Yes, and I am surprised you are suprised. Driving a stick is hardly a bragging point in Aus like it is in Murica.So your vote would be for and auto over a manual trans also? Honestly, I’m surprised (no offense).
I understand where your coming from. Having never driven a Patrol I don’t know how trans handles. Because of all the mountain driving here I figured that a manual would be better so that you could keep your revs up on a long incline.Yes, and I am surprised you are suprised. Driving a stick is hardly a bragging point in Aus like it is in Murica.
Coupled to the engine combo I have I honestly feel it's the better choice and IMO it'd be even better with a powered up TD
Advantages for auto: All gears are selectable, a GU will lock the TC in low range to reduce over run. Towing is easier, plodding around offroad is easier, lower revs at highway speed. A quick shifting auto easily exploits the torque band of the diesel AND it's smoother on the rest of the drive train... no clutch to get clagged up with mud.
Disadvantages: Cant bump start (the biggest IMO) and harder/more expensive to service.
Pros to manual: Easier to service, direct control over drive via that left hand pedal people are quickly forgetting (whoopty doo in a Patrol).
Patrol GQ/GU is hardly a driver's car, I dont miss a manual tranny one iota when I drive my patrol.
I’m not really in a position of useful knowledge, but it makes sense that since this was the 1st gen they were throwing all they had at it 🤷🏼♂️ to see what sold well?Apart from the extra head room, what other benefits are there to a high roof? I've always wondered why Nissan invested in two roof options for GQ.
Ha ha! My experience with the Japanese is quite the opposite. They normally have to "fix" things with later generations because they stuffed it up with the first try. Just look at what happened with the ZD30 engine for instance.I’m not really in a position of useful knowledge, but it makes sense that since this was the 1st gen they were throwing all they had at it 🤷🏼♂️ to see what sold well?
That is awesome mate! Do you have any pics of your setup??Not sure what the reasoning behind the high roof is. But I must say I've made use of that extra space in mine by making and fitting shelves up there so when my wife and I are 4x4ing and camping all our sleeping bags, blankets big jackets and fishing rods all get stored up there safely and out of the way. When I first bought my gq I didn't like the look of the high roof as it looked too much like a van. But once they are lifted with 33's bullbars quarter chop rock sliders etc etc they look awesome. I love how beasty my truck looks now. My suggestion would be to make yourself a shelf for up there so you can use the space, it's actually amazing what you can store up there.
If you expose the roof structure,that is the time to get some quality rust preventative into the triple skin up there,so you don't suffer the deadly "convertible disease" as the turret rusts off.That is awesome mate! Do you have any pics of your setup??
How exactly do you expose the roof structure? Do you expose it from the bottom by removing the headliner and working your way up?If you expose the roof structure,that is the time to get some quality rust preventative into the triple skin up there,so you don't suffer the deadly "convertible disease" as the turret rusts off.
We did a "glass-out"repaint,removed the headliner and accessed the roof edge from there.The headliner is tight and stretched from front to back,the bows are spring steel,located into holes in the upper sides of the frame.If you remove the edge trim over a rear-side door and peel off the edge of the liner you should be able to get fingers up the side and feel the edge of the steel.The structure comprises of the roof/turret,an inner reinforce which is about 3" high then the frame above the doors,these all appear to be continuous welded to form the gutter along the sides.The preservative has to go into both voids.Excess can flow forward and down the "A" pillar.The rear is easy to access by removing the rear door upper latch and inserting a spray nozzle through the bolt holes. Another area needing a squirt is in the engine bay below the corners of the windscreen where the reinforce is welded in.---- and anywhere you see as a moisture trap,How exactly do you expose the roof structure? Do you expose it from the bottom by removing the headliner and working your way up?