- Anyone got/had a Nissan Note
Looking at a new car to replace our 55 plate zafira SRI. Its been great for space but it keeps breaking, its expensive for tyres, diesel consumption for our 8k per year, tax and insurance.
Thinking of a new smaller car in a petrol.
1 x 13 month old daughter, rarely go away but will have the odd camping trip in the summer – will leave the springer spaniel at home from now on though as he is getting on a bit.
Dog walks we will do with our old honda civic we have, thats my biking car but he may occasionaly go in the boot of the note behind a grate.
So a Note – is it big enough for the daily trip to the childminders – wife and daughter. Family shopping trips and the odd walk out at weekends?
Possibility of a new baby in next few years but that would be the end of those, no plans for more than 2.Posted 7 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
i’ve got one, i’d say it was big enough, yu can push the rear seats right back to give you loads of leg room, does cut down on boot space though and vice versa, i do have a tow bar and bike rack though so any biking trip leaves loads of room for kit and people etc
i have an acenta R amd it is well specked, inc rear picnic tables!Posted 7 years ago
Really want to avoid another Vauxhall if at all possible – it hasnt been the best of experiences. EGR, Dual Mass Flywheel, 3 Alternators, eats the 18″ tyres, broken wiring to rear doors meaning no rear leccy windows and radio, no spare wheel but thats just irritating and worrying especially when the built in compressor is also broken and its only got 65k on it.Posted 7 years agodazzMember
horrible car IMO, I had one as a courtesy car a couple of months ago while my car was being serviced, tiny inside, ride was uncomfortable, tinny.
It’ll be night & day compared to your Zafira, but it’ll do what you want it to do.
Can you book a test drive? I had a 24 hour test drive from Nissan before I ordered our car.Posted 7 years agotronMember
The Note is the same car as the Renault Modus.
If you want to save money doing 8k a year, move to a cheaper petrol car. You generally need to be doing serious miles to make back the diesel purchase premium and there’s a lot of complicated bits to go wrong. Your biggest cost at the moment will be depreciation.
Or just run one car. If you literally just run one car for trips to the tip, biking and putting the dog in… Will be costing you north of a grand a year just in standing costs.Posted 7 years ago
You generally need to be doing serious miles to make back the diesel purchase premium and there’s a lot of complicated bits to go wrong.
You generally don’t as that was harking back to when diesel had to be serviced more often, they didn’t do that many more miles and weren’t particularly reliable. Now the service schedules are the same, they get ridiculous miles to the gallon and are very reliable.Posted 7 years ago
Plus if you are buying second hand I don’t think the initial outlay thing stacks up either. If you are spending ten grand then you are spending ten grand. Your diesel car might be two years old instead of one but that’s not a big deal if you are going to keep it for a while.
The short trip vs long trip thing is important though. And it has to be said there is a risk of an expensive component failure but I reckon it’s pretty low.Posted 7 years agofd3chrisSubscriber
Diesel cars cost more to begin with and if buying second hand to avoid the initial cost you need to factor in high costs for parts. My BMW diesel injectors went and BMW wanted £450 odd each, there were six of them! I’ve now got a 1.8 merc petrol and if driven sensibly the petrol consumption is extremely resonable. I will never buy diesel again .Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for feedback all, Ended up looking at note after looking at the qashqai I thought the note will be a cheaper all round car but still useable for family duty.
Others Ive though we’re golf tfsi but prob too small or Octavia estate but I reckon resell woul be poor as most people want diesel estates.
I have a friend and family code for Nissan discount.Posted 7 years agomikertroidMember
Octavia estate 1.4 TSI SE very good value on buyacar.
Well nailed together too.
Mind you, how long will it take to make a saving on your outlay as you’re only doing 8k a year. Better off stick with the Vauxhall.
However if you’re doing so few miles a year and you do buy, a diesel won’t make sense.Posted 7 years agoBlindMelonMember
Is a Note really bigger than a Golf or does it just look bigger?
We have a Golf and my father has a Note. IMO the Golf carries more kit and in much more comfort. I found the Note terrible to drive, very noisy and tinny. Also the brakes were shocking for a newish car. I wouldn’t touch a Note with a bargepole.
EDIT – my father is 70, this image will come with the Note, don’t forget the tartan rug!!
My brother in law had a Fabia 1.2 estate and drove it into the ground 120k in 3 years, 2 kids and it was a great little car. No major issues and easy to fuel.Posted 7 years ago
Golf too small? I get lost at this as I’ve had one for about 6 years now, it they’ve been used for carrying a baby with toddler and all their gear on days out and holidays. There’s more than enough room.
Quite obvious really, diesel parts are much more expensive than petrol.
are or can be. It only really comes into if things wrong anyway.Posted 7 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
We looked at the Note as a small run around, and decided it was too big – ended up with a Fabia. Also, the interior quality felt a bit low rent after looking at Fabias, Ibizas, 207s, Clios and on and on and on…
We were really impressed by the Roomster, though again, a bit bigger than we needed, but great versatility as a family/bike transporter for a small car. Plus, you can’t actually see how ugly it is from the inside! High roofline impacts a bit on fuel consumption/tax though.Posted 7 years ago
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