2001 GU II ST patrol

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 10:45
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hi there,
i am looking at upgrading to a 3.0ltr turbo diesel patrol. just want some feedback on what they are like and what there fuel economy is like any anything to watch out for? i will be towing a campervan up to cairns and around for 8 weeks?
cheers sam
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Reply By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:25

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 11:25
Suggest you do a search and have a read. Plenty of info to keep you reading for a few weeks I reckon. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 12:50

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 12:50
This forum is where you'll get the best info.

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Reply By: westozal - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 17:37

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 17:37
Hi Sam,
The early 3 ltrs have a bad record engine wise. After 2003 they seem to be a lot better, basically the newer the better regards reliability.
The upside is that if you want a capable newish economical offroader then the Nissan is really the only large wagon style offering with live axle's etc.
I looked at a Mitsi Triton daul cab, great truck but not really suitable for me as I wanted a wagon.
I have just brought a 10/2004 man 3 ltr after vowing never to buy one. Only thing that really works for me I guess short of the V8 TDLandcruisers. Just couldn't afford one this time.
Regards Alan.
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Reply By: Go Fishing - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:35

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:35
Economy is irrelevant in the discussion.

The more pertinent question is: When will the engine blow and how much does it cost?

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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:45

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:45
Providing it has a thorough service history and the engine hasn't been modified you'll probably be OK. I've got a 2000 model bought 2nd hand with 88k on clock now has 295k on clock and has given little trouble other than electrical probs-faulty injector pump sensor.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 00:11

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 00:11
Sam, prior to October 2001 was the model which had a number of much quotes engine fatalities.

Having towed a Bushtracker caravan with our 2002 auto, you will have no trouble towing a campervan (assuming it is a lot lighter than our caravan). We have upgraded to an F250 because with the auto, we were only able to legally tow to 2.5 tonne, so it didn't leave much scope to pack anything! The Patrol is now for sale.

We got 7 kms per litre not towing, and averaged 5 kms per litre towing the Bushtracker. Comparing notes with other people, this is par for the course with any vehicle towing a full sized caravan, F250's included.

We added an EGT gauge and turbo boost gauge so we could monitor the engine, and slow down a bit if either were heading high.


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Reply By: archar - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:03

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:03
thanks everyone,
the car i was looking at has had the motor replaced 20k ago.
i think i might save some more pennys and get somthing newer
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 09:10

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 09:10
best idea you will ever have.

Regards, Trevor.
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