Genuine K's on terrano

Submitted: Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 15:08
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I've heard some imported Terrano's have had their odometers wound back???
I bumped into a guy that was selling his 1993 model Terrano in mint condition.
It looks great and has only 68 thousand k's on the clock so im wondering if it has had its odometer tampered with as i've never seen or heard of a Terrano with such low k's.
I know you can usually tell if its accurate or not by the general wear and tear on the veicle ,but i'll have to check the stearing wheel and pedals to get a better idea.
Any more sugestions would be aprieciated.

regards Dan
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 15:32

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 15:32
How are parts to get for those imports?? Why not buy something you can actually trace the history on? Pay a bit more but for peace of wallet it could be a good thing.

Its a common thing on imports, as there is no regulations on them.. They could have 400,000 on them(highly unlikely from Japan!) but if the dealer spends $2000 on a GOOD detail and winds it back 100,000 you wouldnt be able to tell.

Check the screws on the dash for marks like they have been undone. Apart from that, your on your own!

Good luck.
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 16:12

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 16:12
Steering Wheel & pedal rubbers are well known & usually replaced as a cover up.
Check the gear knob & compare it to the 2wd/4wd ratio shift knob. High mileage vehicles generally have quite a polished look & feel on the gear shift knob.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 16:33

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 16:33
As far as the low volume imports go, there is no guarantee of the actual ks travelled. The importer / compliancer generally only does the minimum work needed for rego, and sometimes a few very minor body touch ups. They tend not to spend much on the interiors etc, as it quickly eats into their margins. Also there is nothing to stop anyone rolling the dial back after they buy it locally. Have a good look at the general mechanical condition and body straightness that is your best indicator. The good side is that not too many imports get high milage anyhow anything over 100k is very high for the Japanese. Don't worry about spares too much as these models have high spares commonality with locally sold models from the same maker and a lot of spares dept. have got books covering the imports to cover general service items. Also there are quite a few companies who specialise in spares for imports. If it looks good and goes good and the price is right then you shouldn't have too many hassles.. BradLife is short- but there's always time for a yarda.
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Reply By: jules - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 18:07

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 18:07
We had a 1992 Terrano for about 5 years - had 65000 on clock when we bought it - we did about 120000 - never had a problem getting spares - and as for rolled back mileage - they can do many thousands if you look after them properly - though a 10 year old one now with only 65000 on it - I don't know - ours never missed a beat - never let us down and it did some really hard long miles. Look at previous posts on this site - or put Terrano into this sites search engine and you will find a lot of info.
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Reply By: ross - Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 20:43

Friday, Sep 26, 2003 at 20:43
If its a Japanese import its quite possible its original.The traffic is so bad in Japan and parking costs so horrendous people catch a train to work and just use the car for outings.Reputable importers try to distance themselves from cars that have suspect odometer readings.I dont think modern odometers can be wound back as the numbers never sit evenly again.If its been tampered with it has probably got an odometer from another car.
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