LOOKING FOR AN MPV? - LOOK NO FURTHER !!!
WITH QUITE A LARGE SELECTION OF PEOPLE CARRIERS ON THE MARKET I THOUGHT I'D SHARE MY EXPERIENCE FROM AN IMPORTERS POINT OF VIEW.
I GET ASKED TO SUPPLY A NUMBER OF CARS EACH MONTH DIRECT FROM JAPAN.
I GET TO SEE AND DRIVE A GOOD SELECTION OF THEM AND THE MOST POPULAR MPV SEEMS TO BE THE NISSAN LARGO (1993 ONWARDS).
MPVs ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR AND THE CHOICE CAN BE A LITTLE OVERWHELMING FOR SOME SO I HAVE DONE A LITTLE REVIEW OF THE NISSAN LARGO.
The revised Nissan Largo was launched during 1993 and came with 2 engine options - 2.0 Turbo Diesel and a 2.4 Petrol.
If anyone tells you that they have a 2.2td or a 3.0 petrol - they are lying!
Transmission choice was - Automatic or Automatic!!
There was also the option of rear wheel drive or four wheel drive.
The most popular among UK buyers is the rear wheel drive 2.0 TD version but do not be put off the petrol engined examples as they can still return good MPG and have a very strong engine. Most common colour was black, until late 1995 when Nissan must have had a surplus of white and silver paint!
Assuming you are looking at a 2.0TD model there is very little to look for in the way of problems. The engines and gearboxes are very good, as is the suspension, brakes and electrical systems.
Just do the normal checks - no excessive smoke or undue noises etc... A dull knocking noise from the front suspension over bumps is usually the front shock absorber top mounts (About £120 from Nissan, plus around 1.5 hrs labour) A clink clink metallic noise front under the front of the car is usually the front anti-roll link bar bushes (around £3 each from Nissan and take about 10 mins to do).
The turbo kicks in quite early on and provides smooth power delivery all through the rev range. The engine should tick over and rev evenly.
The exhaust has a short flexible section near the engine (almost under passanger seat) and the seals at either end wear more than the rest of the system.
Other than these relatively minor points I have never found any serious faults with the Largo.
Most parts are available from Nissan Dealers and service items are available from most motor factors.
If your looking at a Largo which still has the speedo in KMH then do not worry - it's quite a simple job to do and cost around £10 for a new speedo face. When you do put the new speedo face on - have the multiplug connected to the back of the clock unit and have the ignition on or the needle will not sit correctly at '0'.
Whilst looking around the car and checknig fluids etc...you may find that the PAS fluid is no where to be found. It is very well hidden under an inspection cover next to the gear lever but you have to pull the center consol out to get to it.
Other than that and checking all the electrics work you should easily find yourself with a superb and very versatile MPV.
Oh....Alloys wheels - I often get asked about wheels - PCD is 4 x 114.3 and look for an ofset around 25 - 38mm depending on overall size of wheel.
If you are looking to modify one then nice alloy wheels, bodykits and suspension upgrades are all available.
An English translation of the Nissan workshop manual is available and plenty of help can be found on the owners club website, nissan-largo.co.uk