Good soild ute
Me and my partner both had d22s hers a 01 nav 365xxxkm never missed a beat still going but was involved in a crash and chassis was bent so was pulled off the road
Mine is a 2005 d22 370xxxkm on it so far still going strong tows pretty much every day it's been all over the county been the best ute I have ever had
We brought a 2014 model a few months ago to replace my partners car having two really good d22s went for a third. But what a mistake we have had a few issues with its timing chain and a few other issues a we brought to tow the floa...t but having 2 horse on it really struggles to get going end up using my old 3l witch doesn't have a problem the 2.5 is very heavy on fuel just get 300km to a tank with the float and we get about 500 to 550 km with the old 3l
Built for purpose
Use it 4 times per week as a run-around-ute. It is not designed to be a luxury vehicle but a genuine no-nonsense do anything, go anywhere, reliable, blokes ute. Big tip, after 150k , get it serviced every 5k, mine now has 250k still going strong. Took it around Oz 6 months ago, no worries. Fuel consumption can get a bit much (12.5l / 100k in back blocks). Had a catch-can fitted recently, has dropped av fuel consumption back to 10.5l/100k. Have bullbar, snorkel, rear camera, buckets, alloy tray with slide-on camper. Have looked at trading in but will keep for a bit longer and give to a grandchild. Too good to trade and most newies are too technical.
Purchased for A$25,000.00.
Old school reliability
Purchased my new D22 Navara back in February 2010 10 years on still have it still love it a very basic Spartan type of a ute never had a single issue with it Navara is comfortable drives well and good on fuel on paper power figures are poor compared to modern vehicles but it goes a lot better than the 3 L in the previous model they were absolutely gutless. build quality fit and finish is acceptable for a commercial vehicle I'm a qualified spray painter buy trade and there's no such thing as a perfect fit and finish on any vehicle out there the ...later model D22 started to get very average on fit and finish due to such a long run of this vehicle they're dies must have been worn out making panels for these vehicles.a lot of aftermarket accessories has improved power considerably example snorkel exhaust larger intercooler and in the last 2 years fitted I drive throttle controller made a massive difference from the terrible turbo lag from standard only issue I've had with this vehicle is airbag recall on the passenger side the useless dealer Gary cricks in Noosa cracked the top section of dash when they fitted the new airbag and never told me 6 weeks on still waiting to hear from them on replacing the damaged part that they caused after 10 years of reliability on this Navara have considered updating to a newer vehicle but really don't know what to buy when you look at reviews on all dual cabs and the amount of problems they all have don't know whether it's worth buying a new vehicle if you can find a D22 with low kilometres would recommend to buy to anyone very basic reliable vehicle
Not happy with d22
Not real happy with navs its my own fault really bought n 03 bent chassis ...bought an 09 chassis cracked front to back ...wont be buying a 3rd so sad
Not a god buy thought it was
Bought a Nissan navara of a dealer had it 8 mths the radiator blew I was driving along stopped it cooked the motor now Im up for a 7,000 motor I pd 10,000 for car unbeilable I had it service like they said I very dissapointed I was on a low income saved the money thats what I get for my trouble I thought I was getting a good car but no now I have to scrap it or pay loads of money
Purchased in May 2019.
Good o'l faithful
I have 03 Navara cab chassis turbo diesel 3ltr 4WD. Bought this 3rd hand late 2017.
I do courier work 200km every day.
Done some off roading last year in 2018 in the outback during a 8000km trip over 3 weeks. Never missed a beat.
Service twice a year.
Never had any problems.
This car has never failed me. Great off road and a great work horse during the week. Motor starts first time every time and still pulls hard.
Replaced the clutch soon after purchase and replaced battery early 2019.
Other than that i keep oil fresh and coolant levels up and the beast just keeps on going.
One of the last of the original Japanese made Navaras. Love my nifty Nav.
Purchased in October 2017 at Private for A$7,000.00.
Very reliable ute ...
Own my 2004 D22 For 10 years now ,done 400.000 km ,and never missed a beat.Not most comfortable ,but keeps going ,tows the boat ,take me to work ,always long hot miles . service it myself every 10km,with good 15-50 semi or fully synthetic oil. Change diff /gear box & transfer case .
