Tuesday 16th April 2013
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Why not share your views of the Nissan Caravan? If you have ever owned one of these and had to replace any parts, please let us know about it. Also share about the performance of the replacement parts. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Nissan Caravan Overview

The Nissan Caravan is classed as a cargo van or fleet vehicle which is produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturing company Nissan. This vehicle has been in production since 1973 and is currently in its fifth generation. The Caravan is also known as the Nissan Urvan, Nissan Homy and King Van in other markets. The Caravan name was mainly for the Japanese market. They can be used for transporting goods as well as passenger vehicles and come in several different variants. The cabin is rather comfortable and spacious and some of the models are pretty well equipped. The latest versions are quite good looking, stylish little vans. The load area in the rear has plenty room and these vehicles are seen as being pretty reliable. Does this sound anything like your experience of the Caravan?

Nissan Caravan History

The first generation (1973-80) of the Nissan Caravan was released in 1973 and was an instant success, especially being very popular in Europe. The passenger version was available with between 3 and 10 seats. This version was known as the Datsun Urvan in Europe. The second generation (1980-86) was the last version to be sold as the Datsun Urvan in Europe, when the Datsun name was discontinued. The third generation (1986-2001) had many improvements made from the previous two versions and was a much better performer, easier to drive and looked much better. It had to facelifts over its lifetime. The fourth generation (2001-12) was more of an updated version of its predecessor which didn't fair to well in safety tests. The fifth generation (2012-present) is the current version on the market.

Model Types


Fuel Economy

The Nissan Caravan has been available in several different engines over its lifetime, including these from the latest versions: 2.0, 2.4 or 2.5L petrol and 2.5 or 3.0L diesel engines. The diesel engines are the most economical, and are very competitive in terms of fuel economy. Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically?


The latest versions of the Nissan Caravan are available in 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox do you have on your Caravan and how do you rate its performance? If you are needing Caravan gearbox parts, check out our Nissan gearbox section today.


We want to help you find the right parts for your Nissan Caravan at the right prices. Our comprehensive network of UK Breakers has parts available for all makes and models at incredibly low prices. Either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the Caravan parts page to locate those exact parts you are looking for.