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Hi and welcome to our March Newsletter. This  month we bring you news of 8 events to look forward to in the Summer, Part 2 of 'Project Figaro', a Security Review, some great images of the Annual London and Surrey Figaro Owners Birthday Fun Run Oh and of course members pictures, technical updates and more...

3RD BIRTHDAYIt's our 3rd Birthday 
3 Years ago today (1st March 2009) we pressed the 'publish' button on our 'Figaro Owners Club Website' It was a big moment and an even bigger gamble as it had taken over 4 months to construct! By the end of the first week we had 5 Members and the first year 383. We now have 1,951 from 9 countries... Role on the next 3 years!!  

8 Figaro Events to enjoy          

2012 will see the most comprehensive range of meetings, events and shows to attend. On April 14th We kick the summer off with the Ace Cafe London Meet and then hit Jersey a month later followed by Figfest on 6th, 7th and 8th. Looking forward to meeting everyone. 


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Project Figaro Part 2                

Part 2 of Swedish member Frederic story and pictures of his restoration of his Figaro. This part we look at removing the old roof, rust and clips and prepare for the new roof (Part 3 Next Month). Frederic's excellent pictures provide a real insight to the work required and it looks like his Figaro is looking better every month!  


Nissan Figaro Tops Table for break-ins!!          

It's a statistic that we'd would rather not publish and as a club we hate to bang on about this subject but the fact is the Figaro now tops the table for the highest number of break-ins. YOU MUST ENSURE YOU READ OUR SECURITY REVIEW Read now 



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Yes I know I'm very sad but at the weekend my favorite pastime is polishing all that chrome!!

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Figaro Owners Club Founder      


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The club promotes and attends its own events and a number of rally's and meets organised by other clubs throughout the year. If you've never attended an event before we urge you to give it a try this year.
There is something special about joining other Figaro owners and showing off these great cars. All events are Figaro Owners Club Members Only  

Events marked* are hosted by the Figaro Owners Club. All other events are 'Invitation' by a 3rd party.  


14th April 2012  

Event: Ace Café Meeting*

Location: London  

Venue: Ace Café 

Cost: Free to Members (Ensure your membership is up-to-date)     

Our first event of the year kicks off at the superb Ace Cafe London. It' well worth the drive if you've never been to this venue. The Cafe has loads of memorabilia and pictures of times gone by. We have over 80 cars registered and want to get to 100 so don't be shy!!


4 Trophies will be won on the day! 
Some great reasons to attend!

Free Entry (Members Only)

Meet our fantastic Members and see their Figaro's

Shop at our Trade Stands

Win a Prize at our Raffle - (money goes to charity)

All Cars are entered into our Car Competition

* Car of the Meet

* Best Custom

* Best Classic

* Furthest Traveled  

Meet the Figaro Owners Club Team!

Enjoy some great food

See this amazing venue

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(You can arrive before 11.00 for breakfast)  

11.00 - Event Opens
12.30 - Competition Judging cars from the following categories
13.00 - Group Photo Shoot
14.00 - Raffle/Awards
15.00 - Event Closes  


You must pre-register for this event and must have up to date membership   




14th May to Friday 18th May 2012  

Event: Jersey Rally*  

Location: Jersey (Channel Islands)  

Venue: Westhill Country Hotel  

Cost: £15 to Register / £45 a Night / £195 Car Ferry (Return)  

Join other Nissan Figaro enthusiast for a week packed with fun and adventure on the wonderful island of Jersey. We have 26 cars and 52 Members registered for this unique event.   Find out more




27th May 2012  

Event: Chippenham Lions Club Cherished Vehicles Show  

Location: Chippenham (Wiltshire)  

Venue: Allington Farm  

Cost: Free to Members  

The show is intended as a fun day out - Cherished Vehicle drivers and their vehicles have free entrance if registered in advance - other visitors are £2.50 and children under 10 are free. There will be good food - the famous Allington Farm sausages and burgers - as well as others, and drink and ice creams. There will be many different car marques to see and plenty of opportunity to show and perhaps judge your own vehicles. There's a parade ring as well as auto jumble, other stalls and things for the children.  





