1998 Nissan Patrol SGL-D, GQ60 4.2 diesel from Namibia
* Radiator started to leak at the Zimbabwe-Botswana border. Used powdered curry to fix the problem.
* At 215000km at the Skeleton Coast, the front auto hub bearing started to make a noise. Turned the hub switch to full time - problem solved.
* Injectors stared to give troubles at 230000 km - a new set with work was 380 euro.
* Seats are uncomfortable for long drives - still have to find a solution to that...
4x4 legend. Big, chunky, reliable and dirt cheap to maintain, as long as you stick to regular oil changes (that's 9l every 5000 km).
Great for travelling! I removed the back seats, made a plywood arrangement to have a flat floor, installed a proper mattress, and took a drive through Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean (over 6000 km).
This vehicle is a mammoth - a dead breed. No more Patrols with solid front axles are made by Nissan, except a single cab version. My Patrol uses about 13 liters of diesel for every 100 km. A bit more in the city drive mode.
It is not capable of reaching 100km per hour in less than 5 seconds, or even 15 seconds later it still is far from reaching 100 km/h, especially up-hill. Nevertheless, I love my car, because I can trust it. When travelling to places where one's life depend on a car's reliability and speed is not an issue, you can trust Patrol to get you through your adventure, and then back to civilization.
This type of car will be highly sought after item in less than 20 years, that's my prediction.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th January, 2012