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Big Blue

750kms in a Nissan Note

Right, time to tell you of the Christmas rental - for the first time ever I got the car they said I'd get. Bummer.

What can I tell you about the Note? It's a car, no doubting that. It swallowed three large Samsonite suitcases, a Samsonite cabin case, a MacLaren buggy, a Wenger rucksack, a Trunki and three passengers. Having taken all that on board it was most unlike the summer Punto in that it hacked along the motorway from Budapest (reward flight not available to Vienna ) with no issues. In fact it did all the journeys expected of it with no issues, but then we had no snow so that was to be expected.

There was however one utterly unexplained / unexplainable event. Coming out of W2.0's village one afternoon I turned into what is a 90degree left hander and no more than normal road speed for a Nissan Note when I found myself catching a snap-slide of epic proportions such that I felt it in my shoulder blade for a day afterwards. I still have no idea what happened: I stopped to see if some vital suspension part had fallen off or broken in two but nothing; the tyres all remained inflated and there was nothing on the road to suggest I'd hit oil, ice or a cat. Very strange and I was wary of the car for the last 2 days of the rental.

As a car it's noisy inside (I know: I drive an A8 and everything is noisy inside by comparison) and some of the plastics remind me of the Bakelite handle on an old building site teapot I used in the '80s. The seat was not the last word in comfort, the stereo was utterly defeated by the cabin noise and the cabin noise was exacerbated by what I can only describe as HGV-mirrors adorning the doors causing so much wind noise that it almost drowned out the thrashing noises of the engine. The rear bench sliding back and forth to choose between leg space and luggage is a good idea and I suspect everything on this car will still be working when Italy has a stable government for a continuous 12-month period.

My one comment to W2.0: I promise to never buy you one of these. It's not bad. It's not good.  It's a car for people that need to travel but don't care about cars.

And for hire car companies.
BeN

Which one did you have? There is a 3-cylinder supercharged one that's kinda interesting.

The other one is crap.
TreVoR

I have never driven one but that is exactly how I imagined them to be like.  No thanks.
PR

I had one for a week in Cyprus last year and agree with your findings. It was well suited to that environment and there was some amusement to be had on relentlessly twisty mountain roads from trying not to fall off the seat. First gear on mine was shagged so it sounded like Postman Pat's van. It managed to cart four people and four people's luggage back to the airport, which was useful.
Roadrunner

Chinese ditchfinders on BB's Note?
Mark

Roadrunner wrote:
Chinese ditchfinders on BB's Note?


No, just a dodgy Eastern European village road. He'll have skidded on a Carp carcass
PG

750km in a Nissan Note. Is that some kind of new endurance test you were trialling for one of those Japanese torture programmes?
Bob Sacamano

After selling my Lexus and whilst waiting for my current car I borrowed the in-laws' 1.6 Nisan Note auto. I actually thought it was pretty good. It pulled well enough, had a good auto box and a comfortable ride. It was equipped with bluetooth phone, pretty much auto everything and carried 4 adults with plenty of space. Add in the higher driving position and the rear seats that slid back and forth it was an ideal car for them. It didn't seem particularly noisy and the stereo more than compensated. I'd be interested in trying a new model.
Martin

Bob Sacamano wrote:
After selling my Lexus and whilst waiting for my current car I borrowed the in-laws' 1.6 Nisan Note auto. I actually thought it was pretty good. It pulled well enough, had a good auto box and a comfortable ride. It was equipped with bluetooth phone, pretty much auto everything and carried 4 adults with plenty of space. Add in the higher driving position and the rear seats that slid back and forth it was an ideal car for them. It didn't seem particularly noisy and the stereo more than compensated. I'd be interested in trying a new model.


That's not a ringing endorsement for Lexus!  

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