3.0litr series 11 Nissan Patrol's

Submitted: Friday, May 28, 2004 at 14:46
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Reading past posts regarding the problems associated with the series 2 motors, I'm wondering how bad they really are and NO Roachie I'm not even thinking about it.
How many of you have them and perhaps you could reply by saying the year of manufacture, the K's done and Yes or No on Engine Replacement.
Is the issue being blown out of proportion?
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Reply By: Member - Roachie- Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:06

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:06
Des,
It's okay, you can come out of the closet and into the fold. We Nissan owners will welcome you and make you realise that you had previously been brain washed by Pesty and his mates. Once you get a Nissan, we can work together to make old Pesty realise the error of his ways too.
Seriously though, I applaud you for making this post, as I reckon you might be onto something. We mainly only hear from those who have had strife. Doesn't change the fact that there have been more failures (ie: of the series II donks) than anybody would call acceptable.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:31

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:31
Roachie, I know this post won't really answer my question but I was wondering what percentage of motors die. If I get 10 responses saying yes and 10saying no it won't mean 50% are going to give problems.
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Reply By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:12

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:12
What are you talking about Al?

According to the Herald Sun's Carsguide today "Early GU Patrols with the 3.0 litre turbo diesel experienced some lubrication problems, and Nissan advised dealers the problem could be fixed by increasing the oil level in the sump. There have been no further reports of problems, but contact your Nissan dealer for more information,"

So there mustn't be any problems!!!!!

Unless the advertising dollar actually pays for free positive editorial comment nowadays. Surely that can't be so.

I'll never, ever, ever ever even think about purchasing another Nissan.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:33

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:33
Why Wombie, did you have a bad run with a nissan?
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:41

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:41
We'll discuss it one day over a beer.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:44

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:44
. . . . but the Carsguide response to an honest victim (to be) is typical of the Nissan modus operandi . . . . and the reason that they no longer build cars in Australia.
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Follow Up By: thomo - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 18:10

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 18:10
I was hoping someone else read that today.And he's there vehicle expert.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 18:15

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 18:15
Yup! Money talks all languages Thomo. I wonder how he sleeps at night? He definately wouldn't be able to lie straight in bed!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Alex - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:12

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:12
nov 2000, 106 000kms. Only problem 2blown fuses. going better every day
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:28

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:28
Thanx Alex, That's the type of responses I'm looking for.
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Follow Up By: Lea - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004 at 13:39

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004 at 13:39
mine June, 2000 146,000klms is currently @ Nissan getting new engine. I have heard them going anywere from 70,000 - 200,000.

Lea
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:41

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:41
Was talking to one of my good customers today, he has a 2001 3.0TD Manual (series II) with 60,000k's on it, EGR valve has been replaced twice under warranty, all else fine. (although he has taken out the extended warranty) :-))
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:49

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:49
June 2000, 74000 k's, new motor & I know of 3 others going boom on the same weekend as ours. So thats 4 out of 5 going south.
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Reply By: cwebb - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:49

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:49
I don't know what the problem is!
My 3 litre Nissan engine is going well, with 338000km on it, original engine.
Okay, so it is a petrol RB30e and not the 3 Litre Turbo Diesel being described above!
This note is simply to say that not all 3 Litre motors are bad!!
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:57

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:57
cheaky bugger!

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Mrs Diamond - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 19:45

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 19:45
long live the rb30
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Reply By: Billy - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:58

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 15:58
Recent poll on Patrol 4WD group had 8 out of 80 respondents report engine failures with the 3.0Di. The statistical accuracy carries no warranty and could be FUBAR because many 3.0Di owners fled to another group because of consistant senseless bashing from some technophobic owners of older models.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:26

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:26
It anly seems to be the 2000 model thats having the trouble, just bad luck thats what ours is.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:30

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:30
Bob,
I reckon you should look at it as good luck because you now have a series 3 truck! I would be more concerned driving around the same truck in a few years time with the old engine.

