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    Y62 Patrol Off road and Outback Touring

    Ok new to the forum. I used to have a Nissan patrol, one of the early GU,s.
    Moved away from Patrols, looking to come back.
    I can convince myself to buy one just on the smooth drive and V8 power.
    However I cannot find out much about their off road ability and suitability for outback touring.
    I have heard of the departure angle and rear bumper issue, sagging if you add a bull bar and the lack of heavy duty springs.
    I wonder about Premium unleaded availability in the back of beyond.
    All of these concerns have been pointed out by non owners I might add, so what are the facts ? help get me across the line.
    I like touring the Vic high country, and outback tracks, no kids to worry about just me and the boss.
    Any advice gladly accepted.
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    Welcome to the forum , the unleaded availability in the outback is actually pretty good these days and I've only seen one or two mainly stations that only sell diesel .
    Most give their machine a two inch lift at minimum but even stock they aren't that bad , if you add gear that's heavy you upgrade your suspension .

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    PULP availability in rural/remote WA is patchy, very patchy, but you can carry a couple of bottles of octane additive to fix that.
    My daughter has a Works Special Mini (goes like stink I must say) and that is what she does to get to and from the East when crossing the Nullabor.

    The rest of the issues with the Y62 are pretty much as posted on blogs/forums but you are correct, listen only to the owners not the 'don'twannabees' who drive Prados, Great Walls or Ssangyongs
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    Thanks for the replies, was not aware of the octane additive.
    Will look into lift.
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    Yes I missed the Premium bit sorry and ET would be right about its availability .

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    This is what we use in her 'MinMin',

    https://www.nulon.com.au/products/fu...octane-booster
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    This is second hand info, so take it with a grain of Himalayan salt.
    Our very close family friends bought a Y62 about 2 years ago. Before the Y62, they had a 2003 Y61. They replaced it when the pump let go.
    Like me, they LOVE the high country and are up there every second they get. So they've taken the 62 up there a fair bit.
    The only only only complaint they have, is lack of clearance underneath... IN contrast to the 61, he reckons he keeps scraping, hitting bumping, the belly of it much more compared to when he had the Y61. Both of the patrols he had, had NO lift and the suspension is in factory state . So I don't know how a lift kit on a 62 would perform...
    Other than that, they love the car to bits. I do too, as I've driven theirs many times with a massive smirk on my face when the right foot gets heavy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodge View Post
    This is second hand info, so take it with a grain of Himalayan salt.
    Our very close family friends bought a Y62 about 2 years ago. Before the Y62, they had a 2003 Y61. They replaced it when the pump let go.
    Like me, they LOVE the high country and are up there every second they get. So they've taken the 62 up there a fair bit.
    The only only only complaint they have, is lack of clearance underneath... IN contrast to the 61, he reckons he keeps scraping, hitting bumping, the belly of it much more compared to when he had the Y61. Both of the patrols he had, had NO lift and the suspension is in factory state . So I don't know how a lift kit on a 62 would perform...
    Other than that, they love the car to bits. I do too, as I've driven theirs many times with a massive smirk on my face when the right foot gets heavy!
    That is interesting feedback Eric, being an IFS and a IRS car there should be Mountains More ground clearance. If your rubbing its belly more than a GU then Im surprised as normally its the pumpkins that hit before the belly. When was the last time you rubbed the belly of your GU? I have not read a single negative on these things. they took some negative feedback when they first hit the market but that was because they were soo far away from a beam axle Diesel GU but damn they have now made their mark. Id have no hesitation buying one and going bush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudRunnerTD View Post
    That is interesting feedback Eric, being an IFS and a IRS car there should be Mountains More ground clearance. If your rubbing its belly more than a GU then Im surprised as normally its the pumpkins that hit before the belly. When was the last time you rubbed the belly of your GU? I have not read a single negative on these things. they took some negative feedback when they first hit the market but that was because they were soo far away from a beam axle Diesel GU but damn they have now made their mark. Id have no hesitation buying one and going bush.
    Its not so much the ground clearance but the ramp over. It is further between the axles than a gu. A lift would help this a little. The 62 has a great approach angle in standard form but has a bit of a fat arse and departure angle isnt as good as approach. Like the gu everything is well is side the chassis underneath and they even have some decent guarding under neath for a standard vehicle.

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    Info on fuel only thing I wonder about is the canning stock route you can buy drums of PULP but be prepared to mortgage the house for it .

    http://www.travel-australia-online.com/LPG.html

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