Likes

  • Colossal V8 powerplant
  • Spacious and luxurious interior
  • Extremely capable off-road

Dislikes

  • There are a few reliability concerns
  • Exterior build quality has seen some complaints from owners
  • Absolutely drinks petrol

Stuff you should know

The Nissan Patrol Y62, introduced in Australia in 2012, has become a recognisable name in the large SUV segment, demonstrating robustness and versatility. Over its life between 2012 and 2022, the Patrol Y62 has been tailored to Australian conditions, making it a popular choice for both urban and off-road driving.

In terms of dimensions, the Australian Y62 Patrol models typically measure around 5,160 mm in length, 1,995 mm in width, and a wheelbase of 3,075 mm, with a generous ground clearance of approximately 272 mm.

It’s equipped with a powerful 5.6L V8 engine, delivering 298 kW of power and 560 Nm of torque. This was paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission and featured Nissan’s Hydraulic Body Motion Control system.

Updates over the years have included aesthetic and technology enhancements, like enhanced infotainment systems and safety features. The 2020 update, in particular, brought revised styling, updated equipment levels, and additional colour options.

Fuel consumption for the Y62 has been a consideration, with an average combined cycle of around 14.5L/100 km. Despite this, the combination of luxury, off-road capability, and technological advancements have made the Nissan Patrol Y62 a celebrated choice for Australians seeking a dependable and versatile large SUV.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • Many owners have claimed the paint is poor quality, flaking easily even if they haven’t ventured off-road or to the beach. Some owners have even reported rust on the doors.
  • Some owners have also complained about the build quality of the doors. Being made of thin metal and the seals being poor quality.

 

Interior:

  • The infotainment system may become slow or unresponsive, the navigation system might not function properly.
  • The keyless entry and start system can fail, causing difficulties in starting the vehicle.

 

Mechanically:

  • Y62 Nissan Patrols may have issues with the air suspension system, including failure or leaks, resulting in poor ride quality and handling, and difficulties in raising or lowering, which can affect entering or exiting the vehicle.
  • The V8 engine in earlier model years may develop timing chain problems, leading to engine damage and potentially costly repairs.
  • There are reports of malfunctioning traction control systems, particularly those manufactured between 2013 and 2015. This can lead to loss of traction and stability on slippery/uneven roads; often caused by a faulty wheel speed sensor or malfunctioning control module.
  • In some models, stability control issues have been reported. The system may activate too aggressively, leading to unexpected loss of power or momentum.

 

Recalls:

  • December 2014 – The fuel pressure sensor in Nissan Pulsar, Patrol, Juke, and X-Trail vehicles, with 5,904 units affected, might loosen due to engine heat and vibration, potentially causing fuel leakage and a fire hazard.
  • August 2021 – A fault in certain Nissan Patrol vehicles manufactured from 2019 to 2020 could lead to engine stalling while driving due to improperly manufactured fuel pump modules, posing an accident risk and potential harm to occupants; 1,158 units are affected.

Exterior:

  • Many owners have claimed the paint is poor quality, flaking easily even if they haven’t ventured off-road or to the beach. Some owners have even reported rust on the doors.
  • Some owners have also complained about the build quality of the doors. Being made of thin metal and the seals being poor quality.

 

Interior:

  • The infotainment system may become slow or unresponsive, the navigation system might not function properly.
  • The keyless entry and start system can fail, causing difficulties in starting the vehicle.

 

Mechanically:

  • Y62 Nissan Patrols may have issues with the air suspension system, including failure or leaks, resulting in poor ride quality and handling, and difficulties in raising or lowering, which can affect entering or exiting the vehicle.
  • The V8 engine in earlier model years may develop timing chain problems, leading to engine damage and potentially costly repairs.
  • There are reports of malfunctioning traction control systems, particularly those manufactured between 2013 and 2015. This can lead to loss of traction and stability on slippery/uneven roads; often caused by a faulty wheel speed sensor or malfunctioning control module.
  • In some models, stability control issues have been reported. The system may activate too aggressively, leading to unexpected loss of power or momentum.

 

Recalls:

  • December 2014 – The fuel pressure sensor in Nissan Pulsar, Patrol, Juke, and X-Trail vehicles, with 5,904 units affected, might loosen due to engine heat and vibration, potentially causing fuel leakage and a fire hazard.
  • August 2021 – A fault in certain Nissan Patrol vehicles manufactured from 2019 to 2020 could lead to engine stalling while driving due to improperly manufactured fuel pump modules, posing an accident risk and potential harm to occupants; 1,158 units are affected.

Exterior:

  • Many owners have claimed the paint is poor quality, flaking easily even if they haven’t ventured off-road or to the beach. Some owners have even reported rust on the doors.
  • Some owners have also complained about the build quality of the doors. Being made of thin metal and the seals being poor quality.

 

Interior:

  • The infotainment system may become slow or unresponsive, the navigation system might not function properly.
  • The keyless entry and start system can fail, causing difficulties in starting the vehicle.

