Patrol GU 3.0 ltr diesel Clutch replacement

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:17
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I have just had the BAD experience of being told that my 2004 Patrol clutch needs replacing at 49,300 kms. I have had 2 other 4x4 - an 80 series Landcruise and a 2.8 Turbo diesel Patrol. Both of these vehicle each travel well over 140,000 klm, both were manual, and I was sold the 3.0 ltr turbo diesel as a "Towing Vehicle".

I've towed a boat no more than 15 times in the past 24 months due to the limited water sites available around Melbourne and the Patrol has never been off road. My friends at Nissan Australia have indicated that it's my driving style that has caused this problem. This is 8th manual vehicle - my driving style hasn't changed.

Consumer Affairs are very interested in my problem and are offering assistance. Has anyone been successful with getting this type of problem fixed by Nissan, or have Nissan hand balled you as they are me ?

Many thanks,
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:19

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 19:19
From other posts on this site, keep at them! They should come around if you are firm but not too rude.
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Reply By: CraigQ - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:16
Toyota replaced my clutch under warranty on my 100 series when it was 95000km old. Everything covered by warranty at no cost to me.
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Reply By: Geoff - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:16

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:16

The clutch in my 2000 4.2td GU started to slip at 56000k. I was very surprised, and more than a little dissapointed, as the car had been babied.

Nissan originally gave me exactly the same story and treatment that you are getting, but I persisted (with a firm but pleasant approach), and eventually they relented and paid for the parts and labour to fit a new Daikin heavy duty clutch (my request).

They really didn't have a leg to stand on, because when the original clutch was removed there was no sign of wear or abuse.

"If it's not worn, .......and it hasn't been abused,'s not my problem!"

I suppose it all depends on what your clutch (and the rest of your car) looks like when they pull it out.

Good luck


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Reply By: srowlandson - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:29

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 21:29
my ZD30 PAtrol Clutch went @ 55,000

at the end of the day nissan only cover clutches under 10,000km old.

you can't prove you don't slip the clutch when taking off (a very easy habit to get into to take off quickly by spooling up the turbo and dumping it to avoid the lag)

I also had to machine the flywheel.

Heavdy duty clutch and fly wheel machine was $1500 fitted.

I ran 35 and 36" tyres on my gu and towed a few big heavy trailers also.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:34

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 23:34
And you were told you should be happy to get that many klms out of it!!

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 00:03

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 00:03
Mates 4.2td did the clutch a few weeks back at 40,000km and the service manage at nissan (FTGully Melb) also had the same story about not covering them over 10,000k's. At his expense he fitted a Daiken heavy duty clutch. The service manager was bagging the Nissan clutches and said they were crap and wouldn't recomend one......

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Reply By: joshinthecity - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:11

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 17:11
Anyone got a story of one lasting for a long time ?

Josh * 47,000 klm and worried *
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 20:13

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 20:13
Well, just goes to show, you only get what you pay for.............
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Reply By: brian - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 20:58

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 20:58
My 2000 gu 3.0t was changed at approx 30000k argued with nissan no joy however had spring pressure independently measured found clamping pressure to be around 50% of nissan specifications,didnt persue it through legals but am convinced clamping pressure too low so slipping clutch .

Last week had clutch changed on my 2002 model 3.0t at 95000k as a precaution because the dealer removed the gearbox for warrenty issue hence clutch replaced no labour cost only parts,dealer advised clutch 75% worn out at 95000k.

In last 25 yrs driving have never replaced clutch in under 250000k in anything.
just my expierences.

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Reply By: SupaMav - Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 22:17

Thursday, Jun 24, 2004 at 22:17
On my third clutch in my Forester GT, all replaced under warranty. 2002 model with only 50,000ks on the clock. Never had a problem with either my MK or GQ.
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