Nissan GQ Patrol

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:49
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I have always been a Nissan Patrol man.
Having had a MQ that was faithful to the end and a GU which the Ex took with her, I am now looking to buy a GQ patrol as my main 4x4 rig for the next few years.

What I am asking is, what should I look out for in a rig of this age?
What are common faults or what are the things I should be aware of?
I am looking to purchase a 4.2Lt Diesel, Manual.
Possibly installation of an after market turbo and exhaust upgrade.

Would it be better to go ST or DX Model?

Any information to give me the best educated decision would be gratefull.


Ben W
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Reply By: wild dog - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 13:50

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 13:50
I asked practically the same question in post 67949 and got some excellent info from very helpful people on this forum.

Particularly in regards to turbo or not to turbo. I'm prepared to forget about turbos and just have one less thing to worry about.
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Reply By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 14:35

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 14:35
I have a 95 DX GQ..... bought it in 2003 with 185K k's on the clock. It now has 323K k's, the only drama I have had with it was my wife once parked it upside down, but apart from that it really has been a joy. 3 years ago it got a Garret turbo, ONLY because the N/A motor struggled to tow our Cavalier CT. But without the trailer, it went ok for a diesel.

Mine will stay in our family till it falls apart in the backyard.... which will be many moons from now based on what we have put it through so far! I wouldn't have anything else at the moment.

Anyway, that's my experience, theres a list of things to look out for and a heap of good advice at this GQ Patrol website here. Just use the navi panel on the left to select "Buying a GQ?"

Before anyone else disputes my post, this is simply my observations on my experience with my GQ Patrol.


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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:56

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:56
Hahahahaha...I like the Disclaimer, Brian........

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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:20

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:20
Thanks Willem.... :-)


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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:09

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:09

I have driven old bombs most of me life. My current GQ is the most technologically advanced as I can

I had a FJ 55 Landcruiser and when that rusted out on me at 551,000km I bought a Nissan G60. It had 300,000 on the clock and I gave it to a mate at 560,000 and it is still working on a station in the Flinders Ranges. In 2004 I bought my most expensive 4by ever a 1994 GQ RX 4.2D for $13,000. It had 265,000 on the odo. It now has 372,000 and running sweetly. No rust and only a few driver inflicted dints.

This is a bush truck. It tows a bush trailer and goes weird places. I run crossply tyres on splits. It is one of the best offroad vehicles I have had. Since buying it, it has never been serviced but I do change the oil and various filters on a regular basis

If the running gear is in good conditon then the truck should give you great service. They do tend to rust around the rear side windows if based near the sea or damp climate. Door trims and outrside door handles can fail but most things are an easy fix.

As my 4by was an older vehicle I have replaced a number of parts but that was to be expected.

Enjoy your 'new' GQ. Should pick a good one up for under 10 grand.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:10

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:10

Go here to have a look.
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Reply By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:23

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:23

Something else I remembered..... they are renowned for rattles and sqeaks and groans..... but they'll never fall apart!


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Reply By: kiwicol - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 17:52

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 17:52
Go the ST 4.2 and get one already fitted with turbo, as they really are a slug with out one. I have a 92 model and fitted a supercharger and have never looked back 360,000ks and never abeen let down, try staying with the 15in tyres as you loose to much power going bigger. I have never had any problems with elc windows mirrors and locking and have seen plenty of dust and beach. Col
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