GU Patrol Fuel Economy

Submitted: Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 16:43
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I currently have a GU 3.o Litre Deisel Gu Patrol and was wondering if anybody new of any thing decent out and about in the market place, which will help with fuel economy and a bit of a power boost. I am currently running at about 8kms per litre city travelling.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 17:36

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 17:36
I too have a 3.0 lt auto 2002 model.
Besides all the magic potions out there which claim different things and I've decided against. I think that there is more to be had by buying fuel as much as possible from the big names. Read past threads about fuel on this site. The biggest thing I've found to improve my consumption is to drive with as light a foot as possible, you don't need to do the speed limit all the time do you? Tell you what- if I could 8 kml (12.5 lt/100km) I'd be very happy (have you got a manual) I'm currently getting about 13.5---14lt/100km. On a recent trip towing a trailer with a strong tail wind and sitting on about 95 km, I actually achieved a real 9.75 lt/100 km I say real cos the speedo in my car is about 5% out. I was wrapped!!!!!!!
If you want to spend the dough check out the Dtronic by Safari,. There are couple of guys on the Patrol forum who are impressed. Dunno if they do much for consumption but they apparently up the power a bit.
Any way, if I was you I'd be happy with your consumptiuon, Imagine a 4.8 petrol around town at about 20+ lt/100km!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 19:41

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 19:41
Andrew the quite considerable fuel savings that can be made as you describe:
The biggest thing I've found to improve my consumption is to drive with as light a foot as possible, you don't need to do the speed limit all the time do you? END
is something I have been doing for years. Getting the maximum km/litre is a bit of a game to me, and every tank full I try and get better fuel consumption.
I agree with you about all the magic potions, especially on diesels as in most cases the gas flow in the exhaust system is not of sufficient velocity to take advantage of a better exhaust system.
I have driven a 3.0 litre auto and when I got back the guy said to me "doesn't it go well"! I said just as well as any I have driven. He was not happy as he had spent a small fortune on this vehicel with 2½" exhaust and chips and stuff, and really I think it was largly in his mind because the money he had spent. Why not just buy a petrol popper which is cheaper pay for more fuel. A far cheaper option than trying to modify a modern vehicle and really get zero extra back for all the mods on trade-in, and often suffering a financial penalty for not being standard.
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Reply By: johnsy - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 18:49

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 18:49
Greg 8 km/lt = 12.5/100km =18.82 mpg in a 2.5 t vehicle thats not to shabby mate maybe dont change gears to early let it rev a bit and see if that makes a differance .The 4.2 td likes a bit more.
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Follow Up By: Geoff - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 21:26

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 21:26
It's actually better than that!
By my calcs it's more like 22.5mpg.
My 4.2td regularly gets 11L/100km at 100kmh (corrected for speed and distance) and 12.5-13L/100km around town. Got 12.8L/100km loaded up and towing a camper trailer (TrakShak) back from Ulladulla to Shepparton. We covered some fairly hilly terrrain but travelled at a steady, moderate pace (90-95kmh) . Pretty happy with that!!
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Reply By: vundie_01 - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 02:11

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 02:11
hi there we just got back from brisbane (we live in perth)my 3 lt patrol has 285/75/16 bfgs on, no roof rack 3" lift ,on the 11.000 kms we did about a average of 7.8 km per lt ( as low as 7.6 as high as 8.4 km per lt ) thats with 5 people 40 to 14 years old and all the
x mas stuff the fridge and sitting at 100 km on the speedo and the air con on if you are like most and have changed tyers and height (like me)its always working against us i did the canning 2002 and averaged 8kpl on a 7000 km trip and i was getting better economy that a 2.8 gu patrol on the canning, i think we are no doing to bad but yes i would like more power and fuel economy myself
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Follow Up By: Ray91 - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 22:57

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 22:57
yes rob but how many tyres did you go through.
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Reply By: brian - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 08:52

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 08:52
Greg i have 2002 3litre patrol manual with full length r/rack steel b/bar hydraulic winch drawers full of gear water tank etc and it achieves 7.9 to 8.6 k/litre consistantly around town and highway .filled it yesterday took 100 litres for 799.3 k on will exceed the redline in fith gear if you let it.
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Reply By: nrb1748 - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 11:22

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 11:22

2000 3.0td manual. Steady driver. Usually just over 10l per 100k's (27.5mpg) on mostly highway running at 100kph. 12.8l per 100k's towing a 16ft poptop at 95kph.
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Reply By: Bonz - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 17:59

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 17:59
I have a 2001 model 3.0 L GU that gets about 13 l/100km country driving with a bit of city thrown in and fitted two HiClones last week, economy improved to 10.9 l/100km and thats at 100-110km/h with a bit of city stop start thrown in, all around a very good investment I think.
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Reply By: sean - Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 16:10

Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 16:10
I have a 2000 GU 3.0L Manual , 2" lift, BFG's and full roof rack and consistently get 13.7l /100km or 7.3 km per litre doing 4wd dirt roads or 110km/h highway. I live in NT.

