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Adrian Hallard, Staffordshire

Nissan NV200 NV200 DIESEL 2009

3 star review

Bought this 3 years ago as a 100 mile on clock pre registered. Back in march 2017 just before warranty ran out warning lights on dash engine in limp mode. Went back to Nissan and injector replaced two weeks later days before warranty injector again replaced under warranty. At this point 20000 miles on clock. Now 6 months later and a modest 3000 miles later warning lights on dash and limp mode presume its an injector again. Rang the same nearest Nissan garage to book in this morning for next week. They said they will ring back (no they did not) so come Monday will have to try again. regret buying a Nissan now . I have been driving for over 40 years various makes and this has been the worst suggest you consider a different make

Submitted: 2017-09-02 | ID: 143439

d gavin, East Lothian

Nissan NV200 NV200 DIESEL 2009

3 star review

hi (Nissan nv200) has anybody had any problems with the DPF the these van would like to hear your story....thanks in advance

Responses to this review

DPF problems can be caused by not using the correct oil specification. Should be C3 (low ash). - Geert-Jan Smolders from Netherlands

DPF problems can be caused by not using the correct oil specification. Should be C3 (low ash). - Geert-Jan Smolders from Netherlands

Submitted: 2015-10-19 | ID: 122502

D Walker, Lothians

Nissan NV200 2012

1 star review

My Nissan NV200 is just 6 months old with 9000 miles on the clock and needs a new wiring loom and engine management box or something like that due to water ingress. Parts on back order from factory, with the dealership trying to do temporary repairs twice with no success. I’ve also not been given a courtesy van at the dealership. My initial thoughts? Why didn’t I lease something different, heap of junk. Think seriously before buying!

Responses to this review

My van has suffered same problem and Nissan says that there is no design fault ...so how does water get into loom and Ecuador , when it's up on right side of bulkhead Looking at 3 k repair unless they fix it under warranty ...van only worth 6k Gutted as been a great run around ... - from Midlothian

Submitted: 2014-04-02 | ID: 93551

Jerry Woodward, Derbyshire

Nissan NV200 2010

4 star review

I don’t understand these mileage figures, unless there are genuine faults. I’m still getting approx 53 urban and 60 on a run. The reports of intermittent clonking when idling hot, which seems to be coming from the engine, is in fact from the exhaust system catching on something at the rear, which is only really noticeable when stationary and facing uphill. It’s caused by a sloppy rubber hanger on the back-box. The dealer tightened it up with a big ty-wrap, but it still does it occasionally.

Submitted: 2013-11-27 | ID: 44038

Neil Sunderland, Lancashire

Nissan NV200 2011

4 star review

I have the lower brake horse power model, it is a cracking van with lots of attributes. My vehicle I bought 2nd hand with full service history, I made sure it was HPI clear using the most comprehensive checks via RAC (see reports on the internet as even other established vehicle checks are somewhat lacking) but I too am only getting 40 mpg on mixed driving roads being a service engineer probably carrying half the weight allowed and I drive like a nun, actually changing gear before the indicator comes on. Like I said I still consider this van a good choice.

Submitted: 2013-09-16 | ID: 44039

Colin Reay, England

Nissan NV200 2012

3 star review

Having bought this van new in April 2013 and the fact that I am not a business user, I am struggling to get to 50mpg. I have now driven 2500 miles and I have to say a few things concern me: the engine rattles like an old 60’s diesel engine, which I think is due a visit to the dealer. The instrument panel does not dim when the lights are switched on. It is also a rocky ride when empty.

Submitted: 2013-08-03 | ID: 44040

Phil, England

Nissan NV200 2012

1 star review

Having had a Vito, Berlingo, Knago, Escort, Hyundai, etc. All I can say is if I’m still alive in the future I’ll make an updated comment on this overpriced piece of junk. Mine is brand new and I feel they are only worth 2K.

Submitted: 2013-06-08 | ID: 44037

Dr Bob, Mid-Lothian (Edinburghshire)

Nissan NV200 2011

1 star review

Owned from new (pre reg 7 miles) Day 1: 1. Hazard lights not working. 2. Internal central locking switch not working. 3. 12v outlet not working. 4. Rear hi mount brake lamp half full of water. 5. Intermittent exhaust rattle, 6. Plastic retaining clips missing from (loose) radiator grill this also led on to. 7. An intermittent shudder from the clutch (replaced under warranty). 8. an intermittent knocking noise from the engine on idle when hot. 9. A noisy tappet type sound/knock especially when cold The knocking noise although witnessed by the mechanic did not show up an error code and was explained as a "characteristic". Took it up with Nissan Uk who just constantly referred me back to the dealer. I eventually became so despondent with the vehicle (the clutch shudder was also starting to come back) I traded it in only having done 8000 miles. Apart from the above I also found the van to have a harsh bumpy ride when unladen, clunky gearbox and a tendency to snake about in windy conditions. Good Points: Good mpg at 49’ish.

