Patrol interior

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 12:05
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Hi all,
I have just been down at an ex-government yard with a mate who is looking at buying an ST patrol.

We found that the ST interior looks pretty worn out and we were looking at 2001-03 models with 80 000kms or less (depending on year). I know they are ex-gov but other brands interiors seem to have lasted better (different usage?)

Now do the ST owners on here think that their interior is fine looking for its age or is it wearing quickly?

The DX trim seems to be better wearing (as you would expect). However the plastics used in both models looked cheap to me.

Any comments appreciated.

Utemad
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 12:40

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 12:40
This is not a DIG at Nissans, it's a general observation. Our GU series III at work is fairly comfey, but I wouldn't rave about it. The seats are average, The plastic is just so very plastic, harsh cheap looking stuff. It's not what I would expect from a $50,000 car. Also it's only done 30k all on the tar (it's never gone off the road) and it's vibrating at idle from inside the steering columb, I've banged around their while driving it a few times and it doesn't go away. It's nothing major but if it were my $$$ spent on buying it, it would really give me the whoopsies! We load it up with gear fairly frequently in the back and it's looking a little used but it's not falling apart by any stretch of the imagination.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 12:49

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 12:49
Hi Utemad,

My GU ST is only 20,000kms old but already the "paint" on the centre console lid is flaking. I have heard via this forum that others have had the same problem but it is a warrantable claim. Apparently is caused by the plastic being painted when they changed to the beige interior. Other areas like dash, glovebox etc are unaffected on my vehicle. I have two young kids so these trim items get quite a workout from feet climbing across and also on the glovebox etc...

But apart from that I have no other issues, perhaps the black fenders flares scratch easily but thats as much where I go. Oh, the mudflaps often "pop" out of the retaining screw when reversing off-road. But that is a simply 2 second fix with a philips head and at least they do not break off. Always mean to replace the standard screws with the next gauge size up, but keep on forgetting by the time I get back home!

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Follow Up By: Utemad - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:39

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:39
Captain,

I did notice some had flaking centre consoles. I hated the beige interior though. Looked soooooooooo 80's Magna!

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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:53

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:53
With the GU, you can choose any interior colour you want, as long as its beige ;-)

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:01

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 18:01
Captain, I have a 2000 GU and have not noticed anything like that although when up near Broken Hill I had a extension speaker off the UHF sitting on the console where the ash tray is and it rubbed thru the grey paint and left a black mark there. Other than that its held up well.
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 20:09

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 20:09
my console lid is flaking too.

will have to do something about that.

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Reply By: Well 55 - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:13

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:13
My DX GU has the factory supplied vibration from the dash, and I'm dashed if I can find it. I first thought it was the fan as the sound comes from that area now it seems to come from anywhere under the dash.

As for tha cheep looking plastic, I guess I got what I paid for, but $15,000 better off than a Toyota which was my first choice. And it does what I want it to do, get me into the bush.
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Reply By: crowie - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:40

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 13:40
Utemad

I have a 2000 GU ST with 78000 km and the interior is not a problem. Have had seat covers on and recommend the canvas ones. Guess it just depends on how they are looked after. Most govt employees wouldn't give a dam. I know, I've been one, an employee that is but not a destructive one.
Rear luggage area side trays seem to get scratched easely but thats normal. Dash any everything else is fine with no signs of wear (dash mat) and mine lives outside. Mine also has the TI crappy plastic woodgrain and thats the hardest thing to look after though it does set the interior off against the drab grey,

Had one rattle beehind the dash somewhere but it's either gone or I have become accustomed to it.

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Reply By: Utemad - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:36

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 15:36
Thanks all for your replies.

I guess he will just have to look harder for one that has been looked after better.

Utemad
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Follow Up By: Rowler - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 21:26

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 21:26
Hi Utemad,

I bought a GU 2002 all coil st ute from the govt auctions & it was spotless. 50,000 k on the clock. $33,000
Oh..... the console top is scratching too!

Keep looking

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