1995/96 Nissan swb GQ, auto or 5 speed?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 20:03
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OK so ive gone off the idea of a Landcruiser. I'm looking to sell both the 2.8 turbo Surf and the 70 series turbo cruiser and replace with a swb 1995/96 Nissan patrol 4.2 turbo oiler. Only question is what is your experience with the auto or 5 speed? Which is better engineered for long lifespan as the truck will be used for offroad and for towing.
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Reply By: Nomad 192 (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 20:22

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 20:22
I have a 92 GQ ST Diesel with an aftermarket safari turbo, manual 5 speed, I personally like the manual, I get relatively good economy, I do the family weekends away, a bit of rock hopping and also some beach work.
I like the feel of a manual when 4W Driving going up as well as down hills, my mate has a 96 GQ petrol with an auto box, he does more touring than rock hopping, his fuel economy is not the best and he's had some problems with the electronics in the gearbox, he also wanted to fit an aftermarket supercharger but couldn't because of certain issues around the electrics in the gearbox, the garage said they would do the conversion but wouldn't offer a warranty. Freewheeling hubs have also been troublesome for him he's now converted to manual hubs. Hope this info helps, email me for more if you would like.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 20:46

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 20:46
I have a GQ TD42 with aftermarket turbo, and soon custom intercooler and AUTO gearbox also several mods to the car...

Im happy with auto, the only place a manual has it over auto is downhill, autos have no engine braking, although Ive been told Rockhoppers help.. Uphill, downhill, crusing around etc the auto rules.

TB has the twin of mine even same color in a manual, he gets bleep ty sometimes on greasy hills going up, my thing changes gear for me, sometimes when I dont want it to, but then again I usually get up where he truggles.

Uphill towing or not, the car changes for you, no hitting the clutch to change down, and stopping. City driving the Auto rocks...

I was always a manual man until I had my bike crash, and forced to drive an auto, and now wouldnt go back I dont think.

Drive them both, and see what you like.
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Reply By: diamond - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 18:44

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 18:44
i have also heard of unbelievable prices if auto stops going
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 18:58

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 18:58
$4000..... thats completely redone, new shafts, bearings, gears, the lot. But cheap when you expect it to last another 12+yrs, and 300,000klms...

Can be patched up for $2500. Depending on parts of course..
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Follow Up By: diamond - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:05

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:05
still not cheap and ive never seen anything thats been rebuilt get the same amount of ks as genuine.go the mexican(manual)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:30

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:30

Same goes for manuals, mate is replacing his clutch 180,000klms.. Not bad at $260 Cost price Genuine Nissan.. his otehr quotes were $400+ for aftermarket, and the Dakin Safari super unit $600+!

Manual gear boxes arent cheap to rebuild either..

Think thats bad, mate with GU, that tows a trailer 3 times a yr, his clutch lasted 50,000klms and nissan told him "He should be happy it lasted that long"....

Manuals are the go? LOL..
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Reply By: jaycee - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:29

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:29
Yeah i know Nissans are expensive to fix but to be honest i havent heard of many needing to be fixed. Personally i do prefer a manual to a "slushy" but there arent many manuals around over here. I have seen a few with diff lock. If available i assume it would be worth picking up. By the wat truckster ive downloaded your file from back in October on doing a body lift. I think i'll do that one, cheaper than $2000 suspension lift.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:33

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2003 at 19:33
The body lift is good. Saves panels, but is no replacement for a suspension lift. No more articulation, no better ride, and no more chassis rail clearance, so your only really clearing the body panels. You will still get hung up on the chasis rails and other low down things with only a body lift.

$2000 suspension lift, you would be going for 4inch or more? So you talking of a 4inch body lift??? Please say no! You can go a TJM 3inch lift, for around $800...
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Reply By: jaycee - Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 17:19

Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 17:19
Truckster: I'm thinking of a body lift as per your info last year (around 35mm) this should also give enough claerance for me to fit the 33s off my cruiser onto the patrol. The 33s should give me enough clearance. I have just helped my brother fit a 3 inch suspension lift onto his swb GQ and even dropping the transfer case 25mm we still are having minor problems with the noise from the driveshaft. Any ideas?
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Follow Up By: jaycee - Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 17:23

Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 17:23
I should have mentioned that the suspension lift kit for my brothers truck cost $800 NZ and that was second hand. $2000 for 4 coils and 4 shocks is where its sitting over here, ARB price.
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