I brought a 2005 3 ltr dual cab off my mate( 1st owner) 3 years ago with 200,000kms on it.He never had a problem with it. I have done another 130,000kms now with no hassles(touch wood) We both tow work trailers with it and i take it bush atleast once a month,. It just keeps going with no probs.
back leg room
I bought a navara last year. It is a 1998 model, dual cab, 4x2. It came fitted with gas so it is very cheap to run.
It is really cheap on fuel even when you run it on petrol. it has the same amount of space in the back as you get in a big 4X4 but for a much smaller price. It is nice to ride in and when going along the highway is quiet as well.
Some small problems. My navara has been fitted with gas so sometimes it feels a bit down on power but for what you pay for fuel, it is great.
Awesome 4wd, done heaps of heavy sand and mud driving, let the tires down and you are always out! Very surprised at how good on fuel it is for a 4wd. 600 - 650km around town to a tank. It can be a bit bouncy but it is a 4wd, not a car. Never had a problem with it in 7 years.
Reliable, easy to clean after work or a big trip, good fuel economy for a 4wd.
Could use a little more leg room in the back
I have the 2002 STR with a Diesel / Gas convesion and it goes like a rocket, see http://www.dieselgastechnologies.com.au/nissan.htm and you will see my Navara there .
The only problem i have had is the suspesion which i'm upgrading to a new one soon. Other than that nothing else has been an issue, rule of thumb you change your Engine oil at every 5000km your engine will last you a life time easy, ask any Diesel Mech.
Happy to speak to any of you.
Power/shape/options/tows very well and great low range
Not much room for adults in the back but not an issue for me ,The nissan Shocks could be better.
Navara 4x4 ST-R: We have owned a Nissan Navara for the first time for over one year now. The reason that we bought this car was that it seemed to have more leg room in it than most of the other dual cabs that we looked at. Apart from a two or three recalls that Nissan had on this car at first, we have had no problems with it at all. The only thing that I will look at changing in the future is that I would prefer a flat tray back on the ute instead on what I have got now that comes as standard.
Navara 4x4 ST-R: Purchased '03 model 2nd hand with 80,00K on it, has had 2" lift kit, konis all round, bull bar, spot light, air horns and winch, Cooper tyres, LPG to Diesel injection($4300 less the Govt $2000 rebate- drops fuel usage by 20%, currently getting 9 litres per 100Kls), Kenwood CD player, Phillips 200watt amplifier and Sony 4 way speakers. Considering its a 4x4 commercial vehicle it rides exceptionally well, some wallowing on the highway at speed over undulations but bearable. I've driven inter city and around Sydney and find the ve...hicle powerfully even nippy, caution needed in the wet as rear end spins up easily( possibly due to 20% power increase from LPG) but Limited slip diff helps control. Very sturdy, chassis is stiffest of the 4X4 Dual cabs, ( if you bouncy it while raising on a vehicle lift you dont see the chassis flex like you do on Hilux). Hoping to setup for 5th wheeler as its good for pulling 3000kg. Looks good( black/silver), handles well, plenty of grunt, quiet and smooth to drive. Cheapish interior, needs extensive/expensive upgrades to fully sort. Oil weep at the bottom of turbo???
i wanted a tough tow vehice that had a proven design and was 100% reliable. So far it needed a new diff after 2500kms and nissan australia HQ wanted me to wait over a week in QLD while the old one was fixed, after a huge fight they agreed to fit a replacement.
This will be the first and last nissan i would every buy. Its currenly sitting in the driveway, while i use a reliable W123 83 280E merc that has 250,000kms, with ALL the original running gear and just purs on interstate drives.
What a bad joke from nissan... never again.
A rough and ready truck
I have had one of these trucks as a work unit up until recently, They ride quite hard and steering is not terribly accurate but they are reliable. The 2005 model has air con Power windows,Cd,Cruise etc. It loves the juice ,Company put in LPG in the end being a 3.2 litre petrol it revs quite high. The brakes remind you your driving a truck and shocks remind you you have now shattered your spine.
It Never stopped and could take harsh treatment
At the end of its time with me the power window on passenger side stopped working, The cruise stopped working .
