MQ Patrol Turbo Diesel

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 14:40
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I'm looking at buying a MQ SWB Patrol, preferably the 3.3L turbo diesel. is there any concerns with this motor? how many kms would be acceptable or how many would be too much, if that makes more sense?

any other tips on the MQ SWB's would be much appreciated.

nathan
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Reply By: biscuits - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 16:30

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 16:30
Things to look for:

- Most MQs have average suspension due to age - check shock condition

- Rust. Any MQ is going to have rust - the thing to avoid is rust on the body mounts (where body bolts to chassis) as you can come into trouble with the law with rusted body mounts (considered unsafe).

- The diesels are very strong. Look not so much at kms but condition of the engine and if it has any service records. Engine should not blow smoke constantly when diriving normally. The engine should pull well (but dont expect it to be a rocketship). A little smoke when flooring it is okay as diesels are sensitive to correct valve clearance, injector condition, etc - and of course its also an old car! Listen for bearing noise which indicates high kms or poor servicing. Overall the mechanicals of the MQ diesels are pretty strong and go the distance if cared for.

As for price, well im currently trying to sell mine (in perth) for $3500. Expect to pay somewhere between $3000-5000 for one second hand depending on condition.

hope this helps,
Dave.
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Follow Up By: NathanK - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 16:46

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 16:46
well, luckily i'm in perth too!

what's your patrol? can you give me some details on it? is it a SWB turbo diesel?

nathan
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Follow Up By: biscuits - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 16:50

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 16:50
Yup its a 1985 SWB 3.3L turbo diesel 5 speed.

If you want to email me at biscuits@hotmail.com i'll give you more info in detail.

Regards,
Dave.
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Follow Up By: NathanK - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 17:01

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 17:01
will do, thanks.

can anyone answer the size difference between the L28 and the SD33T is? my mate has a MQ SWB with the L28 and there's STACKS of room for dual batts, compressor, etc. is the diesel similar, or larger?
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Follow Up By: biscuits - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 18:10

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 18:10
Would say it would be very similar size wise.

Both are big solid cast iron engines, straight 6 configuration, similar capacities, non-crossflow heads.

Dave.
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Follow Up By: charlie - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 23:49

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 23:49
Heaps of room in the diesel engine bay. I had a non turbo. No problems mechanically that you wouldn't get with age but it was really rusting when I got rid of it.
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Reply By: TCM - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 15:06

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 15:06
Nathan - I sold my MK TD for $5K a year ago with 350 000km on it, it never missed a beat. There is stacks of room for dual bats, compressor, shower whatever under the bonnet. Look out for a shake in the steering - they all do it sooner or later and it can get quite expensive to repair $1000+ in steering and suspension components so if you can find one that has had steering stuff replaced you'll be infront.

Cheers,

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