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Paint Quality, Poor service
Never been off road or on a beach/sand. Massive issue with paint flaking off EVERY panel even inside door jams. Some came off with a garden hose. Has rust on 3 doors as well. Car is 3yrs old and Nissan have denied it’s an issue. They said it’s caused by external sources. Would NEVER buy another Nissan unless it’s in writing from the dealer that this will be covered under warranty.
Purchased in November 2020.
Good old girl reliable and comfortable
We brought this car brand new in 2003, never had any real issues (replaced the battery and tyres ect) last year an engine mount split but for a 17 year old car she has been reliable and reasonable to keep on the road. Fuel economy, we live in the Yarra valley so local driving can be a bit harder on fuel but I generally run her to the city and back on the freeway and for that type of trip I would say you can achieve 10’s (it’s nothing to be ashamed of) at 17 years old some highway hill climbs are a forth or third gear job. Towing, we have a 16 f...oot expander and hill climbs with a loaded van can be frustrating trying to select the right gear to keep the momentum. But flat highway between Sydney and Melbourne you can have the cruise control on with out to much stress, towing a loaded van. Over all it’s a comfortable car, to compare the comfort level of the patrol to a 2012 hilux it’s like drive a car not a truck. Night driving. The head lights provide good light for their age but I have installed some LED spotlights. Sound system. We upgraded the head unit and put in a reverse camera, what I would say is the ST has a good road noise insulation so even the standard speakers can be heard on road trips. Over all it’s a good car, my one complaint would be lack of towing power on hills but without a trailer she has been reliable and comfortable.
Purchased in November 2003 for $55,000.00.
Does me just fine
Have had mine (2010 3L cab chassis) a while now .190 000km odo. And its been nothing but reliable...rides a lot better then a cruiser...got the GVM upgrade as she's a work ute and I have no complaints...Except maybe a tad Slow overtaking roadtrains ha ha ....defiantly survives all the 4x4ing I put her through.
Tough Taste from History
very Solid car, newer ones with coil spring suspension makes the ride comfortable even when compared with other real 4WD vehicles, Turning radius is not great, a U turn might take some inexperienced drivers along time and effort, ZD30 common rail Turbo diesel engine will give you around 800-820 km from both tanks, decent torque surprisingly coming from the 4 cylinder, also, trouble free engine, with EGR system for environmental reasons yet no adblue in the Australia version seized in 2016. Automatic Transmission is 4 ratios when does not help w...ith Fuel consumption yet solid and reliable and lasts for ever, the vehicle is spacious and regardless how much you put in it, it can take more and more, dash and displays are not the most futuristic yet a work of art for people appreciating the past, clarity and practicality. Tough look elegant and a lot can be done to it
Purchased in June 2016.
Best one mate it’s v8
Daily driving my wife she love it and she drives it like she’s in the Mini Cooper. Fule economy is good to 14 L 100 and over taking road train is breez . We pay 69500 new with tow bar . My advice to people test drive one and don’t look at dealers demo car fule economy that will scare you . Because it’s test drive every one floor it in short test drive
Purchased in January 2020 at Waverley Nissan for $69,500.00.
Value for Money, tow vehicle.
Purchased the Patrol in July 2018, has only covered 20,000 Km but nearly all towing a 3 ton Caravan.
I maintain strict records for each trip and am yet to use over 20L/100K for trip. We have not done any long trips out of the state (WA) as yet but have been as far as Kalbarri (19.8L/100K headwind) and Albany 17.8 L/100K (tailwind) . This car has sufficient power to allow good use of cruise control (Forrest Highway, although not in hilly terrain) and this does seem to keep consumption down. I use the gearbox in manual mode, usually 5th or 6th.
- Patrol Y61 (1997-2016)
- Verified purchase
4.2 Turbo Diesel GU Patrol Still going and still the best
1999 to 2004 you will find the GU 4.2 turbo Diesel Patrol coil cab ST is still the best 4x4 in my book.
I tow a 2.5 ton off road camper all over the top end of Queensland on a weekly basis and all i changed was the radiator to a PWR Austrailian built in Queensland and it stays cool in FNQ on a 40 degree day at 80% humidity. And a Direction plus provent. And the exhaust to Aussie Red Back. And Old Man Emu suspension that sits on Mickeys. She rides and handles like a car and you still can get new genuine parts from patrolapart and there not that...
