Discovery TD4 economy towing?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 14:00
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Friend has a 1997(?) TD4 auto Discovery towing a 17' pop top caravan and on the highway sitting generally on 90km/h, gets 20 to 24l/100k. He is so fed up with the poor economy he is thinking of selling it. No, not the van , the discovery!
To me it doesn't sound right. I thought they are more economical than that.
Now, he has traded up from a V8 falcon wagon, and is not known for being light footed, so I am wondering if it is more driving style than the car?

Some suggestions and confirmation of fuel figures may just help, so any help appreciated.
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Reply By: Redback - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 14:43

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 14:43
Yes should be ALOT better my TD5 gets on average 12l/100km towing so the TD4 should be a bit better than mine, anyway go HERE these guys will know it's free to be a member and a great bunch of guys too, albeit a bit one eyed about Landys.

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Follow Up By: old-plodder - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 16:18

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 16:18

looks interesting. My friend is an old old codger :-) and not too computer friendly so will see what I can find for him.

John C
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Reply By: garrycol - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 15:31

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 15:31
Hi - You are correct - things do not sound right - are you sure the disco is a diesel and not a V8. Oh by the way the TD4 is a Freelander engine - a 97 Diesel Disco is a TDI 300.

I have a V8 Disco and it gets about 20-24l/100km towing a car float with a jaguar on the trailer at about 100kph.

If the disco is a TDI and is getting 20-24l/100km there is definitely something wrong the tuning and it should be looked at. I would have thought 15l/100 should have been more reasonable with 20l/km being the worst for a leadfoot or in steep hilly terrain.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 15:37

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 15:37
I'm a lead foot and my TD5 gets 13 when i'm into her towing a 1300kg camper, well so the family reckons anyway.

Slow down Barry, what are trying to do kill us, aaahhh sounds from passenger seats;-)

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Reply By: old-plodder - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 19:37

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 19:37
Thanks every one.
Passed on the info and looking into it.
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