GU patrol 2005 3 ltr

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:19
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I'm looking at purchasing a gu patrol 2005 3 ltr with 56000 kms on the clock with good service history, spotless vehicle.
I have read all the threads regarding the ZD 30 motor problems there seems to have been a few problems.
Are the problems more confined to a particular year model or is it an overall problem?
Currently own a 88 gq diesel has been a great vehicle, we are just thinking of updating.

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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:39

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:39
They have had problems right through the range, Search herehttp://www.patrol4x4.com/forum/ and you will find things you can do to make them a bit more reliable.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:41

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:41
Snap!!!

Beat me by "That Much"..............

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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:39

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:39
Head on over to the

Nissan Patrol Forum ,

and all will be revealed..

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:40

Sunday, Jul 05, 2009 at 23:40
Apart from here the best place to ask is the Patrol forums.

They are the experts on this.






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Reply By: shanegu6 - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 07:49

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 07:49
Hi Dukey,

I have had two patrols, 2004 and a 2008 model. Both 3.0L ST. The 2004 I sold with 165000 km on odometer and i did not have any significant issues with it. MAF sensor went at 110000. Thats about it. I bought a new one however because of the constant worry in the middle of no where of the motor going bang.

I purchased a new one in 2008. I believe they are a good vehicle but as with any model they can have their ups and downs. The biggest down is the amount of low down torque. Other obvious issues, are GVM, once you get a few things put on the vehicle (drawers, fridge, racks) there doesn't leave much room for the kids toys, let alone the beer in the fridge!

All in all, if we had our time again, we'd go for a LC76 series for an overall package, despite the extra cost and the basicness of the LC76, I think we'd be happier all round for a longer term.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 12:23

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 12:23
But that mean you would have 'defect' to the Toyota camp! ;)
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 07:57

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 07:57
Hi Dukey

Certainly the problem has decreased but is still present.

I would factor in to the price a rock solid guarantee against major engine damage - wether this be by extended warranty with Nissan or a 3rd party like Vacc.

Perhaps others may know of 3rd party schemes.

When I do my sums on these things I come up with an extra fuel cost of $1500 / yr for the petrol versions and the diesel would have to make a heavy savings on this to be viable, considering the other disadvantages.





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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 09:10

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The reason we went for the diesel Robin was the range, for desert travel. The petrol is certainly a financial better alternative
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 11:13

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 11:13
I was wondering how hard would it be to get a New Nissan Petrol Motor transplant into a 2008 model??. AND THE APPROXIMATE COST.
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Reply By: blown4by - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 15:09

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I have a 2005 model & believe the main issues were prior to September 2003. As with all engine failures you have to factor in issues such as owners using 'D' chips and the like to increase power output that the engine was never designed for, overloading, lack of maintenance and use of fully synthetic oil in the false belief it is the right thing to do when it is specifically banned for use in the ZD30 by Nissan.I find that most people whilst basically honest only reveal the part of the story that places them in the most favourable light. That said I don't deny there have been durability issues with some of those engines but one has to keep in mind the total size of the ZD30 fleet. With the knowledge of all the issues I still decided a ZD30 Patrol was the best vehicle for my money & it has now traveled 98K's trouble free & regularly returns over 23mpg when not towing including metro use. Yesterday I towed a 500kg tandem axle boat trailer 1500km's from Perth to Onslow at 100-120kph with the air con on and returned 21.5mpg or about 7.4km/litre. Without towing it returns a bit over 8km/l or 11odd l/100km. I change the semi-sythetic oil and filter every 10K's, fuel filter every 40K's and run fully synthetic oil everywhere else since 40K's.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 16:33

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 16:33
So we're guessing your screen name must refer to a different 4by you own/owned?!
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Reply By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 17:25

Monday, Jul 06, 2009 at 17:25
As an owner of two ZD30 Patrols: 2003 now sold and driven 50K without one problem; and 2005 (which imploded on me last October because I never knew enough about these ZD30 engine problems).

Patrol4x4.com members certainly have a wealth of information (and a few of them are also members on this forum as well). I rebuilt my engine, carried out most of the recommended mods and am about to convert the wagon into a stretched dual cab so I can put my slideon camper on the back. Later I'm going to look at the computer controlled gas conversion that was on ABC "Inventors".

One bitten. GET OVER IT !!

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