Nissan Narvara D22 with 3.3L V6 Engine 2004 model

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Hi. Son is looking to get in to a cheaper 4WD (1st year funds are tight). He has been looking at the D22 Narvara with the V6 engine. Were looking at the Turbo Diesel...but a little concerned with some of the turbo reliability issues, and really could not afford a Turbo repair at the moment (if a failure happened). So I was thinking the petrol unit. Bit dearer Rego, and fuel costs (He has a 2.7l Hilux 2WD ute which is not fantastic on fuel economy any way). Can not find or have heard of any real issues with the V6 engine. Would appreciate any body who has one and their opinion/experience with one. Also what type of fuel economy around town do you get. It will get mainly used as a run-a-bout around town for work ect, occasional trip to Stradbroke Island camping, and towing a bike trailer out to Scenic Rim for Dirt bike riding with mates.
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 12:17

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 12:17
Hi Simon,
Although I do not own a Navara through my experience through the 4wd club is that the Navara can have some issues with ground clearance especially those with sidesteps installed.
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 13:13

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 13:13
The 3.3 is one of the better V6 engines around. Make sure it has been serviced as they don't really like going too long between oil changes. Once you put your foot down he'll be wanting a LR tank as they love drinking, but if you want kW then you need to drink fuel. The Navara is pretty basic and easy to use and if used properly will do most things you have in mind. Could do with a lift and bigger tyres especially if going to play on sand.
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Reply By: garrycol - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 15:49

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 15:49
What was wrong with the diesel in a 2004 D22. I knew that the Patrol version had major issues but i thought the similar engine in the Navara was OK.
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Follow Up By: Simon C7 - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 16:26

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 16:26
They had turbo issues. Numerous reports of Turbo's failing around the 80K to 100K mark. Some thoughts were that fitting intercoolers help fixed the problems. From what I can make out....2002/2003 to 2004/2005 models were affected. Not as bad as the Patrol issues....but there were a few. Nissan was helping Narvara owners repair/replace engines.
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 18:24

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 18:24
Put a catch can on the turbo
if they have a MAF sensor like the 3ltr pooootrol did..CLEAN IT REGULARLY
You will be fine
they 3ltr diesel is good on fuel and power
wouldnt go the v6 too hard on fuel
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 18:52

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 18:52
I had a Pathfinder with that motor in it and never had any trouble in over 350k. I put it on lpg which made it a lot cheaper to run. I used to get 13-15 l/100kms on petrol and around 16-17 l/100kms on lpg.
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 22:48

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 22:48
If the young blokes 2.7L Hilux was hard on fuel, then the 3.3L V6 Nissan certainly won't be any better, and it will actually be a whole lot worse.
Like all young blokes (and I've been one, too! - even though it was a long time ago!), they love "flooring it" at every opportunity, and hearing the exhaust note as they run the engine up to 3500-4000RPM through the cogs.

There's only one way to get good fuel economy - imagine a fresh egg is stuck under the accelerator pedal, and you must avoid breaking it.
Keep the RPM down, don't hammer it through the cogs, change up at 2000RPM, instead of 3500RPM.
Keep the speed down on the open road - nothing chews fuel like a petrol engine hammering along at 120kmh.
Keep unnecessary junk out of the ute - don't carry stuff around that you don't need immediately.
It's amazing the amount of utes carrying around 150-200kgs of unnecessary junk in the tray/tub and cabin.

The early 3.0L ZD30 diesels in the Nissans did give a lot of problems, they didn't get the "hand grenade" nickname for nothing.
All diesels are expensive when they need repairs, if you go looking at a diesel, buy one that has had a recent engine overhaul, and you will be getting a better deal than one that has done 300,000kms and is still on the original engine.

Here's the kind of thing I'd be looking at (below), if I were you. Not a great deal of difference in the used purchase price today, between the diesel and petrol, and the V6 petrol will soon be chewing a big hole in the young blokes pocket, if he's a leadfoot, as most are.

2002 3.0L Nissan Navara diesel with new engine

Cheers, Ron.
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