zd30 owners unite

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 09:12
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Gidday to all.
Over the last 12 months the anti nissan brigade has been very vocal,
I would like to hear from satisfied zd30 owners,lets post the positves not the negatives.For example, no. of km,driveing conditions,towing,weight ,year model etc.I am towing a1450kg pop top.My vehicle is a tray back,loweline conopy fitted alluminium boxes and all the gear blokes must have,it weighs 2250kg,have done 50.000 km. in 12 months very happy with it.ditronic fitted.
There i've said it,lets hear from the rest of youse'
regards toohey
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Reply By: rig pig - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 10:29

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 10:29
Don't everybody rush in at once, you'll melt down the server
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Follow Up By: Member - toohey - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 14:40

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 14:40
Thanks rigpig
that reply should get em' all interested.
regards toohey.
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Reply By: Member - Michael- Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 10:46

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 10:46
I happy with my 2000 3L GU TD Patrol it's got 175000+km and apart from a couple of problems - faulty AR Sensor on injector pump and a troublesome AFM on the air intake. Nissan's service could be improved though, I reckon that a charge $90 p/h for labour is a bit rich. Overall I'm happy with the old girl it's done everything that's been asked of her and can't complain about the fuel consumption.
BTW have a read of post ID 19349 of 14 Jan 05
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 10:57

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 10:57
I hope they ARE good!

Just shelled out over $2000.00 to go with a guy that owns one, to do a Beadell Track Tour.

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Reply By: Billowaggi - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 11:47

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 11:47
Hi all . I thought all the tray backs were 4.2' s , In fact Im shure they are !
Regards Ken.
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 11:56

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 11:56
Re read his post. His is a Navara trayback. 3.0L
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Follow Up By: Billowaggi - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:14

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:14
oops sorry. Ken.
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:02

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:02
Mines an 03 model Patrol. I've had it for 6 weeks and done about 7000kms in it. I'm happy so far, I'll let you know in another 100 000kms if I'm still happy. Performance and fuel economy are good, great on and off road.
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:32

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:32
Im very happy with the 3.0 nissan units,

as they keep my toyota resale very high on change over 8-)
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 16:47

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 16:47
I am very happy with mine, its had a few little niggles but overall excellent. That said I am still under warranty and cautious, only done 55000km in 4 years
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Reply By: porker - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 20:33

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 20:33
I have had a 2002 ZD30 Navara from new.
It carries trade tools,tows a boat and camper trailer.
NO problems at all.
Very happy with it.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (Bris) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 20:43

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 20:43
102,000km in 26months.

Carries the tools all week.

Acrries way too much stuff when we go away.

Just spent 6 weeks away on trip to Tassie. 9,500km of hills and winding roads, loaded with way too many 'just in case we need its'.

Some small problems early - dud radio, dud EGR valve, leaky seal in tranny.

Couldn't be happier.
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 21:10

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 21:10
07/02 going strong. Spent most of the time on the road over the holidays, there are A LOT of 3.0Di's out there...solo, racks on, in front of vans, boats and trailers.
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Reply By: Chaz - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 22:40

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 22:40
Hi All,

I have a 10/02 ST Auto with 44,000k's and apart from a few rattles (rear doors), I've had no problems.

A pleasure to drive.

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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 01:01

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 01:01
Hi All,

I have a 2003 3.0TD GU with Dtronic and have done over 30,000kms now, regularly towing my 1.6T offroad van. When loaded up for touring, its must be very close to 5 tonnes all up and I couldn't be happier with it. Runs absolute rings around my old 1HZ 80 series (but that too was a fantastic vehicle, just a bit slow onroad but unreal offroad)

Of all the knockers of the 3.0TD, the common thread amongst them is not ONE of them has ever owned one. I don't know what makes others so insecure about it, but the sheer volume of hatred is unbelieveable. Its about the only vehicle I can recall where even other owners (non-3.0TD GU) bag it. Sure, it had some early issues (just like the early 80 series turbo), but in series III guise has performed very well. One only has to look at the sheer number of them on the roads to see how many are out there and just how popular they are. Check out the redbook value and see how well they hold their resale value (makes one of the arguments by the knockers not hold any water).

We are all lucky there is such a big choice off different vehicles on the market. No vehicle is perfect and everyone has different requirements and budgets for a vehicle. Every different vehicle has advantages and disadvantages and one needs to make sure the vehicle they choice has the most advantages and the least disadvantages.

To buy a particular vehicle because "its the most popular/highest seller" simply means you have the most common requirements as everyone else. It doesn't mean its any better!

If I could, I would get a vehicle with a Nissan drivetrain and a Toyota engine/body. But I cannot so I had to settle for what suited me best and in 2003 it was the GU 3.0TD. Who knows what it will be in 2006 when I replace it, but at this stage I haven't seen anything I would prefer.

I used to get quite heated up about all the negative posts on the 3.0TD, but after a while I started to feel sorry for all those that have such a passionate hate for the vehicle without ever having owned one. Imagine having that much hate/anger inside you for a vehicle you don't even own...just gotta feel sory for them don't you!


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Follow Up By: Outbacktourer - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 18:28

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 18:28

Top post as usual you make some valid points, all of which I agree with.

I'm not sure why the 3.0Di cops flack either. I've been accused of being defensive about my purchase of the 3.0Di, but it does not really worry me (irks maybe) because, like you, I CAN justify it.

Interesting anecdote from the hol's. We were travelling in SWMBO's car, a Toyota Kluger (best for her requirements) and ran into another family with one...usual conversation..how do you find it etc etc. Both very happy with the vehicles. I was asked if I had looked at the Territory and replied that I had, but not driven it (she was looking for something more "compact" in the width dept), but said I had heard good things. I then got a tirade about how bad the Territory was, no where near as good to drive etc etc. The parting shot though was that one should not buy a Territory over a Kluger because one would not buy an Explorer over a Lancruiser!. Kind of Kluger = son of Prado. Interesting insight into some people's decision cycle.

Your observation on "Nissan drivetrain and a Toyota engine/body" is a little controversial, but does highlight the fact we all have preferences and most often cannot find the vehicle that conforms. Right now I would have a Patrol built by Toyota with the Cruiser 4.2 Turbo and 5 Speed Auto for a Patrol 4.2 price, but you can't get that, last I heard, so the 3.0Di it is.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 19:18

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 19:18
Hi Outbacktourer,

Thanks... and as for your choice of theoretical vehicle, its EXACTLY what I am after. Hadn't thought about the 5 speed auto, but would be icing on the cake. And I am sure we are not the only 2 here who would like one of these Nisota's!!!


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