5th Gear in Nissan Patrol

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 15:28
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Can anyone tell me when Nissan became aware of the problem with 5th gear in the GU Patrols?
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Reply By: mick - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 15:44

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 15:44
Gidday peck,

What problem, petrol/diesel, what year

Mick
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Follow Up By: peck - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 16:05

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 16:05
2000 4.2 turbo diesel cab chassis. Done 70000km and 5th gear disintergrates - sounds like a bucket of bolts. Am wondering if Nissan were aware of problem when I bought vehicle new - may be breach of contract in knowingly selling me defective product.
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Follow Up By: johnsy - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 16:58

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 16:58
Dont panic go to the dealer see what he say's and if he wants to muck around ring Niss Au and get them on to it .There's a kit for it and you should get it done under warranty even if your out of it.
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Reply By: Michael - Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 15:59

Thursday, Jun 26, 2003 at 15:59
Hi Peck. check in the achives, someone details the fault start date and production duration,. regards Michael
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Follow Up By: bill - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:55

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 21:55
hi peck.. also have a 2000 4.2td , build date sept 1999 no problems at this stage with gear box.. did you have any warning of pending trouble. do you pull heavy loads while in 5th ?. have tried to find out whether fault is inherant or due to faulty manufactoring but seems to be a number of stories around. let me know how you go with nissan.. you can contact me direct on peyers@tpg.com.au what is the build date of your truck.. regards
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Reply By: crowie - Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 17:53

Sunday, Jun 29, 2003 at 17:53
Peck

The problem is particulalry common with people who use 5th when towing heavy trailers etc.
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Reply By: mark - Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 20:13

Tuesday, Jul 01, 2003 at 20:13
hi peck
in sept 2001 my gu 3 ltr wagon with 25000ks done 5th gear at litchfield nat park
nissan darwin repaired vehicle , they tried to blame me for towing my off road camper to long in 5th gear 1 week off road whilst their the mechanic told me mine was the 7th patrol they had done with same problem , service manager told me that the case hardening had worn off the main shaft caused by 5th gear floating back and forth on the shaft , my next service was at MT isa out of curiosity i asked the mechanic about 5th gear they had done about 15 patrols with same problem
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Friday, Jul 18, 2003 at 08:43

Friday, Jul 18, 2003 at 08:43
Mark,

While it seems to be common(?) in some Patrols, some tojos are almost as bad. Had a 79 series in Isa for repairs to g'box(syncro on one gear only speedo had stopped working and noise loader than a cat loader), and when I rang to inquire if it was ready, mechanic said, "which one? we've got 3 in here with same problems."

Hooroo...

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Reply By: Patsy - Sunday, Jul 06, 2003 at 17:22

Sunday, Jul 06, 2003 at 17:22
You have now got me worried about our 2002 4.2TD ST Cab Chassis. Whilst we do not tow(we have a 350 kg compact slide-on) I am still concerned that this may happen to ours. $50k plus is a lot to pay for a vehicle only to then have something like that happen - with Nissan blaming the operator as well.
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Follow Up By: peck - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003 at 14:32

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003 at 14:32
Patsy, I don't think you need worry with a 2002 model regarding 5th gear. Nissan have fixed problem but beware of many others. I have just finished writing to Nissan regarding totally unsatisfactory motor vehicle. Have had major cracking in chassis around coil spring supports at rear - Nissan reply ... "sorry you have overloaded the vehicle!" Be careful about any aftermarket suspension aids as this gives them an out. If you want copy of my letter complete with photos let me know.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jul 06, 2003 at 20:34

Sunday, Jul 06, 2003 at 20:34
Only use 5th gear above 80 kmh.

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Follow Up By: peck - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003 at 14:35

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003 at 14:35
Bob Y
have seached my instruction manual and nowhere could I find any instructions regarding limitations of 5th gear!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Friday, Jul 18, 2003 at 08:36

Friday, Jul 18, 2003 at 08:36
Peck,

Only my advice to anyone who uses a 5 speed Patrol/Tojo/Pajero/whatever. Do you think Nissan would put any limitations in print, this would be admitting a weakness. And as you've found out, there is a weakness.

5th is an overdrive gear, so shouldn't be used at lower speeds. Found this out in a Datsun sedan many years ago, to my expense.

Its your vehicle, you can drive it as you wish. Hooroo...
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