 

Mechanically:

  • Y62 Nissan Patrols may have issues with the air suspension system, including failure or leaks, resulting in poor ride quality and handling, and difficulties in raising or lowering, which can affect entering or exiting the vehicle.
  • The V8 engine in earlier model years may develop timing chain problems, leading to engine damage and potentially costly repairs.
  • There are reports of malfunctioning traction control systems, particularly those manufactured between 2013 and 2015. This can lead to loss of traction and stability on slippery/uneven roads; often caused by a faulty wheel speed sensor or malfunctioning control module.
  • In some models, stability control issues have been reported. The system may activate too aggressively, leading to unexpected loss of power or momentum.

 

Recalls:

  • December 2014 – The fuel pressure sensor in Nissan Pulsar, Patrol, Juke, and X-Trail vehicles, with 5,904 units affected, might loosen due to engine heat and vibration, potentially causing fuel leakage and a fire hazard.
  • August 2021 – A fault in certain Nissan Patrol vehicles manufactured from 2019 to 2020 could lead to engine stalling while driving due to improperly manufactured fuel pump modules, posing an accident risk and potential harm to occupants; 1,158 units are affected.

Should you buy it?

Whether you should buy one comes down to what you need it for. We see plenty trundling around the city, perfectly clean, with no evidence that it’s seen anything other than the supermarket car park or the school drop-off. If you see it as more of a tool to carry 7 people and their stuff around town, rather than having any real intention of heading off-road, there are plenty of other 7-seaters we’d recommend, like the Toyota Kluger, or Mazda CX-9. Otherwise, you’re just dragging around a near-3-tonne, V8-powered behemoth, for no reason. And with claimed fuel consumption of 14.5L/100km, you’re wallet will not thank you when you pull up to the fuel station.

On the flip side, the Nissan Patrol Y62 has become an icon of the Australian off-roading landscape. Commonly seen touring the country with a huge caravan, trailer, or horse float in tow. If you’re someone who has genuine intentions to use the Patrol for the reasons it was designed, the Patrol could be a great pick.

But, it’s not without its reliability concerns now that some are over ten years old. Best case, the Y62 you’re looking at came with a 5-year warranty, so unless you’re looking at something post-2018, it’s likely it will no longer have any factory support to speak of, so be very careful.

A pre-purchase inspection is critical, and if you can, get it up on a hoist to check for any signs of abuse off-road

Whether you should buy one comes down to what you need it for. We see plenty trundling around the city, perfectly clean, with no evidence that it’s seen anything other than the supermarket car park or the school drop-off. If you see it as more of a tool to carry 7 people and their stuff around town, rather than having any real intention of heading off-road, there are plenty of other 7-seaters we’d recommend, like the Toyota Kluger, or Mazda CX-9. Otherwise, you’re just dragging around a near-3-tonne, V8-powered behemoth, for no reason. And with claimed fuel consumption of 14.5L/100km, you’re wallet will not thank you when you pull up to the fuel station.

On the flip side, the Nissan Patrol Y62 has become an icon of the Australian off-roading landscape. Commonly seen touring the country with a huge caravan, trailer, or horse float in tow. If you’re someone who has genuine intentions to use the Patrol for the reasons it was designed, the Patrol could be a great pick.

But, it’s not without its reliability concerns now that some are over ten years old. Best case, the Y62 you’re looking at came with a 5-year warranty, so unless you’re looking at something post-2018, it’s likely it will no longer have any factory support to speak of, so be very careful.

A pre-purchase inspection is critical, and if you can, get it up on a hoist to check for any signs of abuse off-road or dodgy repair work. Be careful too, of any signs of crap mods or accessories that may have been fitted but then removed before selling. Also, if any of those accessories remain, make sure they work, make sure they’re good quality and ideally retain the receipts.

 

Should you buy it?

Whether you should buy one comes down to what you need it for. We see plenty trundling around the city, perfectly clean, with no evidence that it’s seen anything other than the supermarket car park or the school drop-off. If you see it as more of a tool to carry 7 people and their stuff around town, rather than having any real intention of heading off-road, there are plenty of other 7-seaters we’d recommend, like the Toyota Kluger, or Mazda CX-9. Otherwise, you’re just dragging around a near-3-tonne, V8-powered behemoth, for no reason. And with claimed fuel consumption of 14.5L/100km, you’re wallet will not thank you when you pull up to the fuel station.

On the flip side, the Nissan Patrol Y62 has become an icon of the Australian off-roading landscape. Commonly seen touring the country with a huge caravan, trailer, or horse float in tow. If you’re someone who has genuine intentions to use the Patrol for the reasons it was designed, the Patrol could be a great pick.

But, it’s not without its reliability concerns now that some are over ten years old. Best case, the Y62 you’re looking at came with a 5-year warranty, so unless you’re looking at something post-2018, it’s likely it will no longer have any factory support to speak of, so be very careful.

A pre-purchase inspection is critical, and if you can, get it up on a hoist to check for any signs of abuse off-road or dodgy repair work. Be careful too, of any signs of crap mods or accessories that may have been fitted but then removed before selling. Also, if any of those accessories remain, make sure they work, make sure they’re good quality and ideally retain the receipts.

