Import Patrol

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 19:38
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hi all

I have seen a 2x SWB Patrol, but they are imports and i was just wondering what people think about imports?

Thanks
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Reply By: angler - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 20:29

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 20:29
Check insurance before buying. You will find it's quite high for imports.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 20:42

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 20:42
Never trust the klms on the clock.
check insurance as mentioned
they are 24volt
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Follow Up By: Nigel (WA) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:04

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:04
is it easy to change from 24 volt to 12 volt?
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Follow Up By: itisi - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:22

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:22
Nigel
Forget it!!
Some years ago, had an early 80's SWB diesel Patrol (24v) and thought of the same!!
Means changing alternator,regulator, starter, a/c comp and fan, glow plugs and timer (if diesel), etc,etc. Not to mention all the small bits like head/brake/tail/ind globes, volt meter, etc.
Not sure of the dash setup, but the "Old Patrol" had all the dashboard guages setup on 12v apart from the volt meter.

Not saying it can't be done, just dammed expensive!!

Had that car for 11-12 yrs and was a great rig tho.

Cheers
Rod
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Reply By: Batboy - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 12:33

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 12:33
I have a LWB GQ , Its great!

Most importsCheaper than non imports
they have the advantage of being 24v (yes i consider that a plus) no need to change to 12v things last longer on 24v and require less current.
Normally have higher spec level (lecky windows etc)
Klms MAY be suspect make your own assessment some are available with log books
Most will be at least 15 years old

Insurance is not an issue same price as other vehicles but some companies won't insure, mines with NRMA, market value available only.
No issues at all with parts. I have replaced lamps, clutch, swivel hubs, fuel filters, oil filters, air filters, and panhard rod bushes all parts are identicle to local models
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 20:46

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 20:46
I bet you havent replaced a lecky window motor. local nissan dealer wont have one of them in stock.
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Follow Up By: drogger - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 15:29

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 15:29
Have one of what in stock? The window motor? or the nissan dealer?
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Reply By: jc-wagin - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:35

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:35
Nigel,
I also have a LWB GQ import (Safari Gran Road) and have found it excellent. You will be up for a few dollars if you want to use it to tow a van etc to have a step-down transformer fitted, but it is worth it.

I agree that the speedo is probably suspect, but go by the general condition and you can't go wrong compared to the higher Km local units.

Ford Maverick or Nissan parts are the same except for the 24V electrical components, but as pointed out these are less stressed than 13V eg an engel fridge has half the amp draw on 24V.
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