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    Hi guys I need some info please.
    I know of someone looking to sell 1 of the above 2.4 for a good price.
    What I need to know how capable are they off road as standard.
    I will be making modifications as I go along but what would be must get now if anything to do some entry-level 4x4ing as I am greener than greenbeans.
    The reason I am looking at the np300 as I thing being very basic bakkie there is less to go wrong, but once again I don't know a lot so any and all input would be appreciated.

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    In standard form they are pretty average.

    Just be aware that the fuel consumption is horrendous as is the safety rating.

    And there are NOT a lot of upgrade options for the NP300.
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    Eindlik baie nice voertuie. No-nonsense.

    Maar ek sal aanraai dat jy iets anders koop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Eindlik baie nice voertuie. No-nonsense.

    Maar ek sal aanraai dat jy iets anders koop.


    Nissan SA is ongelukkig nou op die punt van kliente haat dat mens nie meer hul produkte kan koop nie.
    Ok so I now have real problem.
    I can get a very nice 2016 np300 2.4 4x4 for a very good price. Checking around I should be able to drive it for 2 years and then sell for what I bought it ( technically).
    I am quite 2 minded though with the power and fuel consumption. I wouldn't mind the consumption if it was accompanied by power.
    Do free flow exhaust help at all. What else can I do to get more power.
    Keeping in mind it is still under warranty from Nissan.
    Then also the 4x4 capability as people are saying if you know how to drive them, what does that mean. I have not 4x4ed b4 myself went with someone else.

    Please guys I need input.

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    Default Re: Np300 4x4

    the 2.4 is perfectly adequate for most of the basic 4x4 needs.
    Don't let people tell you that you need 35 inch tyres a lift kit, etc, etc just to go and have some weekend fun.

    they don't have a lot of power and nothing can be done to improve it drastically.
    It's a slow bakkie period.

    fuel consumption is not great compared to diesels but on the flipside they are super reliable.

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    You essentially get an old school bakkie with the fuel consumption of a V6 petrol engine, but less power. The good thing is, you won't have to worry about mechanical failures, as those engines and the rest of those bakkies are reliable. The only weak point on the Np300 I know of is the rear diff lock. That's why Nissan has done away with them on the newer Np300 models and just uses a limited slip diff.

    If I was you, I wouldn't bargain on being able to sell the bakkie in 2 years for the same price you are buying it now, unless it's a hell of a bargain. In that case, ask yourself, why it is so cheap.
    Keep in mind that the price of petrol is likely not to drop a lot and those NP300 bakkies might become less thought after due to that, while on the other hand there are a lot of new NP300 bakkies pushed into the market.

    If the fuel consumption doesn't worry you, it's certainly an ok choice to start 4x4ing. You do get Old Man Emu suspensions for that bakkie. Under body protection, rock sliders and bumpers can always be made by someone with decent metal skills, in case you don't find anything in store.
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    Hi
    As the pricing thing goes all the other ones at the same price is at least 3 years older and or over 200k on the clock.
    This is a 2016 with 70k on the clock.
    If I drive it for 2 years it will have about 90 to 95k on it.
    Then also do I buy this or a Toyota with 250000km on the clock. As they are so overpriced.
    That is what I'm working the pricing on.
    If my thoughts are wrong let me know.

    I will want to do a lift and tires asap.
    As I like the look of it and I figure it should help me abit off road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justme29 View Post
    Hi
    As the pricing thing goes all the other ones at the same price is at least 3 years older and or over 200k on the clock.
    This is a 2016 with 70k on the clock.
    If I drive it for 2 years it will have about 90 to 95k on it.
    Then also do I buy this or a Toyota with 250000km on the clock. As they are so overpriced.
    That is what I'm working the pricing on.
    If my thoughts are wrong let me know.

    I will want to do a lift and tires asap.
    As I like the look of it and I figure it should help me abit off road.
    you're looking at the wrong vehicle if you want to do radical mods
    a 2 inch lift would be about max using local products, but if you have lots of moolah, go look here:

    http://calmini.com/model.php?b=1&m=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    you're looking at the wrong vehicle if you want to do radical mods
    a 2 inch lift would be about max using local products, but if you have lots of moolah, go look here:

    http://calmini.com/model.php?b=1&m=2
    Nothing radical 2 inch would be fine with a nice set of rubber.
    If I had lots of moolah I would be buying a new Toyota lol.

