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Nissan Patrol GR 4x4 (98 - 04) review

(1998 - 2004)
Nissan Patrol GR 4x4 (98 - 04)
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Which used Nissan Patrol 4x4 should I buy?

Nissan played around with the Patrol range throughout its life, but there was only ever one engine at a time. It began with a 2.8-litre turbodiesel, but a 3.0-litre model replaced it in May 2000, and that's the engine we recommend.

Otherwise, your most major decision is whether to choose the short-wheelbase three-door or the larger five-door. For us, given that either model is pretty huge, the five-door makes the most sense, especially as most versions have seven seats, giving it some useful extra practicality. Besides, from January 2003, the smaller model was scrapped.

It's also worth buying a model from after January 2002, when the suspension was revised to improve the Patrol's behaviour on-road.

Avoid the most basic models as they lacked air-con. Instead, go for at least SE, which became the entry-level trim after the basic models were dropped in May 2000.

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Which used Nissan Patrol 4x4 should I buy?

Nissan played around with the Patrol range throughout its life, but there was only ever one engine at a time. It began with a 2.8-litre turbodiesel, but a 3.0-litre model replaced it in May 2000, and that's the engine we recommend.

Otherwise, your most major decision is whether to choose the short-wheelbase three-door or the larger five-door. For us, given that either model is pretty huge, the five-door makes the most sense, especially as most versions have seven seats, giving it some useful extra practicality. Besides, from January 2003, the smaller model was scrapped.

It's also worth buying a model from after January 2002, when the suspension was revised to improve the Patrol's behaviour on-road.

Avoid the most basic models as they lacked air-con. Instead, go for at least SE, which became the entry-level trim after the basic models were dropped in May 2000.

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