fuel economy for Prado Turbo diesel

Submitted: Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 20:54

wal30_au

Hi Prado owners, Can you please let me know what fuel economy you are getting on your turbo diesel (in particular late model or new). I am looking to buy one soon. Also do you know if the 2003 model is the same motor as previous. Has its performance/economy been improved? Thanks!!
Regards Wal.......
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Reply By: Thommo - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 21:10

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 21:10
I have a 2002 TD GXL, We are getting average 12.5 l/100klm (covered 30,000 Klm to date) around town and most trips fully loaded or not. We have bull bar, 2 battery and ARB steel roof rack. The r/rack does impact on the open road.
On one trip we potted around for a weekend running max 80 - 90 Klm, we averaged around 10.5 for that weekend.
They are much better than 3.4 Petrol; mine went from 15.5 to 17.5 before I traded in.
Thommo
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Follow Up By: wal30_au - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 21:20

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 21:20
Thanks. I understand an automatic will use more. Do you know if it would be significantly more?
Wal
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43
I have a 2003TD GXL auto. 11l/100 at 100 - 110 on the highway well loaded. 12l/100 around town. I aso have a V6petrol which on average uses 4l/100 more. Diesel is great - more torque and good economy
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43
I have a 2003TD GXL auto. 11l/100 at 100 - 110 on the highway well loaded. 12l/100 around town. I aso have a V6petrol which on average uses 4l/100 more. Diesel is great - more torque and good economy
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43
I have a 2003TD GXL auto. 11l/100 at 100 - 110 on the highway well loaded. 12l/100 around town. I aso have a V6petrol which on average uses 4l/100 more. Diesel is great - more torque and good economy
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43
I have a 2003TD GXL auto. 11l/100 at 100 - 110 on the highway well loaded. 12l/100 around town. I aso have a V6petrol which on average uses 4l/100 more. Diesel is great - more torque and good economy
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43
I have a 2003TD GXL auto. 11l/100 at 100 - 110 on the highway well loaded. 12l/100 around town. I aso have a V6petrol which on average uses 4l/100 more. Diesel is great - more torque and good economy
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Reply By: Martin - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 22:43
I have a 2003TD GXL auto. 11l/100 at 100 - 110 on the highway well loaded. 12l/100 around town. I aso have a V6petrol which on average uses 4l/100 more. Diesel is great - more torque and good economy
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Reply By: Phil G - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 10:07

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 10:07
Ive got a 2002 TD manual GXL, with snorkel, Goodyear MTRs (265/75) and occasionally a roofrack.

Typically get 12.5 l/100k on highway with no roofrack. The offroad tyres cost about 1 l/100k. My figures use GPS kilometerage.

2003 motor is identical - same power and torque figures. The only visual differences are that they've moved the air cleaner closer to the turbo (may be less restrictive).

Safari Dtronic has been released for the 120 series but not available yet for the 90 series.
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Follow Up By: Allfour4x4 - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 16:09

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 16:09
Phil,
Do you ever tire of answering this question????????

Glenn B.
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 00:48

Sunday, Nov 16, 2003 at 00:48
Hi Glenn,

Yeah, I know what you mean!! But I just wait for others to answer and if nothing much is happening, give my 2c worth. I guess the same question got asked a lot on 90scool this year.

All the best
Phil
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Reply By: Thommo - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 10:33

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 10:33
Wal,
My Prado is a manual. I suspect the auto on the TD would not make any difference, as the torque is ample. However you may push the auto harder, therefore use more fuel.
Thommo
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Reply By: djr - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 12:14

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 12:14
If You are interested in total k's out of tank of fuel, for the main tank (90l) I get around 720-750 k's, fuel light usually comes on around 620k's+,sub tank (69l) 550-570k's. Speed, outside temps can have a significant effect on usage. Once travelling at night in rain at no more than 90k's I got over 700k's out of the sub tank.
Darren
02gxl td
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Reply By: Tony - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 14:23

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 14:23
I have a 2000 TX with bullbar, snorkel, dual batts and MTR's and average 11.5L/100km.

Worst consumption was around 13L/100km and that was towing a large camper trailer.

