2006-2008 gu patrol 3.0 turbo diesel

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 19:51
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Hi everyone im looking at getting a 3.0 turbo diesel patrol. I am looking for the year models 2006-2008. The ones i am looking at have about 130000 kilometres on them. I just want to know if anyone knows of anything i need to be especially careful of with these models. Just any feed back. Cheers
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 20:16

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 20:16
I just typed "GU Patrol 3.0L" into the text search function above and got 57 old threads about the GU.

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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 20:27

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 20:27
they do have a history of engine failures , but most were around the 2001 -2004
if you decide to buy one , spend the money an fit an any hand grenade kit
an if you watch the EGT,s you shouldn,t have any trouble
cheers mechpete
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Reply By: Tim F3 - Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 22:30

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 22:30
Go to the nissan patrol forum, and read some owners comments .

You dont say what you want to do with the patrol,eg touring,towing,camping.

Note if you get contaminated fuel in common rail models cost of repair can be astronomical ,but some insurance companies will cover you for this nowdays,suggest you might check with your insurer.

If fuel consumption in a diesal is a consideration if you check on nissan forum you may see in excess of 800 comments ( complaints ?) re fuel consumption,figures as poor as 6 klm per litre and as good as 8.5 klm per litre are observed ...NOT TOWING..on highway.

Have you considered a 4.8 litre petrol while initially the fuel cost may be greater the overall ownership cost may be better than a 3 litre patrol and the 4.8 may be more to your liking to drive....just a thought..

Again if towing the manual is very highly geared many people report difficulty starting while towing on moderate inclines,some actually leave manual hubs unlocked and start off in low range 2wd till they get over the incline.

Research will pay dividends...

Now putting on flack jacket and helmet awaiting replies....
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Reply By: Spanner69 - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 08:02

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 08:02
Hi Spaanderman,

I have a 3ltr GU 2004 model, and to date, just on three years have had NO issues whatso ever, yes there were some models prior to 2004 which had issues, but I believe with changes Nissan has rectified some of those old grenade stories.
What other vehicles have not had some form of issues?
Can I also mention this truck has done some very good trips including High Country, and just completed a Cape York trip for three weeks again with no issues. In saying this I have spent good money on good additions to the truck, like others comments on this forum and others, it pays to spend the dollars on good equipment. I have found my3ltr GU to be the best 4wd Ive owned and would not hesitate to buy another.
Just spend some time, in looking at your purchase and hopefully you will have many years out of your choice.
good luck
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Follow Up By: Notso - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:46

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:46
It's nice to hear another bloke who is happy with his 3.00 litre. I had the worst possible version, the 2000 first release model and it did 190,000. It was one of the most capable 4WDs I have driven. A little under powered I suppose but it towed my 2 tonne van with no problems. I only sold it because a lot of friends had theirs die on them. Ah well, had to move on I suppose.
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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:21

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:21
They werent fixed by 2004. My neighbour had the updated model and it blew bigtime and needed a new motor. Had done quite a bit of towing.

They are very fussy about oil and should always use the specified stuff.

Part of the trouble was poor oil galleries especially to no 4 which resulted in melted pistons and resulting catastrophe.
Wasnt till the CRD motor came out you could breath easily.
I got rid of mine because with a 2.5T van on the back I got sick of it changing up and down every time a hill appeared on the horizon.

Bought a 2005TD Cruiser and couldnt have been happier.

If you buy one fit an EGT gauge and keep temps below 500 if after turbo sender fitted.
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Reply By: mountainman - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 19:41

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 19:41
If you do buy one.
install a catch can is a MUST
as is keeping the MAF sensor CLEAN
and it should be trouble free.
mate had his rear left axle fall out heading down the hume...at a 110km/h.
thankfully hus mates got contacts and sourced him another within a few hours
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Reply By: Bilbo B - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 20:22

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 20:22
I had a May 2000 3 litre. It had a recall to up the engine oil from 5 litres to about 8. All they did was change the dipstick.Mine did not blow but I know of others that did. I used the specified oil and on one long trip at 130 the oil dropped off the stick. I think they got em fixed in the later models. I then got a 4.2 and it was gutless compared to the 3. The 4.2 did come good after 150000 and now on 260 it's just run in. I change oil every 15000. I have an 89 4.2 ute. It's non turbo and out pulls the others right from 800 rpm so old ones are worth a look. On the GU the running gear is bullet proof. Change to bilstein shocks and it will take all over oz in comfort.
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Reply By: spaanderman65 - Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 20:40

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 20:40
Thanks so much for your replies so far. It helps and i really appreciate it. I am looking at a few 2007 models that have about 160/170000 kilometres. Is that too many kilometres or will i still get a good run out of it?
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