Yes, I am happy. I want to have the suspension changed/upgraded all round, and I will be even happier.
Had a V6 before, and I'm missing the sound and torque, but getting used to it slowly.
Just a problem in Germany regards to the Euro norm. It gets a yellow sticker, and that means no more going into most cities. No exhaust filters available for under 2007 models... Very boring, but what can one do.
The reason people are having problems with the bottom pulleys coming loose, is due to the bolt not being thread locked, and the pulley not being torqued up tight enough after cam belts are changed. 190nm is the correct torque, but I've tightened mine to 230nm and it;s still OK.
The delaminated pulley problem is normally caused by either pullers being used to remove the pulley, or just poor copy parts.
I've had mine 2 years, it's had a couple of problems, but I always repair myself, so no stupid labor charges.
Parts prices are very reasonable, I use MILLNER 4x4, 100% top quality service and good prices.
I love my L200. The only problem with it is the amount of fuel it uses. 25-32mpg max.
But then again, the price of fuel is not the car's fault; it's the government making motoring expensive.
Sell your L200s by all means, but a message to all you out there that think Nissans are better.. Think again!! These trucks Navara/L200/Shogun etc are not cars, drive them around at speed limits and above, and they WILL break. Potter around working away, shifting stuff for work, and from farm to farm, or even a nice 60mph motorway run, and they will last forever.
Last word, get caught out by the marketing man, buying a truck for a car, and you get what you deserve.
Rear leaf springs are £80 per side. Milneroffroad.com are the best; good service and cheap, and easy to do yourself. It took me 4 hours on my drive, and I ain't no expert. Just don't buy general ones if you don't drive fully loaded all the time; get light work.
I bought my 2001 L200 Animal 14 months ago with 85000 miles on it. Bearing in mind that it's been about for a while and done its fair share of pulling and carrying, it's a great vehicle and I love driving it.
Yes, it takes a bit of maintaining, but all in all I've had a good year of owning this 12 year old truck. I can definitely see myself driving this for the foreseeable. It's not the most economical thing in the world, but the useability and ruggedness is worth it.
My advice is - don't let negative comments put you off totally. After all, every car and manufacturer has its bad and good points!
Well lads, I've had my L200 5 years, 2001 model, had 55 thousand on clock when bought, now 101 thousand, used for work, hammered, abused, hose went and boiled 4 times getting home, repaired hose, no problems. It just keeps going, and if something does go wrong, it's dead easy to mend. What a truck, it will not be killed.
I have a 2003 L200 in Mallorca, Spain. I have had it from new and I do remember it slowing down to 15 mph, and if I recall it was due to the gear box oil level being low. I had the oil changed and it was fine. I think it was if I had been on a steep hill or off road, and there may be a sensor which gets told the level is low. I just turned off the engine and let it settle, and it was then OK. Changed the oil just to be sure.
I have always serviced the engine myself, and have never had one problem with it ever. Just about to change the cam belt and water pump myself, as it has done over 200,000 km and never been changed.
Fantastic truck, but I never hammer it.
My 03 Warrior now does 32 MPG round town.
It has a few small mods i.e.:
Remove EGR valve and blank off (kits on eBay £10).
Remove cat (£20).
Engine remap (£150) for economy.
It now drives like a car, not a tractor. 70 BHP more and reliable with the remap. The EGR has been mapped out, and the cat mapped out. This does the job properly. The £180 spent was saved in 6 months of fuel cost.
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