AnswerID: 445793 Submitted: Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 15:06
Member - Bruce C (NSW)
Welcome to the forum
and hope we see you here many more times.
I have had gas powered vehicles for the last 15 tears and never a problem.
I had an 1997 80 series Landcruiser 4.5 petrol which I converted to gas, actually duel fuel, and found it was brilliant. If you get someone who knows what they are doing then you can't go wrong. It had 315 thousand on it when I got it. I put another 50 thousand on it without a single problem, .............. till I bent it.
I always have dual fuel as you can always switch to petrol if you run out of gas. Straight gas is a problem if you run out. It usually means a tow.
If someone is getting less power on the gas than petrol then the engine tune has not been adjusted properly for the gas.
The 80 series on gas returned the same kilometres per dollar as a turbo diesel when towing, and no turbo lag.
If you are traveling in the southern parts of the country gas is plentiful and cheap compared to the northern parts. The further north you go the more expensive it becomes and the less it is available. North of Rockhampton
and the tropic of capricorn
it becomes a little more difficult to find.
The V8 Landcruiser has to have the dearer conversion, sequential injection I think they call it, as the conventional fumigation method does not work any where near as well and they consume more gas than they should.
You will get a lot of negative comments about gas but I would suggest that other factors came into play when failures occurred. As I said I had a vehicle converted when it had 315 thousand on the clock and i loved that machine.
I frequently pulled a 2.2 tonne van with it and the only time I found it lacked power was on top of the great dividing range and any vehicle will lose power up there as there is slightly less oxygen in the atmosphere there.
This is borne out by the trail bikers in my area who regularly complain that their bikes do not perform as well as down here on the coast.
This is my personal experience, not someone else's comment passed on.
Even if you do have to get the heads done up you may well come out in front money wise in the long run as diesels can be bl@@dy expensive ones things need to be done, like $10,000 for a rebuild as I have just forked out. ( includes injectors and motor)
There are plenty of members on here that have had gas fitted to their vehicles for years and never a problem.
I currently own a 1996 turbo diesel Landcruiser with gas and it works well. But diesel over gas is a whole other ball game. I included that comment so that you can see I am not biased toward any fuel.
My advice is to sit back for a day or so and see what other comments you get and then make an informed decision which suits your situation.
All the best with your decision making and the future.
|At home and at ease on a track that I know not and |
restless and lost on a track that I know. HL.
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