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Nissan Patrol 1989

The 1989 Nissan Patrol range of configurations is currently priced from $2,100. Our most recent review of the 1989 Nissan Patrol resulted in a score of 6 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Contributing Journalist David Morley had this to say at the time: In pretty much every way, the answer is yes. The GQ was tough, relatively well built, and rugged enough to cop the worst that most owners threw at it.

You can read the full review here.

This is what David Morley liked most about this particular version of the Nissan Patrol: Rugged off-roader., Still has potential to be reliable., Great reputation and good service support.

The 1989 Nissan Patrol carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2500 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Nissan Patrol 1989 Price and Specs

The Nissan Patrol 1989 is currently available from $2,100 for the Patrol DX (4X4) up to $11,110 for the Patrol ST (4X4).

Pricing guides

$6,605
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$2,100
Highest Price
$11,110
Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $3,700 $5,940
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L ULP 5 SP MAN 4X4 $2,100 $3,630
GLi (4x4) SUV 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $4,300 $6,930
ST (4X4) SUV 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $7,200 $11,110
(4X4) Ute 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $7,200 $11,110
(4X4) Ute 4.2L ULP 5 SP MAN 4X4 $3,700 $5,940
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Nissan Patrol 1989 Q&As

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

  • Is it worth getting the engine replaced in my 2002 Nissan Patrol?

    If you still want to drive a proper off-road four-wheel-drive, then maybe fixing what you already have is the wise way to go. Supply crunches and high demand have seen the prices of second-hand four-wheel-drives skyrocket. You might be in for a shock when you check the prices of second-hand replacements.

    Beyond that, it comes down to the overall condition of the rest of the vehicle. Off-roaders are big, heavy and sometimes complex machines and if the rest of the mechanical package isn’t in good condition, fitting a new engine will only attend to one of the vehicle’s ongoing cost-centres.

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  • Is it wise to buy a 2008 Nissan Patrol with an overhauled engine?

    Four-wheel-drives like the Patrol tend to do big mileages, so you often see them advertised with overhauled or reconditioned engines. That’s not a problem provided the work has been done properly and quality parts used.

    But you also need to talk to the seller and determine exactly what they mean by `overhauled’. A true overhaul will have included reconditioning the cylinder head, boring the cylinders, new pistons, new bearings, rings and even things like a new water pump and fuel pump. The receipts form the rebuild will tell the full story.

    Our bet would be on the car you’re looking at having had a piston failure (number three or four piston) which was too common on the ZD30 engine. At which point you need to find out whether the engine was completely rebuilt, or simply had a new set of pistons and a new turbocharger fitted.

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  • 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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Nissan Patrol 1989 Towing capacity

The Nissan Patrol has maximum towing capacity of 2500kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
GLI (4X4) SUV 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
ST (4X4) SUV 4.2L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
(4X4) Ute 4.2L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
(4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
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Nissan Patrol 1989 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1989 Nissan Patrol is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Nissan Patrol is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and ULP.

Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4
(4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4
(4X4) Ute 4.2L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4
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Nissan Patrol 1989 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1989 Nissan Patrol are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1930mm x 1995mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Nissan Patrol 1989 Dimensions  include 1815mm height, 1800mm width, 4240mm length.
Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
DX (4X4) SUV 1815x1800x4240 mm 235 mm
DX (4X4) SUV 1815x1800x4810 mm 235 mm
GLI (4X4) SUV 1815x1800x4810 mm 235 mm
ST (4X4) SUV 1825x1930x4240 mm 235 mm
(4X4) Ute 1855x1690x4970 mm 220 mm
(4X4) Ute 1855x1780x4970 mm 220 mm
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Nissan Patrol 1989 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1989 Nissan Patrol will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
DX (4X4) SUV 6x7.5 inches 6x7.5 inches
GLI (4X4) SUV 6x7.5 inches 6x7.5 inches
ST (4X4) SUV 15x10 inches 15x10 inches
DX (4X4) SUV 16x5.5 inches 16x5.5 inches
(4X4) Ute 8x7.5 inches 8x7.5 inches
(4X4) Ute 7.50R16x8 16x5.5 inches 7.50R16x8 16x5.5 inches
(4X4) Ute 7.50-R16-8PR 7.50-R16-8PR
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