2006 nissan patrol 3.0

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Hi everyone i have bought a 3 litre turbo diesel nissan patrol. It's the direct injected and its a 2006 model. Its done 120000 kilometres so still very low. I plan to do quite a bit of holiday traveling with my wife and kid. I might be towing a small camper well under a tonne.
I know there was problems with the 3 litres in the earlier models and a lot of people still say they are a bit hit and miss. I am wondering if anyone on here knows of anything i should be doing to risk issues? Some people say the nads kit. But is this even a good idea for 2006? I just want the car to be reliable so i dont have issues away from home.
Any feedback appreciated.
Cheers callum
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Reply By: wooly0005 - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016 at 23:38

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016 at 23:38
The best thing to do for reliability would be to trade it in on a landcruiser before you put any more kilometres on it.
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Reply By: Roachie Silverado - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 06:02

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 06:02

Previous answer probably wasn't very helpful to you.....

I would suggest that you join up to the Patrol4x4 forum...there are a lot of experts on there that can assist you.

I think that most of the issues had been fixed by 2006, but if I had your vehicle there would be 3 things I'd be doing to it right now.

1). Start using an injector cleaner at every fill-up (I use Chemtech in my Duramax)
2). Block the EGR valve to prevent exhaust gases going into the motor
3) Add a oil catch can to prevent oil vapour going into your motor via the intercooler (Provent 200 highly recommended)

Good luck.

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 10:40

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 10:40
As Roachie said, join the Patrol forum. There are a few more things to do to TRY and make them reliable, but not guaranteed .

I know of 2 Patrols going bang even after a lot of mods to prevent it, but you can only try.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 08:37

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 08:37

Roachie is on the mark.

I have a mate with a 07 model that he brought new and he has had no troubles .

A few implode but most last pretty well .


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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 09:16

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 09:16
The other thing I'd add to the list of things to do is Change the oil every 5000 ks. The book recommends every 10000.

I had the very early 3.00litre 2000 model, the one with all the problems. I sold it at 190,000 still running as good as new only because so many of them were blowing up.

I did most of the things that Roachie mentioned above with the exception of the EGR valve. The manifold on mine was cleaned out twice in it's life and on the first occasion had a thick coating of black tarry gunk coating it about 1/3rd blocked. The second time after the catch can was fitted it was pretty clean. I think the catch can is the biggest thing to do to prevent this build up.

A good 4wd and will tow your camper very well.
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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 09:33

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 09:33
It is also essential you used the Nissan recommended oil in it. My neighbour didnt and his blew up bigtime and it was put down directly to the incorrect oil.

Luckily he got it fixed at a reasonable price but was extremely lucky to do so. Was over $10,000 worth of damage..

Some later than 2006 have still had the problems.

I had a 2005 but did what the first reply said LOL
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Reply By: Andrew M6 - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 17:02

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 17:02
Hi Callum,

We have a 2005 DI which we bought new. It has done 155,000 km and is our holiday home. We have done numerous solo trips through deserts and isolated areas, and have just returned from 7 months around Australia towing a small camper, 28,000km of which 14,000km were off road. The Patrol is heavy, has every accessory you could name (other than NADS), and also carries my wife and 3 kids.

We have never had any issues that are related to Nissan, only after market accessories. We have a great mechanic and keep it well serviced.

My advice is service it well with a Patrol specialist mechanic. Read patrol4x4.com, but don't take on the negative stuff as most of it is earlier model related. Don't worry, drive it and have fun. 2006 Patrols shouldn't have any more issues than any other brand 4x4.

Cheers, Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 19:49

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 at 19:49
I don't believe they ever fully cured the curse, but the CRDI ones are a lot better...which is after 2006.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bentaxle - Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 at 18:47

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 at 18:47
Fit a Dawes valve, oil catch can but DON'T block off EGR as it has a tendancy to increase turbo pressure resulting in an expensive bang
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Reply By: cliff p - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 01:04

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 01:04
Your patrol will be fine mate, just service it regular and it will look after you. Most 4x4 s are fine these days if you look after them. Don't take any notice of the land cruiser man , he just sounds like a bored retired person or he's just one of those blokes who gets off on him self. I think childish is the word i should use.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 13:53

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 13:53
His Patrol MAY be fine, but servicing it regular will not stop it failing if it's the big bang problem.
Take Bentaxles advice and TRY and stop it blowing up.
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Reply By: Member - Teago - Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 09:18

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 09:18
They are a great unit . No problems just a little heavy on fuel . If you are going to add another battery get the service at Nisssan to disconnect the smart charge ,I agree also join the Nissan Forum a lot of waffle but many great inputs
Cheers Mike 11
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