Nissan Motor Troubles

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Which model Nissan was it that had all the motor trouble? i.e. Blowing up. Housekeeper's daughter is looking at buying a 2008 Patrol. Bill
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:12

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:12
Hi Bill

The 3 litre turbo diesel Patrol GU II - pre October 2001 was the most suspect and the one some nicknamed as the 'hand grenade'. A few reported failures with later versions. Ours is February 2002 and has given us no problems, including being used to tow a heavy caravan all over Tasmania.

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Follow Up By: bill m - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 13:46

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 13:46
Mother hen,you have to be the luckiest Nissan owner on the planet!!
Your model is right in the middle of the problem area, so I can only assume you only travel short distances at a time and mostly downhill. My son,s 2003 model was only towing a camper trailer and really not flogged at all and it terminated. I have the 4.2T ,2000 model, and am pleased that I didn't follow his advice and " upgrade" when he got his.
Keep saying those Hail Mary,s.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 14:00

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 14:00
Hi Bill

There are many series III still out there with original motors. Probably quite a few of the notorious series II as well.

Your son was unlucky, but I do know there have been a few failures reported in these 'improved' models, and probably more than is acceptable for a top brand.

I know the 4.2 litre keeps on going, but it is not available in auto and it is a slug compared to the zippy 3 litre motor.

We put on EGT and Boost gauges, and did not make any other modifications such as adding a chip, so as not to stress the motor when towing a heavy load.

Ours is now a family car not the tow vehicle as our caravan is overweight for its specifications (it is auto), which meant we could not load up and go long term touring and stay legal. Now approaching 200,000 kilometres it has had no mechanical problems at all. A great vehicle and has proved far more economical maintenance wise than our Landcruisers.

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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:14

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:14
You're probably thinking of the the early to mid 2000's 3.0 litre turbo - had the ZD30 motor - less affectionately known as the "hand grenade" by impacted owners. The problems with this were well documented in many 4wd forums, although there were many who claimed they never had any issues with this.

For peace of mind, as long as it hasn't got the pre 2010 ZD30 motor - you'll be fine.
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 21:07

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 21:07
I have been servicing a 2000 ,GU with a ZD30 auto for
quite a while now belonging to a guy I work with , he only tows a
camper trailer and its now due for its 260000k service
and is still on its original engine and runs well
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Reply By: Grizzle - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:36

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:36
2008 model will have the 3.0 Common Rail Diesel. The problem motor was the 3.0 Direct Injection. I think changed over to common rail around 2006-2007.

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Reply By: Member - bill f (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 17:47

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 17:47
Thanks all. Have passed details on. Bill
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Reply By: Angryz - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 17:51

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 17:51
Problem was with pre 2007 ZD30 direct injection models.D22 Navara's with the 2.5 direct injection had a few issues as well.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 19:27

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 19:27
Please elaborate on problems with the D22 with a YD25DDT. Was this in a car sold in Aust?
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Follow Up By: Angryz - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 19:44

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 19:44
Sorry my mistake, was 2.5 common rail. We had a fleet of these, that had timing chain/guide issues & one that had big end caps come loose. All were well serviced & most were fixed under warranty.
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 20:18

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 20:18
I've personally owned two D22's with the 2.5 CRD (still have one in the driveway today) & have never had any issues.

I've been towing a trailer full to the point of GCM around town with one since 2010 - no issues.

My previous Ute of another brand crapped 3 trans doing the same work.





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Reply By: fisherPete - Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 20:23

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 20:23
Most engine problems with the ZD30 where caused my the EGR fouling the MAF. The MAF then send the wrong signals to the computer leading to overboosting. Keep that maf clean and their should not be any problems.
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