Engine Nissan RD28ETi

The 2.8-liter Nissan RD28ETi diesel engine was produced by the company from 1997 to 1999 and was installed on the popular Patrol SUV in the back of the Y61 and its Japanese counterpart Safari. This power unit existed in a modification with a mechanical high pressure fuel pump under the index RD28Ti.

The RD series also includes internal combustion engines: RD28 and RD28T.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Patrol 5 (Y61) in 1997 – 1999;
  • Nissan Safari 2 (Y61) in 1997 – 1999.


Production years 1997-1999
Displacement, cc 2825
Fuel system vortex chamber
Power output, hp 130 – 135
Torque output, Nm 250 – 285
Cylinder block cast iron R6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 85
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 21 – 22
Features intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging Garrett GT17
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 6.4
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Safari 1998)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 255

Disadvantages of the RD28ETi engine

  • The most common engine failure is a cracked block head due to overheating;
  • In second place are the problems associated with the fuel system;
  • This is followed by floating revolutions and traction dips due to the fault of the sensors and their wiring;
  • On runs of more than 100 thousand km, hydraulic lifters can already knock in the engine;
  • Follow the timing belt replacement schedule, as when the valve breaks, it always bends;
  • Poorly located and often burns out the glow plug control unit;
  • Often there are leaks in the crankshaft oil seal and from under the oil cooler gasket.

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