Nissan 3 ltr v 4.2 debate again

Submitted: Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 15:31
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Ours is a 3.0 litre turbo dsl auto. Nissan brochure says the auto can tow to 2500 and the manual 3200. 4.8 dsl and 4.8 petrol including auto can tow 3500. Anyone know where we can find real facts (Nissan website didn't help) on why? We have purchased a Bushtracker, lic. at 2200 - will prob go over the 2500 fully loaded. Is the risk to the auto gearbox? We averaged 7.65 litre WA to QLD driving quite fast without the van, and only 4.83 (taking it quite a bit slower) bringing the Bushtracker home. Need to be sure before we decide to tour with the Nissan, or go back to Cruisers. (The Nissan has great seat comfort for us back-worn farmers). Debate also about using overdrive or not when towing. Any feedback welcome.
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Reply By: Flash - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 17:37

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 17:37
Have a close friend who tows 2500kgs ++ all the time with his 3.0 litre auto- don't know why there is the restriction... maybe auto transmission heat. He usually doesn't use overdrive, most of the time- purely because he had been recommended to do so, not based on scientific fact, I might add.
Has had absolutely no problems whatsoever over many thousands of klms of heavy duty towing, and says it's the best tow vehicle he's owned by a wide margain.
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Reply By: Nomad - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 23:15

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 23:15
Yeah, must agree

Our 3lt TD Auto pulls plenty of weight each time we go camping. We have grossed almost 4t with CT and firewood. Has never missed a beat.

The only time I turn off the overdrive is when we are on a mountainous track such as through the Snowies. In fact in some places I put it in second. This stops it hunting up and down through the gears. I guess that's less wear and tear on the box.

Truck has been regularly serviced by the original selling dealer and we have never had a problem come up. By the way, ours is one of those 2000 models that are supposed to blow up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reckon if you look after your truck and pay to have it properly serviced you at least reduce the chance of any problem.


Jan & Bill
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Follow Up By: Lea - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 14:42

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 14:42
How many k's has your 3..0 L done?

Ours blew up last week @ 146,000 regularly service and all. I have heard of a few blowing up @ 70,000 & 80,000. They did a recall on them and put on a larger sump.

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Reply By: Nomad - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 20:58

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 20:58

Ours has only done about 76K. I've heard and read a lot of the stories so I guess I'm hoping I'll be okay. At least I have an extended warranty which covers me to 150,000K.

Here's hoping.

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