For the tough stuff

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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...

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