Hi Folks, for some reason, discussion on Micra in general and CVT in particular seem to have disappeared in all the forums. So I thought n update on my Micra CVT was in order. Did my first service at the 5100km/6 month interval.
Driving experience in the last 4 months:
1) Excellent and smooth transmission. Jerk-free as promised by CVT.
2) Engine refinement levels are just unbelievable at cruising speeds. Truly sounds like an international quality mill. And a 3-cylinder too, at that!!
3) Very decent fuel economy, ranging from 13 in the urban crawl of Pune to around 14.5 in the daily commute to Hinjewadi. Of course, its even better on the open highways.
4) The AC did a decent job in summer. Not bone-chilling, but quite adequate.
5) Ride and handling is very good. Doesnt feel skittish even at speeds exceeding 80kph.
In sum, I have to say it is an excellent 4+1 occasional family car for those who do not want a large boot, want a decent petrol engine with decent economy and automatic transmission AND safety features like ABS
+ 2 airbags. I dont think there is a better hatchback package than the Micra.
Problems- Not specific to the car, but I got rear-ended by a Ritz on my way to work, when I braked hard to avoid hitting a 2 wheeler which had skidded. My rear-right section of the bumper caved in, and the Ritz guy suffered a bruised left bumper and broken headlamp. Got it repaired with Oxford Nissan itself, since this is such a new car I didnt want to take any hassles of doing it outside.
1st Service- performed the regular first service. A couple of points came up.
1) The Service center insisted on replacing the Engine oil even though the recommended interval is 10k kms- JUST because of the time elapse of 6 months. This sounded strange to me, and the SA further substantiated this by saying that there may be trouble in claiming any warranty in future IF they discover the oil change schedule was not adhered to.
. I dont think this is the case with other OEMS , is it ? I argued that for my Fiat Linea, they actually advise not to change until the 15k kms intervals. Anyway, the cost wasnt much (since they use mineral oil (Mobil) so I did not press the issue further.
2) The SA advised NOT to use third party floor mats, especially the 3-d type, since they may occasionally be placed high up right under the A & B pedals and can interfere with the overall response of the car. Since these pedals are drive-by-wire and have memory sensors, the car will get adapted to any response which may be a result of restricted pedal movement due to obstruction by the mat.
This may result in less than optimum result for A or B (either of which is quite serious!!). That was new for me..
Have you folks heard of this in your cars or in any other car?? I know about the Toyota floor mat recall issue, but it seems that other cars are also affected similarly. Kindly comment.
Total service bill was 1300, plus a under body rust protection package that I did for extra.