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Nissan Patrol

The Nissan Patrol is one of the cars that helped open up Australia, spawning a long-running but mostly good natured feud between Patrol owners and Toyota LandCruiser fans that crosses generations.

The large seven seat, four-door SUV is a shadow of its former rugged self, though, with the long-awaited sixth-generation Patrol launching in 2010 in petrol form only. With the US and the Middle East not interested in diesel, Australian sales wouldn't justify the development costs of adding a new diesel. It's still a tough, ladder-frame off-roader with real ability, but a lack of driving range plays against it.

Current prices range from $77,760 to $93,365 for the Patrol Ti (4x4) and Patrol Ti-L (4x4).

Nissan Patrol Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Nissan Patrol varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $66,500 and going to $97,240 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 5.6L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $66,500 $97,240
2021 SUV 5.6L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $77,760 $93,365
2020 SUV 5.6L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $66,500 $97,240
2019 SUV 5.6L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $54,500 $94,160
2018 SUV 5.6L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $51,400 $80,300
2017 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $27,300 $39,820
2017 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $30,800 $75,460
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Nissan Patrol Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Nissan Patrol here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What's a good 4WD for the outback?

    You really have two ways to go here. The fact that you want to go off-road in the best/worst conditions this country has to offer means an SUV or cross-over just isn’t going to cut it. With that in mind, you’re looking at either a dual-cab ute or a conventional four-wheel-drive wagon.

    In the ute world, there’s plenty of choice within your budget, but you need to be careful that the vehicle in question hasn’t been worked to death by a tradie towing a bobcat Monday to Friday. The popularity of these vehicles, meanwhile, means that there’s lots of choice when it comes to aftermarket bits and pieces to complete your dream vehicle.

    The other route – a conventional wagon-style 4X4 – also places a lot of choice within your budget. The Toyota LandCruiser Prado would be a good choice, as would something like a Mitsubishi Pajero which has always represented good value for money both brand-new and second-hand. You could also look at Nissan Patrols which also give you plenty of car for the money and, if you shop carefully, you could find a really nice LandCruiser 80 Series, reckoned by some to be the absolute pinnacle of off-road wagons, even though they’re getting on a bit now. There’s great aftermarket and service support for all these options, so it will come down to your personal preferences.

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  • Are Nissan Patrols prone to overheating?

    The ZD30 will probably not be remembered as one of Nissan’s greatest engines. In good condition and running properly, they’re not a bad unit, but they have managed to develop a reputation for – as you’ve identified – giving problems long before they should.

    Any off-roader’s engine is liable to overheat, especially when you’re working it hard in the bush with minimal air-flow through the radiator. Many Patrol owners have identified this and fitted larger, aftermarket radiators to fix the issue. A bigger worry is the engine’s propensity to explode – usually – number three of four piston with catastrophic results.

    The trade has a few theories including a build-up of oil and soot (which forms black gunk) that partially blocks the inlet tract that causes uneven mixtures across all four cylinders. At that point, you could have hot-spots occurring that can potentially melt pistons. Another theory holds that the same black gunk was messing with the engine’s sensors and allowing them to send false information back to the computer, again leading to incorrect air-fuel mixtures.

    Boost spikes were another problem, apparently caused by the engine’s slow response to commands from the computer. In extreme cases, turbo-boost could increase violently and damage pistons. Even then, it wasn’t that simple, because Nissan itself seems to have misunderstood the engine, originally specifying an oil capacity of too little, leading to oil starvation and engine damage. The company quickly added a couple of litres to the specification (for a total of 8.3 litres) and instructed its dealers to shorten and recalibrate dipsticks when the cars came in for servicing.

    For all that, the ZD30 has gathered its admirers who value its performance and reduced fuel consumption over some other turbo-diesel Patrol engines. For our money though, if you can afford it, the bigger, less stressed TD42 turbo-diesel is the pick of the Patrol engines from this era. The catch there is that the TD42 was only available with a five-speed manual while the ZD30 could be had with an optional four-speed automatic.

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  • Why is the fuel consumption high in my 2000 Nissan Patrol?