 

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

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Models, pricing & features

Nissan Patrol Y62-2

Ti

Price when new: $69,990 - $93,390

Price used: $33,300 - $86,500

Equipment:

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
18″ Alloy Wheels
6 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
Air Conditioning – Rear
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Head for 3rd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – Input for iPod
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Bumpers
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
Brake Assist
CD Player
Camera – Front Vision
Camera – Rear Vision
Camera – Side Vision
Cargo Net
Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
Central Locking – Key Proximity
Chrome Door Handles – Exterior
Chrome Door Handles – Interior
Chrome Grille Surround
Chrome Window Surrounds – Exterior
Clock – Digital
Colour Display Screen – Front
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Hill Descent
Control – Park Distance Front
Control – Park Distance Rear
Control – Traction
Cruise Control
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
DVD Player
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Door Pockets – 2nd row (rear)
Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
Driving Mode – Selectable
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Electric Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Electronic Differential Lock
Engine Immobiliser
Floor Mats
Fog Lamps – Front
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Headrests – Active 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Headrests – Adjustable 3rd Row x3
Hill Holder
Inbuilt Harddisk Drive
Independent Front Suspension
Independent Rear Suspension
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Laminated Windscreen
Leather Gear Knob
Leather Inserts in doors
Leather Seats – Partial
Leather Steering Wheel
Limited Slip Diff
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Map/Reading Lamps – for 2nd Row
Mudflaps – front
Mudflaps – rear
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Park Brake – Foot Operated
Power Door Mirrors – Folding
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seat – Height Adjustable Passenger
Seat – Passenger with Electric Lumbar
Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 8 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Reclining
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Seats – 3rd Row Split Fold
Side Steps
Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Starter Button
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
Sunglass Holder
Sunroof – Electric
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
Suspension – Auto Levelling

MY15 update

Tail Lamps – LED
Trip Computer
Tyre Pressure Monitoring – with logging/display
Vented – Guards Front
Woodgrain – Centre Console
Woodgrain – Inserts in Door
Woodgrain Centre Stack/ HVAC
null update
Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
Electric Seat – Drivers
Electric Seat – Passenger
Headlamps – See me home
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Towing – Latch/Hook Front
Towing – Latch/Hook Rear
Air Cond. – Climate Control Multi-Zone
Bottle Holders – 3rd Row
Compass
Headlamps – Halogen
Leather Seats

MY20 update

Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot with Active Assist
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Cruise Control – Distance Control
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Fog Lamps – Front LED
Headlamps – LED
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping – Active Assist
Warning – Rear Cross Traffic (when reversing)

ST-L

Price when new: $82,200 - $82,690

Price used: $29,200 - $49,500

Adds:

Calipers – Front 4 Spot
Power Steering
Scuff Plates (on door sills)
Seat – Passenger Lumbar Adjustment Manual
Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 2nd Row Outer
Speed Dependant Wipers
Trim – Cloth

Ti-L

Price when new: $86,990 - $114,490

Price used: $39,200 - $100,000

Adds: 

13 Speaker Stereo
Adjustable Steering Column – Power & Memory
Air Cond. – Climate Control with Memory
Alarm
Centre Console – Cool Box
Colour Display Screen – for rear passengers (x2)
Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
Headlamp Washers
Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Headphones – Rear Passengers Wireless
Headrests-Adjustable 3rd Row x2
Heated Seats – 1st Row
Illuminated (puddle lamps) Door Mirrors
Lane Departure – with Passive Steer Assist
Level Ride Suspension
Power – Boot/Tailgate
Power Door Mirrors – with Memory
Premium Sound System
Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
Remote Control – Multi Media
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 7 seats

MY15 update

HDMI input for Audio/Video

MY20 update

Roof Rails
Seat – Ventilated Drivers Side
Seat – Ventilated Passenger Side

Tech specs

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Power

298kW – 5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Torque

560Nm – 5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Transmissions

7-speed Sports Automatic

Fuel Consumption

14.4 – 14.5L / 100km

Length

5140 – 5175mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1995mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1940 – 1955mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

3075mm (5 door Wagon)

Tare Mass

2645 – 2750kg (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

2739 – 2832kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

750kg (unbraked), 3500kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

N/A

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Power

298kW – 5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Torque

560Nm – 5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Transmissions

7-speed Sports Automatic

Fuel Consumption

14.4 – 14.5L / 100km

Length

5140 – 5175mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1995mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1940 – 1955mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

3075mm (5 door Wagon)

Tare Mass

2645 – 2750kg (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

2739 – 2832kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

750kg (unbraked), 3500kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

N/A

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Power

298kW – 5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Torque

560Nm – 5.6-litre 8-cylinder petrol

Transmissions

7-speed Sports Automatic

Fuel Consumption

14.4 – 14.5L / 100km

Length

5140 – 5175mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1995mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1940 – 1955mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

3075mm (5 door Wagon)

Tare Mass

2645 – 2750kg (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

2739 – 2832kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

750kg (unbraked), 3500kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

N/A

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

3 years / 100000 km
5 years / unlimited km (2012 Ti, 2012 Ti-L)

Service Intervals

10,000 km / 6 months

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