Brak­ing point at 85,000km

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At 70,000km, three months af­ter the war­ranty ex­pired, the in­jec­tors in my 2007 Nis­san Navara D40 auto started mak­ing a loud ‘‘tin­k­ing’’ noise. I am a diesel me­chanic and I di­ag­nosed in­jec­tor fail­ure. The Nis­san dealer, un­able to iden­tify the prob­lem, re­luc­tantly fol­lowed my di­ag­no­sis. Nis­san agreed to meet half of the $3000 parts re­place­ment cost. I did the re­pair, much to the cha­grin of Nis­san. The prob­lem was rec­ti­fied but I have since heard of sev­eral other Navara D40s with the same prob­lem at about the same kilo­me­tres. Now at 85,000km, the front disc brakes and ro­tors are worn out. I amnot heavy on brakes. I sold a Toy­ota Land­Cruiser, which I owned from new, at 240,000km with the orig­i­nal brakes and lin­ings. The Navara has all the power that is re­quired, is en­joy­able to drive but there is a ques­tion mark over the parts put in from new — does Nis­san fit cheap parts to get the price down? I doubt I will ever buy an­other Nis­san.

Peter Dunn, email

We haven’t been alerted to the in­jec­tor prob­lem but it’s some­thing Navara own­ers should be lis­ten­ing for. HERE’S AN­OTHER When I re­cently took my 2009 Nis­san Navara D40 for its 50,000km ser­vice I was told my brake pads and ro­tors needed re­plac­ing, at a cost of about $800. But it has only done 44,000km. They have told me that this is pretty brake spe­cial­ist and see what op­tions there are for af­ter­mar­ket pads and ro­tors. CAN’T CON­NECT My 2002VWGolf has de­vel­oped an an­noy­ing

Se­ri­ous: Navara own­ers need to be on the look-out

for brake prob­lems

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