Nissan Navara

Submitted: Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 17:27
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My daughter wants to buy a Nissan Navara because of the high towing rate. She wants a 4WD, dual cab, 3lt turbo diesel. What were the earliest models with this motor? Is there anything we need to be careful of when purchasing? Thanks
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Reply By: desert - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:12

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:12
They are hard to locate, as they are popular and hold their price. Rear springs are a bit "iffy" will any weight on them, most have an additional leaf added. The shockers are weak and will require decent after market ones.Mechanically sound, the basic package is sturdy and should not suffer any untoward faults to make it a lemon.
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Reply By: Member - greg S (QLD) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:22

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:22
Twinkles,
Don't know too much about the Navara, but just because they have a high towing limit, it doesn't mean you should tow that much. You should always have a safety margin. Some people who own Terracan's are towing around 2-2.2/2.3T, the CRDI with auto tranny weighs in at around 2.2T.(The petrol is lighter) This does not leave much of a safety margin. I personally would not tow anything with more weight than my vehicle.
Maybe check with your relevant authority with regards to towing in your state.

Greg S
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Reply By: MattyM - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:37

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:37
Twinkles,
The 1st of the 3lt diesels came out in 2002. I have a march 02 built navara & I think this is one of the early ones. The rear suspension is a bit soft but adding an extra leaf & re-setting the springs to stop them hitting the over load spring fixes the problem. I had mine done & it cost about $400. I fitted Koni shockers & this helped a lot with the handling & ride but might be a bit expensive at about $450 for front & rears. Other than that it is a great vehicle with plenty of power & good fuel economy.
Cheers
Matty
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Reply By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 23:26

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 23:26
Hi Twinkles,

Mine is a 2003 model, extremely happy with the vehicle.

If you need any specific questions answered, just sent me a message, or email at tonygrey60.at.hotmail.com

Thanks

Tony
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Reply By: bigcol - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 01:26

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 01:26
I have a 2004 series II.
Just fitted airbags on the rear.
Tow a trailer every day for work and does it easily.
Good on fuel
Original tyres last about five minutes.
Only complaint. Would like to see first gear a little bit lower geared for the hill starts when loaded

Other than that i'm very happy with it
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Reply By: Twinkles - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:56

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:56
Thanks everyone for your replies. We will start looking soon. She wants to tow a horse float. My Hilux tows a float well but has the "legal" limit of only 1800kg in the specifications. Tows more easily, but won't take the risk.
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Reply By: porker - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 13:48

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 13:48
Twinkles,
Got mine new in April 2002.
No problems at all with it.A long term vehicle I reckon.
I really can't think of anything in particular you need to watch for.
Pp
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Reply By: dr650 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 21:08

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 21:08
what sort of fuel economy are people getting out of turbo diesel???
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Reply By: Ron173 - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:05

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 13:05
Hey twinkles,

check out the post I put up bout a navara, its on ebay, (not mine) $13500 for a 99 model, looks mint!

only thing, its not a dual cab, but thought you might be interested.

Ron

its under.... 'who was looking for a Navara'
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