Nissan Navara

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 19:46
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Hi there one and all.

I currently have a Jayco Discovery 17 ft poptop with a weight of around 1500kgs (unloaded). We're off on a 4 to 6 month round trip from Perth to Melbourne in November and I am looking at buying a vehicle to do the job. I'm currently looking at a 2009 dual cab Nissan Navara D22 MY2008 ST-R (turbo diesel) and just want to make sure that i'm on the right track.

Any thoughts or alternative suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in anticipation.

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Reply By: madfisher - Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 20:11

Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 20:11
Don you should drive them all before making a decision. Navaras have great seats, tritions have better reliabity but awfull seats. Check out d/max , colrado and the bt50, anf hilux. Bt50 in that age group is my pick as the best to drive.
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Reply By: KevinE - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:21

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 21:21
Hi Don, we have the 2010 version of the D22 you're looking at; it's been a great car, we've done lots & lots of trips with it.

Downside: It is a pain in the whatsit taking off with a heavy load in tow. The turbo doesn't kick in until about 2K RPM. (Think driving a B double lol!)

The clutch is said to be suspect, but ours is going OK at around 40K

The rear seat leg room is terrible!

One of the rear axle bearing seals let go around 38K & this required a complete half shaft replacement. This was done under warranty ($1,200 job!), but not sure if you'll get that benefit?

Upside: This thing will go anywhere! I haven't found a road that it can't cross with ease!

We have taken it where lots of others fear to tread & it has lapped it up.

Economy; it makes bugger all difference whether I'm towing or not, this car does 600 km to a tank. The only time this changed was doing the speed limit in the NT

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 06:46

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 06:46
I forgot to mention service costs; our Nissan dealer quoted us around $887 for the 40K service!

We went elsewhere & had it done for $434. Big difference!
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 23:10

Friday, Oct 05, 2012 at 23:10
What ever you purchase I suggest you look for one with an auto box. All of the twin cab models have examples of poorly performing clutches when they are used for towing or hard 4WD use. Also the autos have better gearing getting the rig off the mark.

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