2nd try at the Hyundai Terracan Diesel Auto

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 15:14
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Well I think I will have to eat crow after my post the other day on how good they are. I decided to go to another dealer to try another Terracan to see if they had the same flat spot after driving the previous one. (THEY DO!). He was kind enough to give me the keys and said go by yourself. Well they do have great pick up off the lights, but when I got it out on the H'way at 100Klm & tried to kick it back, all it would do is leasurely pick up. I slowed back to 100 klm & pulled it back to 2nd,(3 speed lock up, they call it a 4 speed) too many revs and going nowhere. I suppose I might be expecting too much, but the moral of the story to me is to not open your mouth till you try it on the open road. I'll just have to keep the Turbo Cruiser as it's not as fast off the mark, but at 100k's in 5th it accellerates away a bit quicker. (5 speed manual).
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 16:17

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 16:17
Still a gutsy motor though. The thing that surprised me, is when they are on the hoist, and you raise the hoist, the front wheels almost come off the ground immediately. Not much travel at all.

Wolfie
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 17:30

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 17:30
Shane,

It is actually a 4 speed auto; L,2,D on the console and the overdrive button below the selector button on the T Bar.

When you nail the Petrol Jerry Can at 100 km/h, it grabs second and a bagfull of revs and fairly flies. This is an advantage of the petrol over the diesel. The diesel obviously has advantages over the petrol in other areas and I am not trying to start another diesel vs petrol debate.

All I would suggest is if you like the Jerry, have a drive of the petrol, if a bit of performance is what you are after.

However they do like a drink and the range is scheissenhausen with a 75 L tank.

Like everything, a compromise.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Peter Ja - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:11

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 21:11
Shane,

I have the Diesel and felt what you are talking about for the first 6,000kms but since that time I have noticed the engine starting to free up. I am not to sure if it has dissapeared or if I do not notice it any more. We have a couple of these in the club we are in mine is an auto and the other is a manual.

You will find the Diesels do not go anywhere over 3000rpm so it is no use at all revving them. There is not to many 4wd's that will beat these on the open road in standard trim. I have just clocked over 14,000kms and love it. I sometimes have to look to see if the fuel gauge is moving with a consumption figure of just under 7L per 100kms when cruising on the open road. This figure does not greatly change when towing.

I have 1 gripe and that is the length of time it is taking for me to get the towing suspension kit from Hyundai. My local dealer has been promising me this since just after Christmas. I have been lucky enough to drive a vehicle fitted with this kit and I have to admit it is sweet.

Pete.
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Follow Up By: Shane (QLD) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 06:45

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 06:45
Pete,
Perhaps your right in regards to the revs, as when I pulled it back to 2nd I noticed that the tacho went to 3200, and in retrospect it had under 1000ks on the speedo so would have been still very tight. Probably used to the Cruiser which goes to 3500 before it goes into the yellow & red at 4000. But still a nice little vehicle for the money. I think I'll wait to see what the new Nissan Pathfinder is like with its new CDR diesel which is rated at 130 kw & 403 nm with a 5 speed auto. The petrol verson should fly with the detuned 350z motor which is supposed to be rated at 200kw. I wish I could get 7 ltrs to the 100 out of the Cruiser.
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Follow Up By: Shane (QLD) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 06:59

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 06:59
Just looked at the specs on these & it is 120kw at 3800rpm so I don't know why it runs out of puff at 3000.
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Follow Up By: guy (sydney) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 09:39

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 09:39
Just picked up my terracan 2 weeks ago and was told that ill be getting the suspension kit at the first 1000k service am i not to hold my breath? Well it doesnt matter too much as i carnt see me getting out bush for a few more months yet anyway. Did you order yours new when you got your vehicle or after a length of time?

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Follow Up By: Peter Ja - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 19:42

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 19:42
Guy,

I got the vehicle new just before christmas. I was not looking for a suspension upgrade till I got the chance to drive a vehicle with the suspension on, now I have driven this I want one. The guy that had the vehicle with the suspension fitted put this into places no one in their right mind would even dream of going. The vehicle was brand new.

The kit does much more than offer a better feel to the ride it appears to increase the travel somewhat.

I will be able to tell you more after I have mine fitted (now in early March).

Pete
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Reply By: ianmc - Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 23:16

Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 23:16
Just my two pennorth! Maybe a free flow exhaust bigger diameter & foam air cleaner & a few more kms would help the upper & lower end as in my Triton which spins well over 3000 now with ease.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 07:26

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 07:26
Ian - you might be right there. My CRD has just been getting better and better - in terms of both power and economy. It now has 60,000 on the clock, and mid-range torque has skyrocketed over the past few months. Then again - the variable geometry turbo has a lot to do with the performance of the Merc engine....which the Terracan probably needs. I'd say that this is the primary difference. Sounds like the Hyundai's engine is a little more frugal though - as I'm getting 8-ish L/100km on the open road. Then again - the ARB bullbar isn't exactly aerodynamic.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 19:52

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 19:52
Please don't take offence but IT'S A DIESEL!!! and as for the cruiser V the Terracan in 5th gear gawd mate 4.2turbo V 2.5 or 3.0l crikey!!!!
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Follow Up By: Shane (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 07:51

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005 at 07:51
No offence taken Baz, but mine is a 4ltr 60 series, a heavier vehicle & 23 years older!!!!
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