9th Apr 2004, 03:56

I had a Nissan Patrol from September 2001 to December 2003.

From the first service it required more than a dozen visits to the dealer to repair faults with the engine management - completed July 03 finally. But -- worse - the brake pedal started to go down to the floor -- it was taken to the dealer again repeatedly from April 032 till August, 03 when I had it examined by an independent - and was warned not to drive it as the brakes and other parts were defective.

Over the next 3 months, while off the road, it was examined independently, failed an MOT, was tested by the RAC and examined by Lothian and Borders Police -- in all cases it failed on brakes. Nissan would not discuss, as it was a contract hire, and I was not the owner -- just the driver whose life was at risk. The contract hire company Lombard took it away on 5th December, but continue to invoice it to me. They recently sent a letter via their lawyer saying it had been examined and repaired, and passed an MOT, and there were no brake faults. I have passed them, and dealer the pages of the MOT test manual, which confirms that a pedal touching the floor is a failure point. Email me if you require more or have same problem.


20th May 2004, 13:13

I've heard about huge problems with the 3.0L diesel. It will probably blow the head within 80.000km as the flow of oil is badly designed and it overheats. It used to be a very popular off road vehicle in Iceland, but now other brands are taking over.

30th Sep 2004, 00:54

2000 Nissan Patrol GU - seems there are a huge number of disgruntled owners regards to gearbox failure... but how on earth do you convice Nissan that we know that they know there is a problem! any answers on who to contact in australia who might hear you out and be willing to accept liability of this failure?

15th Aug 2007, 15:04

I am from panama, I have a nissan patrol 2002 diesel, and it has been a real pain in the ass, I'm trying to sell it for a toyota.

28th Sep 2007, 08:37

Here in Guyana, we have been encountering the same problems with the patrols-zd30 engine, 5 speed gearbox. We bought two patrols for use in our hinterland operations, and at around 25,000+ miles, the dual-mass flywheels started to fail. It was hell trying to convince the dealers that it was a manufacturer's fault, and not bad driving technique-turns out Nissan didn't even bother to inform them of problems encountered elsewhere. we have tried welding and riveting the flywheels, but that only lasts about 6,000-10,000 miles, then the flywheel is junk. The vehicles are now parked-wasted money, with no recourse in sight from Nissan.

2nd Jan 2009, 04:56

We are about to buy a 2000 Nissan Patrol and after I read these comments, I am now thinking maybe not to get this car.

It has 200,413 Km on it and I am hoping that all these troubles have passed :)

What are any comments about this purchase?


Blue Mountains fieros "Sydney Australia"

30th Mar 2010, 05:50

Come back Izuzu, all is forgiven. I have, or should I say had, a 2003 Nissan Patrol. Nothing but trouble. First the fly wheel, then the turbo and now the flywheel again, plus clutch that drove the thrust washers into the sump, needing a new engine. What a waste of 40,000+€. Previously my 2.8 Izuzu Trooper gave me 400,000 miles with no trouble, and is still going strong.

4th Mar 2011, 14:21

So it's better to have a Pajero? How about the spare parts of the Patrol? Is it difficult to find nowadays? I'm planning to have a 2nd hand 2001-2002 Nissan Patrol..

12th May 2011, 01:26

Nissan Patrol ZD30 2000 model has a hole in no.1 piston and cracks in the other 3 pistons. I have rebuilt the engine and fitted a new turbo. Drove the vehicle around the block a couple of times and the brand new turbo failed in less than 20km.

The vehicle was brought new from Nissan and other than regular servicing at 5000km intervals it never missed a beat. Now it has all turned bad and I wish I had never seen or heard of ZD30 engines.

Do not buy one unless you want a lemon.