2001 Nissan Patrol Review

2001 Nissan Patrol 3.0 TD GR 5dr 3.0TD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0TD Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carNissan Narvara

Summary:

Very capable - WHEN ITS RUNNING

Faults:

We have now had 3 engines fitted in 3 years, and now this 3rd engine is overheating badly.

We have had 2 gearboxes fitted, and now this 2nd gearbox is beginning to clunk into reverse gear, the same as the other 2 gearboxes.

We have fitted a new ECU just 9 months ago.

We fitted a new radiator 9 months ago.

We have just fitted a new a/c condenser unit.

General Comments:

This vehicle should be a total embarressment to Nissan, but the service and back up from them has been very poor, their general attitude has been to try and avoid any commitment whatsoever to this vehicle and its problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2004

2nd Jan 2009, 10:36

I own an 01 PATROL, and have owned several Jeeps and Toyotas, but the Patrol is on top of them all.

I have 350 000 km in mine, and with no problems whatsoever except some bushings and a clutch plate, but those were quite cheap to replace.

I go off-roading daily, and it performs exceptional (may I add quite better than some tractors), so out of 10 I give the Patrol a solid 9 because it has everything it needs to be a good solid vehicle off road as well as on road, but it's a bit too rigid on road.

22nd Apr 2012, 00:19

The 3.0 litre turbo diesel has a very well documented history of engine failure. It seems to be a problem with one of the sensors carboning up, then inaccurate readings are sent, causing the engine to run lean, overheating, then cracking pistons. If you replace the motor but not the sensor, the same problem will occur. Research 4wd forums for 5 minutes to read case after case of 3.0 turbo diesel problems. In Australia, 2nd hand 3.0 diesels are worth half what the older bigger 6 cylinder diesels are worth, because the old motors are in such high demand.

28th Feb 2014, 10:32

Hi, my name is Premdeep Karthak (aka JIMI). I am from Kathmandu Nepal!!

My first Nissan Patrol was a 1984 SWB with the SD 33 motor, and it was built tough, but the engine was horrible!

Then I managed to buy a 1990 Nissan Patrol LWB Y60 model with the TD 42 engine, and then after that that I bought a 2001 model Patrol with the ZD 30 (3.0 litre turbo).

I must say that the only good Patrol, which is the best they have made, is the Y60 model with the TD 42 six cylinder engine... the one with the 3.0 litre engine was a big disappointment as the diesel filter kept clogging for no reason! This engine was too complex and never really gave the optimum performance... I say NISSAN should go back to the drawing board and build the Y60 versions with engines like the hardy TD 42 straight six diesel engines! The 3.0 engines are very bad.

28th Feb 2014, 13:19

They never will - because those engines do not comply with current and future emissions regulations.

Average review marks: 4.6 / 10, based on 1 review