Submitted: 2013-04-28 | ID: 44036

Rick, Wiltshire

Nissan NV200 2010

1 star review

I wanted a small van after driving around in a Renault Master for a decade. Fell in love with the looks of the NV200. Ordered a 2 yr old online - ex-lease. I had a quick test drive and it seemed quite nice, so I just went for it. Big mistake on my part! After a while I realised it’s very twitchy when driving, you have to concentrate hard all the time. There are no decent places to store anything and the glovebox doesn’t even have a door on the E version. There is no temp gauge only a red or a green light. But all of that pales in the light of the biggest issue I am now facing - the head gasket has just gone! on a van with less that 25k on the clock? I drive like a nun, so it either had seriously rotten previous owners, or this is a design flaw? Fortunately it’s being repaired under the Nissan warranty but I doubt i’ll be keeping it for very long after I get it back.

Submitted: 2013-02-10 | ID: 44031

Doug Black, Middlesex

Nissan NV200 2012

5 star review

Have been driving my NV200 for 3 mouths now and have found it fantastic on diesel, 56 miles to the gallon. It may be because it has a 6 seed gear box. The only thing I think would be better is if the sat nav did not come on every time I started it up. Having a 110 bhp helps a lot when it is loaded. A top van in London.

Responses to this review

Hi Doug. I’ve got the same spec as you, however I’m struggling to get any more than 42mpg after calculating after refilling! Others seem to be in the 50’s. Do you regularly get these sort of figures?? - Michael Blake from Devon

Hi there, I too bought a nv200 and while I love the cab and loading features of this van my may concern is the poor fuel return I’m getting. I have had the van for 2 months which as now done 13400 miles, I drive the van as eco as I possibly can and only get 39 - 41 mph and of mind that I might have an ecu or management issue as every other person seems to be getting 50+ mph. I carry my tools and a van vault in the back which isn’t exactly a massive weight. My other grip is why oh why only 14" wheels to needed at least 15" or 16" wheels - Paul Graham from Staffordshire

Submitted: 2012-10-22 | ID: 44028

Marcus, Cheshire

Nissan NV200 2010

5 star review

I’ve had mine 3 months now and I think it’s great so far. Even when loaded up it still returns around 55mpg and drives well! If I have any problems I’ll add at a later date.

Responses to this review

Still going great! but dont think i`ll use Nissan for a service - £360! just for a service, so I used a local garage at half the price - from England

Submitted: 2012-05-10 | ID: 44034

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Karl Orton, Derbyshire

Nissan NV200 2012

1 star review

I feel so sorry for this little van as it the worst vehicle I have driven in a long time, shocking and scary are the best two words to describe it. While driving the steering constantly feels like you are driving on ice as the front wheels skate along in any direction they feel like. I am guessing this is not actually happening, but this is certainly the feeling you get when driving and as a previous person said "you’re gripping the steering wheel with white knuckles"! I hate this van with a passion and would love it to be stolen, smashed to bits or have a great object fall from the sky and squash it flat. Then hopefully my company might see sense and lease something half decent? Also the fuel economy is bad so far 37mpg!!??! For such a small van why so bad? Maybe it uses so much fuel making that hideously loud diesel engine noise that drives you insane while driving around? If you’re stupid enough to buy one of these mark my words you too will soon wishing it is stolen so you can claim and then buy a decent vehicle. Avoid at all costs!!

