Married and making babies

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 14:15
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Hi all,
We now have one too many rugrats and have decided to upgrade to the people mover status. The obvious decision was a beach going cool machine rather than a minibus...eeeew!

Our price range is from $10,000 to $12,000 cash .I have narrowed my preferences down to both the Jackeroo U8 MYO1 SE 98-2001 or possibly the Nissan Patrol GU II 98-2000 as both of these rigs have 4cyl Turbo Diesels around that price range.

All models of this age seem to hover around the 250k on usage. Is this a fair level for a diesel of that age? I'm led to believe that a well maintained Deisel should pull up around 500-600K...True or false?

Also any other comments on both models would be appreciated e.g which year is better, which car is better.

Your help would be much appreciated so that i don't blow our much loved cash on a lemon.
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Reply By: snoopyone - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 14:35

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 14:35
Go to the Patrol forum for both good?? and bad about early Patrols
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 18:37

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 18:37
Beware of older 4 cyl diesels - can cost you in the long run. The 3L TD Jackaroo model you mention is cheap for a reason - was a great vehicle when released, but I gather runs into expensive injector and engine problems - do your homework.

If you want a 4wd peoplemover, I'm guessing you want 8 seats. IN your price range, consider a V6 Prado 1997-2002. Great record for reliability and fuel consumption is not a lot different to the smokey old diesels of the same vintage. Certainly cheaper to maintain.
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Reply By: Member - Brian R (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 19:25

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 19:25
I have experienced the cost of an older Jackaroo Deisel, I would go for petrol if I were you.
There has been simular questions in earlier forums.....have a look back.
Good hunting
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Reply By: Madfisher - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 19:48

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 19:48
Yes the 4jxi was light years ahead of the opposition when released in 1998, but ongoing problems with injectors seals, tips breaking off injectors etc destroying motors have left a bad taste in a lot of people mouths. On top of this theses Diesels are expensive to service, and what you save on diesel you will spend on servicing.
BUT the good news v6 petrol jacks have one of the longest lasting and reliabe motors out their. They also do not give head troubles as the motors are all alloy. Note do not touch a v6 on gas. Some of theses motors have now covered 400000ks with out the heads being lifted. I have also seen very low k 98 and 99s around with 100000ks for about ten to twelve grand. My 98 has 186000 ks and the only repairs in the last 100000ks have been an inlet manifold gasket, flange gasket and a blocked egr and new shocks all round. It is still running orinigal brakes pads.
No hi tech hi performance modern 4 cylinder diesel seem to last much longer then 300000ks. First its cracked heads, then injectors, then a bit later you are up for a new fuel pump($2000 to $5000). By the time you have paid this lot off you then find out you are low on compression.
If you want a reliable diesel go for the old style 4.2 diesel, in either a cruiser or patrol. My Uncle is a retired mechanic and just picked up a lovely old 88 4.2 Patrol with added turbo to tow his van on his once a year trip.Theses thing where built to easy do 500000ks.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 07:38

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 07:38
Hi Green Horne,

Have you considered the Mitsubishi Delica? I know its a people mover but its similar running gear to the Pajero.

Cheers Wilko
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