Patrol Comparison

Submitted: Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:50
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Got my 4WD Monthly in the mail on Friday and have just read the "Family Feud" comparison of the three Patrols with different engines. The article was somewhat short (approx two 1/2 pages of text, mostly photos). They tested the 4.8 5 Auto, 3.0Di Auto and the 4.2. So as to avoid upsetting too many people they avoided the big question and gave each of the 3 testers opinions as a conclusion. 2 of the 3 went the 3.0Di, the other the 4.2
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:46

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:46
Yep, I read that too and was a bit surprised they reckoned the 4.2 had a short power/torque curve. I have always believed the torque "curve" of the 4.2 was much flatter than the other 2; coming on at about 1800rpm and staying pretty constant right through to about 3600rpm. With my driving style I rarely go above 3000rpm anyway, so I'm quite happy with the 4.2's performance. You've just gotta remember she ain't no rocket ship, but she'll happily pull all day long.

Anyway, everyone has different opinions and they are most certainly entitled to theirs........I'll stick with my "slug" for the foreseeable future.
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Follow Up By: Eddy - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 16:11

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 16:11
I reckon they should kit out the smaller engined vehicles with @ 2 ton of extra weight as you have done and see how they pull then!

Eddy
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 16:39

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 16:39
I'm with Roachie,

Just got back (12:30 am this morning) from our regular trip to the east coast.

We left "the Hill" on the 2nd of Jan and travelled to Ballina in one day 1560km in 16 hours and 10 min. It was 41 C in Coonabarabran on the way through, with sensible use of the right foot I managed to keep the engine temp under control. (I used 4th gear a lot more than usual Roachie and it seemed to help).

We left Kiama at about 10:10 yesterday. We took our time early expecting to spend a night somewhere on the way home. As we headed west the options of places to stop diminished and the weather became threatening so we pushed on.

The old 4.2 banged away beautifully all day and night.

The other thing I notice about your mag article is that they avoid saying anything concrete. When any of the magazines starts calling a spade a spade and telling us what they really think I'll start buying them again.

Duncs
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Reply By: JW - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:19

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:19
Hi,
I am somewhat amazed at the 3.0 L cruising speed listed on p 22. They claim
110 kph = 2600 rpm.
In 5 th gear, my GU III 3.0 L manual does 102 kph at 2800 rpm, according to my GPS, but indicating 107 kph on the speedo.
Is an auto that much better?
Can anyone verify that figure for the auto?
Jon W
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:47

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:47
My auto does 105 kph (GPS) at 2300 rpm with 265/75/16s
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:43

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 19:43
110 @2600 seems pretty right for my Auto from memory. I will confirm tho
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Follow Up By: P.G. (Tas) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 07:40

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 07:40
G'day JW. My Gu III's speedo seems to do the opposite, checking against GPS (BMW Navigator, read Garmin Street Pilot III). It's 1kph low at 50, spot on at 60, reading 2kph high at 80, and 8 kph high at 100kph.

I am running Cooper S/T's 265/75R16LT with about 10,000k's on them.

I will check my rev/speedo later this morning.

Cheers.
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Reply By: JR - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:46

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 18:46
Yeah the ZD30 auto spins much slower per km in top gear, it was the main reason I bought one.
Im not an Auto lover but this combo was very good, used to drop down a gear quickly when required
Sold it now, back in a dinosaur TD42ti and very happy
Cheers
JR
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