Responses to this review

Thank you so much, you have saved me countless headaches. I will say a prayer for you in return that you get a new van - Delmar Hepperly from United States of America

I agree with you Karl. I have a 2011 NV200 and the handling on mine is atrocious, but mainly on damp/wet roads. I'm someone who drives to the speed limit and I don't race to get there. I typical example would be turning right onto a main road from a T junction. If I apply even a touch more power than normal, the front nearside wheel will totally lose traction and wheel-spin all the way to third gear. I promise you that I'm not even remotely trying to push the van hard. I have had situations, where trying to get into the traffic flow I have put my foot down and the thing just wheel-spins like mad and you hardly move due to the lack of traction. That is bl**dy scary! I pray that other drivers don't let me cross in front of them at junctions, when the roads are wet because you feel such a fool when the van wont pull away. In the case of my van I would say it is dangerous and I cant wait to be rid of it. I'm going for a used new shape Transit Custom next. - from West Sussex

I agree with you Karl. I have a 2011 NV200 and the handling on mine is atrocious, but mainly on damp/wet roads. I'm someone who drives to the speed limit and I don't race to get there. I typical example would be turning right onto a main road from a T junction. If I apply even a touch more power than normal, the front nearside wheel will totally lose traction and wheel-spin all the way to third gear. I promise you that I'm not even remotely trying to push the van hard. I have had situations, where trying to get into the traffic flow I have put my foot down and the thing just wheel-spins like mad and you hardly move due to the lack of traction. That is bl**dy scary! I pray that other drivers don't let me cross in front of them at junctions, when the roads are wet because you feel such a fool when the van wont pull away. In the case of my van I would say it is dangerous and I cant wait to be rid of it. I'm going for a used new shape Transit Custom next. - from West Sussex

I have a nv combi 2011, regarding the wheel spin on wet roads it caused me a problem on wet roads and i was dreading the snow which is forecast. so I decided to try new tires, i eventually found that a good pair of van tires gave me better traction than the tires that came with the combi from nissan. not perfect but feels safer. all in all I like the van and average 50 mpg (diesel ) - Gary Smith from Greater Manchester

I have a nv combi 2011, regarding the wheel spin on wet roads it caused me a problem on wet roads and i was dreading the snow which is forecast. so I decided to try new tires, i eventually found that a good pair of van tires gave me better traction than the tires that came with the combi from nissan. not perfect but feels safer. all in all I like the van and average 50 mpg (diesel ) - Gary Smith from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 2012-04-09 | ID: 44032

Steven, Cambridgeshire

Nissan NV200 2011

1 star review

The worst van I personally have ever been given to use, being 6ft 5" my knee keeps hitting the badly placed electric window control (I’d rather have manual windows than that lump there) when driving. Also the seat has no hight adjust so it is causing me to have to lean forward to even see out of the windscreen. The seat offers little or no support, engine has very little power and it’s been back to Nissan four times as the passenger window would not go down and then when it did it would not come back up. The reversing sensors beep when nothing is behind you so I had these disconnected. The auxillary iPod port packed up after a week and the ABS produced a fault after 2 weeks. The only good things I can say about it is it gives good MPG and load space. The van is going back and I am swapping it back for a Ford Transit again. This is only my opinion as some of my work mates love it, but its not for me.

Responses to this review

You’re 6 ft 5 in and had to lean forward to look out the window? - from Ireland

Hi, I’m 6ft 7 and I have no problem with visibility and space, it has more cab room than my VW 2010 Transporter? This van does what its supposed to do and with 2 sliding doors a bonus. Also I’m not used to a van that’s not off the road every month with faults like the VW and when you complain you are told you are a tester for us lol. You really need to go and test drive as it may not be for everyone, if so life would be so boring - John Mac from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 2012-02-13 | ID: 44017

Micheal B, Devon

Nissan NV200 2011

4 star review

I went for a test drive in the NV and found it rather good considering that it is a car derived van. My kids liked the fact that they could stand up in it (they are 8 and 9 yrs). It rides nice and the height for the driver is great. The only complaint I have is the fact that there is not that many options availible, but I hope that will change with time.

Submitted: 2012-01-13 | ID: 44021

Jem Blackband, Dorset

Nissan NV200 2010

5 star review

A fantasic van, which I have owned from new with no problems. The service costs are a little high, but its great for travelling long distances and it’s good on fuel.

Submitted: 2011-12-27 | ID: 44020

Jerry Woodward, Derbyshire

Nissan NV200 2010

4 star review

Further to my previous post: Well the headlight alignment problem proved to be a real ongoing swine of a fault.. Nothing on their database, but it was found to be bad earths (on manufacture) due to tags being bolted on to a painted chassis surface. It took them several attempts, but it’s now fixed. While all this was going on, the ECU went down leaving me with no starter and a scrambled display etc. I managed to bump start it and limp it back to the main dealer. At £750 a pop, I’m glad it’s still under full warranty! This is my fifth Nissan and I’ve never really had any electrical problems before. A careful run (Derby-York) achieved 63.8 mpg! A great engine and I still love it!

