Triton fuel economy

Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:23
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Hi I am a new chum at the forum,
I have a 04 Triton turbo diesel 4x4 and get about 12 ltrs to the 100klm, and have been told that it should be 10-11 ltrs per 100klm.
My non turbo version ran at 9.5ltr per 100klm, unless I was towing the caravan which then ran at 13-14ltr per100klm. Can anyone tell me if the turbo fuel useage is normaly higher than the non turbo or is it that I drive the turbo version harder?
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Reply By: Willb - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:44

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:44
Hi, I am not familiar with your truck, but I do drive a t/d, I think you will find that the figures will improve once the motor loosens up plus you are still enjoying the feeling of power that the turbo gives. They go well don't they.
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Follow Up By: bushy04 - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 16:46

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 16:46
thanks Willb, its only got 20k so Ihope that youre right, and they do go like a cut cat
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 16:53

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 16:53
Are you running the same tyres on the TD?
Even a more aggressive tyre of the same size could cause 1L per 100Km difference. That coupled with the extra power on tap (meaning you'll use it) it could explain the excess. I get a pretty poor economy out of the surf around town, it's about 13L but it is an auto and it is running 31" Muddy's with the air con on permantly.
On the highway fully loaded with rack etc I get about 14L givin it plenty of stick, passing, hills etc. But we do go away very heavy... Still better than 19 or 20 out of the petrol equiv! ;-)
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Follow Up By: bushy04 - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:46

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 19:46
Thanks Jeff, I am still running the same tyres,I have even ajusted the pressure, but no difference.
Like you I seem to carry about 200kg of gear with me all the time, but with the tray loaded to the hilt with fire wood the fuel usage seemed the same over a 95klm trip.
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Reply By: Stoo - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 18:13

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 18:13
I had an MK Triton 2.8D, should be the same motor as your new one ( 4M40, old pajero donk )
It did much worse than 12 ( mainly highway, no load ), before and after I put a torbo on, very poor for a lightweight vehicle with a 2.8 diesel in it.
So, I think this would be pretty normal.

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Follow Up By: Member - Johno (Gold Coast) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 20:35

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 20:35
The introduction of the TD in April 2003 saw a change in motor over the standard diesel. It was this model that had the old Pajero motor in it for the first time.

Two different motors.

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Follow Up By: Stoo - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 18:23

Friday, May 27, 2005 at 18:23
Maybe I'm wrong about it being an old Paj motor, but the Mitsu Oz website says they still run a 4M40 in the new TD, same as my 1997 model.

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Reply By: Member - Johno (Gold Coast) - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 20:30

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 20:30
G'day Bushy04,

I also own a TD Triton 03 with 16000km on the clock. I've had it for 5 weeks now and I have a spreadsheet set up to record my fuel usage. My average over this this time frame is 10.76 litres/100kms or 9.30kms/litre. On those calculations if I was to use a full 75 litres I'de get on average 697kms out of the tank, but to be safe I usually fill up around 630km.

Unlike you I don't cary any loads in the back and don't have a bull bar or racks etc (you didn't say if you did or not). I usually drive 40% highway and 60% local roads around the Gold Coast. Due to the short range of first and sencond gears I've stopped trying to keep up with the normal cars and now don't rev these two gears too hard, I'll easily catch them in third and fouth, this is where I feel the turbo kick in. I also cruise to a stop changing down gears as well. I feel that if you drive it too hard it will use more fuel, but on the same note if you baby it, it won't like driving in low revs between 1000 and 2000 rpm if your in the wrong gear (third when you should be in second). I tend to drive between 2000 and 2700rpm.

Gees I think to much, but that's part of the fun.

Great choice of vehicle I hope you're as happy with yours as I am mine! What your getting out of your tank sounds normal, just try some different driving techniques and keep a record of your usage.

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Follow Up By: cmilton54 - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 10:28

Friday, May 27, 2005 at 10:28
Have 04 TD keeping mileage spreadsheet started at 12ltr does between 13 to 15 now dual cab with tornoue cover. last 1000km trip done 12.8lt no load 2 people. had since new. 11000kms have complained to Mitsubishi as I feel should do about 10lts. Rodeo is listed at 8.5lts and STR Nissan at 9.5 lts on window stickers. Goes like the clappers and power is great
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 20:38

Friday, May 27, 2005 at 20:38
I think Wombat was getting 11's out of his petrol Triton, with a reasonable permanent load(_Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx, water and long range fuel tank)... I'd expect much better out of the TD. My '03 petrol Triton is averaging between 12-13l/100
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Reply By: Bitchin Bishi - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 23:07

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 23:07
Don't know if this intrests you, i have a 99 Triton Diesel duel cab - around town it averages about 9l/100k, city driving= 10l/100k, on the beach it averages between 10-11l/100k - this is with 230,000 on the clock, drives beter and better every day, extremely gutless though, but i don't mind (i'm never in a rush), when towing on the beach, fully loadedcamper (700+ kilos), loaded tray with canopy as wel, it averages about 12l/100k the only problem i have with it is hills, i hate downshifting, and getting passed by b-double trucks. I have heard from other bishi owners that the fuel consumption continues to get better the longer you drive it.

Now if only spare parts were affordable!!
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