Nissan Navarra ST-X 2.5lt Turbo Feedback Wanted

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 15:05
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Last year I did the Canning Stock Route, Tanami Track & Great Central Road in a Stock Standard Navarra ST-R 3lt diesel. ( apart from 120lt fuel tank & fridge battery ). It did a great job 9lt per 100km and not one problem in 7000km of dirt and 2000km of sealed road. Sold it and got my money back on return.
This year I want to go to Cape York via CSR, Gibb River Road, Roper Bar, Gulf Track, Cape York ,Plenty Hway, Great Central this is about 10,000km of dirt and 4,000km sealed.
I have the choice between the ST-X 2.5lt Turbo diesel and just to be re- released ST-R 2.5lt Turbo diesel Navarra.
The ST-X is biger 25% more power and 25% more expensive.
Not sure which way to go yet.
Would like any feed back on the new ST-X 2.5lt Turbo and are they a lot better than the old ST-R 3lt diesel.


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Reply By: Stiphodon - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 16:35

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 16:35
See this article

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23288305-26017,00.html

We have two new 2.5L TD at work.

Pros
Great vehicle for hwy driving, lots of power and the 6speed manual is great. Lots of room, good comfort.

Cons
Very little clearance.
Stalls easy. Hence not very good for low geared work - probably due to highly strung small engine
After 5000kms, one of our vehicles died whilst driving through shin deep mud and water. Apparently the computer fried. We could turn on the lights and other electrics but the engine was dead. Nissan came out instantly and towed it away for a warranty fix, might be a known fault when doing water crossings?
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Reply By: Stu-k - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 16:48

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 16:48
Weak chassis and safety issues as well
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 18:27

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 18:27
I would take the ST-R...they are the work horse...ST-X is a "girl"!!LOL

Laura
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 03:52

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 03:52
Go Laura !
Have your say !
We got back from the Mountain y'day Avo about 4:00 pm ,,
Will not take the " Trakky " up there again,, a tent or swag, or both will go up there next time, due to limited good sites, ( and no Bambi either ( rats )) Lots of places to camp up, but not something as big as the Trak Shak.
Favorite place was " off bounds ", due to fire and flood damage.

Navara was faultless, just humming along in second gear, doing 2,500 revs.. same on the way down, only had to dab the breaks 3 or 4 times
Need that 6 speed gearbox though, uphill starts (and not that steep) were a real pain, and needed 1/2 gear between 2 and 3, hence the climb in 2nd.

Cheers Mate
Bucky




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Reply By: Chris & Debbie - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:38

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 17:38
reg
I upgraded from the ST-R to the ST-X just over 12 months ago and in my opinion, yes, the ST-X is way better.
They are a lot more comfortable and quiter and I also like the extra room you get.
The safety issues people have been going on about the air bags and seat belt tensions were too slow to activate, but there has just been a recall to adjust this timing in the computer to rectify this.
Ground clearance was a bit low and although ok with only light loads it was too soft for the 1tonne camper we tow and all our gear so we fitted TJM suspension with 45mm lift with heavier springs. (also to allow for the steel bar and winch).
I was concerned about reliabilty differences between the two models but so far, no problems, and if the ST-R now has the same engine I can see no reason not to go for the ST-X if you can stretch the budget far enough.

Hope this helps
Chris
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Follow Up By: regt1008 - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:54

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:54
Chris
Thanks for your reply. I think I go for the ST-X. I always take it easy and travel real light about 450kg max all up with full fuel & Water.
All the Best
Reg
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