1989 Nissan Patrol ST 4.2 dual fuel from Australia and New Zealand
I think I got a lemon
Air con compressor died at 320,000.
Power steering hose erupted at 322,000 ($180).
Brake hose did likewise ($80).
Clutch bit the dust at 328,000 ($1500).
I know GQ Patrols have a reputation as being bullet proof, but my old Trol was constantly off the road in need of repair. I even had my mechanic check it out prior to buying it, but that didn't give any hint of the wave of problems to come.
On the plus side, it was absolutely unstoppable off-road, I was surprised what it was capable of, and it would conquer stretches of dirt that I would've thought a stock 4x4 would get stuck on.
On road it had decent power, and was nice enough to drive, even the handling was OK. The steering was light, the clutch was light and gears changed easily. It was tiring to drive on a long trip though, typical old school 4x4 I guess, it preferred to stay under 80km/h.
I would buy another one for sure, just next time I hope I don't have so many dramas.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2011