Best I ever got was 10.6 litres per 100km sitting on 90-100 with vehicle in stock condition (26.6 mpg).

Remove roof rack and I get 8.2 km/litre or 12.5 l per 100ks of driven CAREFULLY. Go faster and the fuel goes faster too.

One thing that I have found, is that economy gets significantly better when down south. Dont know if diesel is better in SA/VIC/NSW or lower temps help with performance.


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Reply By: Craig - Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 19:46

Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 19:46
Guys all you stat`s sound great but you failed to state if you running Manual or Auto boxes ? I have read an Auto 3.0TD GU at 100km per hr will rev @ 2600rpm and a Manual 3.0TD GU at the same speed will spin at a busy 3100rpm can any one confim that there is difference in economy better or for worse Auto or Manual ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 13:17

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 13:17
See my reply above (cant you read?) My auto does 2100 Approx @ 100 indicated (speedo is not true)
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Reply By: Member - Greg- Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 08:32

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 08:32
Thanks to everyone for your input. I am happy with the unit it is an auto, with rear drawer units, long range tanks etc. It is driven fairly conservatively most times. I am new to deisel hence my question, have no past experience to compare with. From what you have said I should be happy with what I am already achieving. again thanks for the help.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 13:25

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 13:25
Just one thing I learn't from a Pajero Petrol (that I unfortunately had factory GAS on) --- I will never again go chasing after fuel economy super products or ideas. In the interests of reliability and economy I don't think you can go past the factory setup. Ask yourself how much fuel, will said product cost, buy you, Let alone stuffing with factory standard quality engineering as against potential dodgy third party engineering. I have now taken the attitude that a product has to satisfy another use and if it provides better fuel economy(?) then all well and good. E.G. Snorkel etc.
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Reply By: Greg - Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 11:12

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 11:12
I am not having a go at Patrols because they are a great vehicle but diesel vs petrol. I get 8-9 kpl on the road at 100kph from a 3.5l auto and similar from a 3l manual Pajero. Many of my friends have diesels and don't do much better than me on road towing or not and a Petrol engine is much nicer to drive than most diesels even the high powered modern ones. It is a bit much to compare a 4.8 l petrol Patrol with a 3 l turbo diesel. Compare it with a 4.5 turbo cruiser and then you have a more accurate comparison. My experience is that the cruiser my average around 7kpl whilst the Patrol 6kpl. I know which I would rather drive!!! and pay for.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 13:37

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 13:37
All Right Greg I can't let this go!,
I used to own a Pajero (3.5 Man) and got 15lt/100 km on the road and about 17 around town. In my new Patrol 3.0 lt Diesel Auto i get about 11lt/100km on the road and 14 around town. The patrol is by far the better drive on the road-very smooth ride ( can't even hear the engine at cruising speed). I wiil say it's a bit of a slug to get going around town but if you put the foot down it goes alright. So I sit back and enjoy what is actually a very relaxing car to drive. Now for the biggest difference, 4wding and sand driving, the Paj would approach 30lt/100km and the Patrol would I guess (not actually checked exactly) get better than 20lt/100km.
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Follow Up By: Greg - Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 15:33

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 15:33
Andrew I thought this might stir some passions. Your fuel figures for the Pajero are grossly under what most of my friends and I get. As far as the Patrol/Pajero issue goes I am certain the Patrol is a better off road vehicle but only in extreme conditions which most drivers would never experience. On road the pre NM Pajeros are in my opinion far better than any Patrol; the GU being vastly better than the GQ. I cannot hear my engine at crusing speed. My issue above is more with Petrol verses diesel and what I am saying is I don't think the difference in consumption is as great as many make out eg a 2.5 td disco used 112 litres over 800k on the Simpson and a 3.0 Paj used 117. I also prefer to drive a petrol because of the extra power (not torque) which makes for generally better performance. Diesels also require more servicing and at more expense. Diesels are also more expensive to buy than there "comparable" Petrol versions. In all areas the new diesels are rapidly closing the gap although the modern direct injection petrols may change that when they eventually arrive in oz. Having said the above I must admit I enjoyed driving the 3l td Patrol and think it would be a vastly better vehicle when mated to a 5 speed tiptronic auto.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 19:13

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 19:13
As a matter of interest have a look at the trek fuel figures on the trek pull down menu on this site. EOD
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