Continued from Part 1

Like I said previously, when we first got HIS Tiida the family asked why we decided on a Nissan Tiida and not something traditional like a Volkswagen (the choice of the wifes side of the family) or another Opel (at that stage I had an Opel Astra 200IE Euro)? This is the second part of that answer…

Answer 2 of 2:

Reliability and Price of Replacement Parts

For many years now my wife has owned (and still does) a little red 1991 Nissan Sentra 1.6GXE coupe.

Eliska's Nissan Sentra

She is an old lady with over 200000km on the clock, has had 2 resprays, and is lovingly being driven around currently in Port Elizabeth by her brother.

But the fact remains she is reliable and has cost VERY little to maintain and she still drives like a go-kart. (+1 Point for the Nissan brand)

To check just how reliable Nissan Tiida’s were (before we bought one) we headed over to This is a website where you (the end user) can log a customer service compliment or complaint against a company and it gives the company a chance then to rectify the issue (not all do). It is a good way of measuring if there are issues with a particular model of vehicle or if the manufacturer or car dealer is the type you should rather stay away from.When we looked, there were only 2 reports containing Tiida in them and they were for issues relating to trade-in deal that went wrong and the cost of hub caps (this IS an issue – will post why later). (Another +1 Point for the Nissan brand)

Next there is an annual report that compares the most common replacement parts costs between the different motor manufacturers. It is called the Kinsey Report. Interestingly enough, the Kinsey Report on Car Part Prices has for 3 years running found that Nissan Tiida’s (that competes in the C Section – against cars like the Ford Fiesta, Mazda 3, Alfa 147, Honda Jazz, Toyota Corolla, VW Golf 6, Subaru Impreza) replacement parts and spares are cheapest in its catagory. Head over to reports for a breakdown: 2007, 2008, 2009. (Another +1 Point for the Nissan brand)

So as you can see from the above we had 3 very good reasons to purchase a Nissan Tiida: (1) Past History with the Nissan brand, (2) Customer Service, (3) Price for replacement parts.