Long-term update: The curious case of the fuel gauge in our Nissan Patrol
A few months ago, our Nissan Patrol LE went in for its mandatory bi-annual service. Yet again, we pointed out that the fuel gauge was showing wrong readings half the time. If you’ve read our past long-term updates, you’ll know this is an ongoing problem since we bought the car (although curiously, no other post-facelift Patrol owner seems to have this issue). This time, the service advisor blamed it on a low battery. Okay, we’ll play along and see what happens.
The battery had a partial warranty on it, since the warranty began in 2014 even though we purchased our 2014 Patrol brand new in 2016. That’s okay too. We paid Dhs 337 for the Panasonic battery, or 75% of the cost of the battery.
The service itself cost Dhs 900, which is reasonable for a 400 hp V8, considering the dealer service on our Toyota FJ Cruiser isn’t a whole lot less.
The dealer also “reset” the fuel gauge for the third time since we bought the car (which means once every service), and handed us the car back. The car drives great, except that the fuel gauge was showing wrong readings again by the next day. So we still rely on the trip computer on the central LCD to figure out our range, thankfully.
On a separate note, my son joined a nearby nursery now, less than a kilometre away, so the Patrol is getting daily-driven in slow-moving stop-and-go traffic for these short inner-city school runs. This is reflected in our fuel economy of 3.5 km/l, but this was expected from such kind of driving. We’re not giving up our Patrol for a Leaf any time soon.
Original Mileage When Bought: 100 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 5253 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 28.6 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 1236
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 3522