YEE HA!! New Engine for 2000 3L GU

Submitted: Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:19
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You may recall, our engine in our 3L blew up last Thursday. We had it towed to a dealer on Tuesday morn I had a phone call yesterday from the dealer, we are getting a NEW ENGINE, he said we should have it back next Thursday (we will see). Celebrated with a few drinks last night.

GOOD ON NISSAN FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING!

Jos & Leanne
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Reply By: Michael - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:43

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:43
And so you should, repairs to the old engine will delay you further. I suppose Nissan dont want bad publicity and dont need more sales to go to Toyota. And you get a later trouble free engine. What do you mean by 'blew up', ? What actually happened to it? Michael
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Follow Up By: Lea - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:19

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:19
Driving along at 100klm p/hr last Thursday night, slight rattle, pulled over HUGE amounts of black smoke (burnt oil) in rear vision mirror. Dad mechanic said it was hole in piston (common problem with 3L TD as per this site). Ours is out of warranty @ 146,000 klms. Nissan did recall put larger sumps and in some cases only shortened dipsticks, but the only way to fix is to replace engine. If you repair engine it will only do same thing again later on.

Ours has done high k's, and quickly. Most 3.0L are dropping like flys.

But good on Nissan for admitting problem and doing the right thing.

Satisfied Nissan Owner.

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Leanne
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:34

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:34
I agree that it's good that they've done the right thing in the end. However, I still reckon they should have done a total recall on the model and changed the motors over before they blow up. I've read on here that's what they did in Europe, so why not here too???
I'm glad you're getting your's done Leanne...that's great news.
Cheers, and good luck with the new donk when you get it back.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:35

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:35
Lea, its the series 2 that have issues, not all 3.0TD's. You will be getting the series 3 motor, complete with new ECU and it is a great motor. The series 3 has solved the problems that were present in the series 2 motor.

Nissan Europe recalled all series 2 motors in Europe and replaced them. Nissan Australia only changed the dipstick and now the chickens are coming home to roost. May be an expensive option, but how much does bad publicity cost!!! Also, must be a lot of unsatisfied series 2 owners who must wonder about the resale value of their vehicle (until they get the series 3 motor!!!)

But glad to see you got a new motor. Nissan Australia is quietly doing the right thing but am sure the trickle will become a flood as the kms mount on the series 2. Will be interesting in what they do at say 250,000klms. Will they replace or say its fair wear?

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Follow Up By: rolande- Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 22:30

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 22:30
Spent 5 weeks last year driving around Europe, counted the number of GU Patrols on one hand. Probably why they could afford the recall. Drive around locally and spot 30 per day. Swapping that many engines in a 1% market v's swapping few engines in 30% market. Old economies of scale kicking in. Not a valid excuse for many but probably what happened
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:38

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:38
Back next week ?? yeah right !!!

Get a replacement vehicle from them as well as i doubt they can do it that fast..

But GOOD ON THEM for taking the responsible action.

Wouldn't like to be the people taking the rap at nissan for the massive hole in the profits !!!
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Follow Up By: srowlandson - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 15:58

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 15:58
but they have had so much practise, they are pretty good at replacing them
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 16:08

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 16:08
ha, you cheeky bugger... although it does remind me of when i was at holden and all dealerships had to gear up to re-build at least one gen 3 v8 per week...

But it is warranty work , so very little cream for the service dept, hence lowest priority, and people constanty stopping and starting the job, greatly increasing the rate of errors..
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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Anne - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:48

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 11:48
I wonder if you went into a Nissan dealer and said you have a series 2 motor and were planning a trip to the Cape if they would replace the motor before you went? It must be a worry to owners planning such trips.
All the best with your new motor Bruce.
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Follow Up By: sean - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 13:26

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 13:26
It is a worry and relibility is one issue I could not live with. I traded my very well looked after 3 litre at great expense becuase nissan did not do the right thing and fix these bloody motors as they did in other countries.

Sorry - have to disagree - Nissan has not done the right thing.

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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 13:28

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 13:28
Good question Bruce and Anne. I know several people with the series 2 motor and when I alert them to the potential problem, they just want to stick their heads in the sand and say "mine's OK it's not given me a problem" and they're heading up to the cape shortly. Unfortunately they don't visit this site to see how common it can be.
I wonder what percentage of cars it happens to.
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 17:17

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 17:17
howdy all
dont think they come at that we met people in darwin last year car in being repaired after locals had worked on it before they left wasnt costing but a big inconvenience .

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Reply By: floyd - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 15:20

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 15:20
Maybe I should sell the Toyota and buy a Nissan. You get 2 motors for the price of one.

Oh What A Feeling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Snatchem - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 19:24

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 19:24
Many people say the series 3 doesn't have the same problem, but how can you tell until they reach the same amount of klms.

Just a thought

Snatchem
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Reply By: Glenno - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 21:32

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 21:32
Simple question. With the new motor do you have to go down to dept of main roads and proove you have a new motor with a different serial number etc? Otherwise i would imagine come sale time it could be a problem

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