what 4wd?

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 09:18
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Im getting ready to do around OZ and wanted to get a suitable 4wd that could tow a Camper-Trailer. Any suggestions re vehicle? Any comments re a 2004 Nissan Patrol GU IV ST?
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Reply By: Time - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 09:23

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 09:23
Lots will say if it is a 3 litre diesel avoid it, if it is a 4.2 litre diesel grab it.

Check the Patrol forum you will find lots of info on the 3 litre "grenade".
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 10:16

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 10:16
lots will also say if it's after a certain year (2005 i think?) then they are ok also. plenty of people getting around in them without any issues, i'd never own one myself as i prefer a bigger motor for towing like what's in my Cruiser, but each to their own.
can't hurt to research the "grenade " issue if your not familiar with it though.
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Reply By: PatrolEv - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 10:08

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 10:08
Hi Eddy,

I have a 2004 Nissan Patrol 4.2TD, in the city it is OK, but on the open road, bush tracks, etc it is awesome IMHO. I have towed both van and CT and it does it very well.

It is comfortable and reliable with not much that can go wrong.

Good luck with your purchase and your trip.

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Follow Up By: eddy m - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 11:32

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 11:32
thank you
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Reply By: OREJAP - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 10:16

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 10:16
Hi Eddy m, It's a fairly broad question you'll get plenty of opinions I'm sure. The Patrol is a very capable vehicle BUT in my honest opinion (IMHO) When you read stories & speak to people about them exploding for no apparent reason (only because they can) even Patrols that have been well serviced & cared for just shuddering to a halt for no reason other than the obvious. Motor explosion in the 3 Litre Patrol is something to worry about....it's not gossip or Nissan bashing, go onto the Nissan owners web site,read recent posts on this forum & make your own mind up. If the Patrol makes it around Australia without a glitch ...great. If it doesn't can you afford another motor for it? Then there is the inconvenience of being possibly stranded somewhere!! Resale value? Car yards are asking big $$$ for them but when it comes time to trade the salesman will quote a very low price for your trade in that's if you go that way. If you plan on spending $20,000 to $30,000 there are numerous options but not knowing if you have children & how many,do you have a partner? All these questions come into the equation. If answers to the above is yes, I would purchase a 3.2 litre I/cooled D.i.d Diesel Pajero auto....very comfortable to drive & ride in. Servicing is every 15,000km..with reasonable pricing. Parts are not a problem there are dealers all over Aust. I towed my off road C/Trailer with an NP auto diesel (2003) & it was fantastic. My wife loved driving it & felt safe even towing the trailer. Take your partner into all the car yards. Put bums in seats, drive what you like, even ask the salesman could you try towing the camper for a day. Have a good look at the Pajero they are a very underrated vehicle but not as over rated as the Patrol IMHO. Having had both!!!
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Follow Up By: eddy m - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 11:31

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 11:31
thank you for taking the time, wise words and much appreciated. no, only the two of us (so far ive talkedmy wife out of taking our two daschunds on the basis that they are not allowed in national parks and besides, the crocs will get them!
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Reply By: vk1dx - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 13:59

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 13:59
For towing I would look at a 4.2 TD Patrol or 100 series Toyota. Doesn't have to be auto. The later the year the better. Only because any defects and recalls should have been done and lesser mileage. Preferably one without a towbar as that means it hasn't done any "tough" towing. No need to jump into the V8's. Preferance for diesel as well. Might be a good idea to stay clear of those with "big" lifts. More than likely they could have had a rough run over rocky terrain or belonged to a hoon. Not all though. But then again it may have been lifted for extra clearance in the deserts and hills. Try to stay away from anything thats been near salt water.

Best of luck.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 14:01

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 14:01
Funny enough, in a past life, we towed for years a Chesney pop top with modified suspension and shocks all over the bush - WITH a KINGSWOOD!!!!!

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Follow Up By: petengail - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 18:03

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 18:03
Cant agree more... a lot of overkill out there... did the same with a commodore,, now own a 3ltr td auto rodeo towing a small van will take me anywhere I want to go
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 19:52

Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 19:52
But then again the Kingswood wouldn't have taken us up into the Vic Alpine region. The rocks were too big for it to get over. The 4.2TD 100 series will do us now. Gave up on towing. It was too restrictive. No way could you take a van or trailer where we have been in them thar hills. And up the Kimberley and the Cape.

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