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    Buy it.

    Start an upgrade thread.
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    I'm seriously in two minds putting my Hardbody up for sale.
    Inherited a Prado 4.0V6 and struggling justify keeping both.

    It has many upgrades and I notice you are in Cape Town, so you could come have a look-see if you want. We can chat, I have no idea what I can/should advertise it for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    I'm seriously in two minds putting my Hardbody up for sale.
    Inherited a Prado 4.0V6 and struggling justify keeping both.

    It has many upgrades and I notice you are in Cape Town, so you could come have a look-see if you want. We can chat, I have no idea what I can/should advertise it for.
    I'd buy this if the price was good and if I was Justme29. Well sorted vehicle.

    No, wait, I think Swakop_Toe is pulling our chain, he'd NEVER sell his QD32..........or would he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justme29 View Post
    Nothing radical 2 inch would be fine with a nice set of rubber.
    If I had lots of moolah I would be buying a new Toyota lol.
    2 inch lift is what OME would give you. It will also improve the ride on gravel quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I'd buy this if the price was good and if I was Justme29. Well sorted vehicle.

    No, wait, I think Swakop_Toe is pulling our chain, he'd NEVER sell his QD32..........or would he?
    Jakes, thus my conflicting emotions.
    Whomever considers my Datsun as a purchase will need to understand it is very custom, has her own personality and will have to appreciate the reasons why and also the capabilities of the NA QD32ti.

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    Default Re: Np300 4x4

    I have a similar model

    Fuel consumption on daily town driving 8-9km/L.

    Power can be upped by
    - exhaust branch with free flow. Cat out
    - chip
    Both around R12k with 25% gain on torque.
    Call Arnold Venter.

    If you not a tall guy they are ok for entry level. Can last you 300k+...
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    I have just got back from driving my standard 2007 Hardbody 2.4 2x4 with difflock, up to Vic Falls and back via Botswana. Went to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Kubu island, Nata Bird Sanctuary etc all with no major problems (one potentially major problem I picked up early, the screws on the front wheel bearing locknut stripped and the wheel bearing preload nut loosened. Picked it up and managed to sort out).

    I travelled in convoy with a Disco 3 (surprising number of overlanding Disco's 3/4's in Bots - only surpassed by double cab hire vehicles), I dont think I would try Kubu in rainy season or without another 4x4.

    I had a great trip and very happy with my slow petrol guzzler (the 2.4 is really OK unladen. It's when you load it up that it goes to 16-18l/100).

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    Guys thanks so much for all the input.
    I have been convinced to pass on the 2.4 power versus consumption. And rear seat space. Just 2 factors that make me pass.

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    I had to make the same choice about a year ago. the house and family vehicle paid for and I wanted to buy a simple 4x4 to spare the family vehicle my playing around in the rocks.

    For the price that i could get a very low mileage 2.4 for I would have to get a Toyota with 200k km. Repair works cost me a trip or 2 to town (600 km round trip) and no mobile reception, so being standed isnt fun, so I wanted something reliable.

    As I would finance it I made some calculations, and came to the conclusion that the 2.4 with enough fuel for all my playing (as heavy as it is on juice) would still cost less per month than a toyota with 100k km more on it, so i took the Nissan, the amount of mileage you drive with it makes a big difference to the calculations.

    You could look into the petrol Fortuners, their prices have been dropping with the increase in fuel costs.

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    Default Re: Np300 4x4

    Something that I can add is that there were a lot of 2.4's in the market when I was buying and they were falling over their feet to lower the price to try and get the deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    I'm seriously in two minds putting my Hardbody up for sale.
    Inherited a Prado 4.0V6 and struggling justify keeping both.

    It has many upgrades and I notice you are in Cape Town, so you could come have a look-see if you want. We can chat, I have no idea what I can/should advertise it for.
    Now... i would have been interested 4 months back! lol

    before you sell, i'd like to have a see myself! :P

    As for the OP - 2.4, not bad - fuel consumption appears to be bad (no experience myself). i drove a 2017 model and i actually enjoyed the feel for such a basic vehicle - haven't driven it up a serious hill, so can't comment.
    but i see you're looking at a Nav now?
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