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2005 160SR 3dr

I guess since this is what all the cool kids do, I'll start a thread here for mine. Can't say it'll be too interesting mind.

Was looking through Autotrader while at a Harvester, <£1250 and local (I do this a fair bit), and up comes a little 3 door red Micra with RARE in the title and 1.6 / 108hp in the stats. I check the insurance for it, and its mega cheap - halfway between an Aygo and something more sensible like a diesel Fiesta/Polo/Corsa, but with 50% more power and 40% less 0-60. Go over to check the car out the next day, at which point I realised I hadn't even looked at the MOT history yet, but it turned out just on my limit
of acceptable (although that might be a bit flexible). Got a quick go as a passenger since I'd never driven properly on road at this point, and it was great. Pulled quite well, went around roundabouts far too fast for its own good, and sounded not too terrible with the cherrybomb on it.

A couple days later, and all the paperwork was sent off and the car on the drive.

I guess I'll add more stuff to this as time goes on, but I'll work out what to put first.
So 6 months later and it's still on the driveway, but it passed an MOT a short while ago first time with a real tester. I'll finally write up the heater controls, since I'm dicking about with it again with an Amazon Fire headunit (downgraded my plans from a fully custom Ras Pi since I'm not smart enough/too much hassle/too much money)

So the heater control knob swap, from Note onto Micra

Nice and easy to start with, just removing the top half with the radio (4 bolts) and then the bottom half (2 bolts iirc) as well as unplugging the 12v+ hazards switch to have a bare heater dials unit-thing, and 4 screws to take it out of its mount.

Some assistance with a flat head screwdriver got the clips around the edges of the 'faceplate' undone, I may have snapped one since the whole thing had turned brittle (seems to be a common issue) but since I was replacing it because of the front being all cracked up, that didnt matter to me. The AC and defroster buttons were another job for a screwdriver, although they arent held on very tight with a small notch at the bottom. The slider and knobs were all just a pull to get them off (yep this is an innuendo minefield). Once everything was off the Micra, I had this.

To compare it directly to the Note, here is this photo. You can see most importantly that the outer diameters and spacing of everything is identical, so there is nothing stopping a straight swap, however the inner diameters are larger on the Note, so you couldnt for example put Note knobs onto the standard Micra.

Now, the greatest difficulty was the white plastic pieces between the buttons and the button faces. They are the same overall with the round oblong shape, but while the Micra uses square corners, the Note has round corners on the very outside, so the Micra ones will not go into the Note faceplate. I couldnt then use the Note ones unmodified, since they are ~5 mm too long. After failing to sand the Micra pieces smooth, I instead opted to shorten the Note pieces. With a dull hacksaw blade, this maybe took 10 mins per piece, but it worked enough. I then added pieces of plastic across half the width, as this is the part that actually makes contact with the button in the mechanism. This photo shows the two next to each other, a modified and unmodified Note piece. However, I later added a 2nd piece of plastic, as it wasn't quite long enough for the button to travel properly. The other side that isnt covered is to let light pass through, for the backlit button faces.

Once that was done, I had the much easier part of clipping the Note faceplate on, which has the same tab locations so it really was as simple as giving it a firm push. IIRC, I may have used a bit of blutack to hold the white pieces in place, so that they didnt fall out when installing. In hindsight I probably could have just installed the button faces, but since I didnt, they were next, and again just push on with a small amount of force. This got me to here, where I was pretty happy with how it was looking.

Next was to reinstall the lower trim cover with the 2 screws, plugging in the hazards switch and 12v, which all fit fine (as expected) over the Note dial surrounds. All was left at this point is to push the knobs on, and put the end on the recirc/outside toggle. This is probably what I'm least happy with, as the knobs have a different connector to the Micra knobs - they fit, but the 2 larger ones can be pulled slightly in and out, while the middle one can easily be pulled off entirely, however in normal use (just trying to turn them) they are all fine, and I'm happy with the tradeoff since they look so much better. Once all that's done, it was just left to put the top half back in, which I must say I'm pretty rehearsed at by now. The end result is a much more black, cleaner look (although my phone made a mess of making the hazards switch pink)

And I guess I'll finish this off with at least one embedded image

Dashcam Install and Wiring

Another 2 months later and it might actually be about to go on the road, so finally did the smart thing and got a camera in advance of starting to drive - it didn't drop my insurance quote but for when I inevitably bin it as all new drivers are expected to do, maybe this'll help.

Model is an Apeman C370, bought partly because it was very cheap on Amazon (£24) and partly because I've had an Apeman action camera for a fair while and have been very happy with it. I wasn't really planning on getting one of the wedge shaped ones, but again it was cheap, and I'm kinda glad I did now since the small size means it takes up much less screen space. Paired it with a 128gb Sandisk card, as I have always stuck to Sandisk cards in my phones, and it was one of the cheaper options on Amazon, meaning the total only came up to a round £40. I know the image it will produce won't be great, but from sample footage I've seen it's reasonable enough, and if I end up not being happy I'll just stick it in the back and get a new dash cam for the front.


Now I'm no ICE specialist or anything, and my PC can prove just how hopeless I am with cable management, however the generally poor fit and finish of my Micra meant the wire routing was very easy. I didn't realise how easy it is to peel away at the front of the roof lining, so the wire was very easy to tuck along the front. From there, across to the left corner, under the top of the A-pillar trim, and then down between the pillar trim and door seal rubber, all the way down to under the glovebox. For now I'm not sure what to do with it, so it just goes into the otherwise empty glovebox and then back out the other side into the 12v socket.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the wiring, as the only visible parts are just around the glovebox and where it goes into the camera, so I think it looks reasonably neat for now.


And from the outside:


Not exactly invisible, but at the end of the day the whole car is worth less than some phones so I doubt anybody's gonna break in and nick it lol.

Will attach a Youtube link with sample footage in the future