1981 Nissan Patrol Review from Australia and New Zealand

1981 Nissan Patrol MQ 3.3L diesel (SD33)

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 3.3L diesel (SD33) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance443625 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


Excellent reliability and pleasurable to drive


Some bad rust has occurred on the tailgate hinges, the door sills and inside the roof.

Overheating at 400000kms resulted in excessive black smoke and reduced power.

Batteries not charging properly due to faulty regulator unit.

General Comments:

The 24 volt battery system is inefficient, and combined with the SD33 engine provides a downsized truck feel.

The vehicle is very reliable and has had no major problems until its later years.

Although a little sluggish on the road, the old patrol has the power and torque when you need it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2004

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review