3Ltr Petrol GQ Patrol

Submitted: Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 22:59
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Looking at purchasing a 3ltr petrol GQ Patrol. Looking for some advice/information on these patrols. What the pros and cons are. Do the motor have any problems on LPG, as I have heard that the 4.2 have some problems.
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Reply By: Mick - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:03

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:03
Paul, not specific advice on the Patrol but I wouldn't go for gas/petrol if you're considering any trips to remote areas. For range and economy and availability you can't go past diesel.
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Reply By: joc45 - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:27

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:27
The 3L motor, per se, was quite reliable, but the 5sp gearbox was not the same as the 4.2, coming from a coupe, I believe. Gearbox rebuilds were not unknown, esp when towing.
A friend had one in the early 90's which went thru about 3 carbies under warranty before they sorted out the problem of the second throat not cutting in. And his inlet manifold later suffered from warping, causing air to be sucked in thru the gasket.

Re gas, dunno, but the engine was virtually the same as a VL commodore and Nissan Skyline of the same era (except with carbie), so you might get some feedback from that quarter.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 00:55

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 00:55
3.0 GQs have the VL commodore/Skyline motor in them.

Gutless as hell. but you CAN put NISMO stuff on them to give htem large amounts of power....

Look for a 4.2 if your going to.
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Reply By: quinook - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 01:30

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 01:30
G'day Paul, We bought a 4.2 Nissan Patrol about 8 months ago and after all the work we've had done on it I wouldn't have anything else. I'd highly recomend you get a full RACV check done on the vehicle, we made the mistake( I should say 'I' made) of not getting it done.
Go for the 4.2, you won't regret it, or the diesel- even better. Take care if you get one with gas and make a thourough check of the head and valves. The GQ's are getting a bit long in the tooth now so CHECK everything, especially brakes ( discs) , water pump, radiator.
happy motoring
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Reply By: Craig - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:04

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:04
G`day paul , I have a 4.2 GQ Petrol/LPG for sale $9,900 Neg if your interested I can arrange to email you some photos.
Rgds Craig.
P.S I`m in Sydney Metro Area
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 15:38

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 15:38
gday paul.
i have a 3ltr gq on duel fuel.
regardless of what some people say about being gutless there not to bad.
been everywhere 4.2 petrol and diesel have gone with no trouble what so ever.
sure put 1.5 tonne on the back and try driving up a hill sure you will notice it then.
had a problem with the carby but not a major problem to fix.
mine has over 300000ks mostly on gas with nothing wrong with the motor.
also if the motor does blow up you can pick them up for a few hundred bucks.
cheaper than doing a head.
rest of car same as 4.2 patrols except motor and box.they use 300zx gearbox.
have heard a cpl of cases of boxes playing up but have heard of 4.2ltr gearboxs playing up as well.no matter what car you buy there going to have trouble with something.mate of mine was down from qld at easter in his hilux that he is selling and was looking at a 4.2 litre patrol to buy because he was also told the 3ltr one gutless.he was very surprised now looking for 3ltr(cheaper).on petrol they use a bit of fuel but on gas im getting around 4ooks from 90lts of gas.in bendigo it costs about $35 a tank.
hope this is of some help and if you would like to know any more just asknew job coming so no fraser this time:-((
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike (SA) - Sunday, Jul 27, 2003 at 11:44

Sunday, Jul 27, 2003 at 11:44
Hi Paul,
I have 1990 RB30 with 300,000 on clock, ULP only. No problems with exception of sticky carby links - fixed with WD40. Just got back from Pilbara and Kimberley fully loade 10,000kms at average 19.2litres/100kms.
Running 225/75R16 at max GVM! Two mods I have - extractors and medium rate springs on rear. Happy to discuss offline if you wish
PS I have had no problems with power in Simpson or elsewhere BUT no deep water crossings as yet!Too little time in the bush!
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 15:42

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 15:42
forgot to mention check out trucksters site for more gq info.
www.gqpatrol.comnew job coming so no fraser this time:-((
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Reply By: kezza - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 21:41

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 21:41
The 3lit petrol is a very refined motor - just needs revs - not a powerhouse of torque but If you do a heap of mud and sand driving the instant revs will leave most other vehicles looking silly. Capable of 14- 23mpg mostly 15 - 19 mpg. As they are fairly cheap to buy If you spend a few grand on the vehicle and basically replace all fluids rubbers pads bang a new waterpump and timing belt in. (Providing the donks done under 190,000ks it would be very reliable and fun vehicle. (They have a powerband between 3800 and 6000 revs and I wont stir a debate but they will drag a lot of other petrol 4wds off from a standing start - theyll catch the 3 lit on the hills though.)
A extractors and maybe a turbo would be an unbeatable combo.

Do a search some god info on the 3 lit done over the last year or so.

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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 22:35

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 22:35
I just went to cape york and back with a friend in a 3litre gq patrol carby model..... If there was a headwind even on the flatest of roads he found he had his foot flat to the boards in 5th at 95kmh just to maintain speed... he was complaining about having a sore pad of his foot because he held it flat for 180kms at one stage......
And the moment you hit a climb you start going backwards,,,,,,, absolutely heapsssssssssssss..............
Great car head to head with a larger motor in terrain and sand dunes because of the revs they peel out to but a pain in the ringhole on the open road over distance......
It also used 100litres in fuel more than me over the 11500kms we did........


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Follow Up By: kezza - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 18:39

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 18:39
Voxon -tell yer mate to drop it back a gear or 2 if he held his foot flat in 3rd of 4th he'd be flying uphill or into a headwind - they HATE low revs and will sit on 4,000rpm - for ever.

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