I have taken this vehicle to Fraser Island, Stockton beach and many other inland national parks, honestly it has been bullet proof and I don't dawdle around, sure it's approach angles are limited but it just makes a bumping sound and keeps going with no damage. covered 1000 K's on Fraser island and never got stuck once. however I am talking about my vehicle post Cooper ATR's. Before that I had bridgestones and they bordered on being dangerous, you just won't believe the difference as with the handling, it goes around corners really well on the ...Coopers for a 4x4. My plan is to replace this vehicle with another one in July 2010. V6 can't be broken, can take you to hell and back in one piece, fuel economy way ahead of my last rodeo 550 km's per tank now. Easy driving with light steering, and soft pedal controls, looks good for it's age. Still have not had to replace the brake pads after 100,000 km's. Had an accident last week where an 04 Corolla buried up my butt, the Corolla was written off and I only had to replace the rear bumper. Crap radio, poor seating in back, original bridgestone tyres dangerous causing rear to spin out to easily, put coopers on and you cannot believe the difference in driveabilty and safety. Hardtop is a waste of time and leaves no height in back, I replaced mine with a good tonneau cover. For and aft approaches a little tight and scape easy. Have done 100000 km's and the replacement of the timing belt was expensive for that service, you would think that a 4x4 would have a timimg chain. Paint finish scratches very easy in metallic finish, will get plain white next time.
Great truck, goes ne where and i mean it, providing u have a little more height. It has the power to pull the heavy'st of loads.
The tyres it comes with new, r actually quite good in country, not so good in heavy mud.
Any 1 who purchases the str turbo, will have the comfort and power to take u ne ware, with ya friends jaw on the ground in envy
turbo diesel, great power. great 4x4-standard.
good drive, enough room for a six foot 5 bloke in front. smooth ride.
air bag. 75 litres of diesel = over 570km in city and 640-80 on high way- ne w...
We have a D22 ST-R V6 petrol as a work car it has got to be one of the worst new 4wd avaliabe 400Km of the tank of fuel on the highway and worse in the city. The rear suspension is so stiff and uncomfortable unlaidened if you take off quick around corners it gets wheel spin and likes to axel hop. The front end tends to bottom out alot and has to be reset as is keeps drooping. The ute is very wandery at highway speeds, and has bottomed out quiet a bit. Space in the ute back is useless especially with the hard top (you can't close it with 2 bales...of hay but they did fit easily in the boot of a camry). Service from Nissan is poor 3 week wait for a service, Last service was a new fuel pump and front suspention reset but the noisy clutch we wanted replaced we were told that is with in our tolerence. comforting just turn up the radio? The interior is basic but not all that bad can be comfortable for a desent trip if you don't sit in the back seat but the sqeeking and rattling of bits of dash and other decal will drive you nuts on dirt roads. Off road is not bad and that powerful V6 make things a little easier, but The turbo diesel is the better engin especially if your paying the fuel bill. V6 petrol goes like a shower of ..... Work pay for the fuel bill ride & handling, Fuel consumption, build quality
The ute is comfortable, has good excelleration, but lacks in torque on low end revs. Off-road is good, but only if you have nothing loading on the front end. The weihgt of winch bar and extras to help in off-road conditons lowers the car about 2-3 inches, making entry extremly rough on components in the front end.
It's fuel economy is extremely good for the power out put that the ute delivers.
Torchen bars- its to heavy in the front end not to have spings to lift nearly 3/4 of the utes weight.
very disappointed with my navara d40, fuel consumption 400 - 450 kms to 70 litres engine light continually comes on, clutch sometimes slips when 4wding, rear tailgate hinges bent from having a dirtbike rear wheel resting on it very poor design of hinges and very weak, rear licence plate lamps clips continually brake due to poor clip design, brakes spongy and not the greatest either over all the car is a good cruiser but not built for off roading or work horse,funny huh?
looks good and thats about it!
bad fuel economy
Istill like the vehicle but have lost faith with it, i cant afford to sell it now without massive money loss but dont wont to keep it either. !!
Great truck generaly, i have the zd30 engine model. Its is fast and econimical and very powerfull torque for towing.
One major fault, reliability. At 21000 miles the EGR valve failed and its valve seat went into the inlet manifold and caused total engine failure. The vehicle was imported into the uk by an agent/dealer and Nissan uk would not acceptany warenty claim. To say it was a nightmare was no und...
very capable car, i bought it to tow my boat and does it easy.
looks great, zd30 td engine is fantastice, gearbox feels great, comfortable seats, good leg room in back if driver puts seat forward but still comforable
no keyless entry, 2 speakers and single cd
Questions & Answers
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