D40 Navara Diesel Auto Service Intervals

Submitted: Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:59
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Does anyone know what the true service interval of the 2.5 diesel auto D40 is? Reading the service/warranty book it seems to indicate 5000km but this seems little other that a kick the tyres service. Rang the local dealer and they tell me that they also change the oil and filter - and wait for it the cost of the service is around $250. They also said that while Nissan recommended 5000km service this wasn't a mandated service and not doing it would NOT void my warranty. To confirm this I have written to Nissan but am yet to get a reply.

As I am rapidly approaching my 5000km on the new Nav, I would be interested in hearing what other D40 owners think/do about doing 5000km services - seems at odds with the notion of modern hi tec engineering and using synthetic engine oil.

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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:12

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:12
Most of these new motors have extended service intervals. My Triton 32.2 CDI has 15,000, with an intermediate Service for "Severe Operating Conditions" Now what is that. I would say, High engine revs doing 4WD, towing, High Speed driving etc.

So I change my Oil and Filter every 7500ks no matter what sort of driving I do. Oil is cheap!

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Reply By: Member - Marco T (VIC) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:33

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 19:33
Hi Patrol22,

I have the D40 manual diesel. The Nissan service department told me every 10,000km for a service.
I have chosen to do it every 5,000km for a two reasons.

1. My good mechanic recommends 5,000 not 10,000 ( Nissan do not service it)
2. The car works fairly hard (work use)Running close to max GVM day to day. Tow 2 times a week 1.5Ton

I am comming up to my 40,000km service now and the car has so far gone quite well. I have had some issues with the drivers window, lights and wipers. Still to be looked at by Nissan

I do have a few real gripes eg - Fuel economy. I still have not managed to get in the 10's/100km - even empty. They state 9.8 - rubbish I say.
There have been some on here who have done better than 10L/100. Not many though I have spoken to a dozen who are all in the same boat as me or worse.

Good luck

Marco
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 20:31

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 20:31
Thanks Marco. I too don't get crash hot milage...around 13ltr/100km but it is a pretty large car and I've lifted it, fitted a full set of bash plates, an ARB canopy with roof racks, steel bar and warn winch, a OEM towing hitch and a 160ltr OL long range fuel tank, so it is starting to get a bit heavy. And, I yet to fit the ORS storage unit, 70ltr fuel tank and 2x100ah aux batteries in the back.

I intend changing the oil every 5k but I was just baulking at the $250 that Nissan want to do what is essentially a 'kick the tyres' type service. Now the 10k service is much more comprehensive and I have not problems with giving that to the pros to do. Thanks again
Pete
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 20:31

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 20:31
Hi Patrol 22,
We bought ours 2nd hand with almost 40,000 kms on it. Mechanic the 'old man' spoke to recommended every 5000 kms for oil and filter change. Also to check the auto transmission fluid regularly if towing as it isnt done unless specifically requested, we found.
Having the 50,000 km service done in a couple of weeks, before we set out for this years big trip. No they arent cheap but then neither was the vehicle!
We are disappointed with fuel economy - nowhere near the figures stated! At least 2 litres p. hundred kms more when towing the van (which weighs 2.5 t) than the pajero (3.2 auto diesel) we previously owned.
Otherwise very happy with the comfort and versatility of the vehicle - have a canopy and carry spare fuel, boat motor etc in the back. Plenty of room.
Regards,
Heather G
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 20:35

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 20:35
Thanks for that Heather G. I won't be doing too much towing this year but intend crossing Aus twice...across the Nullarbor and then back east through the middle., But I do have a Kanga Campertrailer and expect that this will see my fuel consumption worsen.. Seems to be peculiar to autos fitted with the DPF this poor fuel economy thing.
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Reply By: Member - warren G (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 07:06

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 07:06
I ALSO HAVE A D40 TURBO DIESIL NISSAN IS NEARLY 2 TIMES DEARER THAN A LOCAL MECHANIC AND I THINK 5000 KL SERVICES IS A BIT MUCH BUT AS I HAVE DONE ONLY 15000KL WILL KEEP DOING IT FOR A WHILE YET .DONT TRUST NISSAN TO GIVE GOOD WARANTY THEY MAKE ANY EXCUSES TO AVIOD IT .AS FOR FUEL I GET 16.8L PER 100KL.THATS COUNTRY DRIVING WITH ONLY A ALUM TRAY THAT IS LIGHTER THAN THE TUB I TOOK OF NISSAN ARE USLES AND I CANT BE BOTHERED WHITH THEM .DID TRACK DOWN A PERSON CALLED RAY MILLER A TUBO GURU IN THOMASTOWN VIC WOULD PAY TO HAVE A CHAT PH1300067560 I WILL BE TAKING MY CAR TO HIM IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO TO LOOK AT
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 07:59

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 07:59
Warren that milage seems awfully high even for the D40 auto. Mine is carrying a lot more weight than that and I am getting 13.4ltr/100km both by calculation and off the scangauge. I had a bleat to my Nissan dealer at the 1000km check about the high fuel consumption and they reflashed the ECU and that seem to improve it for a little while but wasn't long before it was back at +13. I, and I guess many other D40 owners, would be keen to hear how you go with Ray Miller....if you get anything could you please post it. Never know if he figures out what that problem is he might have an influx from all over the country.
There is a guy on Outerlimits4x4 who has tossed the DPF and has managed to fool the ECU with sensors using a piece of kit from O/S. Not much info there yet but I am keeping tabs on the discussion. You can check it out at this link.
Thanks
Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Marco T (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 12:11

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 12:11
Warren,

Yes fuel economy is not any where near what they state when you buy it.

