This did send me down memory lane. Mine was a 1990 model. When I got engaged to get married in 1995, my wife drove a 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier former daily rental. She had a 3 speed automatic, crank windows, black plastic bumpers, and the iron block pushrod 2.2L engine, but she did have air conditioning, which was the car's only option; it didn't even have intermittent wipers, which my Micra had. Going from driving my Micra every day to that Cavalier felt like I was getting into a Cadillac by comparison; it was quieter, smoother, had a broader power band with more power, the gearing was better for the highway, and the air conditioning was so nice. There were armrests, and the shifter was at a more comfortable position.
As much as I loved my Micra, it really was only fun for occasional trips. There's a side of me that wishes I never sold it for $600 (even though it was leaking oil all over my driveway), but there's another side of me that understands how tiresome a car like that can be, especially on long commutes. For that, the new Micra is significantly better...but I'd still trade it in for a minty original like that blue one, just because.
In our culture obsessed with absurd excess, the Nissan Micra is my counterculture car of choice.
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View my fuel log 2015 Micra SV manual: 6.4 L/100 km ... 44.3 mpg (Imp) ... 15.7 km/L ... 36.9 mpg (US) ...