Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 19:10
Ralph2, I think you misunderstood 1 point. It is CHEAPER to buy a brand new nissan (with fleet discount) than a 2nd hand 100 series with 60,000 on the clock + add a turbo. Plus, the Nissan came with free roo bar, tow bar and IPF spotties and has the 3 year warranty.
I was in the same dilema when I wanted to replace my 80 series. The 1HZ is a great motor, just not that powerful. Plus, if you add an aftermarket turbo, you now have a high compression indirect injection diesel that should NOT be boosted too high. I was contemplating turboing my 80 series rather than selling it, but after some research decided against it.
There are far more blown 1HZ aftermarket turboed motors than 3.0TD nissan motors. And there is NO warranty on an aftermarket turbo motor, unlike the 3.0TD. Check out the 80 series websites and see the pictures of the cracks in the pre-combustion chambers. Plus, toyota void the warranty on the ENTIRE drivetrain if a turbo is added.
The 100 factory turbo is a "low compression" (~17:1) direct injection with common rail pump and extra oil galleries. This motor is totally different to the 1HZ and their power and fuel consumption figures are totally different. Pity it is only available on the IFS 100 series, not on the live axle 100 series.
As Peter says, a non-turbo motor is more reliable, but only because there is one less item to go wrong, not because of the inherrent design. Virtually all long distance truck motors are turbo diesel, and they last for 1,000,000 kms between rebuilds. But then again, there is the odd one that breaks done.
At the end of the day, one has to accept that NO motor can be guarranteed to be 100% reliable. I agree that the 3.0TD may not be as ultimately relaible as the good old 1HZ, but far more people get stuck in the outback with tyre issues than any other problem (motor, clutch, blown turbo etc...).
As an overall package, I felt the GU III 3.0TD was the best for my situation, hence my decision. It is no 'show pony" and is used as a 4WD should be. It is equipped with Barrett HF radio
, GME UHF, EPIRB
, GPS etc... amongst the other 4WD things (33" Cooper ST, winch, dual batts, cargo draws
+ barrier, water tank
etc...) and is well setup for long distance outback touring.
I am glad you are happy with the 1HZ motor, as I was when I had my 80 series. It is a great motor, just not powerfiul enough IMHO for long distance towing.