thinking of purchasing prado/any feedback.

Submitted: Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 10:16
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Any one have any real life fuel consumption figures for the 4litre petrol prado.?have always had diesals but there are so many reports of expensive damage from contaminated diesal that it might be worth considering petrol.
The official figures suggest about a 15% difference.
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Reply By: Tim - Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 11:15

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 11:15
Have a look at the "prado point" forum, that is a wealth of knowledge for everything prado.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 12:55

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 12:55
It's only the internet that makes it look like everyone has problems with fuel contamination..... truth is a few do but many don't.

If you read the dedicated forums you will realise it's few and far between.

As for petrol vs diesel, pro's and con's for both and it's your choice, I prefer diesel due to the driving style, economy and availability.

You have to also look at resale value in the future as little money saved now may be a lot of money lost and harder to sell in the future.
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Reply By: Barbera72 - Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 13:29

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 13:29
My Prado 6cyl 4000 did 14.8l/100Km from Briz to Eyre Ck (Simpson) and return. Not towing but fairly loaded. Roofracks with spare wheel and tent on. Average speed: 100 to 110 Km/h on bitumen.

City driving 16l/100Km.
Holiday on sand Islands: 18l/100Km.
Normal hwy drive with no load: 13 to 14l/100Km

Never managed a consumption lower than 13l/100Km because I like to drive always at speed limits, no less, no more.
If you reduce speed you'll notice big difference on a long run.
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 20:26

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 20:26
Is that auto?
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Follow Up By: Barbera72 - Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 at 08:08

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 at 08:08
6sp manual. Doesn't like E10. I use only ULP91 and occasionally 95 with little difference in mileage but runs silently with 95.
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 at 14:40

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 at 14:40
Barbara I once made the mistake of putting E10 in our old Paj, never again. We run the Jacks on either 98 or 95, quite often shell 98 is cheaper then BP 95, so run that. Sons old lighter 99 often gets into very lows 11s driven for economy. My heavier 03 wide track 12 to 13, and my wifes auto o3 is so thirsty I hate working it out.
Reason for my interest is next vehicke will be a 120 4l or Paj 3.2diesel.
One point with 95, it seems to take the the Computer three tanks to adjust settings in Jacks, so could be worth trying.
Thank you Pete
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 20:15

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 at 20:15
Hi. I had a 5 speed auto up until a year ago. Best I got on a trip from Wollongong to Sunshine Coast was 12l/100. Average around town was 16l/100. Average towing 2.5tonne was 24l/100. Worst towing was almost 30l/100 into a 90k headwind. Fuel consumption was worse on E10 so only ever used Unleaded when it was available. (For a while a couple of years ago NSW Govt phased out Unleaded) Bob
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 at 01:05

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 at 01:05
Ours ('06 5spd) is averaging 15.73L/100 over 145,319kms. That comprises about 30K towing, a few highway trips but mostly suburban commuting.
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