Towelled up by a Mazda

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 20:30
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Leaving the Duke of Orleans yesterday very heavily laden and towing a similarly laden camper, I was nonetheless surprised to have been comprehensively rounded up by a similarly weighted current model Mazda 4wd ute likewise towing a camper. And up a hill to boot!

My Pajero 3.2 DID has always struck me a reasonably torquey, but wow, did that Mazda scream past!
Paul B Kalgoorlie

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Reply By: Greg K3 - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 20:47

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 20:47
Lol Paul!!!!
Got the same wheels as you
Lets just say its the Tortoise and the Hair story !!!
370000 km and wouldn't swap it for quids
Cheers
Greg
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Reply By: Member - ken m4 - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 22:30

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 22:30
Tow a 3350Kg 5th wheeler with the 3.2 auto Ranger (same as Mazda) no worries. Very happy with power and towing of about 5000 Km, Now have 30000 on the clock. Hope I can say the same after 150000Km.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:55

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:55
Had a similar experience about 12 months ago Paul. Travelling up one of the steeper parts of the Clyde mountain in south-eastern NSW in the unladen 3.5l Jackaroo and was given wind burn by one of the recent diesel dual cabs. Not sure which as it disappeared so quickly but I thought then - "I want what he's having" (without the up front price, dirty fuel and costly injector issues of course).
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Reply By: mike39 - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 16:39

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 16:39
That vehicle has a 500N.m elastic band winding its transmission round.
Not even 14l. truck engines make that sort of torque/litre., but then they expect to last much longer than 250000 kilometers.

How long the moving parts can sustain it for is the question, a merry ride but maybe a little maintenance wise expensive towards the end.

Happy to stick with my tortoise, the destination is always still there for when we arrive.
Mike
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Follow Up By: landseka - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 00:44

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 00:44
Ha ha, just like the oldies on their horse & cart in 1902 said when a Internal Combustion ve-hikle went past them...."those dang new fangled Moty carts wont last long...yee hah"
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Reply By: NTVRX - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 09:59

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 at 09:59
Hi Paul B, We have just come back from out tour of the map & for most of the time we travelled with friends who own a BT 50 auto dual cab. They tow a van about 500kg lighter than owes & we always compared vehicles (and vans) at campfire times. On the highway where there were steep climbing situations the Mazda slowly pulled away from our diesel Pajero. Fuel consumption was very good on the Mazda for example if I was returning 17 ltr/100km he would return 15Lp/100km. The Mazda is the same as the Pajero in KW...that is 147...the Mazda's Nm of torque = 470 whilst the Pajero is 441. I always tow in 4th on the auto with the torque converter locked up & surprisingly return better economy,even on the flat section than towing in 5th. Personally, I prefer the comfort & luxury of the Pajero & don;t like the turning circle of the Mazda.
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