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    Default Buying a car part 2

    I've had my Toyota Corona for about 18 months now, and it's been a good, reliable car.

    Anyway, I've been looking at something bigger, ideally a 4wd, for camping trips and the like.

    The Nissan Mistral seems to do what I want and be not too expensive on TradeMe. From what I can read, the engine is pretty bulletproof if well maintained, but it might be worth getting a check for any potential rust.

    Does anyone here have thoughts/experience with the Mistral?
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    Nick G what are you doing with the Corona?

    My Mk2 XT is from 1979, needs an upgrade, lol, we've always had Coronas, had two of the very first Toyota Corona Mk1

    Note I am in Christchurch, Woolston.

    I could offer you more than whatever your trade-in is if you like.
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    I drive a Navara DX the diesel Nissan engine is very good I get 800Km out of a tank sometimes more if I drive to Chch from Nelson.

    Several people I know have Mistrals and they take a hammering but still keep going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zqwerty View Post
    Nick G what are you doing with the Corona?

    My Mk2 XT is from 1979, needs an upgrade, lol, we've always had Coronas, had two of the very first Toyota Corona Mk1

    Note I am in Christchurch, Woolston.

    I could offer you more than whatever your trade-in is if you like.
    I'll be selling it, no need for two cars, and couldn't afford two anyway. Went through it's WOF today without needing anything, but it's heading back to the garage sometime next week for a scheduled fanbelt + power steering belt change.

    Wouldn't sell it before I got that done, but if I do end up getting a Mistral, would be more than happy to sell
    Mine is a 1992 7th gen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    I drive a Navara DX the diesel Nissan engine is very good I get 800Km out of a tank sometimes more if I drive to Chch from Nelson.

    Several people I know have Mistrals and they take a hammering but still keep going.
    Sounds pretty promising! I'll make sure I check for rust though, apparently it can crop up on some Mistrals.
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    Default Re: Buying a car part 2

    Well spotted pctek. Nick G, "a word to the wise should be sufficient".

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    I looked in my Dog & Lemon Guide and basically they say get it checked professionally before considering it. They say lots of nice things about it in the blurb but rate the reliability/safety as Dodgy/Dodgy

    Known issues (summarised)
    Air flow meter fails at high km
    Gearbox electronics can lose the plot and cost a fortune
    front suspension struts prone to failure
    Rust in the floorpan - particularly if it's been towing a boat
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    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post
    I looked in my Dog & Lemon Guide and basically they say get it checked professionally before considering it. They say lots of nice things about it in the blurb but rate the reliability/safety as Dodgy/DodgyKnown issues (summarised)Air flow meter fails at high kmGearbox electronics can lose the plot and cost a fortunefront suspension struts prone to failureRust in the floorpan - particularly if it's been towing a boat
    Thanks for that Yea, my plan was to have a look at it and see if I even think it's worth buying, then get it professionally inspected. I'm realistic enough to figure that no 4wd from that vintage is likely to be perfectly trouble free. Even with the Toyota's the 2.4s are notorious for cracking head gaskets etc.
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    Default Re: Buying a car part 2

    https://touch.trademe.co.nz/motors/l...iew/1300539084 - this is the one I'm looking at.

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