toyota prado

Submitted: Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00
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Has anyone heard of toyota prado chassis rails cracking under the drivers seat (or any where else for that matter) as i'm currently thinking of buying one and have been told by two different people of this problem. Also what sort of economy could I expect from the 3ltr turbo diesel.
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Reply By: Wil - Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00
I read a review by NZ4WD Mag that Diesel Prado have big end weakness & req. work every 100K (source was AA). That's all I have for you mate. Hope you get more advice elsewhere.
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00
Kevin
You could try the Yahoo groups for the 90scool owners.
I have not heard about this problem.
I have a TD myself and whilst it is still reasonably new it gets 11.2 ltrs/100 kms on a trip and when connected to the camper trailer that goes up to about 14.2/100 kms.

I enjoy driving it!

Regards
Jim

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Reply By: Phil G - Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00
Kevin,

I've been on the Prado group since it began - no one has ever mentioned a chassis problem and I've not heard of one. The first of the 95 series had a problem with the body support rubbers that was soon fixed. The Aussie Prado diesels were released relatively late in the series and have been very free of problems.

Jim's fuel consumption is about spot on, although with no roofrack or load, mine will get 10.6 l/100km cruising at 110kph. They are a well sorted vehicle. The 1KZ-TE motor has been around since 1993.

If the vehicle is the right size, then I'm sure you'll be very happy with it.

Cheers

Phil G
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00
Kevin, Reckon you'd be right with a prado, think the earlier models had ordinary rear suspension. As for the chassis cracking, would very much doubt that, from normal use anyway. Have seen a few cracked chassis in early model Landcruisers, but that was from extreme use, mustering & bull catching, also not keeping springs and shockies in good order. the turbo diesels sound pretty good. Regards...
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Reply By: Bernie - Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Nov 29, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Kevin I endorse earlier replys re 90scool site
regards fuel 2001 TD Auto , lead foot, over 2320klm mixed city & highway driving, with full load of heavy tools avg 12.9L/ 100
have had 10L/100 highway not much load. Great truck go diesal
cheers Bernie
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Saturday, Nov 30, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Nov 30, 2002 at 01:00
Dave Z that runs the 90scool, knows his stuff.. Good bloke too.. Just talks too much on the CB ;)

Ive been out 4bing with Dave several times, he also owns an 80series.

He does Tech articles for the 80scool list too... Wise man, although being that wise, you would think he would have a GU by now ;)
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Reply By: Tommyruff - Saturday, Nov 30, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Nov 30, 2002 at 01:00
Kevin maybe the persons who told you about the chassis problems were referring to the Rodeo and not the Prado. Nearly sound the same. Check this out
http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/View.asp?ForumQID=2077&Page=%2FForum%2FDefault%2Easp%3FDisplaySet%3DBoth%26Search%3D1%26Keywords%3DRodeo%26PN%3D1
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