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Old 04 May 2009, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Buying a nissan micra

Ok, so i'm not but at the moment it seems like a good idea as i'm just so pissed off with my run of luck.

Started in Nov when i serviced the car and fitted a decat downpipe. The car started to puff blue smoke on over run. Then in Dec i suffered a split water feed to the turbo, 60 for a piddly little metal pipe which the main dealers took 5wks to deliver. Whilst i was waiting for the pipe i thought it would be worth giving it a clutch as the old one was showing signs of wear.
170 later i had myself a 230mm excedy orgasmic clutch. Pulled engine out to fit clutch to make life a bit easier, fitted the new water pipe while i was at it and again changed oil and gave it new anti freeze. I made it 12miles towards home and dropped a ring. Car was running on 3 cylinders and spitting oil everywhere.
Decided the best route for the engine was to fit a recon unit from here Home - Mr Engine.net Specialists in Engines Gearboxes and Cylinder Heads
Thought i'd treat the car to an sti lump so 850 lighter for the engine ( as apparently the prices are wrong on there website! ) and a further 200 lighter for a cambelt and tensioner kit and another 75 on genuine oil, filter, inlet and outlet gaskets......a further days worth of work and the car was back up and running.
Ran it in at 3k gearchanges for the next 400miles, upped it to 3.5-4k for the next hundred when i started experiencing water leaks.
After the 3rd i started to get pissed off with it so dropped it to my mechanic friend to investigate.......he diagnosed the header bottle as being shagged and the water was spilling out through it. 45 later on a later metal type header bottle ( oh yeah and another 20 on a rocker box gasket as one of them started to leak on my brand new recon engine ) and i made it about 2miles from my mates house and the car spilled its load yet again!
The engine is pressurising ( susp head gasket failure ) so i am now awaiting a replacement recon unit to be sent out so i can spend another day taking engines in and out of my scooby. So frustrating as the people i have to deal with at the end of the phone at mr engine are FU**ING USELESS. The origional recon engine was supposed to be next day delivery and that took over a week....i've been waiting two weeks for the replacement replacement.
On the flip side i'm getting quite good at taking engines in and out of scoobies.
I am getting to the point that i no longer trust the car though. I just hope the next engine will sort it and i can get back to enjoying it and not worrying about it. Nissan Micra anyone lol
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Old 04 May 2009, 09:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Buying a nissan micra

well i'm just pleased you found ecstasy in your orgasmic clutch,,,but seriously, it's enough to put me off classics, there are so many out there that seem to suffer from engine problems and rebuild issues, especially JDM imports. they seem to have been put through the paces with mods over the years and they can end up a bit frankenstein. i'm really sorry to hear your on going problems but early classics are getting quite old so you are doing a good job to keep it up and running.
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Old 04 May 2009, 09:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah i know what you mean. I don't think i'd buy another without taking a compression tester with me lol. It seems 80k in a scooby is the equivelent to 120k in a 'normal' car. Wouldn't be so pissed of but after spending the money and the time and then my recon engine goes tits?!?! It's testing me now........lucky i've still got my bike and the sun's been shining is all i can say ;-)
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Old 04 May 2009, 11:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about your problems thank god tip wood I have none and hope I will never have but seems that you got a troublesome 1 their unfortunaly proberbly never been looked after from previous owners and hope the next engine better
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Old 05 May 2009, 06:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah i know what you mean. I don't think i'd buy another without taking a compression tester with me lol. It seems 80k in a scooby is the equivelent to 120k in a 'normal' car. Wouldn't be so pissed of but after spending the money and the time and then my recon engine goes tits?!?! It's testing me now........lucky i've still got my bike and the sun's been shining is all i can say ;-)
Sounds as if you have been very unlucky

Brumbrum's point about older cars is not just scooby related IMHO... it's the ownership of the cars as they age... we are true enthusiasts who lavish care and attention on our motors... well most of us
Unlike many cars I have seen and owners I have met... who are not the enthusiasts we are... they may not treat the cars as they should, they uprate components without any thought of changes of service schedules to suit uprated stress on the engine and other components...

The older a car gets the more chance of abuse, track use, corner cutting services etc etc...

