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I'm pretty sure the 3.0 dCi is an Isuzu unit, not a Nissan, although that should speak similarly for its reliability.
That said, the 2.2 dCi seems to be a fairly solid unit - I wouldn't say its incidences of
failure exceed that of most other modern
diesels, unlike the 1.9, and the only really common fault appears to be the cracking intake manifold, which is comparitively cheap to sort.
Is the 2.0 dCi 150 or 170 not available in NZ? Because that really is a fantastically smooth engine for a 4cyl, seems very durable and should be a fair bit more economical than the 3.0 in either form.
All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. - Voltaire
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TEB64 (Cosmic Grey) 2001 'Y' Laguna II 1.8 16v Privilege Tourer (KG0B F4P-770)/TED44 (Odyssey Blue) 2001 'Y' Laguna II 1.8 16v 'Expressionale' Hatch (BG0B F4P-770)