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2003 Micra E

OK, so as some of you know, my Yaris Diesel engine let go, and with me starting a new job, i needed a car to get me to the 20miles each way trip. this car came up for sale through a family friend, and as it was in exceptional condition and on 60k, the little 1.0 engine sounded sweet so i couldnt really pass it up!

here are some pics (already fitted some stickers)





ive already fallen in love
 

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k12s are awesome little hatch backs a lot of people underestimate. hope your planning on turning this into a project ;). first port of call coilovers from venommotorsport
 
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well, im meeting YCUK on saturday, and getting 20mm spacers from a member cause the rear stance is pathetic!

then on payday its getting new oil, a new filter (not sure what filter yet) and some decent spark plugs, any ideas what spark plugs i need and what are the reccomended ones from fellow members?

also a paid MSC account too!
 
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ok, so first paycheck comes in on the 9/2 and ive planned what im getting.

Panel filter,
heko's
new plugs
new oil
March Badge
20mm spacers

what panel filter is best do you think?



going for a style similar to this:
edit2: where can you get those headlights from?
 

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I ran a K&N in both my K12s. Oil-wise, any decent 5w30 would be perfect :).
 
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Cheers guys! Was just thinking really of something I can fit an forget, had OEM paper elements on cars before and I was never impressed. Only really after a bit of induction noise and the million mile guarantee on k&n's is good, however the Yaris folk have had bad results with some k&n products such as the typhoon sucking up puddles and the filters clogging the MAF sensors so I think ill go with the piper cross! And as for value for money I'd rather spend a little more on parts I'd appreciate, after all I spent £150 odd on a pair of brows for the Yaris!!!



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so i cleaned the micra today and pulled the yaris out of the garage so it can get a hug




yes i know the yaris has a wrong front plate

:)
 
Cheers guys! Was just thinking really of something I can fit an forget, had OEM paper elements on cars before and I was never impressed. Only really after a bit of induction noise and the million mile guarantee on k&n's is good...
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You still have to clean and re-oil the K&N filters pretty much every service with a kit that costs about £12 so usally better just getting a standard paper filter. but each to their own get what you want thats was modding is all about :D
 
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Gave the micra a service today! god the engine bay is well packed!

considering i did the car propped up on the steels wheels i kept burning my hand on the exhaust downpipe whilst reaching for the sump plug!

still got some 5w10 Mobil 1 oil for 20 quiddy and a oil filter for £4 can't complain!

think next month ill get heko wind deflectors and a front import plate.


then ill leave the car as is, cause come summer time, im selling it to get an e30 318 4 door :)
 

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Dude seriously, I've never even heard of 5W10 :eek:. For petrol Micras, 5W30 is perfect. 5W40 or 10W40 for diesels.
 
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It's fully synthetic and it was reccomended for the car, it seems to run fine and it's a decent brand as well!

Says on the box "designed specifically for engine sizes of 1000cc or less"


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well, the micra continues to chug along, albeit untouched.

sorry to say im very very unhappy with the car, daresay i bloody hate the thing.

its slow, drains fuel, poorly made, the windscreen wiper motor broke so is dangerous, traintracks and pulls to the left and right, the starter motor makes a racket an all.

maybe im just focussing on the negatives, but i am still very unhappy with the car.
 
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Right, so, have had the micra 6 months.

been a decent chugger.

heres how it is atm:




too some badges off, just the "Micra" and "E", took some of my stickers off, and the wheel trims, cause my girlfriend lives in a part of nottingham that's mostly on fire, and little ####s nick the trims and burn them. part from that, its alright. still not really liking it much, and it smokes a fair bit in 1st and 2nd, not really sure what's the cause, i know its burning a bit of oil.

taxing it on sunday, and ill probably be kind the the crapper and get some new sparks, oil filter, and oil change to a slightly better grade (not sure 5w30 is good over the summer months)

also, ive got a bollock load of water coming through the boot, and it sounds (when im driving with the seats down) like theres a hole in the floor, might have a look when i get back to my girlfriend's tonight for it,.


oh #### yeah, forgot, the screw that holds the spare wheel has split, and i cant get it out, to treat the rust in boot.

what do?



heres a pic of the yaris as it sits n all.



 

Guy

Has gone over to the oily side...
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Joe, my 1.6 was fitted with Denso Iridiums and had a ridiculously long service life. Having said that, my Densos were crumbling apart ay ~38,000 miles so were ditched pronto for some NGK Iridiums which I believe have a much better rep :).
 
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The car was owned by an old man, has barely any service history, and he smoked in it (even I have respect enough to get out when I have a fag) so I can assume in the 60k it did over 10 years they've never been changed, however I've done 12k in 6 months, so I presume they are to blame (along with the 5w30 oil) for the burning oil issue.

Happy to say the gearbox issue hasn't arisen


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