Nissan Cube - your thoughts

Nissan Cube - your thoughts

Poll: Nissan Cube - your thoughts

Total Members Polled: 208

Yes I'd buy one: 27%
I'd definitely drive one: 24%
Not for me but I curiously like them: 27%
No. Never. Hand in your PH card now: 23%
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Speed addicted

4,403 posts

191 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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AppleJuice said:
Saw a Disco 5 (really a Disco 4 as the previous model was just a Disco 3 facelift, but there we are) in the metal from behind and weirdly it looked reasonable. Probably just crap photography from Land Rover that makes it look, erm, challenging.
Nope, I live near aberdeen and they’re fairly common around here now.
Hate it. As I explained to a confused land rover salesman, it would stop me buying the car no matter how good the rest of it is!

mondeomk4

64 posts

55 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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It has a practical design with a reclining rear seat and a boot,
I test drove a used one but it was very slow uphill and the steering like a computer game.
I returned to the garage and he quoted me £500 more than it was the day before which put me off as well.
(My wife then found the petrol Mondeo, and I love it, drives amazingly and has space for family and boot)

deltashad

6,731 posts

161 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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It's cool. No idea about how practical it is or how it drives. Would be interesting to see a sooped up one.... Google time

Otispunkmeyer

10,980 posts

119 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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I'd drive one. Probably wouldn't go so far as to buy one mind. But what I would buy is one of them Nissan Elgrand or Toyota Alphard things. They are amazing inside.

I'd have an FJ cruiser and I'd probably even have an old Century as well.

How about this:

http://www.thecarwarehouse.co.uk/vehicle/19/toyota...

Got a lot of time for the more esoteric stuff.

Travs

171 posts

166 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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I am about to buy one! Currently have an NC MX5, CLK320 Convertible and a Vauxhall Victor FB. The Cube (2010) is to replace the Merc. I'm recently retired (although looking for part time jobs) and with two dogs to transport have decided that Mrs T's Merc has got to go. It's just passed it's MoT but at 13 years and 92,000 miles I'm confident that it's got some challenging bills just about to surface. Mrs T wants a convertible so will take on the MX5. Previous daily drivers for me have included a Fiat Strada 130TC, Midas convertible, MGB GT, MGB roadster and a first generation Twingo. I don't like boring and conventional! I've driven manual UK Cubes and, although they're not going to set the world on fire, they're every bit as good as more mainstream small hatchbacks but they're different! I like different and the Cube ticks enough boxes for me to go with it. I'll report back when I've bought one and put it into everyday use.

lawrencec

196 posts

156 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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They also do a six seater version

ajprice

20,104 posts

160 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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I'd have one, a know the mechanical parts are mostly from the Micra, so should be easy for a Nissan dealer to dealer to deal with. It's the non Micra parts I'd be wary of, like the body panels and curved rear glass.

There is also a Cubic, a bit longer than a Cube, with 7 seats.

MysteryLemon

4,968 posts

155 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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Sa Calobra said:
Thoughts? I must admit I like them. If I lived I. London and not Manchester I'd buy one. I'm not one for buying a car to impress strangers but something is stopping me.

What do they drive like? Dead overlight steering in a claustrophobic box or nippy, easy to drive and characterful or a balance of the above? Lots of space?



Edited by Sa Calobra on Tuesday 23 January 15:03
I own one...



A 2003 gen2 Z11 1.4 auto Cube.

To answer your questions, they are quite honestly huge inside. Considering they take up the road space of a golf, they are massive inside and very practical. Bench seats front and back are great. Even with the front seats all the way back, the rear seats have almost 1ft of knee space. The rear seats also slide.for bigger/smaller boot although even all the way back, it's bigger than most hatches and very tall. Seats are sofa like comfy although an upright seating position that can wear thin on longer journeys.

To drive, it's better to compare it more to a minibus than a car. They're tall with soft suspension so don't give a great deal of confidence taking corners at speeds, but then, it's a large box on wheels with a 1.4 engine... Corners at speed rarely happen.

They're slow. Not much else to say but nippy is not how anyone could describe a cube. They're great around town and ok on A roads but the 1.4 does struggle on motorways. It will happily cruise at 65-75 and will go quicker if you like but there's no point. Don't buy a cube if you want to go fast.

Great practical quirky car for family and commuting duties. Useless at going fast. I love it but it would have been so much better with a turbo diesel.

As for what people think, I couldn't care less. Honestly, I've not had a negative comment about it and had plenty of people stop me to chat in car parks etc. Most people have no idea what it is but are intrigued. Even people who didn't "get it" when I bought it have grown to like it once they've actually been in it and realised there's more to it than just being a box. Even the missus likes it, although she won't openly admit it...

The owners club on Facebook is also full of really decent, knowledgeable and approachable people. Even when you park next to them at b&q for a chat...



Edited by MysteryLemon on Friday 26th January 22:29

MysteryLemon

4,968 posts

155 months

Friday 26th January 2018
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ajprice said:
I'd have one, a know the mechanical parts are mostly from the Micra, so should be easy for a Nissan dealer to dealer to deal with. It's the non Micra parts I'd be wary of, like the body panels and curved rear glass.

There is also a Cubic, a bit longer than a Cube, with 7 seats.
Parts can be a bit of a minefield at times (mostly tying to find the right part numbers) but yes, a lot of parts are shared with the k12 Micra or the first gen Note. Not all though but most are available through one source or another. Nissan dealers seem to be a bit hit and miss. Especially for the z11 cube. The z12 should be easier as they did actually sell them here for a year or two.

