2006 Nissan D22 Navara Review
Owner review by: Josh
Model: Navara D22
Spec level: STR
Engine capacity: -litre
Fuel type: Diesel
Owned: 6 Months
Uses: For work | Off-road | Touring and camping | Towing | Sports and outdoors
PROS: Looks | Practicality | Engine noise
CONS: Power | Towing ability | Off-road ability
Would you buy this car again? NO
What car would you buy? GU Coil Cab Ute 4.2TDI
My name is Josh and I am the owner of a 2006 D22 Nissan Navara. This is my second 4wd, being 19 I am currently on my provisional license. My first car was a 2005 Holden Rodeo LT, it was only stock. During my 6 months of ownership, it was written off during a sad accident on my way to uni.
I live up on the NSW Central Coast, and being only new to the whole 4×4 life and world I am yet to go and explore the Watagans and Barrington Tops. I’m looking at going to Fraser Island this summer with the brother, family and some mates. Also on my bucket list is Coffs Harbour, Glass House Mountains, Cape York and Vic High Country.
I decided on purchasing a D22 Navara because my older 23 year old brother had bought one and I loved the power it had and the numerous amount of aftermarket support compared to the Rodeo I previously owned.
In the 6 months of owning my D22 Navara, I have added an XROX Winch Bar, 2″ Dobinson Suspension lift kit with extended shocks, 2″ Snake Racing Body Lift Kit, an In House Fabrication Stainless Snorkel, Upgraded to 33″ (285/75R/16) Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tyres on +20 16×8 King Steel rims and finally an Oztrail 2.5M Awning
Being IFS/ Leaf Sprung in the rear the car does lack the ability to flex that like a solid axle vehicle with coil sprung suspension all round. Although it does lack the ability to flex they are a surprisingly capable four wheel drive in the right hands with the help of a trustworthy spotter.
Just like any four wheel driver I have a long costly list of modifications I would like to do in the near future beginning with a 3″ exhaust and an ECU Re-flash just to gain a little extra power out of the old ZD30. All the way to some help from front and rear E Lockers from Harrop Engineering. Soon on the list is a winch from the boys at Runva Australia and some lighting to make life a little easier while setting up camp and driving through the bush in the middle of the night.
Currently, I have my ARB canopy off, but I would like to put it back on and perfect my camping set-up with a dual battery system and light in the back to make camping more enjoyable and cooking a breeze out of the back of the car.
The Navara’s ZD30 doesn’t have much of the same problems as the early model GU Patrols, I have done the NADS detonation protection system on my car including a EGR Blocking Plate and a Oil Catch Can. Safe to say, it is running very well and reliable at 185,000kms. So far it has never let me down yet!
I love this car, it’s practical for all my needs and so far it hasn’t let me down mechanically. It gets me everywhere I want to go and surprisingly enough I can keep up with Patrols and Landcruisers.
The only downsides is that the IFS doesn’t flex as I would like to and since putting on the 33’s the fuel economy has spiked a bit and power is down significantly.