Responses to this review

Nissan sources the diesel unit from Renault. Alright engine, but absolutely rubbish electrics. Had issues of the same engine they put in my Nissan Micra. Dealer after dealer said it was the ECU that was causing the engine to just cut out. They ’knew’ this as the ’mechanics’ simply plugged it into a computer to find out the error. They charged me £80 each time to do this. In reality, by checking myself, the fuses that connect the ECU to the electrical system had broken. Nissan charges not much to replace them, but they would rather charge you for the ECU... so beware... - from Yorkshire

Submitted: 2011-12-12 | ID: 44024

Geert-Jan Smolders, Netherlands

Nissan NV200 2011

5 star review

I like the car a lot, but it’s replacing a 1994 Opel Campo Pickup so my view might be distorted! It does bump a bit on bad roads, but acceptable. Pros: roomy, just in between a Caddy/Berlingo and the larger van’s. Very easy to drive in a town, easy steering and high point of view. Cons: had to put on extra mirror’s, too much you don’t see on your left and right. Dirt collects in a pocket, which is visible if you open the door and look down. Make sure you clean that regularly or it might start to rust there. I regularly collect leaves and stuff in there. Tip: to remove the interior panel clips you have to pull and rotate anticlockwise, they pop out easily that way. (need a tool to do so) To get to the radio: two Philips screws above the ashtray. Pull to remove the surroundings of the gearchange lever. Remove the two screws on the bottom of the heaterassy. Remove the refresh/recycle button by pushing it upwards. No need to remove the other buttons. Pull on the plastic lips near the screws you removed and there you are! It does need a bit of force, I had to use pliers to grip the lips.

Responses to this review

Yes, I agree the mirrors do give a funny distorted view, I thought I would get used to them, but a couple of stick-on "fish-eyes" may be the answer - Jerry Woodward from Derbyshire

Submitted: 2011-11-22 | ID: 44022

Hans Inge, Norway

Nissan NV200 2011

2 star review

As a former driver of both Nissan cubistar and Nissan Primastar I don’t like the Nv 200. Without a load it is too stiff on the springs, feels like an old tractor to drive. It is also too nervous for a sidewind. Even the cubistar has more space in the driver’s cabin. The lump where the window controls are; why did they have to place it exactly where the knee should rest? And why does the console for the gearstick need to take so much space where my other knee should rest? Also the storage space in the cabin is terrible. The keylock remote and keyless start are Ok, but there is no natural space to put the remote. There is no place to put papers or my telephone, except in the cup/bottleholder. No. Give me back my cubistar.

Responses to this review

Didn’t you test drive it before you bought it? - David Lott from Spain

Submitted: 2011-08-11 | ID: 44026

Paul, Sussex

Nissan NV200 2010

4 star review

After many years with a VW Transporter this nNV00 is so up to date, my old van felt like a tank in comparison. With new emission regs coming up in January this van does well on the juice. This van is the only one about, which can replace The Transporter as it comes close to size and carry capacity; with the seat down it can carry 2.4 x 600mm board or 2.7m timbers and still give 50 or more mpg. I Looked at Vivaros and Trafics second hand, but too expensive. I like the NV200 the best and it’s got enough gadgets too. If you try it you will like it. The cabin is very roomy. A bit smaller than the Transporter but a good van.

