GU 2.8turbo Patrol yes/no?

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00
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Hi .i`am thinking about buying a 1998 Nissan GU DX 2.8 turbo patrol and
would like to find out about any problems that owners may have had with them.Also is the 2.8 turbo enough power for the size of the wagon ? I can buy this wagon for $29000 with 60000 on the clock is this good value? Thanks in advance for any feed back .
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Reply By: troy - Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00
Jeff,

Personally I would say no. No its not powerful enough.

The best thing to do is drive it, and then drive a 3.0lt then a 4.2. then u can tell. Maybe it is ok, maybe it isnt, we all think differently. Certainly a 2.8 is a small motor once the rig is all loaded up.

Having said that I have a mate who has one, and is reasonably happy with it. (and is upgrading to a 4.2).

As to value - I am not entirely sure. Best thing to do is to hit the websites, carpoint, carsales, drive, redbook etc, and then get out there and see whats about.
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Follow Up By: Jeff - Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00
If you could find me a 3.0 turbo or a 4.2 for the same price call it mine!But the wallet will not allow me to go beyond 30k
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Follow Up By: Troy - Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00
yeah mate fair call.

If you are patient you may get a 4.2 NON turbo for that money with under 100k on it. Then fit an aftermarket turbo later when the $$ allows.

or get a GQ and save heaps (same chassis).
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Reply By: jimy - Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00
G'day Jeff, i havent driven the GU 2.8, but i own a GQ 2.8. as for the power, no problems at all off road, it can be a little slugish of the mark around town, but your are rewarded with fantastic economy. I can get around 800klms out of a tank freeway driving, the only difference in the motors is that the GU has an intercooler wich gives about an extra 10kw. straight away. I had a 2 1/2 inch exhaust fitted too, which i would also recomend.
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Follow Up By: Richard - Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00
It's actually around 20kw more power than the 2.8L. Also, how much do the fuel tanks hold ? 800kms/tank sounds a bit thirsty for highway driving.
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Follow Up By: Michele - Sunday, Jun 16, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Jun 16, 2002 at 00:00
Jimy, hope you see this. I would be interested as to how you get 800klm from your tank. We own the same 97 RX 2.8td. We only get 700klm 95 litre tank. What else have you done to your vehicle.
email me at lukechel@austarnet.com.au
Many thanks
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Follow Up By: Jimy - Monday, Jun 17, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jun 17, 2002 at 00:00
Richard, what do you mean 800k's to a tank sounds thirsty? Thats outstanding for a vehicle with the mass of a patrol, what are you comparing my figure to? jimy....
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Follow Up By: Richard - Monday, Jun 17, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Jun 17, 2002 at 00:00
I just realised on looking back at your reply, you were talking about the GQ. Not knowing much about the GQ's, I don't know what the tank sizes are or if they have 2 tanks like the GU. If being based on a 95L tank only, then I apologise, that is good. Secondly, my comparison was with the 3.0L GU using both tanks.
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Reply By: ray - Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Jun 13, 2002 at 00:00
Jeff I have a 98gu DX patrol I agree with Jimy its not quick away from the lights but once it gets moving and the tubo wakes up they run fine. i tow a camper trailer and have no problem on the road keeping up and passing other traffic. Off road unless you are in the right gear it dies very quick.Right gear no problems.Do not fit tyres bigger than 32ins or you will find it even slower to get going.
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Reply By: Grinner - Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00
Jeff, the local fire brigade I'm a member of owned one of these for 2 years. What I found was in off road, low speed, low revs situations, it was basically crap. It had no power at the low rev range and the electronic throttle used to surge in these situations as well. On the black stuff at high speed, it was a different vehcile.

I read a while ago in one of the 4x4 mags, about a company (Molson from memeory) that does an upgrade to the electronics that aparently cures some of the aforementioned problems.

The only other problem we had with this vehicle was the rear barn doors when closed would not always turn off the interior lights.

Grinner
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Follow Up By: Troy - Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00
Motsons is the group that do the 2.8 mods. I think they are in Vic, but not sure.
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Reply By: John- Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 14, 2002 at 00:00
Jeff,What I would do is find a steep hill stops half way up and try to take off,I had one it wore me out,went back to a Toyota.They are good on fuel but seem to have some head problems.John
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Reply By: Brenton - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2002 at 00:00
Jeff i have the 98st 2.8 with intercooler fitted with a power chip upgrade from unichip no exhaust mods (latter?) goes extremely well in
low down power & fuel econ the 2.8 is 6cyl diesel 3.0lt is a 4cyl the power/torque curve of the 3lt peaks quickly and drops off yes on paper it has more power but it is heavier than the 2.8 both are still small hi reving japanese diesels the 4.2 is slower off the mark around town but heeps of grunt.typical p/t curve. problems dust sealing!!!!it seeps thru every where ,front end shimmy front springs sagging ,scratches and dents easily but thats 4wd are for
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Reply By: Bryan - Thursday, Jun 27, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Jun 27, 2002 at 00:00
G'day everyone. I've recently bought a 96 DX 2.8L turbo diesel GQ patrol. So far I'm really happy with it although I haven't really ahd a chance to test it out off road, but am planning a trip next month.

Sure, its a little slow to get going but that doesn't bother me. So far, I've got figures of between 600-700km out of a tank (95 litres supposedly but when I fill it up its never taken more than 80 litres, even when the dial is on empty?) for city driving.

Would be interested to hear of other people's suggestions for any modifications to make to improve it's performance? By the way, Motsons who do the power upgrade are in QLD
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