1996 Nissan Terrano II SLX 2.7 TD from UK and Ireland
Solid and reliable, but not cheap to maintain
The retro fitted immobiliser broke, but it only cost me £40 to have it removed.
The steering box had a leak and I was quoted £1100 for a new one, but managed to get a 2nd hand unit for £80.
A rear brake cylinder needed replacing as it was leaking and all the brake pipes needed replacing as they were badly corroded. This also meant replacing the fuel pipes as they were so close to the brake pipes.
The front brakes needed stripping to get it through its MOT as there was more of a pull on one side. This cured the noticeable drift to the left when I let go of the wheel.
The car has done many miles, but it came with lots of history. I still enjoy driving it - my first 4 x 4. Bought originally for the seven seat option and because it has loads of space inside without being that much bigger than a large saloon / estate car.
It has never let me down, but maintenance has not been cheap. It has cost about £1,000 during the year I have had it.
Performance is mundane at best. There is some acceleration at about 2,500 revs, but it keeps up with traffic and is great at getting up hills, lots of torque.
There is only just enough room for my 6 foot 7 inch frame and I am unable to stretch out my legs whilst driving, but it has more room than many other similar cars.
The Terrano is practical if not inspiring and seems to be well put together. Everything still works on this one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd July, 2005