The GU Patrol is an exceptional vehicle for adventuring and four wheel driving. In fact aside from the Toyota range of vehicles the GU is our number one pick for off road use. There are a few mechanical faults that they are common for.
Below is the list of what we have seen frequently.
Drive belt tensioners fail all the time and become noisy.
The Return fuel lines on top of injectors can leak fuel
The Mass airflow meters fail. These should be cleaned every service.
It is advised to never run the K&N air filters in these cars. They are an oil coated filter and the result is the MAF (Mass air flow meter) becomes covered in this oil and fails.
Zd30 are called the grenade engines. Due to them melting pistons caused by overboosting. The turbo is controlled by the ECU. Winding up the boost mechanically will cause melting pistons.
Egr pipe on rear of engine cracks.
Exhaust manifolds warp usually at the back near the firewall.
Like any new diesels its definetly worth spending the few hundred in a decent catch can. This will save you a lot of problems later on.
Overheating issues. Theres a few things which cause this.
Coolant temp sensor will read its hot when it actually isnt.
Blocked radiator due to mud in front of it. T
he radiators also leak.
Thermostat failure is also common. These are not much fun to replace.
Viscous fan hub failure.
Common wear and tear items.
Front and rear panhard bushes
drag link and tie rod play
front swivel hubs leak
wheel bearing play in front
front radias arm bushes.
Rear upper and lower control arm bushes.
Clutches seem to go a lot on all petrol models.
Overall there not a bad car you just have to be mindful they need alot of attention. The drivelines on patrols are very strong and can keep up with a lot of abuse.
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