6th, 7th & 8th July 2012  

Event: FigFest 2012  

Location: Great Yarmouth  

Venue: Broad Farm Caravan Park  

Cost: £3 Per Car per day / £12 Two Nights Camping / £18 Three Nights Camping  

We invite you to attend what will be a fantastic weekend of 100% pure figaro fun! The team who brought you FigFest 2011 will be working hard in the background to create an unforgettable festival to be enjoyed by present and future owners of these wonderful little cars.  



13th, 14th & 15th July 2012  

Event: Vintage  

Location: Northamptonshire  

Venue: Boughton House  

Cost: £125 for the Weekend - (We are negotiating Club Discounts) 

Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage Festival is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector's dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. A special area is going to be provided for our club. REGISTRATION NOT OPEN  



19th August 2012  

Event: Milton Keynes Car Show and Suzuki Family Day

Location: Milton Keynes  

Cost: £6

A small show but if your local its worth a visit. This year the event has been expanded to include a number of other features and attractions. Last year we won 'Club of the Show' what better reason do you need to attend!





2nd September 2012  

Event: FigFest North 2012    

Location: Between Rotherham and Barnsley

Venue: Wentworth Woodhouse Stately House      

Cost: £3 to Members  

This is a new event. Join other members and owners of Rolls Royce, Humber, Morris, Mini, Jenson, Jaguar, TVR, VW, MG, BMW and more for a spectacular day out at the amazing Wentworth Woodhouse Stately House!




16 September 2012  

Event: 11th Surrey Classic Vehicle Gathering  

Location: Tilford  

Venue: The Rural Life Centre  

Cost: Free to Members  

A fantastic day out for classic car enthusiasts Loads to do for children & all the family Bring your own picnic, or visit the Café.  



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Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB better watch out as we now have our very own TV Channel. Our You Tube channel includes 17 Video's covering a range of topics. 


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Mike Waters one of our members has designed a really nice car sticker! Priced at just £3.00 each inc UK postage it can be ordered direct from Mike by emailing 


The size of the stickers is 210 mm X 37.4mm   


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securitySecurity Review




During the last two Months the club have been informed of a higher than normal level of Figaro's stolen, items removed (hub caps) and break-ins where CD Units have been taken.  


Nissan Figaro Tops the table for highest number of break-ins! 

According to the findings of Admiral, in 2011 the Nissan Sunny is the most stolen car make and model, while the Nissan Figaro tops the tables for the highest number of break-ins.   


Top five cars for percentage broken into 2010/2011

    1. Nissan Figaro
    2. Citroen C8
    3. BMW 730
    4. Audi RS4
    5. Peugeot 807 


Why does the Figaro suffer from such a high level of thefts

Firstly, it's amazingly easy to get into a Figaro essentially because it has frame-less windows and it's a convertible. Once inside - a thief can either steal items or drive away with very little effort and within a short period of time. Unfortunately Japanese home market cars of this era have feeble security systems - essentially because there's very little car crime in Japan. 


Figaro car crime is lucrative! A stolen Figaro can be worth almost double its used car value if sold off in parts! Even easy- to- steal items can net the thief a small fortune - new cost of parts commonly stolen is given in brackets below: 

  • Upgraded CD unit (up to £600)
  • Radiator grille (£300)
  • Set of hub caps & trims (£200)
  • Drivers side window switch (£150)

With the increase in websites such as Ebay and Gumstree stolen items are easily sold as most buyers will never ask where they have come from! Some Figaro's can be worth more in parts than as a whole vehicle as the parts market is so strong. 


What can you do? 

Firstly we don't want to over react, however we cannot stress the importance of ensuring that you take every precaution to ensure your car is protected when you park it at night and during the day.   


We have put together some ideas to consider....   



