lpg equipment Installer wanted

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Can anybody recommend a good lpg equipment Supplier / Installer in the Adelaide area.
Fitting gas to a GU 4.5 Patrol.
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Reply By: LPGPete - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 14:11

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 14:11

I have a '99 GUII 4.5 Ti Patrol and had it converted to dual fuel about 18 months back.

I live in Sydney - but I simply took it to my local Nissan dealer, after getting a number of quotes from specialist places and found that Nissan's quote was quite competitive - with the added value of probably being able to get things sorted if this didn't quite go as planned - compared with small business people.

I had a 92L usable LPG tank and discarded the sub petrol tanks and had it replaced with a 75L usable petrol tank. It all came to a bit over $3,000 which I reckoned at that time I'd pay back in fuel savings in about 28,000 Km. Now that the price differential is greater, it's even quicker.

I'm doing an 8,500 Km trip in June/July with a 2.3 T van on the back and expect to save around $1,000 in fuel compared to ULP. www.LPG.com.au shows where all the autogas servos are which is very helpful

All the best.

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Follow Up By: peter - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 18:08

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 18:08
Thanks Pete for the response.
I have contacted the Nissan Dealers here in Adelaide to install LPG to my GU 4.5 but none of them will fit LPG.
What system have you had installed on your Patrol.
I have been quoted $2500.00 for a MGA ( Mega Gas Australia ) 92lt usable gas tank with 75lt UL fuel tank and $3300.00 Impco system with both tanks the same as MGA.
When you start looking into fitting gas it gets a bit confusing on what system is the best for the Patrol 4.5lt.
So not sure at this stage what to do hence my question regarding installers.
How do you find your Patrol on gas any problems,what sort of lt/km are you getting,do you need to tune the engine often.
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Follow Up By: LPGPete - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 10:02

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 10:02

My Nissan dealer installed the Airod Autogas System and the 92L usable tank shows APA Manufacturing P/L. Can't easily see the make of the 75L usable petrol tank! It comes with a full service manual etc. with 3 years/100K Km warranty. While the Nissan quotes was "competitive", it was maybe $200 higher than 2 others - but I figured that this was the safest option for "what system is the best for 4.5L Patrol". They ought to know.

But I giess that doesn't help you much if there are no Nissan dealers in Adelaide who do it! Have you checked them all? I would, as I believe dealing with Nissan is the safest path. I really can't comment on the systems you've had quoted - other than to say that the $2,500 quote seems a bit light, compared to the $3,300 I paid. But if they give you a good written warranty, at least you'll have some comeback if anything goes wrong. Can they give you contacts of previous 4.5L Patrol customers?

I've just had the 20,000K Km service on my gas system along with the 110,000K Km service for the vehicle. It was only a minor check-up and didn't cost much at all. The vehicle doesn't require special tuning as far as I'm aware - and you really can't notice the difference whether on gas or ULP - other than consumption - and it's a press of a button switch-over - even on a hill with a van behind!! By the way, the recommendation is that you should use a tank of ULP after every 3 tanks of gas. Something to do with lubricating "something" I think!! I just drive the thing!!!

Consumption on gas is: Trip 5Km/L, City 4 Km/L Van 3 Km/L (approx)

Consumption on ULP: Trip 6 Km.L City 5 Km/L Van 4 Km/L (approx)

Our gas is now about 50c/L whereas ULP is about $1.30/L so there are REAL savings to be made. At least $1,000 on our up-coming trip.

The potential bother is access to autogas in the outback - but we are off to The Centre from Sydney via Broken Hill, Port Augusta, then home via Tennant Creek and over to Rockhampton - and www.lpgaustralia.com.au shows we shouldn't have any trouble so long as they have some in stock - so we'll ring ahead each day!

Even with the van on the back, we have a range of about 280 Km on ULP only - so that should get us out of most troubles I think. The reason for getting the larger ULP tank put in.

Hope all this "waffle" helps.

All the best - and let me know how you make out.

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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 10:20

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 10:20

I certainly got a lot from the "waffle". I'm considerinf LPG for my Terracan at the moment.


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Follow Up By: awill4x4 - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 11:56

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 11:56
Jimbo, I know the Terracan is a Hyundai but doesn't it have a very similar motor to the Kia Sorrento? (originally Mitsubishi designed) If so, the gas fitter next door at work (Carrum Downs) has fitted it to his own Kia Sorrento with good results from what I hear.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 12:46

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 12:46

That is exactly the information I was after. As far as I know the motors are identical.

Can you give me his name and number?


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Follow Up By: awill4x4 - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 22:34

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 22:34
Jimbo, the guy to talk to is Mike Whye and he owns Auto Gas Connection. The address is Factory 12, 27-29 Aster Avenue, Carrum Downs 3201 and his phone number is 9775 1331. We have the factory next door (number 13) and in fact Mike is our landlord for the factory.
The Kia Sorrento he converted is his wifes car and as far as I know it was the 1st Sorrento converted to dual fuel.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:00

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:00
Thanks Andrew.
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Reply By: gonebush SA - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 20:23

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 20:23
we have had impco system on our cars in the past and it's an excellent system, we now have the mega gas due to finances at the time of fitting and are quite pleased with it. there is a good gas fitter south of adelaide call Brett Price he is on top of the Willunga hill, i'm not sure of his price and how the different systems work on the 4x4s as we have only ever owned commodores. if you want more info on Brett just contact me and i'll pass it on to you.
good luck.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 12:51

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 12:51
Give Bowey autogas on Cross keys road in Salisbury a call. They know their stuff and the guy running it drives a trol on gas too.
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