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Nissan Patrol 1996

The 1996 Nissan Patrol range of configurations is currently priced from $3,700. Our most recent review of the 1996 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 1996 Nissan Patrol carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Nissan Patrol 1996 Price and Specs

The Nissan Patrol 1996 is currently available from $3,700 for the Patrol RX (4X4) up to $11,330 for the Patrol ST (4X4).

Pricing guides

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Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
DX (4X4) SUV 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $5,600 $8,690
RX (4X4) SUV 2.8L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $4,400 $7,040
RX (4X4) SUV 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $5,600 $8,690
RX (4X4) SUV 4.2L ULP 4 SP AUTO 4X4 $3,900 $6,380
(4X4) Ute 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $7,000 $10,780
DX (4X4) Ute 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $7,000 $10,890
ST (4X4) Ute 4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4 $7,300 $11,330
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Nissan Patrol 1996 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 1996 Towing capacity

The Nissan Patrol’s towing capacity ranges from 2500kg to 2800kg. 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
RX (4X4) SUV 3.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4 2800kg
RX (4X4) SUV 2.8L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2800kg
RX (4X4) SUV 4.2L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4 2800kg
ST (4X4) SUV 2.8L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2800kg
DX (4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
(4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
ST (4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4 2500kg
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Nissan Patrol 1996 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1996 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
RX (4X4) SUV 3.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 4X4
(4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4
DX (4X4) Ute 4.2L,Diesel,5 SP MAN 4X4
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Nissan Patrol 1996 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1996 Nissan Patrol are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1930mm x 1855mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Nissan Patrol 1996 Dimensions  include 1815mm height, 1800mm width, 4810mm length.
Nissan Patrol Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
RX (4X4) SUV 1815x1800x4810 mm 235 mm
RX (4X4) SUV 1825x1930x4810 mm 235 mm
ST (4X4) SUV 1825x1930x4810 mm 235 mm
DX (4X4) SUV 1815x1800x4810 mm 235 mm
(4X4) Ute 1855x1780x4970 mm 220 mm
DX (4X4) Ute 1800x1930x4700 mm 235 mm
(4X4) Ute 1855x1690x4970 mm 220 mm
ST (4X4) Ute 1800x1930x4700 mm 235 mm
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Nissan Patrol 1996 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1996 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
RX (4X4) SUV 16x6 inches 16x6 inches
RX (4X4) SUV 15x7 inches 15x7 inches
ST (4X4) SUV 16x8 inches 16x8 inches
DX (4X4) SUV 16x5.5 inches 16x5.5 inches
(4X4) Ute 7.50R16x8 16x5.5 inches 7.50R16x8 16x5.5 inches
DX (4X4) Ute 7.50 R16 16x5.5 inches 7.50 R16 16x5.5 inches
(4X4) Ute 7.50-R16-8PR 7.50-R16-8PR
ST (4X4) Ute 10R15 15x7 inches 10R15 15x7 inches
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