Purchased at Gumtree .
Best car in the world
You can’t go past the all night one and only nissan patrol, I have the gu 4.2 turbo diesel wagon and there’s almost no places I can’t go in it the allround build is perfect, no other 4x4 compares
Purchased in February 2017 at Private sale for $15,000.00.
Oldie but goodie
Bought this vehicle 2nd.hand about 4yrs.ago,GQ 1994 4.2L EFI dual fuel,TI, my 3rd. Patrol 4sp auto with lock up kit as I use it for towing our 21ft.van and it does it with ease.Each time we are out and about with our van we get so many comments as to the great looking rig.At around 380,000 ks.is still going strong.Much loved Patrol & serviced every 10,000 ks.A happy patroller.
Purchased in April 2015.
Love my Patrol
This is our family car and work vehicle
We use our car every day. Very economical
The fact that it only needs servicing twice a year is a financial help
Purchased in January 2019.
Quite comfy and that V8 :)
Bought new in april and have put 10k kms on it, gets used on road and off road! Love it!
Around town averages 14.5ltrs per 100, out on the open roard averages 12ltrs per 100.
It feels very nimble for a large car, there has been a few rattles and squeaks in interior but nothing to hard to fix..
Offroad its very capable, all the different modes and diff lock is very handy..
Very happy with the buy..
Just on 70,000k’s. Leaking coming from timing cover. Will cost $3,000 to fix! Never had a car needing the engine removed for repairs at 70,000k’s. I was told it’s a known problem. Well, Nissan fix for me.
Build Quality gone missing
Bought this due to increasing price of rivals, and excellent room inside. Thought i could grab a bargain.
Previously owned 200 series and Disco 4's.
Engine is great, this power in a stock 4x4 is something aussies are yet to fully grasp.
Suspension does a good job for a car of this size. Nothing like the disco though.
Performs seriously well off-road for a stock wagon at 2.8t.
Towing is great, probably on par with the 200.
90% Country/Coastal use, with plenty of offroad & towing.
Uses about 2l more fuel than the 200. 21lph compared to 19lph.
Everything else however lets it down;...1) Seats are crap leather, and front seats move around due to poor elec motor setup. 2) Middle seats have no ergonomic support, and actually end up uncomfortable 3) All panel work is too thin, poor paint quality and overall feels fragile. 4) Interior creaks and is mostly thin crap plastic 5) Gearbox seems to wander off track once a day. 6) doors are lightweight crap, door seals leak Car has done under 10,000 and really keen to trade it in for a D4 or 200, as the build quality just isn't there. I now understand where nissan save 20k over a Toyota in build cost. Comes back to get what you pay for. you cant have a good full size 4by for less than 100k.
Purchased in May 2019 for $70,000.00.
Poor Quality Paint and Factory Tyres
After owner a land cruiser for last 10 years I made the change and regretting it already after 20,000kms. Going through the forums and from my experience Nissan Patrols paint is not up to Australian conditions unless you don't ever take it of the bitumen. Paint chips everywhere and Nissan can't explain. seems like a common issue. Also factory tyres are shot after 20,000kms and need replacing again. Alignments all in spec but no explanation or acknowledgment from Nissan, There customer service team are useless. Buyers beware!
Purchased in October 2018 for $68,000.00.
Just a great 4x4
Every 10000 km twice a year and have had a 2001 nissan as well and kept it for 11 years and was going good, that's why i went for another Nissan.
Purchased in April 2013 for $65,000.00.
Y62 Patrol V8 Power
Have now owned my patrol for over a year now and love it! awesome to drive and tow with. gets better fuel economy than my old zd30. very comfy and now have convinced 3 others to buy one love it
Purchased in May 2018 for $46,000.00.
love our nissan patrol
Purchased a new Patrol 6 months ago to pull our 2.8 ton van. Our old tow vehicle, a trusty turbo diesel Landcruiser which had been great but getting a bit long in the tooth. Did extensive research re the new cruiser and the patrol. The cruiser with the same equipment was $30000 more than the patrol. Have now covered 7000ks and unable to fault the patrol. Only down side is the foot operated park brake. Fuel use is better than the cruiser diesel. (Averaging 19.6/100lt towing the van compared with 22 with the cruiser). Great to drive around town. I am a lead foot and love the get up and go at the lights from a 2.8 ton rig.
