For the tough stuff
After owning three of the old model 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel auto patrols, my experience is that it is tough and reliable. The engine and turbo should be allowed to cool down for one to two minutes before switching it off after a hard or long run.
I have owned three Nissan Patrols since 1984, all from new and all manuals. My current Patrol has 55,600km on the clock. As a fulltime grey nomad, I have towed a 20-foot two-tonne caravan to all corners of Australia. They work hard both towing and off-road, and never have they complained. The current one drives and tows well, it is smooth and quiet, has lowrange torque and is tough offroad. It gets 11.5L/100km in the city and 15.0L when towing. The only problem to speak of is a rear axle seal, which has had to be repaired twice.
I have owned a GU Patrol since new. It has done just on 250,000km without a problem, including a round-Australia trip towing a pop-top caravan. I have recently replaced shock absorbers and the only expenditure other than services has been tyres. We have been impressed with the reliability but less so with the power when towing uphill. Fuel consumption on our roundAustralia trip averaged 14.0L/100km, which we regard as excellent — non-towing trips average about 10.0L and it’s thirsty around town.
A tough wagon made for towing or off-roading.
Some of today’s wagons look like four-wheel drives, some even pretend to be tough offroaders but when it comes to the crunch few cut it in the rough going like the Nissan Patrol. The Patrol, a genuine goanywhere four-wheel drive, made no pretence of...
loads, such as a horse float or large caravan. Safety wasn’t one of its virtues. Being based on an old model with a separate chassis, the Patrol was rather dated as it came to the end of it long model life. However, it did have the basics of dual...