Added: 8th of July 2022
Arguably the best luxury people carrier out there. In my opinion must better than the Toyota Alphard This is a big vehicle inside and out. Through all seven seats there is plenty of leg room and with the multi adjustable seat formats you never feel cramped inside, even when it’s fully occupied The rear seats fold sideways to give you massive boot space At the drivers seat you really have everything. The captains seat is so comfortable and the view from there is fantastic even making for easy manoeuvring The car has everything including dual DVD screens and excellent stereo which can pick up a few stations on FM and AM To say mine is a 2006 is a credit to Nissan and it’s previous Japanese owner. It’s covered 90000 miles now but to look at it you would think it’s done about 30k On the road the engine is super smooth and quiet. At the lights it’s barely audible and you might think it’s an electric car ! However, it must be said that this is a very very thirsty car. I drive with a very light right foot deliberately, and I struggle to get beyond 20 miles to the gallon. Around the doors the MPG can start to look a bit scary ! Still, you don’t buy this one for fuel economy But with fuel prices rocketing it needs some thought before taking the plunge perhaps No oil leaks but she also likes a regular top up of oil, something that seems to be the case with some of these Servicing parts are quite affordable although the way the engine is placed it makes tasks such as changing spark plugs a lengthy process which bumps up the labour costs just a bit Despite it being not the cheapest car to run, I wouldn’t be without it now. It’s an effortless pleasurable drive which puts a smile on your face Hoping to get another 150k on it with good maintenance and sensible driving
Added: 17th of February 2021
This is my 2nd Elgrand it's a Rider Autech S and is the last of the E51 shape which gets more admiring looks than any other car I have owned. I really love it and although it's almost 13 years old it looks 1year old inside and out, it starts first turn every time and to my pleasure I went out last week when we had 250mm of snow put it in to 4 wheel drive it was amazing
Added: 12th of October 2016
It's been over 8 years since I imported this vehicle (2008). The van is now quite heavily modified now with cameras, radios, lights, horns, exhaust, filters, cameras and several other bits. I don't tend to do much unless the car is worth it, which I think says a lot about the elgrand. Fitted with a 3.3l V6 170bhp petrol engine, fuel economy is not a word used in the same sentence (15-20mpg). When i imported this car it was only the 4th petrol Elgrand in the UK, now Elgrands are everywhere. Why Nissans have never brought their decent vehicles over to the UK I'll never know. I have a Nissan Cedric, Elgrand and a xtrail, Nissan makes some brilliant cars but don't import them which is a shame. Reliability wise the elgrand is fantastic, I have been through the normal, new exhaust, battery and due to UK roads, new shocks and springs. Also the E50 model 1997-2002 has dreadful brakes, discs (from the xtrail) on the front and pathfinder rear drums, none of which is adequate to stop nearly 3 tons from 112mph. So I have been through several sets of pads, shoes and 1 set of new front discs. Other than the brakes this vehicle is amazing, fast, comfortable and reliable. I have toyed with the idea of replacing it with the next models the E51 or E52 but they have the VQ engine (Mines a VG) and the VQ has many problems, coil pack failures, ECU and they're also fitted with Pre-cat manifolds which disintegrate and blow the engine, so I think I might just stick with my 19yr old juicy but fun van for now.
Added: 12th of October 2013
I have a Nissan Largo Highway Star import, it is a 1997 model 2.4 petrol, 8 seater MPV. It is a good workhorse very practical and good reliable runner, has all the toys from factory a/c Climate control, remote rear c/c and a/c, electric folding mirrors good for the tight lanes around Devon, one touch drivers elec window pass elec window, elec sunroof and rear moon roofs, the seats fold out to a double bed so if you get stuck out in the snow or break down at least you can rest up, good for one night out camps, lots room for the kids and luggage if you plan a little trip, it is a super big utility vehicle that returns a good 27 to 30 urban if you drive correctly, it has a 3 speed auto box with o/d fitted factory fitted body kit and rear roof spoiler and a reversing mirror on the rear hatch showing you the lower rear on parking. plenty of cup holders for kids drinks rear storage rear 12 volt power point, floor storage hide away, the engine is mid mounted with the spare wheel under the bonnet, If you have a family or just need to haul the dogs about maybe you are a surfer dude, this would be a cheaper option than the VW and more comforts with in the cab, overall a very usable daily vehicle that you can use for lots of things with ease. Also it has a snow mode and power mode, these are snow, this put the gearbox in second for the better drive off in snow to stop the skid and slip, the power, this will hold the revs higher through the changes of the gears to give ultimate performance on the motorways, so what else can i say, this is my second one now the last one was diesel,