Nissan Navara 2011 Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Nissan Navara 2011 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Why has my 2011 Nissan Navara lost most of its engine power?
This model Navara was known for a couple of faults that could cause it to enter limp-home mode (which sounds like what’s happened given the engine is no longer making full power). The first was a batch of dud exhaust-gas temperature sensors which had a habit of dying young. If that happened, the engine would go into limp-home mode to avoid overheating (and damaging) the turbocharger, even though there was no actual problem beyond the sensor itself.
The other problem with the 2.5-litre turbo-diesel was that the primary timing chain was a single-row item that was, frankly, underdone and could stretch before the vehicle had covered even 80,000km. If that happened, the camshaft-position sensor would become confused and could trigger a limp-home condition. There’s a replacement timing chain that is actually double-row (stronger) that many owners fit as a solution.
Nissan Navara 2011: Why does it go into limp mode?
As with any other problems like this one, Terry, the best advice is to have the car plugged in to a scanner and have a diagnostic mechanic read the fault codes which will hopefully give an idea of the cause of the limp-home mode and unresponsive throttle pedal. It could be something simple, it may be something really intrinsic, but without a scan, you’re flying blind.
The oil in the intercooler, meanwhile, is a potentially big problem. A little oil inside the intercooler piping is actually quite normal and is usually the result of oil mist from the crankcase ventilation system condensing and leaving a little oily residue. But a large amount of oil in the intercooler suggests a turbocharger with leaking seals and/or bearings. If the seals are leaking, boost pressure from the turbocharger can force oil from the turbo’s bearing into the intercooler. If that’s the case, you’re looking at a rebuilt or new turbocharger unit. A blown turbo could also be enough to prompt the limp-home mode you’re experiencing.
Nissan Navara 2011: Why is my car losing power?
My first thought is that it is a problem with the fuel supply, possibly the fuel pump.
Nissan Navara 2011: Servicing under warranty
The service interval for the Navara is 10,000 km or six months, whichever comes first, which is what I expect you must follow. I assume the Service Advice Records relate to the maximum number of mechanic visits you are covered for within a three-month period, which seems more than generous. If you are in doubt about the provisions of the warranty, call the company and clarify your concerns directly with them.
Nissan Navara ST-X 550 2011: How to fix oil leak?
The chances are it will get worse, and leaving it is likely to make the repair more expensive when you finally have to do it. Find out what is causing it and fix it.
Nissan Navara V6 2011: Reliability?
It's not possible to say with any certainty. Regularly serviced it could go for another 260,000 km, but if neglected it could breakdown tomorrow.
Relatively few of these engines were sold, so it won't have the same established patterns as a HiLux 3.0-litre for example.
Problems with used Navaras?
The things that affect the Navara are clutch failures and worn injectors. You could check with the vendor to see if either of these problems has hit the car you're looking at. The clutches on most diesels are prone to failure, although some say it's because if driver technique. Most of today's common-rail diesels suffer from worn injectors, it's not a major problem, but it's one you need to be aware of.
Injectors on 2011 Nissan Navara
Worn injectors are a possibility. I would take it to a diesel mechanic and have it checked.
Nissan Navara 2011: Multiple problems
The great thing about the motor trade is that there are lots of clever mechanics that are able to fix problems that the carmakers seem to be unable to do. It's always worth asking a specialist mechanic for help.
Nissan Navara: Fuel consumption
Tell the dealer of your concerns when you take it in for servicing and ask that they do a full diagnostic check on the car. Don't accept their view that it's still running in, that's a way of fobbing you off. It's possible you have a faulty sensor that's throwing the fuel economy out.