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Nissan Patrol GR 3.0 Di SE+ 3dr

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      03.02.2004 23:24
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      Monterous! A 20 year Landcruiser owner with fond memories of just one Patrol in the 1900's I finally realised that I need to get back to Nissan. As fine a truck as the Landcruiser is, this beast has got it all! The 4-pot 3.0 Di is hugely powerful and while turning in about 29 mpg in general use wil pull a mountain away in low box. I recently pulled a London Double Decker Bus (12 Tonnes) up a 1:15 gradient for 1500 metres in Low 2 and the engine temperature guage just stayed on Normal! If you want Military build quality there its all here. The Landcruiser is an absolute ballerina off-road; I was never stopped by any obstruction,s but what the Patrol lack in balletic performance it more than makes up for with brute power. The diff lock is fantastic as is the de-mountable rear stabiliser. I always preferred the Nissan Semi-Auto hub arrangement to the Aisin used by Toyota and the whole package of traction, power and low,low down torque simply betters the 'Cruiser in an overall view. Cruising on tarmac in the Patrol is quiet and confident. I can't understand the reviews that talk about 'vague' steering and "stiff, unyielding suspension". It a 2.5 Ton Utility for God's Sake, not an Aston-Martin. All in all I'm so pleased to be back with Nissan; they really ironed out the problems with the GR 4.2 with this one; the 4.2 was a normally-aspirated deisel and felt like driving an HGV. And, just in case you were considering the 1998- 6-pot 2.8 GR, don't. It was not as reliable as the 4.2 GR and that 6-banger really guzzled deisel. Save 5 Grand and get powerful, reliable and SAFE motoring for years.


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