I would be interested if you have success or not.
With the manual i get 11.5-12.0 l /100 in town and 13l/100 open road. It has improved 0.5l/100 in the last 10,000 km.

Marco
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Follow Up By: Member - warren G (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 19:03

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 19:03
i looked at marko's link and in the conversation i had with ray miller he inicated that it would not be necessary to change the exhaust system it was engine management/fuel mixture will post when done and if it works i should get a comission lol. if it doesnt i will regret not buying a patrol cheers warren
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 17:32

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 17:32
Thanks I will keep an eye out for your post.
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Follow Up By: Stu-k - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 17:57

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 17:57
16.8 per 100, no wonder your yelling!
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 05:20

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 05:20
Hi Warren,

Just returned from a week up the coast and coming home - into the wind - towing our van (2.5 t ) we reckon we did 20 per 100!

We have the auto diesel, D40 with canopy.

Had the 50,000 km service yesterday - for severe driving conditions, and are setting off on a 5+ month trip next week to the west, with tinny on top.

Will be carrying extra diesel just to get to the next service station!!! Luckily the diesel price isnt too bad at the moment, just hope it stays that way.

Regards,
Heather

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 06:21

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 06:21
Heather - I've solved the problem of getting to the next servo by fitting a 160ltr fuel tank :-)) But seriously, 20/100 towing a 2.5t caravan into wind it not too bad really - I recall towing my Kanga camper (approx 800kg) into wind with my old GU 2.8 patrol once and getting around 22/100. I've got a Scangauge II plugged into my D40 and the adrenelin starts flowing freely when in hilly country and watching the real time fuel consumption - there are instantaenous readings (ie for half a second or so) as high as 154l/100k. I've found that adjusting my driving to mitigate the wild fluctuations has improved my fuel consumption. Around town I'm now getting around 13 and on the highway (with a fair load on board) around 12.5.
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Reply By: Member - Sheepie (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 08:07

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 08:07
I have had the same advice re my D22 ('08 model with the 2.5l), which has the same somewhat ambiguous schedule. Naturally, I haven't got this advice in writing though ;)
I was told this by both the dealer and on a phone call to Nissan Customer Support.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sheepie (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 08:08

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 08:08
(10k intervals, this is :) )
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 08:14

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 08:14
Sheepie - I written to Nissan Aust and hope to get their respons in writing....so will let you know when that come through.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 17:46

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 17:46
Ok guys got a written response from Nissan and it says:

"We refer to your recent letter regarding service intervals on your Navara D40 with automatic transmission.

The service interval for road operations is 10,000 kilometres or 6 months. Servicing within these parameters will not affect the warranty on the vehicle.

We do refer you to the section in the owner's manual about the diesel particulate filter (if fitted).

In closing, we trust the above is of assistance and do thank you for your comment on the service at Lennock Motors.

Yours faithfully,

Lance Puche
Manager, Customer Relations"

My comment re Lennock Motors we all positive. I've found the service to be top quality with excellent feedback and followup. .....and I have no affiliation with this dealership.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 17:52

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 17:52
ooh forgot to mention - it appears that this same vehicle has a 15000km service interval in Europe.
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Follow Up By: beelzebug - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:02

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:02
Our local Nissan dealer also said 5,000km oil and filter chages are overkill.

But if you read what Nissan said " the service interval for ROAD conditions is 10,000km"
I reckon they are talking bitumen roads, not gravel or off raod conditions.
I guess we have to make our own decisions on this one.
Cheers
Gary
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 16:51

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 16:51
Yeah but I doubt that a weekend in the bush or a couple of days travelling on a gravel road would necessitate a 5K service interval. For goodnes sakes the these things are running the best of the best when it comes to oils. I will be doing the trek from Steep Point WA to Cape Byron NSW with a few deviations (ie into the Pilbara and across the Simpson) - I intend replacing the oil in WA and oil and filter in Alice due to the 'harsh' conditions - but I won't be doing this when I just have the odd off road weekend in my schedule.
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Reply By: Stu-k - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:19

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:19
A mate of mine has a D40 and did his first service at 40,000ks! It has now done 60,000 and it still hasn't had it second service.
He thinks servicing and changing oil is a waste of money, I will be interested how long it lasts
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