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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 17th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, April 17, 2010 A refined all-rounder EVOLVED: In recent times Nissan Navara D40 has lost its work horse image and is now equally capable of carting the family about as it is on the work site. One look at the monthly sales numbers is enough to tell you that dual-cab utes like the Nissan Navara D40 (2005-2008) are enjoying unprecedented popularity with Australian car buyers. T HE Nissan Navara D40 has become the great all-rounder, the vehicle that can stand up on the job site, tow a caravan or boat on weekends, and take the family along for the ride. Once they were simply work vehicles that were only seen fit for use on the job site, but in recent times they've been tamed as they've been adapted to home duties. They're now far more refined than the workhorses of the past, and they're fast becoming as comfortable and as safe as passenger cars. model watch When launched the D40 dual-cab Navara was sold alongside the older D22 model, a raw-boned basic ute by comparison to the newcomer. The Europe-built D40 was a close cousin of the Pathfinder wagon and brought much of the Pathfinders refinement and comfort to the ute market. As a result it looked much more comfortable in a town setting, with a rugged, yet stylish look that didn't scream job site. Underneath, it had a rugged ladder frame chassis like the Pathfinder, and similarly used coil-spring independent front suspension for ride comfort. At the business end it had a solid axle slung on leaf springs to achieve a useful payload of up to 965 kg. It also boasted a towing capacity of three tonnes, making it attractive for anyone wanting to tow a large caravan or horse float. Under the bonnet there was a choice of petrol or diesel engines. The petrol choice was a 4.0-litre double overhead camshaft V6 developing a whopping 198 kW at 5600 revs and 385 Nm at 4000 revs. It was the most powerful engine available in a dual-cab ute at the time and that was reflected in the D40s spirited performance. The other option, was a 2.5-litre double overhead camshaft intercooled turbo diesel that produced 128 kW at 4000 revs and 385 Nm at 2000 revs. All came standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but there was also the choice of a five- speed auto. While most of the models in the D40 range were four-wheel drive, Nissan offered one with two-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive system was part-time and selectable using a switch on the dash. Once four-wheel drive was selected drive was split 50/50 between the front and rear. A low ratio transfer case and limited-slip diff gave the Navara decent offroad performance, which was enhanced by its short front and rear overhangs and ample approach and departure angles. Steering was power rack and pinion, and brakes were a combination of front discs and rear drums, with ABS braking featuring Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist standard on ST-X models and optional on the lower spec RX. Inside, the D40 was considerably larger than the older D22, boasting substantially more head, shoulder and legroom for the comfort of both front and rear passengers. The interior was also well featured with lots of useful storage options, coin and cardholders, drink holders, a place to stow sunglasses, and an overhead console. in the car yard Pay $18,000-$26,000 for a 4x2 ST-X dual-cab with the petrol V6. For an RX V6 4x4, pay $18,000-$28,000, an ST- X V6 4x4 pay $20,000- $30,000, and add $4000-$5000 for a diesel engine. in the shop The D40 Navara is generally robust and reliable, but reports from carsGuide readers suggest the clutch is an issue. Some owners are reporting they are replacing clutches at odometers as low as 25,000 km, and some have had to replace two or more clutches inside 100,000 km. Other than the clutch issue there's really nothing else to be concerned about. But it's worth looking for evidence of use offroad in the form of dinged or scratched panels, a bashed and beaten underbody, and torn or split seals and boots. Like any used car it's important to check for a service record. Regular oil changes are a key factor in keeping engines alive in the long term. in a crash Driver and passenger airbags, along with ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist were all standard on the ST-X, making it the best choice for safety. The RX missed out on those important safety features, they were options, so its best to give this model a miss unless they do have the safety options. ANCAP rated the Navara at three stars in its crash testing. at the pump Nissan claimed the V6 petrol Navara would average 12.5-13.5 L/100 km in manual guise, a little more as an auto, while the diesel would do 9.0-9.5 L/100 km. Owners vary in their results, but most report they get 11-13 L/100 km around town, and 11 L/100 km on a trip. owners say Dennis Weeks says his D40 diesel is a great all round vehicle. He regularly uses it to tow a 22-foot caravan and says it does it with ease, but he also chose it because he could load the rear with everything needed to go off road camping without the caravan. He says it is a delight to drive, quiet and comfortable, and to date has been trouble free. In normal use it gets around 10 L/100 km; when towing the caravan the economy blows out to 16 L/100 km. Grant Connelly's D40 has done 40,000 trouble free kilometres to date and hasn't missed a beat. He says its great to drive and gets around 11 L/100 km on a trip. Matt has owned a D40 STX diesel for two years and his only complaint is the cost of the regular 10,000km services, but he is also disappointed with the fuel economy. It gets12-13 L/100 km around town and around 11 L/100 km on the highway sitting on 100 km/h. Its done 62,000km, It is still on the original tyres, and there have been no problems to report. He says its more than capable off road with plenty of grunt to pull you up and over any obstacles. Marc and Jennifer Smith say they had to replace the clutch in their Navara after 37,000 km. Nissan refused to cover any part of the cost, telling them that the clutch isn't covered by the warranty, that it's a wear and tear item. Doug Putney bought his D40 Nissan Navara for its supposed three-tonne towing capacity. It is now two-and-a-half years old and has only done 45,130 km, much of it towing his 2.7-tonne caravan, but already it has had three clutches. The first was replaced at 15,532 km, the second at 29,399 km, and the third at 42,964 km. look for Rugged good looks Roomy interior for five Three-tonne towing capacity Questionable clutch capacity Economical diesel engine Thirsty V6 petrol engine Solid build quality also try these TOYOTA HILUX 2005-2008 The long-standing benchmark for Japanese one-tonne utes is the market leader. Its well built, robust and reliable, if rather bland. Popularity and reputation mean resale is strong. Pay $9800-$44,000. MITSUBISHI TRITON 2006-2008 The swoopy ute with its wild curves is a good driver with plenty of refinement that makes a good worker for those on the job or a fun get- away ute for the weekend. Good all-rounder that gets the job done. Pay $14,000-$41,000. MAZDA BT-50 2006-2008 Mazda brought its B Series up to date with a comprehensive makeover in 2006 with new looks, new engines and more refinement, but with only minor changes to the chassis. Performs well, is comfortable, quiet and economical, but its a bit squeezy inside the cab. Pay $17,000-$38,000. the bottom line Well-built and refined all-rounder that can double as a work ute and family car. RATING - 80/100 COMING UP: What do you think of your 2005-2008 Kia Rio? Send your comments to Graham Smith at carsGuide or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. GRAHAM SMITH 2021045-100417 453 MAIN RD, GLENORCHY PH 6273 4433 Luxury Model Low Km's Quick To Sell Leather Trim V6 performance 6 speed manual- stunning Low Km's 4x4 Turbo Diesel Very Tidy Very Tidy Manual Gearbox Head Turner Low Km's only 75,000 Turbo diesel 4WD performance Immaculate condition Excellent Ownership 7Seat4Wheel Drive Popular Automatic Super Economical Won't Last Very Low K's Full Size Tray Lazy Axle Design MITSUBISHI TRITON 4X4 D/CAB $21,990 ES LANCER "SPORTS" SEDAN $14,990 DRIVE AWAY 06 TRITON TURBO D X-CAB $24,990 TERRACAN AWD 7 SEATER $21,990 HOLDEN ASTRA C-D WAGON $16,990 COURIER DUAL CAB 4X4 $12,990 CAPITOL RARE VEHICLES 06 HONDA CRV SPORTS AWD $26,990 ALFA ROMEO 156 $16,990
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