    I assume you mean it’s higher than normal, because these were thirsty trucks to begin with. The 4.8-litre petrol six-cylinder engine could easily consume 20 litres per 100km at freeway speeds and a lot more around town or in the bush. Even the turbo-diesels were no sippers.

    But a sudden jump in fuel consumption can often be traced back to either tuning or a glitch in part of the fuelling system. Make sure the car is serviced and has a clean air filter and new spark plugs (if it’s a petrol engine). You can also have the fuel-injection system checked to make sure you don’t have a stuck injector that is pouring fuel into the engine when it doesn’t need it.

    If the engine is fit and healthy, you can then make sure the car doesn’t have a dragging brake or another mechanical problem that is – literally – dragging it down. Don’t ignore the other basics, either; under-inflated tyres can also cause high fuel consumption. And, have you fitted a roof rack lately? These can easily add a full litre per 100km to your overall consumption figures, just through wind-drag.

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  • What is the best second-hand model of the Nissan Patrol?

    While the later Y62 Nissan Patrol was petrol V8 only (and a thirsty one at that) it’s also way out of your budget. Go back in time to the old faithful GQ model, and you’re going too far back, as these are now quite old vehicles. Which leaves you with the GU model which fits within your budget but is still new enough to be around in good numbers and in good condition.

    Within that GU model-window, the version I’d recommend is the earlier 4.2-litre turbo-diesel model built from 1997 to 2007. While there were other turbo-diesel engines offered in the GU, they were problematic, especially compared with the tough 4.2-litre unit. There was also large-capacity six-cylinder petrol engine, but that has a monstrous thirst as well. Given that you want to tow a camper and do some off-roading, the extra range and fuel efficiency of the turbo-diesel will be a bonus.

    The only catch is that this engine was only ever tied to a five-speed manual gearbox, and if you want an automatic, you need to look elsewhere.

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Nissan Patrol Colours

  • Brilliant Silver
  • Black Obsidian
  • Gun Metallic
  • Galaxy Gold
  • Hermosa Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Nissan Patrol 2019.

Nissan Patrol Towing Capacity

The Nissan Patrol has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2020 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2019 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2018 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2017 SUV 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 3200kg 3200kg
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Nissan Patrol Fuel Consumption

The Nissan Patrol is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 14.4L/100km for SUV /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 14.4L/100km 5.6L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 14.4L/100km 5.6L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 14.4L/100km 5.6L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 14.4L/100km 5.6L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 10.9L/100km 3.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
2017 SUV 14.4L/100km 5.6L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2017 Ute 12.5L/100km 3.0L Diesel 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Nissan Patrol Pricing and Specs for 2021

Nissan Patrol Dimensions

The dimensions of the Nissan Patrol SUV and Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1940x1995x5165 mm 272 mm
2020 SUV 1940x1995x5165 mm 272 mm
2019 SUV 1940x1995x5165 mm 272 mm
2018 SUV 1940x1995x5165 mm 272 mm
2017 Ute 1895x1840x5115 mm 210 mm
2017 SUV 1875x1840x4950 mm 230 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Nissan Patrol Dimensions

Nissan Patrol Wheel Size

The Nissan Patrol has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 265x70 R18 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 265x70 R18 265x70 R18
2020 SUV 265x70 R18 18x8 inches 265x70 R18 18x8 inches
2019 SUV 265x70 R18 18x8 inches 265x70 R18 18x8 inches
2018 SUV 265x70 R18 18x8 inches 265x70 R18 18x8 inches
2017 SUV 265x70 R16 16x8 inches 265x70 R16 16x8 inches
2017 Ute 7.50 R16 16x5.5 inches 7.50 R16 16x5.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Nissan Patrol Wheel Sizes

Nissan Patrol Seats

The following Nissan Patrol is available with either seven seats in the Ti-L variant, or eight seats in the Ti variant. Both the Ti and Ti-L are available with either black or light tan leather accented seat trim.

Nissan Patrol Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Nissan Patrol 2019.

Nissan Patrol Boot Space

The Nissan Patrol SUV has a boot space size of 468 Litres.
Nissan Patrol Boot space Nissan Patrol Boot space