Patrol GU ZD30 (3L TD Di) bashing....

Submitted: Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:09
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i'm getting tired of the general internet bashing of ZD30 Patrols.

here is my end result of all the crap...

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I own a 3.0L patrol

I DRIVE a 3.0 L patrol

I have modified a 3.0L Patrol more than 99.99% of owners in australia if not the world

I have done more hardcore 4wding than most ever will in a 3.0L patrol

I have towed a Pajero race car 10,000kms in 3 weekends at 110kmh+ with 6 guys and all the gear to go with it in a 3.0L Patrol

I have driven at 120kmh+ for 26 hours straight with 3.5tonnes+ in a 3.0L Patrol

I have broken an engine at 80,000km due to a KNOWN FAILURE in design that nissan IS REPLACING IN AND OUT OF WARRENTY in a 3.0 patrol

I am a happy 3.0L Patrol owner

I don't see the issue anymore?

I am happy with the 3.0L Patrol i bought

see you on the tracks

Roly

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Reply By: Roly - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:12

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:12
ps....

patrol yahoo group
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Reply By: Hedonist - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:21

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:21
Feel better now Roly? :D

Can't find a buyer yet then?? >:-|
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Reply By: Roly - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:25

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:25
sale was only a 60% thing.

if someone is happy to pay the $46k then its sold, otherwise i'll keep it and use it

it cost me $85k to build

new engine, new box, new rockhopper transfer, LR tanks, double diff locks etc etc

new fast car for me instead of a new 4wd..

now i'll have best of both worlds... mmmm

4wd for play and a shopping trolley

SS or HSV or XRturbo for road use
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Reply By: ramp - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:38

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 23:38
cannot agree more, dosent matter what we drive we are all about enjoying off the bitumen and seeing this country while helping those with questions.not about which car is best or worst.sounds like littlebleepsyndrome for those that bag.cheers
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Reply By: Mick - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:03

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:03
Roly,
I think you've said it all! In summary you've spent $85,000.00 on a vehicle that you now are not able to get $46,000.00 for. You've had a complete engine failure at 80,000km. If you'd bought a Cruiser you would have had the initial purchase and no need for mods to go four wheel driving or towing and no engine failures. I know you love your vehicle but when a lot of people post problems with vehicles (notably Landrovers and Patrols) there is a reason.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:27

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:27
Mick,

You should just add the "Toyota" sign to your post mate! Oh and I cant wait till I see the IFS reply jmamSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:54

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:54
Hi Mick
Owned an 80 series TD, great vehicle, darn pity that the engine bearings were faulty (along with mainy other vehicles) and the engine had to be overhauled.
The Nissan is going great
Also if you drive 4WD hard or tow heavy then the wear and tear rate goes up drastically.
Ray wanderin' in retirement. victor 2010
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Follow Up By: Michael - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 11:08

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 11:08
Hey Bonz,what's IFS? I cant find that in my GU handbook!!!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Bill- Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:21

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:21
Funny, I bought a 3.0Di Patrol in preference to a 100 Series because not only did it cost a lot more, it would have required more modification for off road touring than the Patrol sraight out of the box. Not only that, it's pretty hard to swap out IFS. The other problems just need application of more cash.

I was a little concerned when I heard about engine failures until I learned of the few early models affected and what Nissan had done about it. I was less concerned when I discovered just about all the negative net chat was coming from one (non owner) individual who seems to have difficulty putting issues in perspective (not just this one).

The 3.0Di is the greatest value for money serious off roader perhaps ever, the sales and the many happy owners prove it.Regds

Bill
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:24

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:24
Mick, are you saying a stock Landcruiser will go where Rolys would?

"If you'd bought a Cruiser you would have had the initial purchase and no need for mods to go four wheel driving or towing and no engine failures."

Not in your wettest dreams! No engine failures, remembre the 80 series with big end problems?
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Follow Up By: kezza - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 17:56

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 17:56
Ha - Had the local ARB guy chiding a mate for putting a locker in the front diff of his patrol as the rear LSD was so tight and worked so well it was silly to change that for a locker and still have the front diff open. The ARB guy said "I hear a lot of you Patrol guys say you dont need a rear locker but in reality its the first accessory you should install - a rear locker"!!! when my mate asked him what he drove - he said "A landcruiser of course!!" We had to laugh - unless you own one and get out off the poo with these trucks Its hard to comprehend just how well a standard patrol (let alone a properly modified one) copes with some situations. My point is that each slings mud at the other and in some case it is justified - each to his own.
Dont forget
One mans nightmare is another mans wet dream.
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Follow Up By: Westie - Monday, Jul 28, 2003 at 00:42

Monday, Jul 28, 2003 at 00:42
Mick has a point....The "reason" Landrover & Patrol owners post more problems on the net is because they actually use their vehicles off-road...for what they are intended.....
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 15:57

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 15:57
Well said Roly. Our 3.0ltr has done 60,000 half of road & we love it . Only problem on our recent trip across the gulf towing Kimberley Kamper was finding a Cruiser off the black top.Regards Bob
27th June Gulf trip
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Reply By: The Crow - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 16:53

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 16:53
If we look at all cars be it 4WD or just a town cars they have all have had their faults an problems no matter what brand you own or want to own. Just look at the problems holden has had with its early gen 3 V8 engine. I own a GU series 3, 3Ltr Patrol and believe it is great and I have had a number of diffrent types and models of 4WD's. It's a matter of horses for courses and there a lemons in all cars. My old man told me when I was a boy not to buy a new model in any car when it first comes out because they all have faults and it takes a one or two series releases before they are worked out. I guess you could say that with the early patrols and hopefully Nissan has fixed these early problems.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Monday, Jul 28, 2003 at 00:19

Monday, Jul 28, 2003 at 00:19
wise words from your oldman i agree wholehearedly but he vl caoomodeore has me eating my words.
1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
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Reply By: Simon - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 18:17

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 18:17
And here I was thinking you started it all Roly. (The Nissan bashing)

I seem to remember you wernt so positive about it before it was fixed?
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Reply By: johnsy - Sunday, Jul 27, 2003 at 16:51

Sunday, Jul 27, 2003 at 16:51
Hell Roly when you leave the trap yard gate open you'll always catch a few !!
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