Prado Grande

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 13:06
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In-laws looking at buying Dec 2001 Prado Grande, 80,000kms, 3.4 litre V6 Petrol. Hoping to tow small van or camper trailer. I am also trying to convince them to travel the Simpson with me in June...any feedback would be appreciated. Off road capability, towing ability, fuel economy etc ...? Thanks !

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Reply By: camship - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 13:22

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 13:22
All good, I wouldnt like to tow more than about 1800kgs though.
Not towing average about 13lt / 100kms highway. Pretty good offroad after suspension upgrade and good tyres. Good resale.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 13:27

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 13:27
I agree with Cam very polished vehicle, capable enough out of the box to do the Simmo, very comfortable and reasonable economy for a vehicle if its girth.

Good choice I would say
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Reply By: Member - Howard P (WA) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 23:44

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 23:44
Sounds like a good buy, I own a 1997 3.4L V6 Petrol Prado GXL Auto, have had no problems what so ever with the vehicle. Performs very well on & off road, suspension up-grade would be worth looking into after 80k's. Fuel consumption is around the 16L per 100km's mark (city & towing camper trailer) however this can increase, depending on road & head wind conditions.
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Reply By: arofs1 - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 08:32

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 08:32
I have an identical vehicle and am very happy with it.

My only negative is that they are a bit underpowered for towing a large rig. I tow a Jayco Freedom 14 Ft. and it handles it fine, but the 3.4Lt coupled with the 2150KG (I think from memory) weight of the vehicle restricts the power a little. The new model is a great tower though.

The 170Lt fuel tanks are also great, although also help to lessen the power when filled to capacity and towing.

I tow at about 90kph and average a bit over 6kpl (16L per 100km). The diesels would certainly be better for towing, but I don't have any regrets with my purchase.

Brian DJ

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Reply By: Member - Alanc - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 10:11

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 10:11
I have a 2001 3.4 Prado (purchase 12 months ago) and find it an excellent vehicle on and off road except for an annoying vibration felt around 1800 and 2800rpm. Everyone tells me this is a harmonic trait with this model and there is very little you can do about it .Some vehicles are worse than others.
City driving I get just over 620 out of the main tank (90 ltr tank but I can never get more than about 82 litres into it)
I tow a camper trailer (750kgs max) and over the easter break got 1120kms out of both tanks, this included some slow soft sand 4wd (30kms) and half a day metro driving and country driving at 100kph. If I slowed down to 90 I'm sure range would be better.
I found the standard headlight set up wanting , the lights lenses look flash but performance out in the bush at night is very poor. I have fitted spotlights and next step will be to upgrade bulbs in the standard headlights.
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Reply By: Member - Des - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 10:41

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 10:41
See post 32723. And plenty more in archives.
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