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Nissan Patrol 2006: How much is it worth?

I have opportunity to buy 2006 Nissan Patrol 4.8Ti that has a genuine (less than) 44,000km on the odometer. The ex-owner lived abroad and the current owner is not interested in keeping it. It has no service history, however two mechanics state that it is in immaculate condition.

It requires new tyres because current ones are over 10 years old but, otherwise, it’s great. It’s due for a service and the last recorded service was at 40,000kms.

The owner is asking $20,000 but will take $18,000, is it a good buy? I currently drive a Toyota. I know that I should add brackets to the rear chassis if I intend to tow a caravan which I will eventually. What do you think?

That’s an awful lot of money for a 2006 Nissan Patrol, Heather, but there are a couple of mitigating factors. The first is the incredibly low mileage and if there’s a GU Patrol out there with fewer kilometres showing, then I’d be a bit surprised.

The second thing in the car’s favour is that it has the mighty 4.8-litre petrol six-cylinder engine which is one of the best towing engines ever made for a passenger vehicle. A Patrol with that engine will always find a buyer even if, at $18,000, it’s right at the top of the price ladder. Then again, given that it represents more or less a brand-new 2006 Patrol (and this model was a cool $80,000 on the road back in the day) maybe $18,000 is a steal. Depends on how you look at it.

The only caveat is that it will use lots and lots of fuel and double that amount if you tow a caravan with it.