Mazda BT50 vs Nissan Nirvara

Submitted: Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 08:31
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I am looking for some opinions on the appropriate vehicle for us. At the moment we are comparing the Mazda BT50 3.0 litre turbo diesel and Nissan Nirvara STR 3.0 litre turbo diesel.

We will be travelling around oz towing a Jayco Expanda 16ft outback caravan.

What are your thoughts on reliability, comfort, fuel economy, towing capabilities, and any general thoughts on your personal experience of these models?

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Paul Grabonski. Vic - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 09:14

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 09:14
Steve have you considered the Mitsi Triton 3.2 diesel. Best tow vehicle in class and best engine. Best all around package.
Mazda front suspension is a pita.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 11:12

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 11:12
Yep, I'll vouch for that. Use mine to tow a 1.9 tonne van and it is a superb tow vehicle.

Great economy and heaps of power. Eats navarras for brekky.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 09:40

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 09:40
Hi Steve, must agree with above. You should not discount any
vehicle in the range you are looking at. Take them all for a long test drive & compare your judgements. I have no personal
experience except for the Hilux & I wouldnt buy anything else.
But that is my biased opinion, based on my personal experience.
Go check em all, & good luck with your purchase....oldbaz.
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Reply By: donk - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:45

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:45
I would look at getting a automatic transmission over a manual as well expecially if you intend to do a lot of towing

Auto's work well with the latest 4cyl CRD engines

Regards Don
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 13:02

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 13:02
Hi Steve

We tow a 2300kg Off Road Tandem Caravan with a 2006 model
Nissan Navara diesel. we have no problems towing it up the beach,
or highway towing, cruise along easily on 100ks per hour.
long term I can see the 4 cylinder diesel motor wareing out a lot
quicker than a 6 cylinder motor, and its nice to have that extra bit
of power up your sleave. That is why we are up grading to a bigger
We have had Toyotas and Nissans for many years, and I laugh at the
boasting that goes on ,about what vehicle will out do the other.
Its up to you to make up your own mind, you no what you can
afford, and what you will use it for.


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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 17:25

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 17:25
Hi Steve, we have a BT 50 twin cab manual ( 4x2) & tow a 16 foot pop top Jayco. loaded weight in the vicinity of 1400 Kg. We havent had any experience with other twin cab models so we are not in a position to compare. Towing in fourth at 95 KMH it returns 13.5 Litres 100 Ks. Freeway conditions at 100 K it returns 9.5 Litres 100 K. We are more than happy with the vehicle. Cheers & happy travelling.
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Reply By: Member - colin M (NSW) - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 17:47

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 17:47
We have the 2007 3 litre TD Ford Ranger auto single cab tray ( reallly a Mazda BT50) on which we have an Adventure tray top camper and tow a 4.5 m trailcaft alum fishing boat with 60hp motor. Achieved 16l per/100km with boat only and 17.5l/100 when adding the tray top camper in Adelaide - on a trip from Tweed Heads to Eyre & York peninsulas August 07, sitting on 100kph most of the time. Easy driving with this set up so should be no problem with your 16Ft Jayco.

Went round Oz with plenty of off road work on the Savanna Way last year with 2.5 litre TD manual Ford Courier towing an Aussie Swag camper and it never missed a beat including 1meter water crossings.

The auto ranger was more comfortable and the auto makes for easy driving. We have only done 20000km so far from new and not one problem mechanically so far. We fitted a snorkel and diff breather on rear - not needed on front diff as it's sealed, just in case we do more water crossings. Also fitted under tray tool box and under chassi gear boxes and extra 40litre water tank.
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Follow Up By: Member - colin M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 17:08

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 17:08
Meant to mention around tow economy is 13l/100km.
Good luck in choosing
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Reply By: davo.l - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 21:57

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 21:57
What a question. If you asked 20 people what is the best vehicle, you'll get 20 different opinions. It's mainly a matter of personal preferences. All modern 4x4's are good. All are pretty reliable, as to comfort, i'd say the bigger the vehicle, the more comfortable,
for fuel economy and towing capabilities, get the information off the individual maker's web sites or dealerships.
Take all makes for a test drive to determine which feels right to you.

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