holden jackaroo

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 19:34
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looking at buying a 1999 holden jackaroo has low Ks but turbo whistles, is this normal, and anything else i should look out for, also filters(oil and fuel) how many r their? thanks
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Reply By: Madfisher - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 21:10

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 21:10
Knf I am a big fan of Jacks , in fact we have three of them BUT the 3lt Diesel was a complete lemon. The injection system was designed by catipillar and was ahead of its time but did not have the bugs ironed out of it. THe injectors are $1000 ea and they are run off high pressure engine oil. If the seals leak the engine will experience run away and self destruct. Their has been two recalls for this issue.
Another problem was the injector tips break off also destroying a very expensive engine. Lastly if you put the wrong oil in these engines they will not start.
Now the earlier 3.1 engine is a very long life reliable motor. The two v6s are extremely long lived petrol motors. Some 3.2s have now covered in excess of 400000ks troublefree.
Now some people love their 3lts and a few have in excess of 200000ks, but their are lots of sad tales.
A good source of info is the Jack forum are australia 4wd. They even have a section for this motor.
By the time you take into account expensive filters and servicing the diesel costs the same to run as the petrol v6s. Service history is very importent with both motors as they are high tech dohc.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 23:24

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009 at 23:24
Hi KNF, as Madfisher knows, I own one of these. Everything he has said is completely correct, except the price of the injectors.... it only cost me $992:50 ! lol. Mate, sorry, couldn't recommend them in 3.0TD, great car in general, but the injection system on that model (4JX1 motor) is a dud. I am hoping mine will hold out until I can afford to upgrade. Mine has had the 2 recalls done (previous owner) and a turbo too, and 1 injector since I have owned it. By the way, the turbo doesn't whistle on mine.
Dave
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 12:34

Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 12:34
Wow, and to think that I was always eyeing of the 3.0L TD's!

I had the 3.2L V6, got a great run out of it but was always keen to 'upgrade' to the 3.0L TD. They were always either trashed, non-existent (I think Canberrans are scared of the smell of diesel) or too expensive for me at the time. Sounds like it wasn't such a bad thing after all!
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 13:18

Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 13:18
Tim you are lucky. Shame poor old Dave above got caught out. Their is a low k 3.1 with 180000ks on car sales. This is the good one knf.
Just had a td Coutier at work blow up, and the 2nd hand replacement is no better. Thank God I have petrol.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 09:33

Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 09:33
I have no direct experience re the diesel but, as has been said, plenty of
anecdotal stuff re problems with it. I have the 3.5 V6 2000 model & it has been
faultless, including all the usual outback haunts. Got 15L/100 towing a light C/t.
But if you drive hard it will cost you. Best value full size 4WD in the $10 to $13k
range, & low k ones exist if you hunt around.....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 13:26

Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 13:26
Good day Baz,
Yes Sal loves her Nullarbor, got 14.6 towing the boat at 90/100 so not to bad for an auto. But as you say unbelievable value. Mine still drives superb at 146000, and now I have finally ironed out the ce light problems is running like a dream. New oxygen sensor at next service yet.
Have you switched to 10/30 oil yet. My oil consumption is now down to 250ml for 6000ks. Gets back through the drain back holes in the rings a lot quicker so lower oil consumption.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 14:02

Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 14:02
G'day Pete, Yep, still running like a clock. Up to 114k now, & has hardly moved since a trip in the high country 15 months ago. Off to Perth & back in 8 weeks with C/t. Not sure what my trusty mechanic puts in it, Magnatec I think but not sure of viscosity. I havent needed to add any oil since I got it, coming up
for 3 years now. Got an overhead console off Ebay last week so will scratch an
old UHF out of the cupboard & fit that up. Travelling in tandem with a mate to the west so could be handy. Cheers...oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 20:42

Thursday, Jul 02, 2009 at 20:42
Glad to hear it does not use oil, some 98, 99 and early 2000s did. Have a great trip baz
Cheers Pete
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