AnswerID: 37751 Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 23:05
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,
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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FollowupID: 27351 Submitted:
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 23:16
Prado Boy posted:
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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