This page is a list of common faults that Nissan Micra k11 owners have reported over the years. Luckily, most of them are minor issues and the micra has been blessed to be highly reliable and last for hundreds of thousands of kilometres if correctly serviced and maintained.
Door handles can eventually become brittle and crack or even snap off completely.
They were originally manufactured not to the strongest standards, so there is no real solution once they have these symptoms. Protect them as much as possible from the weather by getting them painted the colour of your car (if they aren't already). Door handles can also be tracked down through Auto-Wreckers reasonably easily.
One of your blinkers flash twice as fast as normal.
This simply means that one of your blinker bulbs on that side has blown or been unplugged from the circuit. The others on the circuit continue to operate, however they blink twice as fast.
Walk right around the car until you find the blown bulb.
Manual gear stick doesn't spring back into the centre either from the left or from the right.
It is reasonably common for the gear-stick lever return spring to break. You will need to access this from underneath the car. There is also exhaust heat-shielding in the way that you will need to remove. Remove the broken spring (which should be dangling by the end that didn't break). You can easily bend it with some pliers so that you make a new hook on the broken end, then re-install the repaired spring where it came from. Get someone in the car to move the gear stick around so you work out which direction it needs to spring back in order to work - that will also help you determine the location of the tiny hole that the spring is meant to hook into.
Micra's factory jack is extremely hard to wind.
The micra's jack works fine when new, but after a lot of use the thread can be damaged which makes the jack difficult to operate. Temporarily you should be able to grease the thread to reduce the friction, but you are probably best to replace the jack.
Fluctuating and intermittent poor idle feeling like the car wants to stall. Also possible power loss and lack of smoothness.
Your air-flow meter could be out of calibration, they are susceptible to damage and do wear out eventually. There have been a lot of reports of malfunctioning air-flow meters and throttle bodies particularly when the vehicle has clocked anywhere over 100,000km. This is the perfect opportunity to upgrade to a large throttle body from a Nissan GA15DE engine.
This throttle body re-soldering guide has also proven to rectify this problem on many vehicles and is definately worth trying.
Rough/fluctuating idle and air whooshing sounds or a more rumbly deep engine tone.
Check that air intake pipes haven't become loose and moved to partially block off the throttle body. This is far more likely to occur if you are running a custom air intake system as the factory one is well secured.
A metallic/clunky ticking kind of sound which only last for a few seconds when you first start your car up.
This is common and usually nothing to worry about. It's the timing chain rattling before the tensioners fully take up the slack. The tensioners are reliable and Nissan recommend that the timing chain is to last the life of the engine.
Suspension seems to squeek slightly when going over bumps.
Check all of your suspension bushes. You may need to replace them with newer ones. Note: aftermarket urethane bushes are more likely to squeek than factory rubber ones, however they shouldn't squeak if properly greased up with rubber grease.