JDM are pot luck IMHO... very often they look fantastic on the surface but they never come from Japan with service history, they are imported by 'Make a buck quick' dealers.... NOT ALL OF THEM but many

It is getting harder and harder to find a top quality Classic... the best shape and a true classic... they are out there.... but look at the owner just as much as you look at the car... can they, have they, do they look after and spend on the car the money, time and effort a Turbo legend deserves?

Ownership is the most important element of a good scooby... but sometimes bad luck just bites... Dogs are faithful animals... but they demand careing and responsible owners... or they may turn and bite us in the arse!..

Good luck with new engine fella... hope it's sorted soon

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Old 05 May 2009, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Buying a nissan micra

This is why i travel miles to specialists i can trust-they`re not cheap but in the long run its alot less hassle/expense overall.

If mine went tho would have to then consider keeping it alot longer an uprating box aswell then i`d probably take the mods further but theres a fine line between getting it up an running then selling an cutting your losses or keeping hoping it dont go again or waiting for the next expensive part/s to go an it turning into an endless pit-tough to choose between.


On the plus side i owned a micra i bought for 600 had it 3yrs did 20 odd thousand miles an only had a bit of welding and the circuitboard on throttle body needed re-soldering(dry joints on 3pins that connect to loom) other than that tyres an servicing were it-were a k-plate an had done about 120,000miles sold it a mate with a scooby who couldnt believe what a great car it were for its age-even txt me to thank me when he got home lol.


In fact i know he`s sold scooby since but believe him an his missus still have the micra-i sold it for 325
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In fact i know he`s sold scooby since but believe him an his missus still have the micra-i sold it for 325
Speaking of micras serviced one last week a few jobs had to be done it 10yrs old still with the first clutch and its time chain driven so normally maintenance free so dont have to worry about a cam belt and they 106k miles on it they bulletproof I think like a lot of jap cars thats if you get a right one to begin with love the japs but servicing them can be a pain somtimes cause they have the smallest hands ever so trying to repair or fix things you be cursing them lol
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Old 07 May 2009, 09:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Cheers for the comments guys. I know what you're saying about it being a fine line between spending money on upkeep and throwing good money after bad, it's a tricky one tbh!
I bought the car from a friend of mine first time around about 4yrs ago. I wouldn't say he 'babied it' but he does maintain things well. I put the 4 pots on it and ran it for about 18mnths without a problem. Being completely honest i do tend to drive cars quite hard when the mood suits although obviously not all the time and always let car warm up/cool down etc+always service more often than required.
I sold it to a good mate of mine when i bought my 1st house as i couldn't warrant running a car whilst having a company car ( + my mrs hadn't passed her test at this point ). Whilst in my mates care it had another full service, set of tyres and other little bits and bobs. He barely used it, tbh i think he only bought it as he was having a mid life crises lol.
When he came to sell it i already had 1st refusal and jumped at the chance of having it back as my misses has now been driving for a couple of years ( she loves the scooby ;-) ). I half thought about looking around at others but i thought against it as i loved 'mine' too much and i knew it was 'such a good, reliable, trouble free car' PMSL..........
Since then it hasn't exactly been plain sailing!
The frustrating thing is that as far as i can see i've done everything right as i hoped to keep the car for a few years!
I'm now at the point that the car owes me all but double what it's worth and i've lost a lot of faith in it as it just seems to be so unreliable.....BUT....i'm still hoping it's just a run of bad luck and AM going to give it yet another chance so fingers crossed!!
The replacement, replacement engine turned up yesterday and we will be fitting it monday week. Good times.
Am in slightly better spirits at the min as i've just bought a mk111 astra gsi with a c20let conversion done.....running @ 250 bhp ( with rolling road print-out ). Its fecking hideous but funnier than fook to drive lol. It's a bit 'showy' for me tbh but once the scoob's back on the road i'm ripping the running gear out of the astra and dropping it in to me 23yr old vauxhall nova for a grin, as you do ;-)
Will pop some pick's of me 'bling' astra up when i get chance lol.
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going to give it yet another chance so fingers crossed!!
The replacement, replacement engine turned up yesterday and we will be fitting it monday week. Good times.
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Best of luck with it hopefully you have good luck with this one
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