Diesel tuning in Berrima, Cooma or Queanbeyan

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 15:47
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Hi all,

I am looking for a reputable diesel specialist who can tune and breathe a bit of life into my '02 Patrol that runs a 4.2 turbo diesel with Dgas fumigation. I don't think it is running as well as it could be and although no expert, I reckon its noisier under the bonnet than it should be. Nissan recently did the valve clearances at an extreme cost and it sounded better for a day or two. The gas made a noticeable difference, power wise, but I think a full service inc injectors and pump timing etc... will help. I am also hoping to slightly tweak the turbo boost for a bit more performance. Not sure what can be gained from the old 4.2 but I am sure it could be better than it currently is. Its has less than 100k kms on the clock. Would also like to hear from other patrol drivers of power outputs..

I am in Melbourne and I am planning to travel northish toward Cooma, Queanbeyan and Berrima in the near future. My plan was to spend a night in Berrima having searched the WWW and reading many ads and other paraphernalia stating I may be pleased by visiting the area, however, reading deeper between the lines of different forums, Berrima may not be the place to visit anymore and I may be just as happy visiting the area of Cooma (now Fyshwick) or Queanbeyan.

Further on that, some info suggests Cooma ain't what it used to be either.

Can members' provide their personal experiences (without breaking any laws) if I should consider travelling to one place more than another OR do I need not travel at all, living in Melbourne, maybe what I seek is under my nose?

I have searched the forum without much success.

Thanks guys/gals :)

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Reply By: howesy - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:09

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:09
Berrima is a lovely place to vistit but as an overnighter I reckon you would quickly run out of things and as for the servicing, I know others like them but I wouldnt let the berrima crew work on anything more technical than a billy cart.
Cooma is big in comparison to Berrima and the cooma diesel mob has a really good rep from all reports. Not done much around queanbeyan but I did stay once not long ago right across the river from the RSL and can recommend the meals there.
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:37

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:37
Thanks for your input, Berrima was my 1st choice but I think it may have been more hype than fact, I could be wrong, I am leaning toward Cooma now, but I just found some recent info that suggests what made Cooma good has now moved to Queanbeyan. Wasted so much money with Nissan, I need to get this right. Thanks again..
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 18:58

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 18:58
Hi Wilson,
I agree 100% with howesy about the Berrima guys, Had nothing but trouble with car after they worked on it. Don't know much about the others so can't comment.
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:24

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:24
Thankyou, this is what I am after to help make an informed decision...
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Reply By: garrycol - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:32

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:32
Cooma Diesel service in Canberra are not worth trying - but they will happily take your money - Queanbeyan Diesel Service are very service orientated and know what they are doing.
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:39

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:39
Thanks, from the snippets of info I am finding on the web, this appears to be the general consensus. cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 20:44

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 20:44
I used to live in Cooma. Cooma Diesel Service had a bloke there at the time, named Lawrence Fraser. He moved to Queanbeyan Diesel Service and took all the expertise with him.

That was 10 years ago.

If you can track down where he now works, that is where I would suggest you take your rig. He knows his diesels!!!
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Reply By: Davo_60 - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:40

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:40
G'Day,

Have used Queanbeyan Diesel a couple of times and recommend them highly. Great service and workmanship. Had similar work done to what you have described and was very happy with the results.

Cheers,
Dave
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:51

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:51
Thanks Dave..
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 18:50

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 18:50
Wilson,

Just to add to the confusion, have you considered Turboglide at Russelvale in Woollongong.

I have had a positive experience with them, but it would be best to check it out for yourself.

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:23

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:23
Thanks, Have seen some positive threads on Turboglide and they look ok, but just starting to get a little too far from Melbourne. Had convinced the boss that Berrima was a nice place to visit and I am sure Woolongong is too, but Q/beyan is much closer. I appreciate the info though.

Cheers
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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:57

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:57
i used to work with a guy at harrison 4wd centre who is fantastic with diesels he now works at trickys diesel .
his name is wayne mc naughton i highly recomend him
also bendigo is close and easy to spend a weekend or more here
cheers
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 21:01

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 21:01
Thanks, I hear what your saying, other business takes me north to ACT so am looking to kill two birds, but thanks, plan to get to bendigo one day :)
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Reply By: Wazza - (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 22:35

Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 22:35
These guys have always been good to me:

http://www.agdiesel.com.au/site/

PHONE: +61 3 9547 1525
ADDRESS: 131 - 135 Westall Road, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia 3169

Even if you just drop in for a chat first and see what they think, at least you are not turning up without checking a place out first.

They rebuilt fuel pump that was leaking, did valve clearances and replaced cam belt/tensioner, etc and dyno tuned, been running sweet ever since - 70,000km later. I went to the other place in the Southern Highlands and would put my hard earned elsewhere, but that is just my opinion of course.

Cheers,

Wazza.
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Follow Up By: Wilson - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:45
Thanks, I will have a look at the website. Cheers
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 10:54

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 10:54
Re: at Berrima...
The good reports have been good.....BUT
The the bad reports have been very bad...
And it seems the bad reports seem to exceed the good ones !!
Just my tuppence worth !!





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Follow Up By: Wilson - Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 02, 2009 at 16:45
Yes, this appears to be a common finding. Cheers
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