Any problems with V8 100 series?

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 00:42
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Hi Everyone,
I've been looking at the 100 series V8 petrol 5 speed auto and was wondering if there are any problems with them besides IFS and bleep ty fuel consumption? 85% of time would be spent on road , I don't fit in Patrol and can't afford T/D 100 series.
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Reply By: brian - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 05:40

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 05:40
Steve just for info a mate of mine just purchaased a 100 series as above paid $57000 including air con drive away,and it is 2004 plate.fuel consumption around 18 mpg at this stage
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Reply By: vuduguru - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 06:39

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 06:39
Hi Steve,
Purchased mine April last year. Goes in for 30k service today. paid 60k on road with Auto, air, Bull Bar, towbar 6 year 160k warranty. Fuel consumption, 400 - 500k per week, work and back mostly 15.5 - 16.5 lp 100k. Problems: pulled speedo plug out near the gearbox in a water crossing, easy fixed. I have noticed some slop in the driveline which I expect to have rectified at service today. Have had the car in about 700mm+ water since the last service. I will be getting the diff and transfer oils changed at service. Back sags when loaded. I have 4 kids and a roof rack and we load it to the roof and load the rack fully. I'd estimate 400-500kg. Will be putting 50mm raised King Springs and hd Torsion bars, Tough Dog shocks, Poly air bags and Cooper ST's on before Barrington at easter. 2 punctures on the Grand Treks, stick through the sidewall and staked rear resulting in a slow leak in the bush. Fixed with Tyreweld. Headlights upset a lot of drivers on the open road, too high. Seats lack lumbar support.
Good points: drives like a limo, ie silent (quiet), smooth and roomy. IFS hasn't been a problem (handles very well on road), although I am no hard core (so far goes were ever my mates GU goes). Fuel consumption results in an increase of about $12-$15 per week over my previous V6 commodore wagon. Tows my 525 Stacer half cab and kids etc effortlessly. Build quality is exceptional. Basically I love it! and having owned diesel landscaping trucks I dont miss the diesel (still have the greatest respect for them). Note that I use ULP in my boat, bike, cooker, mower etc. ie 1 spare fuel drum does everything. Note also that I use Shell Optimax, don't mind the extra expense in return for more power, torque and I believe a cleaner fuel system. Horses for courses for sure. Good luck with your decision.
regards Shane
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Follow Up By: Steve J - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 22:58

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 22:58
Thanks to all that repied to my question.
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Reply By: Michael - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 11:00

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 11:00
Hi Steve, i'm on to my second GU 4.2 diesel, last one has 285,000ks on clock(wife has it now), normal service but nothing failed, gets 11L per 100ks, consistantly. New one is 6months old ,50,000ks same, no probs and same fuel consumpstion. I also have trouble getting into a GU, but removed the stop behind the accelerator pedal and bent the pedal towards the firewall about 25mm, surprising the difference, allows you to straighten your leg. If you generally need more room , you can spend $1000 on better seats, Stratos or similar, they are generally thinner in the backrest and they will give you more leg room when the installer sets them back for you. 4,2 tdi is same price as 100 series petrol and goes just as well with added fuel economy, go anywhere and stronger vehicle. Downside is fit and finish is not as good as Toyota, but still good. Love my nissan ,,, regards Michael
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 14:58

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 14:58
I am currently looking at both the 100 Series V8 & the Nissan 4.2 TD and while I started out thinking it would be the Nissan it has fallen a long way behind now. The Toyota is finished so much better inside and out and looks so much better in my book with nothing to spend other than a lift kit a bit down the track (same goes for GU though).
After having owned a Landcruiser it would be hard to switch to a Patrol and while I haven't discounted it just yet the 100 looks like getting the nod. If I could guarantee more time off road then it would be the Patrol but unfortunately that will not be the case.
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Reply By: maverick - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 15:34

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 15:34
I have been told there is a problem with the front diff - too small / gear cut - and that any heavy stress in reverse can lead to new diff. Just something I have heard but I can guarantee others will now provide a yay or nay to this. rgds
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Follow Up By: Michael_FNQ - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 21:58

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 21:58
You are right about the front diff, I have seen two let go. One was on a vehicle with 500km on the clock, the vehicle was put into low rangle for the first time, selected reverse and BANG. But must admit to owning a TDI 100 Series with 90,000km and no diff problems even with double lockers.

100 Series is the ultimate highway tourer kills the GU.
BUT I own a GU also and it is unmatched offroad for ability and reliabilty. If I had to cross the simpson desert tomorrow then there would be no hesitation it would have to be the GU as I know I could rely on it getting there and back in one piece. It may ride rougher, have a motor that is definately not a patch on the 1HZDT-FT, an average cabin finish and more rattles but I could give a guarantee that it would go there and back without a problem. The 100 Series would be fantastic also right up until the moment it stopped with a fan thru radiator, front diff in pieces or an IFS front end that is no longer attached!
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 17:38

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 17:38
Can confirm the diffs are weak, I've blown 3. Appears the problem is the additional weight of the 100 on a diff that is pretty much out of a Hilux.
Apparently the diff centre carrier flexes allowing the cogs to separate then BANG! Teeth everywhere. Don't worry, to fix all you need is an ARB diff lock. Much stronger and I havn't heard of anyone blowing one of those up yet. Craig......................
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 21:42

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 21:42

I am in the middle of trading my 2002 Prado grande on the 100 V8. I have looked long and hard and can't go past it.

the only hard part to swallow is the $14400 wish list from ARB and the trouble hiding it from the wife.

Each time the subject comes up I run and she just shakes her head.

Go for the 100.

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Follow Up By: Steve J - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 22:57

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 22:57
Thanks to all that repied to my question.
Bear, can you sheed any light on your WISH LIST?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bear - Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 08:08

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 08:08

Deluxe Steel Bar and Warn 9500 winch $2847
Steel side rails & steps $670.00
KayKaymarTwin Spare wheel rear bar$2660
Front Diff Locker $1557
Long Rang Tank ?
Duel Battery System ?
Front & Rear OME suspension lift with the dearer shocks. ?
Sandgrabber matts all round 4236
Bushranger Rear wagon liner $ 150
Black duck seat covers (3 rows? $842

Total $14,400.

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Follow Up By: Steve J - Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 23:19

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 at 23:19

Sorry I'm just getting the off road bug now, and starting to look at the endless options but isn't good to get a snorkel aswell.

Thanks Steve
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 17:39

Thursday, Mar 18, 2004 at 17:39
oh yeh - there was also a snok in there as well...
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