DP chip for Patrol

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 21:55
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We have a 2010 GU Patrol which has a history of high fuel consumption. It has just had the common rail injection system replaced after a bad fill of diesel. The bad news is that the new system has done nothing to improve fuel consumption, although when not towing it is averaging 14.3ltrs per 100ks as soon as we hook the van on it jumps to 24plus. Yes I know it's a big van (21 foot Sterling) but the Patrol is continually dropping to lower gears.

Today someone actually suggested that we look at an aftermarket DP chip. Can anyone give me any idea where these can be bought, how much they cost and what value they actually add to the performance?

Many thanks.
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Reply By: rm - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:42

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:42
Hi P&G
Found this site. You should be able to get a bit of info from it.

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Follow Up By: P & G - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:06

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:06
Thanks Ron we will check the site out.

Is there anyone out there who has actually installed one of these chips in their vehicle who can advise us of their experience?

Thanks Peter
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Reply By: Member - Tricky Dicky (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:10

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:10
Hi P&G

I had an 06 model patrol which I did put a DP chip on it cost me $1600 fitted, contact DP chip at Berrima NSW they will tell you where you can get one fitted
Phone number 02 48771022
I did get extra power but did not find I was getting any better fuel economy though?

On fuel economy I have heard that the patrols are heavy on fuel? I have just bought a 2011 model patrol and am getting good fuel consumption towing our 21ft Sterling the best we have had so far is 14.88lts per 100klm and the worst was 17lts per 100klm up hill. Maybe I am lucky and will keep an eye on my fuel consumption on this trip.

Hope this helps you

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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:55

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:55
We have DP chips in both our Rodeo 3lt and our Peugeot 307 HDI

Can recommend them throughly, they changed the performance/ economy considerably.

We had them recommended by a mechanic friend who we trusted and would put them in any diesel vehicle from now on.
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:56

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:56
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Follow Up By: P & G - Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 08:51

Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 08:51

That's amazing fuel economy if we had that we certainly would not be letting Nissan mechanics play with the car at all. We tow a 21 foot sterling and it appears that we run at anything up to 24 ltrs per 100 and that's not uphill thanks for your response I'm green with envy re your lpk.

Cheers Peter
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Reply By: Kelvin R - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 10:04

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 10:04
Hi P & G

I have an 2008 common rail Patrol Auto and fitted a Steinbauer power module some three years ago. I tow both 18 foot Regent and a camper trailer and have found that the fuel consumption goes from 17 lts per 100 km under normal driving which didn't change from from stock standard IE: previous to fitting power module to 20 lts per 100 km towing either unit. The only gain is in power and torque down low so don't expect to gain a better fuel consumption as some will quote.
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Follow Up By: P & G - Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 08:52

Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 08:52
Thanks Kelvin, there certainly seems to be a wide variety of experiences.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 11:57

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 11:57
G/Day P&G

We had a 2008 3ltr auto crd Patrol which we purchased brand new.

It towed our 2500kg van with a lot of effort and fuel usage, from 22 ltrs to 26 ltrs per 100ks.

We also had a fuel contamination drama which effected the Injector Pump and the CRD system.

Ended up getting a 2010 4.8 litre petrol Auto Patrol and the fuel usage is better than the 3ltr diesel.

We have also updated our van which now has an 3000kg ATM.

The new patrol can tow up to 3500kg.

As far as getting petrol goes it is available most places outback.

I usually check before we start off some where we haven't been before.

PS. Is yours Auto or Manual??.


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Follow Up By: P & G - Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 09:00

Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 09:00
Daza, ours is an auto our fuel consumption is certainly consistent with what you experienced and most certainly very different to what Nissan advertise, in fact if you talk to their dealers the typical response appears to be that the 10ltrs per 100 is under perfect conditions. I would suggest that those conditions include downhill with the motor turned off. Still love the vehicle though!!


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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 14:00

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 14:00
I’ve had one on a 3 litre GU and can advise that it provided a definite increase in power. Economy also improved in general useage. Not in towing. The cost is in increased engine temperatures so you should really consider fitting a 3” exhaust system as well. These chips work by dumping extra fuel into the motor. There’s nothing fancy about it. This will increase internal engine temperatures and pressures all round so the 3” exhaust and dump pipe will aid exhaust gas extraction and reduce pressures and heat. An Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) guage fitted as close to the outlet manifold as possible is a must if you decide to go with a chip. It will provide you the opportunity to monitor engine temperatures with a greater degree of accuracy than any other form of gauge and may just save you slagging out the No.4 piston.

I would solidly recommend getting a proper integrated chip that a diesel tuning expert will set to suit your needs. Time spent tuning on the Dyno means that you can operate with a lot more peace of mind.

Have a read of the “performance Mods” section at the bottom of my blog. Different vehicle but the principles are the same.

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Follow Up By: P & G - Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 09:02

Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 09:02
Mick, thanks for your response will certainly look at your blog


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Reply By: bluefella - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 16:16

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 16:16
G'day p&g
from my research i reckon unichip is the best chip around at the moment,it has excellent engine safety features,google unichip and have a read.
ps no affilliation with the company.
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Follow Up By: P & G - Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 09:09

Friday, Mar 09, 2012 at 09:09
Blue, thanks for that will look at the unichip certainly engine safety is important, I wonder does anyone know what the story is with regards to the Nissan warranty should one install a chip?


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