Six months had passed since the first free service at 1000 km, so we took in our 2014 Nissan Patrol LE for its first paid service at the Dubai dealer.
There were a few issues with our car too. The fuel gauge kept showing random readings each time we start the car, so we were judging fuel levels solely by the “Range” displayed on the trip computer. A front-seat plastic panel had dislodged when we got the leather fitted the last time. And our car had been riding harshly ever since we got it (compared to other Patrols we’ve driven), with a steering-wheel vibration at 140 kph — possibly a condition of sitting unused for almost 2 years before we bought it new. We reported all these when we went in for service.
We had opted for “10,000 km” synthetic oil. The basic service cost Dhs 827. There was some “discount” of Dhs 55.
They popped the seat panel back in for free. They charged us Dhs 220 for the tyre balancing. And Dhs 200 was charged for the petrol when they were testing the fuel gauge, which they “reset” as per the service advisor.
We feel the car still rides a bit harshly (for a Patrol), but better than before. Our friends say it is the smoothest car they’ve ever ridden in, so who knows. The steering vibration at 140 kph is now down to a minor jitter. But the fuel-gauge issue came back in exactly one day. We’ll get it addressed at the next service.
The 400 hp engine now has 3,000 km on the odo. Last October, the 0-100 kph time was 7.7 seconds. This week, we tested it again and it did 7.1 seconds. The cooler weather helps, although as the engine is broken in further, it should get even quicker. Hopefully the poor fuel economy will continue improving too.
Original Mileage When Bought: 100 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 3000 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 20.4 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 220
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 772
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 992