Holden Jackaroo TD advice please

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 11:23
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G'Day all,

Young fella is looking at a cheap 4x4, Has found a 1999 Holden Jackaroo Turbo diesel. It has 280000 kms on the clock and its auto. Realise its a cheapie, but are there any major issues with these cars?

I've done some on line research, even found some old posts here and have seen reports about injector seals failing and filling the sump up with fuel. This one apparently has had the seals recently done. along with the service.

Also timing belts? Every 100000kms.? Any other things to look out for. Wishful thinking, but thought maybe by now any major problems may have reared their ugly head and been sorted and now just looking at wear and tear?????

Thanks in advance, again, appreciate its an old fourby, but appears in good nick, has got a bit of fruit on it, wont be attempting crossing the Simpson in it but just light to moderate 4x4ing so he can get to campsites etc where it a 2WD wont cut it.

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Reply By: Darian - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 14:48

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 14:48
Had that year myself for quite some years. The Jacks are a sturdy beast, and while my diesel was great up until traded, that was about when the injector drama emerged for many owners. As I recall, that motor was a bit ‘radical’ for the time in the private motoring sector, in that injection is powered via oil pressure...and also as I recall, if rebuilding a motor, the block/head surfaces can’t be shaved. If they had receipts for the injector work it could be a worthwhile I guess, but a lot less km’s would be important for me. If it was me, I’d look for the petrol version with fewer k’s.
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Follow Up By: old mate - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:04

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:04
Thanks for the reply. Have read a lot of similar reviews. 50/50 good/bad reviews on the TD. A lot give the petrol a thumbs up. Cheers.
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Reply By: Peter T37 - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:04

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:04
The older 3.1 diesel jackaroo was a solid dependable motor. Your research should have revealed the 3.0 litre diesel Jackaroo to have a problematic history with the motor and the Huei fuel injection sytem along with the expensive and difficult trouble shooting issues so I guess its a case of whether you are comfortable with this. The v6 petrol version uses a lot of fuel but I favour that myself as its long lived, reliable and much cheaper to repair.
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Follow Up By: old mate - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:39

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:39
Thanks. the 3.0 litre engine seems to be the one copping the bad press. Thanks for the reply.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:57

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 16:57
Yep the "new" diesel was problematic from the start. Some owners had few problems, others had major ones as your research has shown old mate.

By contrast the Jack 3.5l V6 is a great donk, manual gets about 9-10km/l, although that will drop to ~8 if in a congested city like Sydney/Melb. Drivetrain is reliable, vehicle is easy to service yourself. He may be lucky with that particular diesel but needs to know the risks. The vehicle history will be particularly important.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 at 12:36

Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 at 12:36
With those kms on it you could Assume any injection issues are sorted. Ask the owner what oil he runs and stick to it religiously. Viscosity is everything with hydraulic injection.
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Reply By: nickb - Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 at 23:58

Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 at 23:58
From memory the 3.0L used oil pressure to control the fuel injection or similar (above replys may have more accurate detail), they needed to have the absolute 100% correct engine specific oil otherwise major issues would appear.
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Reply By: Keith B6 - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021 at 18:23

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021 at 18:23
I owned a 1999 TD3.0 from new and passed it on to my son in 2016. Despite all the bad reviews that this motor had I found it to be a great vehicle, it had plenty of grunt, economical and a very capable 4WD.
If the one your son is looking at runs OK, and the price is right I would not hesitate in recommending it.
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