Clarion Radio
The Clarion CD/Radio has been targeted as it has a good re-sale value! Secure yours with tamper proof screws and make a note of the Serial Number
The best way of minimising the chance of a thief stealing your Figaro or its contents is to fit an alarm system. It doesn't guarantee that your Figaro won't be targeted, but in general, thieves are more likely to move on to a vehicle that's not alarmed. There's nothing very difficult about fitting an alarm system to a Figaro and there are many modestly priced systems on the market. We would however always recommend fitting an alarm which is Thatcham 1 approved (Thatcham is the motor industry approval body). One benefit of a Thatcham approved alarm is that many insurance companies will offer a premium reduction for cars fitted with such alarms. Essentially an alarm system should offer basic functions - other features are discussed later.
  • The alarm is armed from outside the vehicle using a remote fob. If fitted - the same fob operates the remote central locking system.
  • The doors, boot lids and bonnet are fitted with devices that sound the alarm if opened with the alarm armed.
  • An internal detector sounds the alarm if someone gets into the car with the alarm armed.
  • Activating the alarm will also activate an engine immobiliser. This either makes it very difficult to start the engine or in some cases - stop the engine after a brief period.
  • If the alarm is triggered, it should automatically reset to provide ongoing protection.
There are several manufacturers of Thatcham approved alarms - there's
A typical Thatcham Approved Cat 1 Alarm can be installed in your Figaro for around £300 
no good and bad systems - they all tend to be to a standard. Clifford, Toad and Cobra are just three good brands you'll find widely available. Note however that the Thatcham approval is only valid if the alarm is fitted by an approved company. A certificate will be issued for the installation - keep this safe and not in the car - your insurance company may want sight of it in the event of a claim. Fitting alarms is generic - there's nothing Figaro specific about the job. Check out at least a couple of local car security companies - they generally appear in Yellow Pages under Car Security or Car Alarms. A Thatcham 1 approved alarm system will cost of the order of £300 fitted. There are numerous "cheap" alarms available in the £30 - £60 (+ fitting) price range. However such systems may not be a good choice.
  • They may be no match for a professional thief
  • They may be troublesome - nuisance alarms can be a big issue
  • They may not be robust. In particular cheap central locking systems can be very troublesome.
  • Technical backup may be poor
  • Spare parts availability may be poor e.g. replacement for a lost fob.
  • There may be no interface to link to an existing or future central locking system
If you are on a budget - there are good basic alarm systems available
Cobra A8510
The budget Cobra A8510 can be DIY fitted for £90
from top manufacturers such as Cobra for around £90 for DIY fitting or around £180 professionally fitted. They come with full instructions and are reasonably straightforward to fit by a competent DIY person. If you wanted central locking - this would be an additional cost and would operate from the same remote fob as the alarm system.

We've already discussed the basic features of an alarm system. We list below some of the more common features on various alarm models - there are many more! Some of these features may be a desirable option for you - others may be a pain! The feature may be selectable - in other cases the feature cannot be bypassed carefully consider the features of a particular system before getting it fitted.
  • Valet mode. You can select the option of someone else to drive your car (e.g. a garage) without having possession of the alarm remote device.
  • Anti car-jack. System locks the doors when they're closed and a few seconds after starting the engine.
  • If you're careless (e.g. shutting the garage door with the engine still running) - you can be locked out of the car with the engine running!!
  • Anti tilt sensor. Sounds the alarm if the car is jacked up to steal the wheels or lifted to transport or tow.
  • Dual zone protection. Usually a voice warning if someone gets close to the car.
  • Personal / panic alarm. The alarm can be activated by a single button push.
  • Automatic window closing. Windows automatically close when alarm is armed. We would not recommend connecting this function on a Figaro.
  • Microwave internal detector. Essential for a convertible if you park with the top down. The normal ultrasonic sensor to detect entry won't work with the roof down. The ultrasonic sensor normally supplied with an alarm package can be substituted for an optional microwave detector.
  • Turbo timer. A few upmarket alarm systems have a built in turbo timer which allows the engine to run for a period after removing the ignition key in order to protect the turbo unit. A very worthwhile feature for the Figaro.
  • Central locking. Most alarm systems can be supplied with remote central locking operated from the same fob as the alarm.
    You could mark the Clarion CD/Radio with a UV Pen?
The next step down from an alarm system is an immobiliser. This will minimise the possibility of the car being driven away, but will do nothing to prevent theft of vehicle parts or contents. It will also not prevent your car being towed away or loaded on to a transporter. Since alarm systems have an immobiliser built-in - it's false economy to fit an immobiliser if you're considering fitting an alarm in the future. As with cheap alarms - cheap immobilisers may not provide a good level of security. A good immobiliser will have what's known as a dual circuit - it will isolate two different key systems which would give a thief some considerable difficulty in defeating. As with alarms - consider an immobiliser that's Thatcham approved (Thatcham 2 approval for immobilisers)

