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Nissan D40 Navara caught up in chassis snap drama…

UK owners of Nissan D40 Navaras are calling for a recall because of an alleged issue with the chassis that can see some vehicles snap in half.

OWNERS OF D40 Nissan Navaras in the UK are up in arms and calling on the Japanese car maker to issue a recall and correct an alleged rust issue which can lead to the chassis snapping in half. And now a UK Government Transport Select Committee has been established to investigate this and other issues with other car makers.

Speaking ahead of a meeting today, committee member Huw Merriman called on Nissan to recall the D40 Navara. It’s worth noting that the D40 Navara sold in Europe is made in Spain… Australian delivered D40 Navaras are built in Thailand and thus are not affected.

Nissan Australia’s general manager of corporate communications, Peter Fadeyev provided Practical Motoring with the following statement:

“To-date we have no reported instances of this matter in Australia. Overseas, we’re aware of the issue in a relatively small number of previous generation Navara’s (D40) and have taken action. [Nissan UK allegedly purchased a handful of affected cars from owners]

“We’ve put measures in place to quickly resolve the concerns of any customers who have contacted us about this. Nissan is backing customers even though the affected vehicles are up to 12-years-old.

“Depending on the age of the vehicle, these measures include a free and independent inspection of the vehicle where appropriate on older vehicles, if that inspection shows there’s an issue, we’ll do the right thing by the customer under our warranty and customer service policies.

“Many vehicles which have been checked have had no issue, however should any concern be found we have a number of options in place to support the customer. This could range from directing the customer to appropriate repair, supporting costs, repairing the vehicle or even exchanging it, however that will depend on the circumstances of the specific situation.

“Any concerned customers should contact the Nissan Care team (UK) on 0330 123 1231. Our team is on hand to help and can advise on the most appropriate course of action for each customer and their vehicle.”


  • trackdaze

    not entirely true on australian d40 navaras all being sourced from thailand. the v6diesel 550 was sourced from spain.

    interestingly i drove a 550 through the simpson desert a few years back. including welded in chassis bracing at the known dual cab bending/breaking point. still managed to get the welder out for a previous model ranger though.

  • Tony

    Only the ozzy sent D40 RX was made in Thailand

  • Territory46

    Amazing! If this were a Jeep or a Land Rover there would be hundreds of comments on how unreliable the vehicle is. As it’s a Nissan no-one seems to care!

  • Robert

    Are we sure this in not just a case of overload, where the owner not knowing the design limits of the vehicle at some point in the vehicles life exceed what the vehicle is capable of.
    When doing research with my father to replace his old D20 with the D40 we saw a whole lot of these pictures but nearly all of the post and descriptor indicated a level of overload to the vehicle. All of the images like the image at the top of the page.

  • Geoff

    Not entirely true i own a d40 2014 model
    2.5 ltr td st and it is made in spain. It was 1 of the last old shaped ones that has everything in it that the top of the range model has except for the v6 motor and fog lights

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Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.