Used Nissan Terrano (1993 - 2007) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 06 Mar 2014
Terrano has never enjoyed the popularity of the Cherokee or Discovery. It's a competent and reasonably affordable family/leisure 4x4, nonetheless.

3 out of 5



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All new cars have ABS with EBD, dual front and side airbags and front-seat active head restraints. ABS optional on all from July 1996, standard on SR Sport, SE and SE Touring. Driver's airbag from July 1996. Security was poor on early models, alarm and immobiliser on most from July 1996. Latest cars have deadlocks.

3.5 out of 5


Mechanically strong and capable of huge mileages. However, interior trim can break off easily and the quality of the plastics (and fake wood) isn't very good.

Car check problem points


Damage from off-road use, seems to look scruffy quickly.


Smoky turbo-diesel shows that the turbo oil seals may have failed, worn gearbox, service history important if mileage is above average.


Suspension problems, tatty interior trim, damaged upholstery. Two recalls: one in 1995 for faulty tyres and another in 2002, as, on some models, there could be interference between the steering column and the pipe supplying pressurised fluid to the brakes. Check for noisy hubs, rattly gearboxes, clonky drivetrains, oil leaks and weepy seals.