Out of interest after testing each fuel companies fuel I find I get the best economy out of shell diesel followed by caltex/bp then mobil. I tested each of these for a month each (we do 1200km ave a week) and found i get about 10% better economy consistently from the shell.

Cheers
Tony
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Reply By: farmer - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 16:29

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 16:29
I am getting between 10 to 14 L/100km on my 2003 model.The other day I did get just over 1000km on the first tank up and back from Mildura . That would be under 10L/100km. The 14L/100km was when I had done under 5000kms and pulling the trak shak. If I had my time over again I think i would have bought an auto. The clutch on the manual seems to be in a funny position . Around town where you are stopping and starting ( I always get the red lights ) you end up getting a sore knee. You seem to have to use the tips of your toes to depress the clutch . I never noticed this in my other manuals. Has anyone else noticed this or am I just getting old and weak.
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Reply By: allblack55 - Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 22:19

Saturday, Nov 15, 2003 at 22:19
Wal,
I have a 2002 RV turbo and have just come back from a quick trip around the gas/oil fields and northern Flinders, the vehicle is fitted with orig narrow tyres, bullbar, roofrack loaded with a low profile spares box, tyres, extra fuel, water, recovery gear and all the usuals on board plus two people. We covered all sorts of roads but never exceeded 100kph and returned 11.7/100, generally works out to approx 12.5/100 around town. Great vehicle ,"go for it"
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Reply By: Prado Boy - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 23:05

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 23:05
G'day Wal,

My 2001 RV TD now has nearly 80,000 Km's on the ODO and has averaged 10.7lt/100Km over that time. (I keep accurate log books on this vehicle and have been able to work this out from them.) Around the city it gets about 11.0lt/100Km - while on the highway it gets about 10.1 or 10.2lt/100Km

I have fitted after market cruise control to it which helps. Adding to the drag factor are a Safari Snorkel (since new) and Rhino Roof Rack bars (recently added - still on the same tank of deisel since this purchase so unsure as to how it will be affecting fuel consumption yet).

I am majorly impressed with the frugality of this engine on 4WD trips and extended outback forays. If I allow 15lt's/100Km on these trips I have plenty of margin for error.

The 'new' engine is the same as the old with a few minor revisions. I believe power & torque figures remain the same. Not sure what the other changes are or whether they affect the economy.

All I can say is that I am very pleased with the 3.0ltr TD Prado engine - she's a corker. Cheers,

Prado Boy.

P.S. All this economy plus enough torque to rescue a cruiser + boat (both down the the chassis in soft sand) using a snatch strap up at Teewah Beach. Gotta love that!
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Follow Up By: Prado Boy - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 23:16

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 23:16
Couple of things I forgot to mention

My Prado is a manual. It never gets flogged anywhere but has still managed to see some 'interesting' country.

I run Cooper ST's 225/75 R16's. I don't find these affect fuel economy at all. The other mods I've got are inconsequential as far as economy goes.

I generally get about 800Km's out of the main (90ltr) tanks + about 600Km's out of the (69ltr) sub tank. This gives a 1400Km (highway + city) cycle range with little load - and generally leaves about 18 to 21 litres left in the tanks (total) - a useful reserve.

Pretty darn good economy - with the log books to prove it.
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Reply By: warrawagine - Saturday, Nov 22, 2003 at 00:29

Saturday, Nov 22, 2003 at 00:29
HAVE A 2002 GXL TD AUTO . ARB STEEL/BAR, ARB SUSPENSION, SNORKEL,
BRIDGESTONE DUELER A/T ( bleep tyres) 35000ks.
FUEL ECONOMY VARIES A LOT FROM AS LITTLE AS 10.5L/100 TO 20L/100.
SPEED PLAYS A BIG PART. MOST TIMES SITTING ANY WERE BETWEEN 110 TO 130.
TOWING A OLYMPIC TANDEM FLOAT SITTING ON 110 TO 120 RETURNS AROUND
20.7L/100.
THE HANDBRAKE IS BUYING ME A DTRONIC CHIP FOR XMAS SO WILLSE WHAT THAT DOES TO THE ECONOMY.
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