, at 3200KM an Oil leak has started, probably due to gearbox packing

Ride Quality & Handling Smooth ride, handling is good. the stearing is excellent - very soft during low speads and gets heavier as speed picks up. There is slight body roll while making sharp curves.

Final Words This is a great car if you are in the driver's seat - very powerful, no turbo lag, engine is very refined and feels smooth as silk, easy to drive, low turining radius, can overtake with ease in city and on highway, it is unbelievle how an engine with 63bhps can churn out so much power. Nissan engineers have done a great job with the engine and gear box.

"Tragically" (i have no better word than that, "foolishly" could come close)Nissan chose not to offer ABS for diesel version inspite of them having it in the petrol version, i do not understand the logic behind that exclusion, such stupid decisions can ruin brand image.

My car's gearbox oil started leaking at 3200 KM, Nissan has picked up my car with their Road side assistance program free of cost,they are still working on it, i consider this problem as a major quality issue(manufacturing defect ), unheard of Nissan. 

Areas of improvement Price, number of service outlets, should (must )provide ABS for diesel, the owners manual should give specific information for the models in India, currently it is made for global market without stating which options/types are avaialble in  a specific model in india.

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N_Mathew on 07 Oct, 2011 at 11:14 AM

This review is updated

M Bajaj on 02 Sep, 2011 at 01:17 PM

Mathew,

Nice review. whats the on road cost of your car??

Pls do post some pics.  features like ABS, driver seat height adjust, rear defogger, fog lamps should have been there in the top model.

Good Luck

N_Mathew on 02 Sep, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Dear Friends,

I have written a review on Nissan Micra and look forward to your comments on it.

Review Link: Powerful Micra Diesel is the Driver's car 

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