The GU and I must part...

Submitted: Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 20:05
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Howdy all,

Well, as you can tell from the topic I've had to make the tough decision. As part of my wonderful decision to buy into a business, the toys must make a brief disappearance from my life...SIGH.

Previous to this wonderful vehicle I owned a turbo GQ Patrol and loved it. My question is, with the price of diesel at the moment, and the fact that I will only have this vehice for a year...and my love for a bit of power to tow my camper etc, should I consider a GQ petrol. Cheaper to buy? Longer service period? In short, would it be a good short termer for reliablity? I just know that if I buy a TD42, I'll be tempted to turbo it because in short, whilst tough, they are SLOW! 4.2 petrol or 3litre?

Really looking for some good info here so i appreciate all your input!

You'll probably see the truck on the trader tomorrow or Monday! Thanks again.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 20:24

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 20:24
G'day Chris,
Having owned a petrol maverick, followed by a TD42 GQ (non-turbo initially), I can vouch for the extra herbs of the petrol. Once I turbo'd the oiler though, it was line ball as far as I was concerned. So, in summary, the petrol would be a good short term option. I reckon the performance would be around the same as the GU you've spent so much time and effort getting together. A real shame you can't keep it.......maybe you need a better banker!!!! hahaha
Cheers mate
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 22:12

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 22:12
Gday Roachie,

Thanks mate. Knew I could...bank on you giving me the upfront answer.

Yeah, I know it's a shame, but it's better to do this then get myself into huge $$$. Great truck, and I will get another one once I get settled into this business. I really haven't had the time to use it lately, and I won't at least for another year anyway. Next time, I'll probably save 10 grand and get one with 25-30 thousand on it. Rather buy some scratches than put them on.

You wouldn't know what the average fuel consumption for one of those TB42's is would you? So you reckon a turboed oiler would keep up with a petrol hey? I saw a couple today for 5 grand with a few toys on em'. Still got the camper and the engel and the GPS and the...well still got a few toys to put on the next project!

Cheers mate,

Chris.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 23:01

Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 23:01
Chris,
Bear in mind that my Maverick was a carburetta type from 1990. I bought it new and later converted it to dual fuel, then to gas-only. I recall reading in the early 90's that the later GQ's had efi and went much better than the old carby version.
I reckon I used to use about 20litre/100klicks on petrol and that on gas it went up to about 24. Could be wrong though.....that was a lot of beers ago!!! lolol
Cheers mate
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:45

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:45
Hi Roachie, a well tuned tdi 4.2 will keep up with it's petrol counterpart, but all that aside,,There is something the petrol doesn't have and thats SOUL!!!!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:43

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:43
Gday Michael,

Oh I know that it will keep up! Great truck, and I will again one day proudly display a GU TDI, but till then...I must lose my soul.

Cheers mate,

Chris.
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Reply By: Mike_Tan - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 00:26

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 00:26
Chris,

Out of curiousity what spec is/was your GU and how much di you let it go for?
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 07:12

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 07:12
All on my member details mate. If you want to chat, email me at mcvicars@iinet.net.au.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Boo - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 12:54

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 12:54
Arvo Chris,

I've had a GQ 4.2injected petrol/gas for the last 18months and have found it fantastic. Thought it might have had too much on the clock at 195,000 but have found it very reliable and still performing as a new one. At the extra money you often pay for the deisel models your better off getting the dual fuel, specialy with the price of gas being nearly a third that of deisel. We get roughly the same mileage from the gas as we do the petrol which works out around 23/100. The 4.2 seems to have ample power for towing and off road.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:27

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:27
Gday mate,

Thanks for that mate. Probably won't get dual fuel. Do have a company mule for running the missus and I around on the weekdays, so I will probably only use half a tank a weekend, which is affordable! If I was towing with the TDI, I was only getting 7 per litre. So the petrol aint all that bad! Like I said, it's short term, so I don't mind the slightly higher economy. Know and love diesels, but just need a sanity vehicle to tow the camper and trailer for the interim.

Thanks for your input.

Chris.
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Reply By: 100 Series - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 15:59

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 15:59
My 94 GQ 4.2 Petrol used to get about 430km out of around 80-85litres of fuel around town and towing a 900kg work trailer. On a trip fully loaded, the best I ever got was about 520km out of the same amount of fuel.

Thirsty trucks but they have plenty of get up and go.

If it was only short term I would by the petrol model - cheaper to buy, cheaper to service, put the $4000 you would have spent on a turbo charger towards the petrol bills.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:28

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:28
Gday mate,

Do you know if there was Nissan the carby style right up to the GU or did the EFI from a certain stage?

$4000 plus, all those extra bits add up like pyro boost guage etc. Thanks for your help mate!

Chris.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 17:06

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 17:06
Remember TB42 heads fall apart on dual fuel... :)~

Go the diesel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:30

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 08:30
Gday Truckster,

Will just run fuel, it's cheaper than diesel anyway. Will get a mighty TD42 again as soon as I can, but for the interim, I still need power to tow and don't want to have to do big things to another truck.

Cheers mate, and if you know of any up for grabs, give me a hoy!

Chris.
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Reply By: 100 Series - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 10:20

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 10:20
I think the EFI wagons started to be sold new around 1992/93.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 10:42

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 10:42
Thanks mate.
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