Pajero - Fuel consumption

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:19
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Planning a trip away next year working our way up to the Gibb River Road with as much off roading as possible.A mate who's coming along has got a Pajero 3.5 V6 NL and we were wondering what sort of fuel economy people are getting out of their Pajeros offroad?
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Reply By: Lyds - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:34

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:34
I had an NM and the tank wasn't all that big - I was getting about 500kms per tank - I added an auxillary tank and was getting about 800kms (but don't quote me).

As I had an Exceed I could only add a 45l tank because of the rear a/c unit.

Naturally, it all depends on load and which way you go; but for peace of mind I'd recommend it.

Cheers,
Stuart
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Reply By: Will - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:57

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 15:57
Hey Nick you're in luck. I have the same paj as you and did the gibb, kalumbaru etc last year. I averaged about 15-16L per 100kms over those roads with 3 people on board and a full load. (I removed the rear two folding seats and the back was stacked from floor to roof with our gear). I have a long ranger tank (147L) and its a blessing for out there as you dont wanna fill up to many times at those stations where fuel is $1.50-$1.70 a litre! Let me know if i can help anymore.
Cheers,
Will.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 16:45

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 16:45
Gday Will,what other mods did you do as this is the first time they have gone touring and are wondering what really needs to be done(on a tight budget).Also if you have a roof rack,what type?
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Follow Up By: Will - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 20:45

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 20:45
Hey Nick, I didnt have a roof rack at that stage but i do now...after much consideration i got a rhino rack fitted recently and i can add a rhino basket to that before next trip. We did find space to be at a bit of a premium so would have liked to have the rack back then to put the light but bulky stuff on. Other external mods to my paj include OME (ARB) suspension with heavy duty springs, steel arb bull bar, airtec snorkel, hella spots, and i run coopers all terrain h/d tyres. What really needs to be done?...probably nothing but i would put tyres and suspension highest on the recommended list. Although we never had (and have never had) a blow out with the coopers you never know....so I suggest 2 spare tyres are essential. Other than that your usual recovery gear and spares, beer, beer and more beer!!
Will.
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 22:14

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 22:14
Nick,

Just keep in mind that you, at some stage, will be travelling long distances, you will be isolated, you will need to cater for summer and winter temperatures, and you will need to carry a s&^% load of stuff.

I am relativley new to this, so when I started researching what you need for this type of travelling and saw the check lists which had no end I thought "yeah sure, whos gonna need all that" - well, I now have a lot of it and a much lighter bank balance than planned.

So doing it on a tight budget will still be a big expense; but the experience will be priceless.

Cheers,
Stuart
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 12:14

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 12:14
Lyds,know all about it.Set up our 4Runner last year for a three month trip and by the time we'd set up the vehicle,got camping gear and saved for the trip we were down about $20,000(hole right through bank balance).We planned that one for about three years which helped,this next one we all only have 18 months before we go.We're set and ready but my mate has to start from scratch!!
But your dead right with the experience being priceless,worth every last cent.
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Reply By: Russell [Pajero] - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 16:16

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 16:16
I get about 15l/100km in city and 11light load on highway, average 19 towing 1500kg brick shaped 1985 van on highway cruising 90-100kph, no 4wd stats sorry.

1999 Pajero GLS NL auto

RTA

Russell
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Reply By: TrucksterNT - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 20:52

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 20:52
Check fuel consumption figures on this site - click on Trip Planning above. I think you'll find the Paj pretty thirsty when it's working hard though. I'd plan on 18-20l/100 and if it turns out better then you'll have some spare fuel!
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Follow Up By: TrucksterNT - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 21:05

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 21:05
Oops maybe increase my suggestion! I've just checked the Trip Planning link and there's a 3.5l, 6cyl ULP (sounds like a Pajero) that recorded 24.15l/100 on a Simpson crossing. That's probably harder going than you'll be doing but it does suggest that they're very thirsty.
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Follow Up By: TrucksterNT - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 21:34

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 21:34
That's Ok Nick it was a pleasure to offer some advice to you.
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Reply By: Greg - Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 11:12

Sunday, Feb 01, 2004 at 11:12
Hi Nick
I have had a 3l NJ manual and a 3.5 NK auto (DOHC cf SOHC for NL). Fuel consumption will depend on how you drive, manual or auto and roof rack or not. My 3l man gave 9 kpl on road at 100kph and about 8-8.5 avg on road. Roof rack reduced this 1-2 kpl depending on headwind. Roof rack also reduced consumption to about same as towing an off road trailer. On Simpson I got 6kpl in both directions and mate with no rack nearly got 7kpl. With 3.5 auto and extractors I get about 0.5 to 1 kpl less than 3l man. On Anne Beadell I got around 6kpl and expect to get about same on Canning but reckon it would be closer to 5 or less on Simspon. I get 5.5 with a/c and strong headwind towing 17ft van at 90-100kph. On recent trip to Adelaide on main roads at 100-110kph I got around the 8kpl which was better than a 4.2 tdi Patrol I was travelling with. I keep accurate fuel figures not so many kms per tank which is often meaningless.
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