How many Kms can you expect out of a Nissan Patrol 3.0Ltr

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I have a 2004 3.0 ltr Nissan Patrol that has done 205,000 kms and is going along beautifully, However given their reputation I am curious to know how many kms you might expect out of one of these?

Are they good for 3 - 4 hundred Km or better?

Am weighing up whether its time to get into something newer but the existing Patrol is well set up for cruising and I don't really want something that is as high tech with the electronics as the newer vehicles.... but don't want to be let down in the bush either..

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Reply By: Kazza055 - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 18:40

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 18:40
I had a 2004 and only got rid of it as it was only rated to tow 2500kg - mine was an auto.

The "hand grenade" problem was fixed in 2001/2002 so there should be no reason for it not reaching those mileages or even more as long as it is looked after.

Problem is if it does go bang you are probably going to be up for $10,000+ so would it be better to bite the bullet and spend that on an updated car?

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Follow Up By: TomH - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 21:02

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 21:02
Most definitely WASNT fixed by 2002 There has been lots later than that go bang and my immediate neighbour's went bang and his was the updated body model Not sure what year but was later than my 2004 I had for a while.
Wasnt properly fixed until the Common rail motor came on line.
Was supposedly poor oil galleries and one cylinder would oveheat and melt the piston.
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 19:20

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 19:20
Was that you being towed down from kalumbaru a day or so
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Follow Up By: Phil H5 - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 19:29

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 19:29
Not me Pete - She has never let me down yet!
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 21:38

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 21:38
Our 01/2002 3 ltr Patrol auto is over 200,000 kilometres now, and hasn't need any mechanical work other than regular services. They are not worth much on the second hand market, so if it is reliable and you have set it up to suit you, keep it.

It will be interesting to see if you find any with really high kilometres on them. You could also ask on a Patrol forum. I joined one but can't remember which one or my user name.


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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 22:51

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 22:51
I had the 2000 model, apparently the worst of them. Sold it at 194000 still running well but afraid it would explode!! It was still running around town about 6 years later.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 08:37

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 08:37
Seems to be a bit of a gamble with many of them, well maintained, driven sensibly(so the owner said!!!) and they still self destruct.

They are an excellent platform for an engine upgrade, LS3 for the petrol heads, or Landcruiser TD engines and Chev V8's. If already fitted out with all the "fruit" for touring/camping, then it becomes a cheap investment that will last for well over 500K kms.


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Reply By: Pete G - Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 14:33

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 14:33
My 2000 3.0L now owned by my son since 500k's has 590k's on it. Blew original motor at 140k's and it was replaced in August 2003. This was a new Nissan short motor (gratis Nissan) with the upgraded oil galleries and computer. The pump and injectors were just swapped over and have not been touched to date. I always used the Nissan oil and changed this every 10k's ( and be careful out there "coz oils ant always oils"). I did not fit any NADS although son has now fitted a catch can.

In terms of major items the Turbo (@100k's)and Gearbox (5th gear) (@70k's) were repaired under warranty. With the benefit of hindsight perhaps the issues I noted (and worked with Nissan on) with the turbo were a fore-runner of the big bang.

The belt idler is a high maintenance item and needs attention every 100k's. Beware cheap aftermarket replacements (ie of unknown heritage) on Ebay. The bearing in the pulley is replaceable (if you know what to look for) and Dayco actually do this pulley as a replacement pulley/bearing assy. The bushes in the tensioner assembly (little shockie) flog out periodically. This assembly can be purchased as a separate item.

Overall in my experience I would suggest that you could be looking at a Turbo at about 350k's and a Water pump at about 400k's (fan clutch not separately replaceable). The MAF should be cleaned periodically (a catch can helps out) and whilst mine went to 500k's plus, perhaps a spare is not a bad idea.

Things like clutches and brakes are probably subject to the manner of use. In my case the damper in the flywheel/clutch went about 375k's (lining was still ok). Brake pads were replaced rear at 465k and front pads at 560km. The original suspension got to about 520k's.

Whilst the early 3.0L Nissan did have some issues it should be noted that a lot of the other marques have also had there own issues.

All said and done, I guess that you have to weigh up your confidence in the vehicle and the capital replacement and build up cost versus some maintenance.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 16:07

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 16:07
Just to clarify, Pete, for my own interest? Do I read correctly that you got 560K & 465K respectively, Fr & Rear, from the original brake pads?

Certainly got a good run out of the Nissan. Better than some Landcruisers.........:-)


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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 17:09

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 17:09
I reckon Pete G has been running his rig like a hotshot express - thousands of kms a week at high speed and only stopping once a day!

I don't know how else you could get 560K and 465K out of original brake pads. Either that, or Pete is like a lot of people, and forgets about every second repair done to his vehicle.

I've owned a lot of vehicles, including a number of Landcruisers and other 4WD's and I've never achieved anything like those figures for brake pads.
About 70,000 kms for brake pads on city work, and about 120,000 on country operation would be more like it, for any other make.
I had a HZJ80 (turbo auto diesel) that I did 170,000 kms with in 3 yrs, and the brake pads were shot at 120,000 kms.

I will admit there are brake pads and brake pads - and Nissan seem to be better than others on brake pad life.
A mate has a 2011 Patrol traytop that he uses on country/farm work, and he's done 200,000 kms, and he told me recently, he hasn't changed any brake pads pads yet. I reckon he can't be far off needing them.

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Follow Up By: Pete G - Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 22:07

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 at 22:07
There was no memory loss - those figures are genuine. I actually bought the replacement pads when I had done about 200k's thinking that was good. However I watched and waited until I did the rears at 465k's with 2mm (at limit) remaining. At that time the fronts still measured at 6mm ie still had 4mm of wear left. The rear pads new were 10mm and the fronts 12mm with a limit of 2mm hence 8mm wear available in rears and 10mm in fronts. The vehicle went to my son with 505k's on clock and did a lot of about town school runs thereafter.

True that whilst in my ownership the vehicle did do longer runs although 25% of the kms were in City conditions and probably an average of 25km's between country towns on the average weekly commute ( 2 x 400km) from NW NSW to Sydney return. I habitually made good trip times and was not pussy footing around whilst staying in the good books with the law at the same time.

When I started driving non power assisted drum brakes were the norm and perhaps the need to keep them cool in case you needed them in a hurry taught me well.

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