Leroy
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Reply By: srowlandson - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:27

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:27
I had a July 00 build ZD30

did 99,600 when i owned it.

only issues were:
2 x Siezed A/c compressors
2 x Sieze Idle pulley
1 x shot bearings in the Water pump
1 x shot bearings in the alternator
Cracked Heater pipe
Cracked flywheel
Cracked (4-5 x 1" cracks per rim) to 3 rims
Rear lights fell out
Splash guard under engine cracked and tore (i replaced with a sheet of rubber)

I gave my car a hiding the whole time I drove it, both on and off the road.

engine was still fine, when I sold it. It had the oil capacity increase done in Nov 2000, with 20,000 on the clock.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:35

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:35
They were the ONLY things that went wrong with it?
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Follow Up By: srowlandson - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:42

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:42
yeap,

I only had it for just over 2 years, It had the clutch replaced @ 55,000km's that was $1500 and a week off the road, can't really put that down to the car error.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:48

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:48
They sure do build those Nissans tough!
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:52

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:52
They sure do build those Nissans tough!
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Reply By: suney - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:44

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:44
I bought my GU 3.0TD in Dec 2002 and have just done 60,000kms and so far the engine hasnt missed a beat. I have a 1.5 tonne ski boat I tow most weekends over summer and have done a reasonable amount of off road with it. I spent alot of time deciding between which 4by to buy at the time and 18 months later I have no regrets at all.

Excuse my ignorance but just wondering if anyone can say how you tell the difference between the different versions of the GU Patrol.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:11

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:11
Hi Suney,

Easiest way to tell is look at the tail lights. Series 2 are all red on drivers side and a small clear section (for reverse) on passengers side. Series 3 are 1/3 red and 2/3 clear on both sides. There are other ways but this is the simplest way to tell.

Cheers

Captain

PS. Have 16,500 kms on my series 3.
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Follow Up By: suney - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 14:48

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 14:48
Thanx for the info Captain. I had noticed there were two distinct versions in the GU like you said but figured that there was only a series 1 and 2.

One problem I have had with my truck is sometimes when shifting from 4wd high to low the transfer gets caught in neutral and will grind when I try and put it into either high or low range. I took it back to the dealer and they said it was because I was moving the transfer lever too slow which sounded a bit odd to me. My patrols an auto and just wondering if anyone else had had this sort of problem.
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Reply By: bob - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:49

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:49
Des

Purchased Jan 2001, just ticked over 90000km. Problems so far:
1. Cd player stopped (20000 km) dealer removed cd player and recovered 20 c piece deposited by daughter No 2
2. Airflow meter failed (80000 km) replace under warrenty.
This vehicle goes like a rocket (well a 2.3T diesel rocket) but I must admit it is not "thrashed" and is regularly serviced.

Regards

Bob A
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Reply By: hoffy - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:58

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 16:58
Mine is a June 2001 build in the auto guise.
Done 66000ks with no probs apart from a faulty relay on the A/C and a tank of crook fuel that took a while to clear the system. Done a lot of long distance work so it get plenty of chances to get the pistons hot.
A very good vehicle IMO.
Cheers
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Reply By: Gerk - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:43

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:43
My GU is a may 2002 build no problems at all. Always had TTTTToy no can't say it any more. Didn't look at the TTTTTTToy this time around cos I couldn't justify paying 20k to have a T on the vehicle and a T on the motor. cheers Paul.
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Reply By: Old Johno - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:43

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:43
June 2000 - Did 58,000 km - New motor - going fine now

Am member of patrol club & know of at least 4 definite, all replaced under warrenty
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Reply By: Old Johno - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:43

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 17:43
June 2000 - Did 58,000 km - New motor - going fine now

Am member of patrol club & know of at least 4 definite, all replaced under warrenty
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Reply By: Brian - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 21:22

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 21:22
The Moral of the story??
NEVER buy the first of the model buy the last!!!!!

Does not matter what make or model the rule still applies!!!

Brian
2001 GU 4.2 TD ST
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Reply By: Get1 - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 22:44

Friday, May 28, 2004 at 22:44
I have one of the last series 2's being a Aug 2001 build, the next ones off the boat were series 3. So far I have had 72,000 trouble free kms with trips to Broome & Exmouth towing a 1500kg van. Half of that pushing 285/16 tyres.

I am hoping at this stage that Nissan made a change on the run and I have the series 3 mods on my engine, but time will only tell given most seem to have the problems in the 70K onward stage of life.
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Reply By: fourstall2000 - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 09:43

Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 09:43
The sump upgrade DID not fix the problem with the 3.0 litre.
The Sun herald would not publish further letters,after their first response,which promised a future report on the issue ( this did not eventuate).
It is clear the public relations dept of Nissan is doing a very fine job of covering up.
To continue selling second hand early models through their dealerships to unsuspecting buyers,is immoral in my opinion.
How they have avoided the ombudsmans investigation I do not know.

Regards
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