We don't sell or install car security systems so here's our impartial choice of security systems.
  • Top of range Thatcham 1 alarm system is the Clifford concept 650 G5.
  • Budget on £300 professionally fitted - central locking would be additional (this alarm system has a built in turbo timer)
  • Basic alarm system Cobra G193
  • Budget on £90 for DIY fitting or £170 fully fitted - central locking would be additional Immobiliser system Cobra A8510
  • Budget on £40 for DIY fitting or £95 fully fitted. (this is a Thatcham 2 approved dual circuit system)

What the Thatcham Standards Mean?


  • Alarm
    Perimeter detection
    Ignition detection
    Passenger compartment movement detection
    Inclination detection (Motorcycle only)
    Audible warning with battery back-up power supply   
  • Immobiliser
    Passively set
    Isolates a minimum of two operating circuits or systems, or a minimum of one operationally relevant vehicle control unit with coded intervention


  • Immobiliser
    Passively set
    Isolates a minimum of two operating circuits or systems, or a minimum of one operationally relevant vehicle control unit with coded intervention

Visit the Thatcham website




Other Security Measures

Fit a Vehicle Tracking Unit

The Figaro Owners Club recommend TRACKER, the UK's number one stolen vehicle recovery provider. As the only vehicle tracking company to be approved by the police, TRACKER has so far been responsible for the recovery of over 20,890 stolen vehicles worth a huge £453.8m.  

Operating from its Uxbridge HQ and with over a million systems installed to date, TRACKER's award-winning products ensure customers have complete peace of mind and the best possible chance of getting their vehicle back should it be stolen.

90% of cars stolen with TRACKER fitted have been recovered and
over 80% of these were returned to their owners within 24 hours

Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve £249
Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve is a new product that's perfect for Figaro's. By taking advantage of TRACKER's unique VHF technology, a stolen vehicle can still be tracked even if it's hidden in a garage or underground car park.  With its own in-built power source, Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve doesn't need to be wired into the vehicle's electrical system making it the ideal protection for your car. Crucially, this overcomes the issue of power drain on the car's battery, even if the owner leaves the car unused for a long period of time.

Price from just £249
Battery Powered TRACKER Retrieve costs £249 including VAT, installation and the 1st year's subscription worth £99. 
Find out more Click here or call TRACKER on 0500 09 09 09.

Protect your Clarion CD UNIT

Original CD units in Figaro's are particularly vulnerable. There's a sizable demand for units and in particular, those that have been reconditioned or upgraded by Clarion. It takes literally a few seconds for a thief to remove a Figaro CD unit using an electric screwdriver!! We recommend replacing the 4 cradle mounting screws with tamper-proof screws. Without the special key - the screws are very difficult to remove. Tamper-proof screws come in various designs and are used extensively on electrical equipment, public transport and street furniture. Don't use one way tamper-proof screws - they're not designed to be removed and you may need to remove your CD unit at some point! Make a note of the serial number of your CD unit and in the case of a theft - inform Clarion-Services and publish the serial number of Figaro forums.

Figaro Security radio bolt kit are available. The kit includes 4x security bolts and security bolt screwdriver. for £14.99 - Contact Dan Wrench 

Spatter your Figaro in DNA Microdots
Have a look at or  Some dealers we know have their Figaro splattered with DNA microdots, and warning stickers on the windows for added security. Police can scan any marked stolen parts/panels etc and trace the owner. Acts as a deterrent and helps the police for evidence.

Don't be a victim of vehicle crime!

By taking this advice you can help protect yourself from the cost, stress and inconvenience of vehicle crime.

