Nissan Terrano

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 00:58
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I posted a general enquiry in March about the pro and cons of the Nissan Terrano 2.7 Diesel and ended up buying one ( Auto ) privately in Perth , car yard locally had 3 but all dark colour and a little over priced , so far am very satisfied , haven't had it off road a lot , but on road performance although not exhilirating is adequate and economy is good . Tows my 16 ft Millard caravan ok but i think that is about its limit , have fitted auto trans. cooler , stiil tends to run a little hot towing the caravan up hills but dropping back 10 ks ph helps .On advice i do not use overdrive when towing the caravan and i wondered whether the same should apply towing a light camper trailer ?? I intend to travel to Tassie next Feb from here in WA . It would knock my fuel economy around a bit if i couldn't use over drive !!
So advice greatly appreciated
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 13:30

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 13:30
Which is cheaper a few bucks in fuel, or gearbox rebuild?

Its a catch 22 situation, overdrive "SHOULD" be ok on long flat runs, as long as its not labouring, but there is a lot more stress while a mobile roadblock is being towed. Talk with your local Auto gearbox Specialist.
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Reply By: Graham & Ann - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 17:58

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 17:58
Its probably got the same auto as a Pathy, so ensure you use synthetic oil....unless you have a tail wind or down hill run, fuel useage probably wont alter much with o/d on or off.... but o/d should be fine unless head or side wind or uphills...just dont drive along with the torque converter slipping away for km after km on long inclines/hills or into wind. You usually want the torque converter in 'lockup' mode while cruising along. 1999 Pathfinder
17ft Evernew 'All Roads' van
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Reply By: Member - Oskar(Bris) - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 10:59

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 10:59
I always wonder about the torque convertor slippage when running off o'drive with regard to transmission fluid heat-up.
It seems to be revving pretty high with O'D off.
I too have a separate tranny cooler but I am never sure how efficient it is.
I do know that, when towing, the engine drops off the turbo under 2000rpm and it loses speed pretty quickly.
If I stay over 2000rpm, with the convertor locked, the engine will rev quite freely,
but lock-up only happens in O'D.
OskarMrs Oskar on Big Red
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