Nothing done to it other than tear &wear(brake pads/tyres ) .Cheap to run. only fault engine light comes on when push engine past 3000rpm ,but Nissan can t find fault ,neither can independent mechanic. bit small for space ,but had an unbelievable run .made in Spain ,has the Legendary 3.0l Renault motor.
Purchased in March 2009 at private.
Reliable 3.2 diesel
Bought very cheap with the seller spending $3000 on the suspension springs . I was hesitant to buy one for so many years . The 3.2 is not as slow as what has been said , has a good amount of pick up but what can you expect? I see lots of people push these to a turbo but i will leave it stock .
The only problem is the instrument cluster , temp gauge works and rev counter at certain rpm abover 1300 . This is because of a resistor behind the panel , fixing this very soon . Turning circle is very good for a truck this size , heater / aircon perfect , no rust except for a small amount of surface in the rear tub . Not yet been off road but soon , im not a hard core offroader so this will just take me to the back beach ect.
Purchased in June 2019.
She’s a beauty with a long life!
Bought my Nissan Navara d22 new in 2014. Done 112 000kms in that time (it’s now 2019) and it hasn’t missed a beat. The brakes are yet to be replaced with what I would expect a long way to go. The clutch is beautiful not a problem. It obviously doesn’t have the power of a new v6 Amarok nor the lack of power as a 1993 triton or hilux May have. When needed it has the power you need and around town it’s a pleasure to drive. If you are into 4wding, touring, camping or even just hauling gear in the back or on a medium to small trailer then you won’t ...be disappointed (even a first time car buyer, if you have the money because they do hold their value). I personally bought it for 4wding, loading up the back and touring, and it’s done just that with ease and comfort. Space wise you wouldn’t be able to fit three grown men in the back comfortably but you could easily fit three kids or teenagers in there with room to spare. The accessories are endless ranging from aftermarket to genuine and if serviced well can last as long as you want. I’m extremely happy with mine and if your looking for one make sure it’s well looked after first and you’ll love it and never want to sell it!
Great car, purchased new, I knew from the test drive back seat was cramped and power was low, but 6 years later, drives like the day I bought it, I think it will last another 10 years, only changed, oil, filters and tyres... Easy to service and work on, low tech, just the way I like it. Well built solid workhorse and weekend warrior.
Cheap and nasty
Over the last 20 years I’ve had 3 Navaras and 5 Hilux’s as my work utes so I have a bit of background
The D22 was my first Navana and by far the worse and also the cheapest
It look good with the alloy wheels and colour match bars , but it rides very rough the seating position is terrible and the cabin noise is high
I did 100k in the car and had no problems! So it it’s reliable and got the job done , but I would buy another !
Power is low, but fuel economy is good
At the time I got a great deal from Nissan as it was the old model , but my resale was just as poor .
If money is tight then this car could work for you
Nissan Navara is the best vehicle to buy. But the passenger area is less spacious
I have a Nissan Navara D22 2006, ST-R 3L. I bought it in Melbourne & drove to Cairns. Then I drove it to Brisbane. From Brisbane, I came to Esperance in WA. Each time I had a trailer with it. I bought it in 2016 and it is now 2018. In between, I have driven almost 30000kms. I regularly service the car by myself. change oil in every 5000kms. always use Penrite oil. Have change diesel filter a few times. This is the best vehicle to buy.
- Navara D22 (1997-2014)
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Amazing 4wd !!!
I have taken this to the cape and all over the beach side. The only thing I have had to upgrade is my suspension and tyres. Honestly love this car. Brings joy to my family plenty of space for work and fun on the weekends!!!
Great fuel economy as well!! 9litres to 100k's.
Very nice car to drive, interior could be a bit nicer but overall nice, good price to run but have a lot of problems with the paint chipping and the clutch playing up, very good sized tub looks great with ladder rack and after market bull bar over all would really recommended
Bad car on the tow
I've had 2 navaras in 18 years one was a 2000 model 3.3 Litre petrol had that for 15 years and was a great vehicle on and off the tow! Then I bought a 2014 2.4 Litre turbo and iv done 2 clutches and gearbox at 75000kms! It is by far what you would say a girls car with no grunt! Terrible at the tow! What you would say all shoe and no go! I wish I had my old car again! I think a hilux for a towing worker is the go and I will be buying Toyota hilux!
