Holden Jackaroo Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Holden Jackaroo reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Gears not working in 1992 Holden Jackaroo

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Aug 2020

There are two possibilities here. Either the shifter mechanism has jammed or failed and will only allow you to select second or fourth or, the gearbox itself has failed internally, and the ensuing mechanical carnage has jammed it up. The wild-card is the clutch which could have failed. If that was the case, though, I’d imagine you wouldn’t be able to select any gears at all with the engine running.

The first step would be to check from underneath whether the gear linkages and selectors have somehow got tangled up in each other – it can happen – but if that’s not the case, then I’m afraid it’s probably a gearbox-out job. Make sure you fit a new clutch when it all goes back together.

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Holden Jackaroo 2000: What's causing the engine to rattle and blow smoke?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Oct 2018

It could be a problem with the diesel pump, it might be a problem with the turbocharger, or it could even be an internal problem with the engine itself. Get it to a diesel mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

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Jackaroo gasket

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Aug 2013

It could be a blown head gasket as your mechanic suggests, but he should be able to test it to determine if it is blown or not. You should also be able to see evidence in the form of a milky substance in the coolant if it is a blown head gasket.

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Turbo-diesel difficult to start

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Sep 2012

I would suggest you seek out a diesel specialist to work on your car. It is valued at about $8000 at best on the used car market, and that's when it's running well, so that should give you an idea of what to spend on it.

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Holden Jackaroo cooler

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Oct 2011

I wouldn't reconnect it. If the aftermarket cooler is designed to operate as a stand-alone one, and it's doing the job, then I would leave well enough alone.

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Ask Smithy Xtra LPG for Holden Jackaroo

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Aug 2011

The 2.6-litre engine should be fine, but there were some concerns with the early build 3.2-litre engines in the Jackaroo.

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Jackaroo fuel consumption

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Feb 2011

On average and depending on conditions I would expect 9.0-11.0 L/100 km. There were no concerns about the cylinder heads on the Jackaroo.

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Pajero a better choice

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2009

THE Jackaroo should be OK, but I'd look at a Pajero, which I think would be a better choice. As for the Falcon, the cars you are looking at have to be seen in isolation because of their age and kilometres. The Falcons are generally tough, but are known to have problems with radiators and head gaskets. At that number of kilometres I'd have the auto transmission carefully checked, particularly if you intend to tow.

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Pajero a better choice

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Jul 2009

THE Jackaroo should be OK, but I'd look at a Pajero, which I think would be a better choice. As for the Falcon, the cars you are looking at have to be seen in isolation because of their age and kilometres. The Falcons are generally tough, but are known to have problems with radiators and head gaskets. At that number of kilometres I'd have the auto transmission carefully checked, particularly if you intend to tow.

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'roo the day

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Feb 2008

IT'S not recommended that you convert the Jackaroo to LPG because the engine isn't really compatible. Holden had an LPG option available on the Rodeo with the Isuzu V6, but it proved troublesome. It was an Impco air-valve system and had many driveability problems. If you really want to convert to LPG, George Peake, of Victorian Autogas Supplies, recommends you take your car to a cylinder-head specialist and have the heads fitted with hardened valve seats and valves, then find an installer who will fit it with a generic injection system.

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