a: it’s had one owner from new who was/is a rep for a paper company and the overall condition shows that it hasn’t led a hard life , it doesn’t even have a tow bar ! , He swapped it in for a 12 month old merc x class ???( the rebadged Nav) .
b: I don’t think mileage matters as much as overall condition, service history(it has a full history , initially Nissan and subsequently his local garage that services all their vehicles ) etc . The first thing I inspected when I first viewed the truck was the rot spots on the chassis which are all fine 👌🏻
c: the price was right ! It had the Vat on top but I’m vat registered so no worry.
d: my trip to work is 10 miles each way on varied roads , sometimes 7 days a week , sometimes none (I drive tractors for my day job , very seasonal ) which along with the odd trip to market and/or trips delivering piglets to farms with the trailer and fortnightly trips to the corn merchant mean my annual mileage is quite low .
e: I’m a fan of french diesels , they just run and run , like my mate said “ 130,000 , that’s just run in “
Purchased from a dealer in Pudsey , Leeds , was supposed to have 12 months mot but the dealer “forgot “ to get it done 🙄, I have to take it back soon for the mot as I argued the point with him when I picked it up , upon viewing the eml was on , this was rectified before collection , supposedly with a new egr valve but it’s that hard to see I don’t know for certain that this was done and I haven’t really had time to look ! The dealer told me the garage were going to take the gearbox out to access the egr (possibly trying to impress me ?) which after a quick check on here I quickly put a stop to , I checked nothing had been disturbed re the gearbox before leaving the forecourt with it !! It also received new parking sensors in the front bumper which I have subsequently discovered don’t actually work , another job for them to sort !
Everything other than the snug top is standard which I would rather buy instead of something that has been messed with , I looked at a V6 in Dewsbury that had been done up like some kind of surfers truck 🤮.
Future plans include cleaning/painting and (attempting to) rust proofing the chassis , I’m going to take the pick up bed off to do this and will get it done before winter , all terrain tyres before winter comes , probably bfg’s , a heavy duty rear bumper with a removable tow hitch incorporated into it and a proper roof rack that can take ladders , gates etc etc, both of those I will be making myself .servicing will be done by me , I’m getting a hoist in my workshop soon as I’ve had enough of laying on my back or working from my knees .
Think that’s it for now .
Oh wait , so it’s lovely to drive , really smooth and powerful, the engine sounds lovely , the interior is a very nice place to be , Hilux’s, L200’s etc had no chance once I’d driven this and I wouldn’t even look at a Ranger .
I took my cousin for a run in it , he drives a 57 plate 2.5 Hilux hl2 which to be fair has been a really good truck BUT he was blown away by the interior of the Nav and even more blown away when I showed him just how fast it is (for a big lump) . So that’s it for now , hopefully many many years of happy ownership are to follow 🤞🏻