I wish! No, that was my black Nissan 4x4 TwinCab Pick-Up Truck. Well really it is officially known as part of the Nissan Model D21 Series. Sadly I had to sell it because it just wasn't practical for us because my wife needed it more than I as she works in the community and all the stopping and starting etc wasn't really what the vehicle was designed for. I owned it from August 1998 until August 2001 after buying it in Cyprus, where I was living at the time, from the original owner. He was a fellow Brit who was also living and working in Cyprus, but was about to come back to the UK and didn't want to bring the TwinCab back with him. His loss, my gain. You may have seen normal Pick-Up trucks about being used by farmers, painters and builders etc. The TwinCab is like a saloon car version of that, instead of the 2 seats the TwinCab has 5 seats and is still a Pick-Up, and yes mine was a right-hand drive vehicle. I have 3 grown kids and they had plenty of room in the rear seats. The actual Pick-Up part of the vehicle is a bog-standard flat bed but holds a lot more than your normal car boot! I had a specially designed cover for the flatbed (cost about GBP25.00) and it kept any contents dry and safe from the elements. The interior is very much like any regular car, with plenty of legroom in the front and rear. The dashboard is similar to any other Nissan car/vehicle; you know the style - drab grey, nothing fancy just functional, but it did have the original 'car' stereo which put out a really good sound, and that was a plus for me as I like music when I drive. My truck was completely black in colour, had chrome bumpers, and when I first bought it I had some side steps fitted, which actually made the truck look lower to the ground than it really was. It had a 2.7 Litre engine, which purred every time I started it up, but I knew this beast had more than enough power stashed under the bonnet. Although
in the UK this model is only built with a 2.5 Litre (Terrano) engine, why the difference I don't know and neither did the local Nissan dealer I spoke to either (More about him in another forthcoming opinion). Of course it wasn't built for speed/acceleration but it cruised nicely at 70 - 80mph in 5th gear, and actually appreciated those long motorway journeys. This is where my truck got most attention. Yes it was a bit of a head-turner as the vehicle is pretty rare in the UK and as it was completely black in colour it just added to the interest from passers-by and other motorists. Quite the attention grabber, now I know how those Ferrari owners feel like! (Well you know what I mean). On the fuel front this vehicle is a diesel and has a 60-litre tank. Here in the UK I was pleasantly surprised at the consumption of around 35-40 miles to the gallon, and I usually spent between 40-50 pounds per month on fuel. The truck also has air-conditioning, which when in use does use up a little extra fuel, but it is worth it on those rare hot summer days we get in the UK. In Cyprus it was in almost constant use! I didn't have much call to use the 4x4 in the UK, although I used the 4x4 quite a bit in Cyprus as it helped get to those great positions on those lovely Mediterranean beaches, and I had no problems negotiating the many sand dunes out there. Obviously the 4x4 has it's uses here especially during winter. The previous owner had no problems with the vehicle and in the 3 years I owned it I didn't have any problems either, which is a testament to the legendary reliability of Japanese vehicles, especially Nissan. I had my Nissan with fully comprehensive insurance (with full no claims) which cost me just over GBP400.00 per year, and that included full RAC cover too. Couldn't really complain at that could I, especially for the type of vehicle it is. The TwinCab Pick-Up Truck may not be a po
pular or well-known vehicle here in the UK yet, and it has had some bad press - I don't know why. The latest version of the Nissan TwinCab was featured on the BBC programme Top Gear a while back, along with the latest Mitsubishi model, the new L200, and the latest Isuzu TwinCab. The presenters sort of slated them and the model/type of vehicle, saying they would never catch on in the UK, but I reckon and have heard different. In fact if you look round now you will see more and more TwinCab's, they are becoming very popular indeed, especially the Mitsubishi L200 range. However as the Nissan isn't that common here it is hard to find a price for it, new, but working on the Mitsubishi prices then the new Nissan models are probably in the region of GBP12-15000. When I bought mine (2 years old) it was of course tax-free and set me back about GBP7000. I would recommend this type of vehicle to anyone, they are not as daunting as they look and are easy to drive. Nearly all these types of vehicle now have all the trimmings normal saloon cars do, like power steering and ABS. The big difference is the drive position as you are naturally higher off the ground. Now to some that may seem a little scary, but I guarantee you feel a lot more confident and secure, my wife loved driving it and I had to fight her sometimes to get to drive! What was strange though was after driving the truck for a while and then driving a car, it felt so alien and initially I felt too close to the ground and in someways it was like driving a go-kart! If there were disadvantages to this vehicle then I would say they were these - parking and vision. You do have to pay a little more attention when you park this type of vehicle, as position needs to be a little more specific than in a car. This problem leads into vision, as when you manoeuvre or park the truck your normal height advantage now becomes a bit of a handicap as your vision of things 'below&
#39; and behind you is limited. Other than that I don't think there are any other 'minuses' about the TwinCab. Here is a little story for you about the truck's safety and strength - one day whilst out shopping I got caught in a queue of traffic. The person behind me (in his car) got a little impatient and tried to drive past me - he failed by hitting the rear of my truck (the only reason I knew something had happened was because of a squeal of brakes), I got out and went to the back of my vehicle and then found it really hard not to laugh. You see the driver who had just 'hit' and then bounced off my vehicle caused my truck no damage whatsoever, but he managed to completely wreck his headlight assembly and front end! He then asked if my vehicle and I were okay! I just shook my head in disbelief and after a small exchange of words, which made him look even sillier, I drove away leaving him to pick up the remains of his front end and thank his lucky stars I didn't want to make an insurance claim against him. So, if you ever get the chance, test drive this type of vehicle you may find it strange at first but I am sure you will soon get to like the feeling. You may even consider buying one, as they are comparative to car prices but hold their value better.
I, Cookie36, have removed this, my opinion. Therefore it can no longer be rated unless you actually want to rate these few words of explanation. I have decided to do this for personal reasons and am hoping that dooyoo will delete this account. I feel I can no longer be part of dooyoo as I feel there is too much wrong with it and there are a lot of things happening here that shouldn't. However for those that still enjoy the 'experience', then... Happy Dooyooing!