Good, but had a crap turning circle!
Overall happy with the ute. Very spacious inside and good tray space. My only complaint is that its turning circle is ridiculous. Where other vehicles could do a three point turn, I would have to do at least a 5 point turn. So its a pain to park and get into tight spaces.
worst piece of crap ive ever owned
i bought a d22 navara from a good mate that had owned it from new it had been regularly serviced and never missed a beat until the day i bought it at a very very low km , From day one i had nothing but electrical problems ranging from the windows getting stuck half way and refusing to go up or down for hours to the alarm going off while im standing right beside it and nothing touching it to the airconditioner selecting its own speed even tho it was manual controls.The vehicle was fitted with a small lift done threw nissan with a canopy ,draw sy...stem with fridge with camping stuff only in one draw and tools in the other never very heavy at all , snorkel bullbar with winch sidesteps and bigger tyres the first time it was ever put into four wheel drive to get off my front lawn as it had rained i went to move it and not even spun the wheel one rotation and it blew the front differential to pieces nissan refused to fix it and i had to take them to court to have it fixed.The car had a total of under 20,000 km when i was driving to work sitting on 100km\h when the back wheels locked up as the gear box had literally fallen out of the car again nissan blamed me and i was out of pocket for over $5000 as when i spoke to my lawyer i was advised i would not win and got second and third advice and was told the same as nissan had told them i had been doing burnouts in my vehicle but with no proof.After having this fixed two days later the rear diff dropped all of its oil out a small hole just next to the axle behind the hub where the thing drilled its own drain hole some how this was fixed by nissan with no argument. the very next day the front upper control arm split in two putting me into a wall luckily at slow speed again fixed by nissan no argument a few days later the diesel pump died followed by the injectors two days later. A few days later followed by the alternator then two days later the power steering pump as well as the outer door lock on the drivers door.This was all eventually fixed and the car seemed to be like a different car and drove amazingly for about two weeks until i jumped in it one morning to go to work and could hear a strange noise that sounded like tyre squeal but could not find any problem with the car drove a little more down the road the hole time hearing this noise coming from the rear of the vehicle regardless of speed over about 20 km/h i decided to not risk driving it and got it towed back to nissan i received a call that afternoon to tell me that i had towed to much weight with the vehicle and had bent the back of the ute down and it was causing the tyres to squeal being out of alignment i had a massive argument with the manager as my vehicle didn't even have a tow bar and had never even been off road and had never had anything put in the tray due to the canopy and draw system and camping gear that never got removed from the back of the car as i camped any chance i got but never got to with this car as it never made it any where with out braking down i ended up back at court and won my case with alot of help from a great lawyer and smash repair experts four wheel drive experts and mechanical experts so i will never ever buy a nissan or buy any car from nepean motor group/ penrith mitsubishi
Cheap and broken
Driving performance that I have is that the sheering wheels broke when it went on the clear roads. Door had bad edges after I just opened the back door and the boot. Lasted for a week and can't find someone that I bought it from to return it back to that people.
We needed a ute that was easy to drive
We had been looking for a ute that would be our second car, easy to drive and also be our work-horse for ferrying large items around. This is a nice looking ute, has a dual cab so the shopping can sit on the back seat securely and be in air conditioning, if needed. The gearbox on this ute is probably the best of any car we have owned. The only downside, and would be the same with any utility vehicle, is bad visibility when reversing. We had the option of fitting a rear camera, which we may do at a later date.
Good all rounder
Purchased as an interim vehicle, but have clocked up around 60,000 klms, to now total 307000 kms. Overall not a bad car for the klms and driving experience. It wasn't kept in the best order by previous owner, so have corrected a few things on the way, but am happy with nothing really spent besides normal running costs.
Pros: Car like drive, easy to park, turning circle ok, seats comfy, dual airbags, ABS brakes halve stopping distance to previous ute, good looks, do take it off road a fair bit and goes alright, Cheap on fuel averaging under 8 ...
Questions & Answers
Problems shifting gears between 2nd and 3rd gets stuck
2005 D22 diesel nav indicators keep shorting out have checked and replaced fuses but keeps blowing them what else could it be?
Will a Holden Rodeo 1998 bench seat fit a Nissan Navarra 1998 D22? Or do you know of other seats that will bolt straight in?
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