Nissan Navara experience

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 23, 2003 at 23:44
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My brother is considering a 1996 Nissan Navara 2.4l petrol dual cab fwd for mild fwding and country travel.
I would appreciate any knowledge out there as to experience with this car, motor and whether there are better alternatives for similar configuration vehicle under $15,000.

Cheers DRC
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Reply By: Old Jack - Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 09:39

Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 09:39
Michael, I hope he can put a pile of people into any of these and go for a spin, at around this age the Mazda B2600/courier has better rear seat space, reasonable power from the petrol 2.6 ltre motor also consider the rodeo,(might find also find a 3.2lt V6 rodeo), if looking at doing a lot of travelling the rodeo's 2.8lt turbo diesel give good power & economy, the petrol rodeo & the mazda are on about par for fuel consuption & power output.
there is of course the Hilux dual cab...
a few to choose from in this lot.. at $15,000 he will find examples of all of the above.

I'm sure some of the Nissan owners will let you know of any problems or good things about the Navara, the V6 goes well...

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Reply By: pathfinder - Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 12:28

Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 12:28
yep, agree with previous post. The Z24 Nissan motor is very reliable but also very gutless. Either go the Navara V6 or some other brand...
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 16:47

Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 16:47
i agree pretty much with both above comments ,.
i have a 99 navara dual cab 4 X 4 3.2 litre diesel and tried navaras in the past and thought they were a rough ride off road (little travel) and under powered but i picked up my model for about 21 grand to compare to but if i had that much maybe a hilux or turbo diesel rodeo
but i reckon those mazda bravo are ok too you get good value for money but poor resale.
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Reply By: Member - John- Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 19:17

Thursday, Jul 24, 2003 at 19:17

This class of vehicle wins big on versatility but they basically tradies trucks with 4x4 capability for gettining into building sites, etc. Their off road and rough dirt road ride is appalling, back jarring stuff.

I rented a brand new diesel Navara recently. Magnificent engine, beaut on road and bloody aweful on the dirt.

If you intend this type of use then I believe the Mazda is the most comfortable, but for a Navara a suspension upgrade would be a must in my opinion.

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