2000 Nissan Vanette Cargo 2.3L diesel from UK and Ireland
A great van, a little heavy on the diesel, normally reliable, and liable to skid
Has been an excellent third hand (maybe more) vehicle.
Previous reviews I've read talk about some of the problems that have occurred with this S180 G van, but a persistent problem has appeared after it was left not started for 10 weeks. The problem is the van will start and drive for a day, or maybe 2 even 3, with no sign of trouble after such a time, but WHEN the ignition is switched off and back on again, the engine turns without trouble, but WILL NOT START. Then in trying to restart, the air intake is opened, starter spray is then sprayed into the air intake while turning the engine; it sometimes starts with a GREAT struggle, and other times doesn't start for days.
What IS the problem? Please help...
A good working van with a fair size engine. Not fast, but strong.
A little uncomfortable to drive for long periods, the engine is hard to get to, the reverse light is not bright, and this van is also liable to skid with or without load.
If careful it's safe and easy to drive, and can be cold as it's a large space to heat, but should have been made with low profile and wide wheels.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2016
23rd Aug 2016, 13:23
1. Check the cheapest thing first - Next to the air filter, beneath the passenger seat, you will see what looks like a 'throttle body' - this is actually an emissions control device that shuts off air to the engine on overrun to lower CO levels - this also operates the EGR valve. Anyway you will probably find that the 'butterfly flap' inside is sticking in the closed position and starving the engine of air - giving starting problems. A new vacuum unit would remedy this, but much better it to remove the linkages to the 'throttle body' and somehow fix it into the open position (I used a bit of fuel hose to wedge it open). While you are at it, remove the vacuum connection to the EGR valve - I removed it completely and made a blank out of a 2p coin - yes you read right. If you do this you get better economy, acceleration and a top speed of 95 mph plus if your engine is good. MOT emissions will still be OK as an indirect injection engine gives better emission levels anyway.
2. Check the fuel filter.
3. Next cheapest thing - Check the ignition switch for wear - as this can cause intermittent problems.
4. Test the heater plugs.
I'm sure that once sorted you will love this uncomplicated and reliable van.
23rd Aug 2016, 20:15
Fair play. It is very important when running an older vehicle to do some basic maintenance. Especially the fuel filter and EGR valve. The EGR valve can also be de-coked by melting the carbon out with a blow torch.