Fuel Consumption

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 15:38
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Just had a week away in Northam WA, towing a 16ft Coramal Ultra Light LowLine Pop Top caravan behind an old VS Commodore Stn Wagon(Auto). Car is one of the "first"fitted with the V6 Ecotech engine. We seemed to average 15ltrs/ 100kms (both directions), sitting on 80 - 90km/hr. The terrain involved long flat stretches, plenty of ups and downs and long slow climbs. Just wondering if this sort of economy for a petrol engine sounds normal. Already planning next year's trip so trying to work a few things out.

Any help would be appreciated
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Reply By: kevmac....(WA) - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 15:41

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 15:41
The Auto does have a Power Button that is used when towing, to prevent too much kicking down all the time. i.e.: stays in each gear bit longer when climbing etc
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Reply By: bluefella - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 16:51

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 16:51
Hi Kevmac
I reckon that is very good economy.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:00

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:00
hi kevmac
you'll be hard pressed to better that
there may be slight variations due to head /side or tail winds/terrain but you have done well and is a good figure to base future expenditure calculations on
cheers barry
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Reply By: kevmac....(WA) - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:47

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:47
thx to both bluefella & mazcan.............I feel a little happier now after that. .......whilst at Northam tho' got chatting to a gent that had sort of vehicle that we were contemplating. It was a late model Holden Rodeo Twin Cab 2wd with 3 ltr Intercooled Turbo Diesel and he said he was averaging around 8 - 9 ltrs/100 kms, does that sound feasible?
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Follow Up By: petengail - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:53

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 17:53
We have a Holden Rodeo Twin Cab 4X4 Td Auto and get 8 - 9 ltrs/100 kms. However, that is not towing highway driving. Towing an older 14 ft Viscount van and with a tinnie on the roof we average about 12 -13ltrs per 100 klms. Hope this is of some assistance.
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 18:06

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 18:06
That is good fuel consumption and they are a good engine. I don't believe you will get better than that. Keep on keeping on next year and enjoy.
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Follow Up By: BUSH CAMPER - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:15

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:15
This is much better than my LC 200 TD, just completed 9,000 kms from Bannockburn to Lawn Hill thru western NSW and Qld and back via part of east coast and then Newell Highway.
Pulling 2.2 ton Off road van in pretty windy conditions ( mostly head winds ) from lawn Hill home. Averaged 18.7 Lts / 100 kms.
Cruiser is new, now only 16,000 on clock at the moment.
sat on between 95- 97 KMS most of trip.
I suppose it's hard to compare one to another as there are plenty of variables.
Regards Hugh
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Reply By: kevmac....(WA) - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 18:53

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 18:53
Thank You All.

At least now can explain to the wife that we are not doing too bad consumption wise. Just make sure have plenty of fuel discount dockets before next trip, hahahaha!
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