Submitted: 2011-07-22 | ID: 44009

Jerry Woodward, Derbyshire

Nissan NV200 2010

4 star review

Bought mine s/h, 10 months old, only 3k on the clock, from a main dealer. Had it for nearly 2 months now, and it is pretty impressive, compared to my old Vanette cargo, which I had for 8 or 9 years. 2 faults, headlight alignment, and a rattling exhaust were both fixed the following day after booking it in. THINGS I LIKE: Performance: Initial concerns that a 1461cc engine, and a 5 speed box wouldn’t be up to it on a van this size, proved to be unfounded. It is nippy, and the ratios seem just about right even with a decent load on. Handling: Seems to be glued to the road, even in the wet. (Maybe the OEM Dunlops). Great turning circle for a FWD vehicle. Economy: 50+ mpg is easily achievable unless you thrash it. Comfort: Nice seats, driving position and visibility. However the quietness of the engine is somewhat offset by the rather excessive road noise. Nice radio. THINGS I’LL JUST GET USED TO: Fierce brakes, Over-light power steering, "grabby"clutch, clutch pedal too high, Thin, hard, "toothbrush handle" steering wheel, Feather-light, but rather "notchy" gearbox. Sometimes reverse won’t go in properly. THINGS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER: No 30 MPH on the speedo scale, and the KPH scale is illegible. The digital display could be bigger (there is room), and higher contrast. The worst thing is the controls for the display use the legacy stalks on the speedo, only accessable through the steering wheel, hopeless when the vehicle is in motion. No passenger arm-rest (there is room). Stowage space: all the wrong size/shape and placement, much of it useless. Where is the cover for the glove box? Nowhere to put a large format map book at all. A COUPLE OF TIPS: A 12x10x5 inch food container fits nicely under the passenger seat, giving a bit more out-of-sight storage for bits and bobs. I have (temporarily) removed the bulkheads. They bend backwards into the load space quite bit, reducing the load length by 9-12 inches. You need a T40 star-driver and a 10mm socket, but you have to drill off the 2 tamper-proof (silver) dome headed bolts also. This means I can now take advantage of the clever fold-flat passenger seat, should I need to carry something long, like a ladder. CONCLUSION: A great innovative design, just let down by a few obvious, mainly cosmetic, shortcomings. But I love it really.

Submitted: 2011-04-25 | ID: 44011

Dave Bailey, Surrey

Nissan NV200 2010

1 star review

Glad it’s only leased. Not a very good van. I work nationally and do a lot of motorway mileage. The fuel economy is not that good, not very good at pulling away without a huge lag between lifting the clutch and actually moving. When a (mild) cross wind hits it’s frightening, bounces all over the road even when over taken by anything larger. The cabin area storage is lousy and has been over complicated to make it impractical for trades people. Having intermittant trouble with the central locking and alarm resulting in £1000 tools being stolen with no sign of break in (and yes it was locked). Good point - The stereo!

Responses to this review

Totally agree! This has to be the worst van I’ve ever driven, shocking, it’s so bad. I really hope mine is stolen so I can get something better! - Karl Orton from Derbyshire

Submitted: 2011-02-10 | ID: 44012

Stephen Unsworth, Lancashire

Nissan NV200 2010

5 star review

I have just bought the Nissan NV200 and it destroys all the vans I have ever had. It’s superb to drive, has got more gadgets than a lear jet (it’s only a van) and it does not drink diesel but merely sips it. It’s large enough to get a full bathroom suite in and all the tools to fit it. The comfort is worthy of many a high class car. The small size engine is no hindrance to modern driving on British roads, the only drawback is that it seems to bounce a little, but that is a problem I can live with; all the benefits outweigh this one niggle. Well done Nissan!<br /><br />

Submitted: 2011-01-29 | ID: 44015

Jonathan Arnot, Argyllshire

Nissan NV200 2010

3 star review

Having driven the NV200 van for 13,000 miles carrying reasonable loads the two main issues I have difficulty with are: 1). The NV200 reacts alarmingly to cross winds feeling like you are not in control of the steering, the van lurches 300 to 400 mm off your chosen driving line! The NV200 has you gripping the steering wheel tight with white knuckles as you struggle to keep the vehicle on the road while at speeds of less than 50 mph. I have asked the Nissan garage to check out the suspension and steering twice without any reason being found. 2). The servicing costs so far have been way too high with a £250 service twice in the first year! These issues make me want to get rid of the van ASAP

Submitted: 2011-01-28 | ID: 44014

Manx Grand Prix Fan, England

Nissan NV200 2010

5 star review

Brilliant on fuel, Rented one for a week from IOM airport last year. Completed over 500 miles in the week, on small roads and it still returned over 54 mpg. My mpg figure was via a calculator, I didn’t realise it had a computer!! Any neg comments? it did tend to bounce around a little, but the roads we used were often very minor, so the problem probably arose from the roads we used. Would I buy one? certainly, if it’s long enough to get a bike in (I forgot to measure) but I am now considering a purchase.

Submitted: 2011-01-07 | ID: 44016

Greenline Couriers, Yorkshire

Nissan NV200 2010

5 star review

Great on diesel, nice ride and loads space in back. We’re a courier firm going all over uk and this van is second to none, ace van.

Submitted: 2010-12-27 | ID: 44010

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Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi SE road test report

Nissan introduced the NV200 to the European market as a concept at the Hanover Motor Show back in 2008 and the production model has set the tone for its future LCV line-up. The NV200 is a nimble package but it also looks good. Important for fleets who like their vehicles to have a bit of character. [...]

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