2003 Nissan Terrano II SVE from UK and Ireland — Comments

I have recently bought a terrano 3.0 DI SVE with 2000 miles on the clock and the oil pressure warning light comes on about once in every five ignitions — like you said, this is very disconcerting. Did the oil switch replacement fix your problem?

Well I’ve had my share of problems with the Terrano II as well. It is a new car and it’s been giving me headaches ever since. Summary is listed below:

— Twice the rev-counter overturned while starting the car and was stuck on 6000 rpm. To resolve this problem it’s necessary to remove the complete dashboard and manually push the needle back.

— the engine TD 2.7, was building up pressure and oil came squirting out next to the dipstick. In this case, metal chips were blocking the tube on top of the engine. Unfortunately I don’t know the name, but I thought they called it the breather?? Excessive air from the engine is directed by this tube into the intake manifold. In this case Nissan-Spain didn’t check whether the tubes are blocked. Thank god the metal chips didn’t enter the cylinders!

— So after driving about 30000 km around Colombo, now the AC blower in front of the car stopped working and the dealer still didn’t manage to find out what the problem is. If anybody knows how to resolve this problem please contact me on ctobie@yahoo.com.

20th May 2008, 15:26

My Terrano 3.0 is now five years old. The gearbox has already been replaced. Now the oil light comes on one day and off the next. I fitted a new switch now the oil light comes on below 1500 revs. Nissan dealers shake their heads, and seem to expect an open cheque book while they find the fault, yet a number of people seem to have the same problem. This is not the reliability expected from Japanese cars. Bring back British Leyland.

16th Sep 2008, 07:28

I am on my second Nissan Terrano and have had numerous problems. In 2002 I bought a new 2.7 TD. The clutch went out after 14,000 km. Once this was repaired I began to notice a strong odor in the vehicle. It was so bad that I could not drive the vehicle for any distance. In addition to that the «engine failure» light would come on periodically for no apparent reason. I took the car back to the dealer several times but they were unable to find the problems. Finally they offered to take it on trade on a new version if I would kick in €10,000. I agreed out of desperation. Big mistake. I have had a 2004 Nissan Terrano 3.0 TDi for the past 4 years. During that time I have experienced the following problems:

 The trim around the interior door latches broke and handles came loose

 Stereo stopped working and had to be replaced

 Petrol tank cover would not open — required adjustment

 Rubber seal around windshield came out. Nissan refused to replace this even though the vehicle was under warranty

 Rubber seals around both front doors fell off

 Seat latch for third row of seats would not latch — required adjustment

 Driver’s side window got stuck open and would not close — required to replace the entire window and frame

 Windshield wipers crept up to «dock» in vertical position — required the complete dis-assembly of the mechanism to adjust. The Nissan garage cracked the windshield when replacing the wiper assembly, but did not tell me about it. When I noticed it after leaving the garage they refused to take responsibility.

 Both keys stopped functioning to open and close doors. This required replacement of the computer chip in one key and synchronization of the keys.

By the time of the last two problems the warranty had expired so I was stuck with bills amounting to several hundred Euros. In addition to all this the performance of the air conditioning in both vehicles has been mediocre at best. I cannot depend on the air conditioning to keep the interior of the vehicle cool if the outside temperature is above about 28°C.

The service at the local Nissan dealer/garage has been incredibly rude and inefficient. I have spent many hours (at great personal cost and inconvenience) dealing with the problems caused by an inferior product and poor after-sales service.

I will never buy another Nissan. In fact I just bought another new car and did not even look at what Nissan had to offer.

25th Jun 2009, 13:45

I am the owner of a 2003 3.0, bought with 50k on the clock. 12 months later, 40k more, and the rear axle needs replacing and the gear box is getting louder. Wish I had bought a Discovery instead. No more Nissans in this household.

20th Dec 2010, 15:44

Can’t help but notice that a few of you moan about the Nissan, but you’ve owned more than one; can’t be that bad if you just go and buy another one.

20th Nov 2011, 13:30

You have swapped the wrong oil pressure switch. The one you have changed is the low pressure switch next to the oil filter.

The correct one to change is situated next to the starter motor. This is the high pressure switch.

I have changed mine, £5 from Milner 4×4.

Hope this helps. DJ.

25th Feb 2012, 13:39

I have just bought a 55 plate Terrano. When you turn ignition on, the wipers start front and rear. The only way to stop them is to pull the fuses. I’ve replaced the wiper stalk, which was OK for half a day, and it’s done it again. Any ideas?

3rd Nov 2012, 17:31

I have a 2000 Terrano 2.7 turbo diesel. It’s been great for 4 years, but today the fuel and temp gauge work constantly? Even with the key out? Any ideas?

29th Nov 2012, 05:57

Your wiper blades are coming on due to a stuck wiper relay! It could have had water ingress; there was no need for a new stalk!

23rd Jan 2013, 14:01

Radio packed up! Bit of trim fell off!

Hardly serious defects!

27th Apr 2013, 15:01

Hi, I’ve just bought a 2005 3.0 litre Terrano Di SE Commercial, and the oil pressure switch light came on just after I’d bought it. I thought oh my god, it’s got a bad engine! With no warranty I thought I’d been done over good and proper. but it was running great and normal.

I had a 180 mile drive home, and I thought well I can’t take it back now. When I got back I found this forum, and also found the oil pressure switch just behind the starter. a bit of a pig to fit, but it did the trick; the light’s gone out and I’m well pleased, thanks to you.

The switch is a 26 PSI, and the one near the oil filter is 15 PSI I think. I bought the van fairly cheap, and I’m guessing they got rid of it cheaper because they thought the engine was about to blow? Well it’s going strong and I love it.

Cheers, great site.

4th Jan 2014, 12:15

Bought new Terrano in 2003. 10 years and 500,000 km later, it’s still going; same clutch, same gearbox. A great car.

13th Apr 2015, 23:25

Hi, I have a Terrano 52 plate. Transmission fluid is coming out of the breather pipe, and now I have lost all gears in the automatic box. Any ideas why the oil is coming out of the breather?

25th Feb 2017, 04:34

Had a similar problem with my 3.0 SVE; turned out to be the headlight washer pump; it was leaking inside and shorting out the electronics, and that made the wipers go front and back at the same time and spray the headlights. A new pump was about £40ish from the Nissan dealers and was fitted in two minutes.