There's also a great Z11 Cube breakers based near Southend who stocks most stuff or will likely be able to source of for you.

No different than running any import car to be honest.

Sa Calobra

Original Poster:

30,692 posts

175 months

Saturday 27th January 2018
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MysteryLemon said:
I own one...



A 2003 gen2 Z11 1.4 auto Cube.

To answer your questions, they are quite honestly huge inside. Considering they take up the road space of a golf, they are massive inside and very practical. Bench seats front and back are great. Even with the front seats all the way back, the rear seats have almost 1ft of knee space. The rear seats also slide.for bigger/smaller boot although even all the way back, it's bigger than most hatches and very tall. Seats are sofa like comfy although an upright seating position that can wear thin on longer journeys.

To drive, it's better to compare it more to a minibus than a car. They're tall with soft suspension so don't give a great deal of confidence taking corners at speeds, but then, it's a large box on wheels with a 1.4 engine... Corners at speed rarely happen.

They're slow. Not much else to say but nippy is not how anyone could describe a cube. They're great around town and ok on A roads but the 1.4 does struggle on motorways. It will happily cruise at 65-75 and will go quicker if you like but there's no point. Don't buy a cube if you want to go fast.

Great practical quirky car for family and commuting duties. Useless at going fast. I love it but it would have been so much better with a turbo diesel.

As for what people think, I couldn't care less. Honestly, I've not had a negative comment about it and had plenty of people stop me to chat in car parks etc. Most people have no idea what it is but are intrigued. Even people who didn't "get it" when I bought it have grown to like it once they've actually been in it and realised there's more to it than just being a box. Even the missus likes it, although she won't openly admit it...

The owners club on Facebook is also full of really decent, knowledgeable and approachable people. Even when you park next to them at b&q for a chat...



Edited by MysteryLemon on Friday 26th January 22:29
03's are really cheap. How reliable is it and what's your mileage?

MysteryLemon

4,968 posts

155 months

Saturday 27th January 2018
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They range anywhere from around £1500 for a ropey bottom spec one to £5000+ for the higher spec ones. Age seems to be irrelevant and fresh imports always command more regardless of age, milage and spec. Expect to pay around £3000.

Mines been faultless as far as mechanicals go. It's got some silly little faults that are common that I'm working my way through.

It's been in the UK since 2008 and never failed an MOT. Never had an advisory and literally just sailed through its last MOT 2 weeks ago.

Currently on 171000km which is about 105000miles I think.


ajprice

20,104 posts

160 months

Sunday 28th January 2018
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Yes of course there are mods for them, if you want it lowered, purple, a Datsun style front end, Rocket Bunny style arches, filled with more speakers than a Bose showroom, or all of those things hehe .


https://car.watch.impress.co.jp/img/car/docs/1103/...

vixen1700

15,430 posts

234 months

Sunday 28th January 2018
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Worked with a bloke who had one in about 2007 and was such a wker that I can't get past that loathing of them.

He also drove a Nissan Figaro. Hearing him pronouncing 'Figaro'and 'Cube' on the phone to people made me want to hit him.

Sa Calobra

Original Poster:

30,692 posts

175 months

Friday 2nd February 2018
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185 polled and only a quarter said definitely no . I bet PHers would like them more than the general public..

dcb

5,472 posts

229 months

Thursday 18th February
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MysteryLemon said:
To answer your questions, they are quite honestly huge inside. Considering they take up the road space of a golf, they are massive inside and very practical. Bench seats front and back are great. Even with the front seats all the way back, the rear seats have almost 1ft of knee space. The rear seats also slide.for bigger/smaller boot although even all the way back, it's bigger than most hatches and very tall. Seats are sofa like comfy although an upright seating position that can wear thin on longer journeys.

To drive, it's better to compare it more to a minibus than a car. They're tall with soft suspension so don't give a great deal of confidence taking corners at speeds, but then, it's a large box on wheels with a 1.4 engine... Corners at speed rarely happen.

They're slow. Not much else to say but nippy is not how anyone could describe a cube. They're great around town and ok on A roads but the 1.4 does struggle on motorways. It will happily cruise at 65-75 and will go quicker if you like but there's no point. Don't buy a cube if you want to go fast.

Great practical quirky car for family and commuting duties. Useless at going fast. I love it but it would have been so much better with a turbo diesel.
Good summary.

A lady friend has just bought one. It's like sitting in a small Transit van. Sit up and beg seating,
front windscreen out of reach, lousy dynamics in cross winds. Various door locking methods
hopelessly over-engineered. I don't need three ways to lock a car.

I wouldn't give it garage space, but she likes it. Mind you, her idea of fast travel
is lane 1 of the motorway tailgating lorries.

It would be reasonably ok as a small dogbus, but quite honestly a largish estate car would be better.


kainedog

361 posts

138 months

Thursday 18th February
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I like them , wish they did a van variant over here , pretty sure I’ve seen one when searching images , maybe Japan not sure if factory / conversion etc but the prices of vans in this country is unbelievable compared to cars especially second hand , the cube would be cheap and cool option , maybe just get a black one and fully tint the rear windows

Hugo Stiglitz

Original Poster:

30,692 posts

175 months

Thursday 18th February
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Weird how we in the UK are so hung up on how a vehicle looks but will drive round in warmed up version's of basic shopping cars.

Or pick ups with names like 'warrior'