Nissan Patrol 1996
This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Nissan Patrol: Later models have more upmarket interiors, Easy to work on at home, Relatively low insurance costs
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.
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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|
Nissan Patrol 1996 Price and Specs
|Nissan Patrol Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|RX (4X4)||SUV||2.8L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4||$9,990||$36,998|
|RX (4X4)||SUV||4.2L Diesel 5 SP MAN 4X4||$9,990||$36,998|
|RX (4X4)||SUV||4.2L ULP 4 SP AUTO 4X4||$9,990||$36,998|
|RX (4X4)||SUV||3.0L ULP 5 SP MAN 4X4||$9,990||$36,998|
|(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|
Nissan Patrol Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Nissan Patrol here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Nissan Patrol 2006: Is it worth buying?
The vast majority of Nissan Patrols from 2006 have covered a lot more than 172,000km, so that’s definitely one thing in the vehicle’s favour. These seem to be a pretty good thing over time and kilometres as well, but there are still a few things to be wary of. The first of those is how the vehicle has actually been used in the past. Has it been used extensively off-road? Climb underneath and check for damage caused by rocks and try to gauge how hard a life the Patrol has had.
The other thing to bear in mind is that there were two diesel engines offered in this model. The biggest, a 4.2-litre turbo-diesel is a pretty good thing and tough enough to survive. The smaller unit, though, a three-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel doesn’t enjoy the same reputation for reliability and longevity. In fact, the smaller diesel is notorious for suffering an incorrect air-fuel mixture and/or turbo-boost spikes which can smash the pistons to bits. At which point the whole engine is junk. Should this happen, you might find that the cost of repairs is more than the actual value of the whole vehicle.
So that’s the bottom line: If the engine is a six-cylinder, it’s probably worth a punt if it’s cheap enough. If the engine is a four-cylinder, you might be wise to look for an expert on these engines to examine it and give a recommendation in person.
This model Patrol was also entangled in the Takata air-bag fiasco, so make sure the air-bags have been checked and replaced if necessary before driving it anywhere.
Nissan Patrol 2006: How much is it worth?
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.
Nissan Patrol: Resale value
Wow, that’s a rare beast, Tom. It’s also a bit of a unicorn and, since no two converted Patrol tippers were the same (more or less) there are no hard and fast rules on what they’re worth second-hand.
From the sound of things, yours is in very nice condition and has low kilometres, so they’re both good selling points. But from a buyer’s point of view, I’d want to know that the vehicle has been properly engineered (as these were converted to tippers by third party modifiers, rather than Nissan itself) and that it has all the paperwork necessary to obtain a roadworthy certificate and be legally registered. What your insurance provider will make of such a vehicle is up to them, but it’s another consideration for would-be buyers.
As for a price guide, the only similar vehicle I could find for sale at the moment was around the $20,000 mark. But this is a classic case of a vehicle being worth precisely what somebody else will pay for it.
What is the best tow vehicle to buy?
The GQ Patrol was a tough old bird, but it’s old and buying one now is a gamble. You could consider a Toyota Landcruiser, but again your budget will limit you to an older vehicle and that is always a risk. You could perhaps consider fitting power steering to the XF ute.