Colorado or Navada

Submitted: Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 20:49
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I am looking at buying either a 3.00 ltr Diesel Colorada 2010 or a Navada 3.00ltr diesel 2010. Any ideas on which would be the most suitable and economical ? Plan to cross the Simpson Desert at some stage. Thanks johno
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Reply By: exmouth1 - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 21:02

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 21:02
G, day john, what's a Navada

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Follow Up By: johno59 - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 21:06

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 21:06
Sorry mate, Nissan Navara. johno
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Reply By: Nutta - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 21:50

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 21:50
I'm a nissan man but at that year id get the colly, better engine i think.
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Reply By: Ross M - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 22:32

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 22:32
Get a Dmax, better engine again, Hole Den uses different engine ECU in that model.
A few people have used a Dmax to go across and used less fuel than many others.

Not a fan of the Navara's chassis strength.
On a Dmax you can fit Free wheel hubs to reduce wear on the front components until 4WD has to be used.

The Dmax and the Collie of that model have 25mm bigger clutch dia than the Navara.

With slightly bigger dia tyres which when deflated give longer tread in sand is good. Wider is restrictive in sand and on road and uses more fuel.

Dmax and Collie are a bit smaller in the tub than the Navara.

Which ever you buy, get a GOOD mechanic to check it as many have not been serviced properly and it is not uncommon to find vehicles with no diff/transfer or gearbox oil changes well into their km. Read, many many thousands there. I purposely c=did a check on a range of vehicles a while back and plenty over 20,000km hadn't had oils done. One Rodeo no GB, Transfer Or diffs done at 125,000km. Engines are often done, probably done OK though.
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Reply By: Member - Terry W3 - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 23:10

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 23:10
We have D-Max and Colorado twin cab utes at work, would not go near a Colorado. Compared to the D-max , the D-max is better on fuel by a long shot and better cabin size. The clutch is a weak link in the Holden's also. Navara has a very small cabin , but were durable.
The dark horse was a BT 50 , now they are a very capable vehicle and really good on fuel. It was easy to get 8 lts per 100km travelling.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 23:16

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 23:16
I don't know why people consider the Navara (look up lemons and not good enough), or the Colorado/Rodeo without looking at the current BT50/Ford.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 09:48

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 09:48
I'm driving my 3rd Nissan dual cab & am yet to have ANY of the issues that people post about on the net. I guess I must be just lucky? A quick read on the Navara forum will show that very few actual owners have major issues either. Yes, there are issues now & again, but certainly no more than I'd expect in any brand of car.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 07:32

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 07:32

You don't need to worry about fuel consumption in the Colorado diesel. Hard to imagine the D-Max being much better. I get an average of 8.8l/100k even when towing.
That may drop a little in a Simpson Crossing with slower speed on a sandy surface, but so would anything else.

Work has a 2010 diesel Navara auto. Not overly impressed with it. Seems to blow smoke on initial start up and takeoff. My initial thoughts were that one of more of the drivers, not used to the diesel may not wait long enough for the glow plugs to do their job properly, but the dealer has told the principal driver this is normal !!!
My Colorado doesn't do it.


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Reply By: Jayme p - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 20:11

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 20:11
I had the same dilemma ended up going with the colorado, so glad I did its a great truck
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