Looking to buy a Nissan Patrol 2004 model.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 13:41
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Hi all. My partner and i are looking to buy a nissan patrol 2004. I am concerned about the 'grenade issue'. It has done the head and the turbo has been fixed. Are we stupid to go through with it. It's done about 360k's
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 13:48

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 13:48
hi Geoff
have you heard the saying
fools and their money are soon parted 360th ks is a lot of k's
I don't think the big bang is far away
its up to you but i know what I would do
cheers
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Follow Up By: geoff0123 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:03

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:03
We are limited by finance otherwise I would go a later model '06. We need 7 seats so a Prado or Pareto would suit but not sure which is better?
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Follow Up By: Andrew J6 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:00

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:00
What about this one?

Nissan Patrol 04 Model

It's got 7 seats and they deliver everywhere, even to Greenland!
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Follow Up By: geoff0123 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:07

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:07
If I had that kind of money I'd buy one but very limited on funds.
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Follow Up By: Andrew J6 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:18

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:18
It's always the funds hey. Good luck finding something suitable.
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Reply By: sastra - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 13:58

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 13:58
Are we stupid to go through with it?

Geoff, I own a 1992 TD42 Patrol with 320K's and I would rather that than the one you are considering. Google and you will have the answer.
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Reply By: bluefella - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:13

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:13
Geoff
keep well away from it mate. to many K's for that model and motor.
Just my opinion.
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Follow Up By: geoff0123 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:54

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 14:54
Thanks. Any reason why?
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Follow Up By: bluefella - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 17:13

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 17:13
Hi Geoff
As I said Geoff it's a lot of K's considering the issues with that engine. not knowing how it's been treated or maintained is another concern. At the end of the day you are the one that decides, mate I know what it's like to be on a tight budget I've been in that situation the past and have made some good decisions and bad.
So if to buy is your decision good luck and best wishes.
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Reply By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:01

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:01
You didnt say if the motor was the 3.0 l or the 4.2, We are assuming that it is the 3.0l only because the 4.2 wasnt dropped until 2006.

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Follow Up By: geoff0123 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:04

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 15:04
Yeah it is the 3.0 litre. Are there any good ones out there?
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:24

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:24
Mate if you can get it for $5000 it would be ok. Then allow $10000 for future repairs. You would be better off with a petrol Jackaroo for around $12000. I know their is one on car sales with less then 100000ks for around $10000.
Or get and older NA 4.2 patrol. Mate has one with 600000ks still going strong.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Axle - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 18:49

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 18:49
It would have to be super cheap mate, and the motor would have had to be done up less than a 100k ago, along with transmission, brakes.,etc,.......Nah forget it!!.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: garrycol - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:35

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:35
Run far - Run fast. You say you have a limited budget and that is fine - but do you have the budget to fix it when it goes bang - at those kms probably already gone bang once, maybe twice and ready to go again.
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:41

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 20:41
LOL Garry, I have never heard of a grenade with 360000ks up before.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 22:59

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 22:59
But how many times has it gone bang to get to those 360,000kms. History shows it happens over and over.
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Reply By: gompy - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 23:18

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 23:18
Gee, a lot of Patrol experts here!! To get a real answer you better go to the Patrol forum.
http://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/nissan-patrol-gu-gr-10/
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Follow Up By: geoff0123 - Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 23:21

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 23:21
Thanks gompy, very true. I've visited there and feel a bit more reassured if I do all the right things.
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Reply By: Batt's - Friday, May 31, 2013 at 18:54

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 18:54
A 4.2ltr which has been regularly serviced can be still running with in excess of 1,000,000km on it. A 3lt will do it while being towed for the last 850'000km by the 4.2ltr. The 3ltr has boosting problems which can fluctuate out of control which is one of their problems. A work mate has spent a lot of money to turn his into a semi reliable vehicle but he still sold it at around 150,000km. If you want something for the long term you might have to buy an earlier model 4.2ltr which might include looking at a GQ depending on your budget but please don't be suckered into buying a 3lt by someone who has fixed everything and say it's fantastic now.
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Reply By: zigglemeister - Monday, Jun 03, 2013 at 12:22

Monday, Jun 03, 2013 at 12:22
Where do you live, and what will you use it for? If you live anywhere metropolitan, and if you're not going anywhere too remote, buy a 4.8 Petrol/LPG. There are plenty around, the 4.8 petrol is as bulletproof as the 4.2 diesel, and on LPG it's cheaper to run (in a metropolitan area where LPG is roughly half the price of diesel) than the 3.0, let alone the 4.2. The 4.8 is getting cheaper and cheaper to buy; with a bit of hunting around you'll probably get one already fitted with LPG for less money with less k's. Try to get the injected LPG if you can, though.

Trade-off is - you spend more on fuel on trips, once you get out of range of LPG, and you might have to carry jerry cans on the roof (get those newer 20l ones with twice the width and half the height) or in your trailer if you're towing. But here's the thing. You'll be scared to go to those remote places in the 3.0 anyway, in case it dies. And it's only on the trips - rest of the time, you're ahead.

It's not nearly so much of an option if you live in a regional area where LPG's 3/4 the price of diesel, though.
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