Purchased in August 2018 for $76,000.00.
I love this car!!
Honestly I wish I could buy two! Best car I’ve ever owned! Love love love it!!! Average fuel consumption is about 13 per 100 which is better than my v6 Colorado :)
Purchased in June 2018 for $54,000.00.
Oustanding vehicle in every respect
I bought this car in preference to a Toyota Sahara which was far over priced and in my opinion inferior in every way to the Y62 Patrol. The engine is unparralled in a 4 wheel drive, is smooth as silk and awesomely powerful. The many standard features leave the Toyota’s for dead. Note that I was formally a Toyota driver but could not justify as extra $40,000 for a Sahara to a Toyota badge, which is the only difference I could see. I love this car and plan to use it to tow a caravan in the future. In my view $iesel is dead as they will not be able to meet the pollution laws in the near future.
Amazing car i'd buy it again tomorrow.
Ok I've been a Nissan person for years and owned every 4x4 Nissan has built just about., so when the family started to get bigger so did the car. We had a Qashqai and NP300 Navara, both cars i loved for different reasons but both far to narrow for 2 kids seats and a 3rd person in-between. So we went car hunting from LC200 and Infinity QX80 some larger US cars then ended up ordering a Patrol without even test driving one. We then booked a test drive after paying a deposit and at the better part of 100k the wife got nervous. So test drive day com...es along and my wife does the driving she starts the car and the smile was instant, the soft but present growl when the y62 starts is an amazing sound of power, not like a club sport Commodore thats just noisy and loud, its gentle yet gives the sense there is some serious grunt there. Ok so my wife drives it out of the dealership never having driven a V8 ( as all our last cars have been TD and the reason we never had a y62 ) she puts her foot down as she was used to in the QQ and NP300 and the smile got bigger as the Y62 has some go i mean some real get up n go ( We get 5.1 seconds 0-100 on 98% about 5.8 on 95% ) so after 10 minutes of driving she is more than sold on the car its got space some leg room others can only dream of, its quiet inside real quite to appreciate the V8 sound you have to let the windows down. The Bose sound is so clear and full it makes most other cars sound cheap and pitiful. We have owned it for 8 months now and done 30000KM and loved every meter of driving its brought back my enjoyment for driving long distances. Is it thirsty? if you plant your foot it can drink like a alcoholic at happy hour. can it be driven be fuel efficient? yes it can we get awesome milage out of it up to 900 per tank at 140L not bad for a 3T car with 400 horses to tame. We all know horses are not cheap but you don't hear XR8 or Clubsport drivers complaining about milage they buy the cars for love and passion, I suggest buying a Y62 for the same reason. Seems Aussies are tough a 4Xa needs to be Diesel and I was the same, the Patrol has taught me different. We have taken it on the beach and off road and she handles the same like a camel. On a small windy track in soft deep sand we came around a bend to find a Mitsubishi ASX beached n belly up with nowhere to go. so with 20inch wheels installed running 42PSI we hooked up the ASX turned of traction control put it in revers and skull dragged the mistsy out like it wasn't even hooked up. On and off road the Patrol is comfortable and quite you don't have to yell to have a conversation with fellow passengers in the car. the seats with their heating and cooling covered in a plush leather are nothing short of incredible over long distances i mean i drive until i need fuel sometimes that means 6-8 hours without getting out and I'm never sore. to instruments are well placed and very easy to use. Has the car got cons? sure it has while i love the entertainment system with its headrest monitors the layout of the HDMI and USB to play movies off is kind of stupid as both plugs are where the middle person in the rear puts their feet. We have broken numerous USB sticks and HDMI leads as they get kicked and trodden on so we actually bought DVD's for the kids again as they are loaded in the front.
Questions & Answers
Hello i have a 2000 y61 3l zd.
Was fine but then the turbo vent bad.
Replaced the turbo and now i bearly can get any power out of the engine.
Any tricks to find out whats wrong ?. No Nissan dealer available here.
Official exhaust emissions 2012 GU 8 automatic CRD 3.0 litre?
Why smoke is coming from exhaust and taking so long to start nissan patrol.
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