Nissan Cabstar Review & Buyers' Guide
£16,790 – £24,040
Available as: Chassis Cab, Chassis Crew Cab, Dropside, Tipper, Box Van, Refrigerated, Recovery Vehicle Engine options: 2.5TD 130hp, 3.0TD 150hpVolume (m³): TBA Payload (kg):
968 – 2,719
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Cabstar is a solid, dependable no-nonsense working tool which can be adapted to perform many varied tasks.
An unglamorous, uncomplaining workhorse, Nissan’s forward-control (the cab is over the engine) rear-wheel drive Cabstar has been shouldering the burden for builders, roofers, landscape gardeners and fencing contractors for many years.
Grossing at from 3.4 to 4.5 tonnes, and in single and double cab versions, Nissan’s humble load shifter is on offer as a chassis cab, a tipper, a dropside and in dry freight and refrigerated box van guise. The manufacturer has even come up with a car transporter conversion.
Three wheelbases are listed and payload capacities vary enormously, with the 3.5-tonne factory-fitted tipper, for instance, able to handle anywhere from 968kg to 1,300kg depending on the model selected. Its dropside 3.5 tonne stablemate can shift anything from 1,239kg to 1,579kg.
Power is provided by a 2.5-litre diesel at either 110hp/250Nm or 130hp/270Nm or a 3.0-litre diesel at 150hp/350Nm.
You get a five- or a six-speed manual gearbox. Buyers who haven’t examined Cabstar for a few years will be surprised by how roomy the cab is these days. The driving position has improved significantly too.
There are no less than four specification levels; Basic, Basic+, Pro and Pro+ are listed. Cabstar offers a tight turning circle and dependable handling, with the 3.0-litre engine in particular packing plenty of punch. The days of the Cabstar being underpowered are long gone.
The ride is acceptable and settles down with a load on board, the gearchange is a bit long-throw and noise levels are not exactly low. All of these, however, are par for the course for this type of vehicle and in line with all of the forward-control competition.
Service intervals are set at 18,000 miles and Cabstar is covered by a comforting three-year/100,000-mile warranty. Cabstar was also marketed by Renault Trucks as the Maxity until 2012.