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    Default 2003 Nissan Patrol 4.8 GRX Tiptronic

    I am looking to change my 2001 Range Rover for another vehicle. I have the option of purchasing a 2003 Nissan Patrol 4.8 GRX Tiptronic for R250 000. Has anyone here driven one? Are they really heavy on fuel? Any information would be welcome.

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    My dad recently bought that exact model with OME suspension.
    It is really big...which is awesome. It is very very capable offroad...duh...
    The ride is somewhat (not too much) bumpy...partly the SFA...partly the heavy duty OME springs.

    It is quite heavy on juice. He has not seen 5km/lt yet. Between 4.1 and 4.8 km/lt so far. Offroad and highway driving. Eish!!!.

    He got his cheaper than R250000 with 115000km on the clock. Just mentioning it. Use it don't use it.

    Apart from that it is a Patrol.......nough said
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    I cant really comment on the 4.8, but had a 4.5. The '4500' on the doors isn't the engine size, its the meters / liter. Exceptional vehicle and I'll probably never again be able to afford something as big comfortable and extremely capable in all types of terrain. Handles highways as easily as the worst trails.

    Expensive to repair, but then they dont break. A clutch way back then was R5500 and it takes 7, yes seven, mechanics to lift the gearbox back into its place.

    Other than that I had mine dyno tuned with a freeflow exhaust and it really increased mileage and power.

    ENJOY!!
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    I drive the 4.8GL manual. I get 5.2km/l on highway driving at 120km/h. Got 4.2km/l on average while towing and with heavy load. In Namib dunes I got about 3.8km/l.

    This means R2.00 to R2.50 per km. In the Jeep 4.7V8, I got 6-7km/l.

    It is a very capable and comfortableand reliable vehicle. I paid R330k for a 2006 with 8000km on clock. R250k for 2003 sound a little high, specialy in the current economic climate. Vehicle sales are slow and prices have dropped a lot.
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    With my old one I get the rated 5.5km/liter, may be a tad worse now with the MT's, it's difficult to ascertain accurately because I fitted the tyres similtaneous to that big petrol price hike.

    I thought the newer 4.8l's would have been lighter on juice.

    Rampie, I'm still dreaming about that exhaust system. Wildcat want about R4.5k for a complete system in 63mm stainless, I want to ask TNT what they'd charge.
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    I bought a new 2008 patrol 4.8 GRX.Had a 4l Pathfinder before that.Patrol much more capable off road as well on tar than Pathfinder.Also lighter on fuel than pathfinder .I get 5.2km /l in town.Got less than 5km/l; with pathfinder

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    Jy praat nou eers Herman :-) I paid 4K for my Safari's 63mm "Stinray" (Wildcat Boksburg)

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    'n Vragie: As ek 120km/h (GPS lesing) ry, lÍ my revolusies so by 3300/m. Dit voel vir my hoog. Die Toyotas het almal so 2300 - 2500 rpm gery toe ons NamibiŽ toe was.

    Ek wik en weeg al lankal om 33" Hercules Terra Trac's op te sit. Dit sal my op 120km/h teen laer revolusies laat ry en ook die 10km/h fout op die speedo regstel. Wat gaan dit aan die petrol doen? Sal ek dan maar 'n Unichip en free flow moet laat opsit om op te maak vir die verlies aan krag? Het iemand praktiese ervaring?
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    Herman, I appreciate that any exhaust shop can make up an exhaust system in bigger diameter tubing.....but what about the headers...THAT'S a different ballgame.
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    Ek wik en weeg al lankal om 33" Hercules Terra Trac's op te sit. Dit sal my op 120km/h teen laer revolusies laat ry en ook die 10km/h fout op die speedo regstel. Wat gaan dit aan die petrol doen? Sal ek dan maar 'n Unichip en free flow moet laat opsit om op te maak vir die verlies aan krag? Het iemand praktiese ervaring?

    Nee wat jy kan maar gerus 33" opsit - Daai Patrol is meer as sterk genoeg met sy 190kw.

    Ek het van 265 na 285 (33") BFG A/T op my 105GX gegaan met 165kw sonder pyne en nou loop hy en die GPS saam, en lyk en loop sommer baie beter.

    Die spaarwiel kan so bietjie lol as die plek waar hy sit so bietjie knap is vir die nuwe 33" spaarwiel - maak net seker.

    Daar was geen gevoel van krag verlies nie, en die brandstofverbruik verskil was nie eers meetbaar nie - onthou nou net jou speedo is meer akkuraat as jy die somme doen (Gebruik GPS vir branstofverbruik somme)

    En vergeet van die Unichip en freeflow sit eerder 'n OME/Ironman suspension in as jy nog nie het nie.

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    JAS, ek stem, suspension mods should priority over exhaust and unichip.

    I think I will definately put a free flow exhaust on mine soon-ish. TNT - R4400 Wildcat - R4600 Ace (germiston) - R5400(two sil. boxes) or R5700(three sil. boxes)

    I'm told that what Ace fit is actually a Cowley...can anybody confirm that.

    TNT are pretty reputable...I think I read about them on this forum.
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    I have used a lot of TNT branches.

    They make a good product.
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    Thanks Henri....I think I'll go with them!
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    I didn't do branches but did the freeflow at Speedys George. They did an excellent job and cost me just over 1.5k. I'll go back to them for the branches later. They quoted me about 2.2k for the branches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS View Post
    Nee wat jy kan maar gerus 33" opsit - Daai Patrol is meer as sterk genoeg met sy 190kw.
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    Die spaarwiel kan so bietjie lol as die plek waar hy sit so bietjie knap is vir die nuwe 33" spaarwiel - maak net seker.

    En vergeet van die Unichip en freeflow sit eerder 'n OME/Ironman suspension in as jy nog nie het nie.
    Klaar OME, ARB en Laaie agter met 2de battery. Die spaarwiel sal 'n spacer nodig he as ek dinge so kyk om 'n 33" te vat. Ek wil volgende jaar Okovango toe en sal die bande voor daardie tyd wil opsit. Ek sal maar net solank moet begin spaar vir die petrol as dit hier by R16/l kos.
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    Everyone, Thanks for all the replies. I did buy the vehicle and have been on three trips since then. The vehicle had 80000km on the clock and was immaculate. Now it has no mudguards as i lost them on trails. Also added some scratches but nothing major. This BEAST is awesome. Best vehicle i ever had, my TDI caravelle has been used a handful of times since i got this vehicle. Absolutely no complaints or problems. If you can get one get it. Fuel bill is high but so powerful and great for the family trips. Thanks again to everyone who replied you were spot on. PATROL is great.



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