Nissan Patrol 3L Turbo Diesel

Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 14:16


Currently considering a Patrol ST 2001, 3L turbo diesel (to tow 2 tonne van). 60,000 kms on clock - asking $43,000 (dealer). As we have no experience with 4wds we would welcome view on this model as well at tips on what to look for when buying second hand.
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AnswerID: 40382   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 14:23

Leroy replied:


For 5k more you could have a new one, and have the piece of mind that you are buying a Patrol with all the bugs ironed out! (If not sure about the bugs/problems then do a search on this site) Also you will have 3yrs warranty with roadside assist etc.

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FollowupID: 303703   Submitted: Saturday, Dec 27, 2003 at 01:47

towrope posted:

we have a 3lt patrol current model and I am hearing tales about engine problems at 100K,s the problem is all these tales are 4th& 5th hand and I have not found any 1st hand information. The suposed fix is a snorkle & 3in exhaust system ,has anybody any 1st hand experience.
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AnswerID: 40385   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 15:21

Mark replied:

Watch out for the early 3.0TD. They have a few bugs that should have been fixed by warranty, but for those dollars may be best to steer clear.

I have a GU 3.0TD that I bought only 6 weeks ago. VERY happy with it, including towing a 1.6T offroad camper. I paid less than that price for a NEW one, but that was with fleet discount. See if your work will let you use their ABN to order. Fleet discount is around $7,000 so you may be able to get a new one for the same dollars. Nissan is not as fussy as some other brands with their fleet discount, especuially with the 2003 compliance model runout (also includes free roobar, towbar and spotties - save a fortune off their list price).


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FollowupID: 257974   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 15:39

Martyn (WA) posted:

I'm not being nasty or anything but I would be mindful of the audience this web site may have giving things out information like this.Keep the shiny side up
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AnswerID: 40388   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 16:09

joshinthecity replied:

I paid $47600 for my series IV.
NO fleet discount, 30,000km later, I am happy as can be.

The used one is too expensive by far IMHO.

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AnswerID: 40392   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 16:35

Truckster (Vic) replied:

Arent they only $50k new?
$43k second hand is a bit much... considering you lose $5000 when you wheel it out the door...
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AnswerID: 40401   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 17:31

Member - Andrew O replied:

FWIW, mine may be for sale in Feb next year (overseas transfer) - same model (ST), less mileage, excellent condition with safety pack etc + lots of accessories looking at around $37K. Let me know if you're interested.
AndrewSo much to see, too little time ...
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AnswerID: 40418   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003 at 20:17

jeff-wa replied:

I don't know about these 3.0 TD's, my boss has had his back to the dealer twice now, not onlly did they have it for over a week the second time but they wouldn't even give him a loan car (All out apparently), he got it back the other day and we were driving along through Perth and the engine light came on again. It keeps doing it, then it start blowing sh%t loads of smoke and looses all it's power. Nissan have actually said to the dealer they don't know what's wrong, the computer is telling them it needs a new motor but it must be wrong. It's 1 year old this month and has only done 20k of city driving, no country or off road. They also said that they have just had two more of come in with the same problem and Nissan still does not know what is wrong with them! They have replaced turbo valves, sensors, relays etc etc. Not good in my eyes. The least they could do it give him a loan car as he was told "we don't know when you will have it back"
It's going back in for the third time in a couple of days.
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FollowupID: 258062   Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003 at 15:43

rors101 posted:

Sorry to hear your horror story however...
My 2003 3l gu auto has just completed a 25000km trip the long way from sydney in may to perth in october via cape york, gulf, coberg, kalumbaroo, gib river etc etc without any problems (apart from two punctures, a windscreen and the once new OME suspension is now u/s) The only hint of problems was the surpent belt would always slip a bit after 400mm plus water crossings - the hydraulic belt tensioner was fixed under waranty.
Next year the canning if time permits ...
Would I buy one again - YES!!
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AnswerID: 41012   Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003 at 23:58

prado95 replied:

Many have no problems with their 30 TD patrol - those that dont use them. Most of the local 4x4 club are now changing to the TD6 patrol as a result of a long list of problems (and they arent the only ones either).

Myself, glad I stayed with Toyota 'cause it donr break any near as often (on once in 350k km - and that was LPG valve anyway).

For towing you need torque across a broad reve range, not outright power (but it does help at the lights :-)

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AnswerID: 41030   Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003 at 11:41

Old Johno replied:

If it is a 2001 I would be carefull & check out the motor.

I have a 2000 model, just recently Nissan had to replace the motor at 60,000Km as this model has a problem with the Oil Sprays & Piston composition. They replaced my engine with a new long motor, Computor & loom. This has apparently cured the problem

I also agree with the others, at $43,000 why not do a bit of bargaining with the Nissan dealers as I'm sure they will do a deal and the diff wont be all that great
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