Used Nissan Terrano Ii
What's the difference between the Nissan Terrano II and the Ford Maverick? The answer is 'not very much' unless you take into account sales, because the former was a hit for the Japanese manufacturer while the latter failed to find favour with new buyers and ended up an unloved relic.
The used Nissan Terrano II arrived in the summer of 1993, with funding from Ford allowing Nissan to go to town and design the car in any fashion they saw fit.
Engines available were a 2.4 litre petrol with 112bhp or a 2.7 litre diesel with a turbo attached that barely managed to scrape 100bhp.
Nissan made the Terrano II available with either three or five doors, while a hodgepodge of different trim options meant that you could really specify the car according to your budget and tastes.
In 1996 the Nissan Terrano II for sale underwent some remodelling, with a fresh front end and some other exterior alterations helping to make it more appropriate for the European market.
The petrol engine also got some tweaks to help reduce its emissions and smooth out the rough edges. Meanwhile the turbodiesel powerplant received even more attention, with a 125bhp output achieved thanks to a number of updated components.
The Terrano II got its second facelift at the turn of the millennium, which included things like bigger wheels, a refreshed dash and more of those all-important cup holders.
Better ABS also arrived in 2000, while in 2002 the Terrano II finally got the diesel engine it deserved in the form of the 154bhp 3.0Di unit which had previously been found onboard the Nissan Patrol.
Nissan began to wind down the range in the mid noughties, with 2004 seeing a couple of upmarket trims levels introduced before it finally was put to bed in 2006.
Bang for your buck
You'll find the second hand Nissan Terrano II to be very family-oriented, which is unsurprising given that its original interior was adapted from the Nissan Primera.
The myriad different trim levels mean that you'll find all sorts of kit onboard, from electric windows and door mirrors to air con and power steering.
The ethos of the Terrano II is one built around hardy practicality, so it's not quite up there with some saloons in terms of luxury or comfort. However, with plenty of room inside and decent off-road performance for those who require it, the Terrano II is a reliable proposition at an affordable price point.
What you'll pay
The fuel economy offered by the diesel engine Nissan Terrano II cars for sale means that you'll pay about £300 more to buy this model over the petrol alternative.
Prices have held up very well and while 1990s models will sell for a few hundred pounds with hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock, a decent 2000 era model can still end up fetching £3000 to £4000 on the used market.
The most you'll pay is £7000 to £10,000 for a last generation Nissan Terrano II for sale, although for this price you'll want to insist on a full Nissan service history and the top levels of trim.
What to check
A car can look great from afar, but under closer inspection there might be a few flaws revealed. This is particularly pertinent when looking at off-roaders, because if they've been used for their intended purpose then there could be damage lurking under the surface.
Things that will point to this include leaking oil or fuel, a diesel engine that belches smoke and particularly soft suspension.
The newer diesel engines found onboard the used Terrano II after 1996 are the most desirable thanks to the power boost, but overall reliability is decent if they have been treated with care.
The clutch of this model costs £200, while brake pads are £60-75 a pair. The exhaust could be the biggest expense at £400, while headlamps are a more manageable £80 each.
How it drives
If you need to seat up to seven people and tow anything that can roll, the used Nissan Terrano II is a good buy.
If you insist on taking it off-road it will perform well, if not quite being at the top of its class. But then this is really a family car in disguise, giving you the illusion of the 4x4 lifestyle without the mucky reality.