  • Take valuables with you. If you can't, then place them out of view in the boot or in a lockable glove-box. Make sure all electronic goods are switched off
  • Always remove Sat Nav's or other equipment from view and remove any cradle or suction marks that could give away the fact that they may be in the vehicle
  • Immobilise and alarm your vehicle every time you leave it unattended
  • When parking, watch for people loitering around cars even if they are well dressed and don't necessarily look like a 'car thief'
  • When locking your car using your key fob always check that the vehicle has actually locked before you move off
  • Always park in a well-lit street or in a secure car park
  • At home, leave your vehicle overnight in a locked garage
  • Never leave your keys in the vehicle even for a moment, such as at petrol stations or to 'pop' back into your house/office
  • Keep your keys out of view in a safe place. At home, place them in a drawer away from doors, windows or the letterbox
  • When leaving your vehicle, check all windows, sunroofs and doors are locked and use deadlocks if fitted
  • Plan your journeys in advance to avoid stopping in unfamiliar areas
  • When driving, lock your doors and keep the windows closed
  • If your vehicle doesn't have an alarm fitted as standard equipment, then have a Thatcham recognised alarm professionally fitted to your vehicle.   

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Is there a noticeable benefit for Figaro's in using 97 octane?
To be honest 97 Octane would be better as fuel in Japan is a lot high octane than hows so the car is designed for this fuel and mapped for this. UK fuel Lower Octane results in poor performance and detonation.. noticeable on performance Japanese cars not so much on our Figs Dan

I am curious to find out if anyone's rear windows de-mister heater works? Mine does absolutely zip.... It has been checked and there is a current going to it and the switch works, but the elements do nothing? Speaking to the garage we bought it from, they said it is vary rare to find a working window... Does anyone's still work?

This is a basic check on any HRW and not specific to a Figaro which may be of help to you. Try to imagine your rear window is an electric blanket and as such is a simple electrical circuit, on one side is live bar and the other an earth bar (where the black conectors are you mentiond) and the lines running across between them are thin wires that when have 12 volts runnig through them warm up, because the conductive lines are thinnly painted on they can have a small amount scratched off and then the circuit across doesnt flow on that one line. If the break is visible using your conductive paint you need to touch it in (one way is to use masking tape to get a clean look), and put a few coats on to build it up, if you can not see the break a 12 volt test light or meter can be used, (test light looks like a small electrical screwdriver with a pointed end and a short lead with a crockadile clip on the end and when connected across 12 volts the screwdriver lights up). With the HRW swicthed on first check that there is live and earth by checking across the 2 connectors themselves, then clip the test light clip to a good known earth and find which side is the live connector, then from that side carefully one line at a time go along gently touching the thin line a with the test light and if it lights up all the way along that line is ok, repeat all lines in the same way, if you are moving along and the light stops lilluminating then that will be where the break is. If no lines are working at all it would be more likley and supply problem unless every line was scratched of course, because the live cannot flow to the earth if there is no connection.     

Does anyone know how to get the wing mirrors and wing mirror glass off a figgy? I want to re-chrome the back of the mirrors before the summer arrives! Any ideas?  


Here's how to remove the mirror glass-for re chroming of the metal stem.- remove mirror from car (drop the glass remove 2x 8mm nuts inside the door shell) warm the black mirror surround,hairdryer will do, insert a small screw driver at the bottom between the pod & front black retainer. frame will pop off in that area-move screwdriver along and un pop frame. 8mm deep socket up the inside of the mirror stem-remove nut. hey presto- reverse sequence to reassemble.


About the people behind the Figaro Owners Club
MY CARMy son Daniel had always wanted a Figaro and after saving for years (plus a small contribution from his mum and dad!) he brought an Emerald Green one in May 2008. That was it - I was hooked too! Even now we spend many a happy weekend polishing her in the garage.

We just love all that chrome... After buying the car we started searching the internet for ownership help and advice and although a forum existed there was no real club so in December 2008 we started designing and building the web site which took around 4 Months. The club was formed in February 2009 and launched on 1st March 2009

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Kevin Fagan

Figaro Owners Club Founder



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