Nissan Note (2006 – 2013) Review

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Nissan Note (2006 – 2013) At A Glance


+Easy to drive and manouevre into small spaces, roomy cabin with plenty of headroom in the back, some clever and practical features inside, economical dCi diesels, well built.

-Ride is firm on 16-inch wheels, smaller engines can be noisy on the motorway. No reach adjustment in the steering column. Recurrent front subframe bulkhead mount failure is a worrying fault and MoT failure.

Insurance Groups are between 10–15
On average it achieves 96% of the official MPG figure

Nissan isn't afraid to do things differently and this shows in the Nissan Note. It's a small yet practical car that's somewhere between a hatchback and a mini-people carrier. This means it looks neat and compact, yet has plenty of passenger space. In fact, adults in the back of the Nissan Note will be impressed with the amount of legroom room and yet it still has a decent boot.

This means the Nissan Note is an ideal small family car with access to the back particularly good thanks to wide opening doors - useful when you're fitting child seats. Driving the Note is also a doddle thanks to light steering, easy to use controls and good forward visibility, while there's a decent choice of engines ranging from the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol up to a 1.5 dCi that can average 62.8mpg.

Practicality is another strength with rear seats that fold down flat at just the pull of a handle plus they slide back and forward to increase either legroom or luggage space. There's also something called a Flexi-board which creates a hidden storage area in the boot - one side of it is carpet while the other is wipe-clean, ideal for muddy wellies. You can also remove it to create a deep boot large enough to carry a pushchair or buggy.

The Nissan Note was facelifted at the beginning of 2009 with a sharper front end (with new headlights and grille), improved levels of standard equipment and more efficient engines.

Nissan Note 1.5 dCi 2006 Road Test

Nissan Note with Connect 2009 Road Test and Video

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Real MPG average for a Nissan Note (2006 – 2013)


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Average performance


Real MPG

28–74 mpg

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Why does overdrive in my Nissan Note need to be turned off for slow speeds when driving away?
"I recently bought a 2007 Nissan Note with a very low guaranteed mileage. Please can you tell me why the overdrive is on as standard and has to be turned off for slow speeds when driving away?"
This either has a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter auto. If it's the auto, it will naturally change up into overdrive fourth at the correct time, but if you want extra acceleration, for example to overtake, you disengage the overdrive and it changes to third.
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Nissan Note with electrical fault
"I have a Nissan Note. When I open the drivers side door, the tailgate is opened. Only the driver's door does this. Any ideas?"
Could be a programming fault, but more likely to be an electrical fault. Moisture in a relay or something. The car manual might tell you how to re-set it. if that doesn't work, it's a matter of tracing and fixing the electrical fault.
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Replacement for lost key for Nissan Note
"I have been quoted a very high price for a replacement Nissn Note key at the dealership. Is there an alternative?"
Try a branch of Timpsons in the High Street, side street or in a Shopping Mall. No joy there, links to keys and locksmiths in this directory: The first two on the list apparently give very good, very fast and very cheap service.
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Buying a Nissan Note - which model is best?
"I am looking for a Nissan note 2014 model, automatic. Which model is best, diesel or petrol?" But problems with the CVT. Honda Jazz 1.4iVTEC CVT-7 much better and much more reliable.
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