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...

General Comments:

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

1999 Nissan Vanette Cargo 2.3 from UK and Ireland


Basically the Nissan Vanette is a good alround small van, cheap to buy, cheap to run, but not really


I lost the master key, and was told after market keys don't always work. So I bought one from the Nissan dealer for £195.

Driver's seat base has split on the off side.

The paint on the door is all scratched where the seat belt flies back when unlocked.

I've got through 2 sets of heater plugs, but that's the only thing that's ever gone wrong with engine.

The engine RPM seems too high for the speed the van is travelling at. It almost feels as if it should have a 6 speed gearbox.

When doing anything more than about 50 mph, it's almost impossible to hold a conversation with the passenger for engine noise.

All the plastic trims have broken by the loading doors; should have been made of aluminium.

General Comments:

As far as load carrying capacity, apart from 1 metre cubes, I think I could get more stuff in my old Mondeo estate car, and I didn't need a permit with the car to go to the local tip, to get rid of house hold waste (which really does annoy me)!!!

I like the ride height, it feels as if you're high up in a truck, but you are not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2012

1999 Nissan Vanette Cargo 2.3 diesel from UK and Ireland


Not a modern van, but cheap to buy and maintain


Drivers seat covering worn through on right-hand outer edge. Fitted HD seat covers.

Water temperature rises and falls for no reason.

Radio reception from OE radio/cassette is very dependent on conditions - summed-up, poor to adequate.

Front axle steering ball joints replaced. Cheap and easy to replace.

Rear non-alloy brake pipes rust, & are expensive to replace.

Rotted clutch hose replaced. Expensive but easy DIY.

Servicing items are low-cost and easily accessed for replacement. Breakers and eBay for big stuff.

General Comments:

The rear doors are very good for loading/unloading pallets, as they open to around 180 degrees. Having two side sliding doors has been a real bonus.

Entering the cabin is poor, no matter how short or tall the driver or passenger is, as the bodywork over the engine compartment intrudes, but it's OK when driving. Not good as a stop/start delivery vehicle really, but a nice high position for driving.

Accessing the engine for oil checks and/or oil top-up is a real pain, as a multitude of catches and a screw have to be released.

No rev counter, but the engine has masses of torque. 1st gear/10mph, 2nd/20, 3rd/30, then into fourth. Fifth won't take you any up-gradient. Noise is no problem on the open road, and it does a steady 70mph on motorways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2012