The life and economy of an 80 series diesel

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 18:34
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hello everyone
In July we (2 adults, 2 boys 5 and 8 ) are going on a 6 month trip around the country towing a Jayco outback hawk. We have a standard ’92 GLS V6 Pajero (173ks). We figure that without looking for challenges we should get by OK with the addition of bull bar, basic recovery gear, BFG tyres for vehicle and camper, dual battery for vehicle fridge. We’ll be setup for leaving the camper and camping from the car for side trips.

We have been keeping an eye out for a diesel and have looked at an 80 series crusier setup with bull bar, tow bar, PTO winch, snorkel, dual battery, roof rack, raised a bit, side steps. Its done 330,000 kms and is priced accordingly.
I’m looking for opinions and views on changing vehicles.
Pros:
Crusier would give heaps of camping gear space and make cape york and kimberleys not a hassel
Change over cost would be justified by savings on setup costs on Pajero

Cons:
330000 km on crusier

What is expected life of these diesels?
How does fuel economy compare between petrol Pajero and diesel Crusier for towing? (I think I roughly know!)
to change or not to change?
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Reply By: Jack - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 20:10

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 20:10
Hi Gavin:
It will depend on just how well the Cruiser has been serviced. I have an 80 series diesel, almost 200,000k, which I bought and it had a *full* service history. Still goes like new according to my regular mechanic. I have it serviced every 5,000k religiously. I would expect 400,000 + if I take care of it.
I have also recently done two trips with a mate with a Pajero, and our fuel costs are about on a par...but .. neither of us tow anything.
Unless you can be dead sure of how it has been looked after, I'd be inclined to stick with the 173k Pajero over the 330k Cruiser.
Just my $0.02 worth.
Jack
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 23:05

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 23:05
330,000 on an unserviced car is about the limit.

500,000 on a WELL serviced car can be safe...

I would stick with the Paj, you know how it is and how it goes etc.

You could buy a standard 80 with lots less klms and add the extras you need..

Out of interest.. what is "priced accordingly"?
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Follow Up By: Gavin - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 09:52

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 09:52
17 500 and quite willing to negoiate.
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Reply By: Allan - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 01:08

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 01:08
Gavin, I have had an old 92 80 series diesel for 6 years and it is the best vehicle I have ever owned. Has now done 220,000km and doesn’t use any oil between changes. Still feels as tight as when I first got. I have just bought another later model 80 series (this time turbo diesel). Our friends have a Pajero but after a couple of gearbox overhauls they have decided I tow the trailer from now on.
I would not be worried about a 330k LC if it is a genuine well-maintained vehicle and you get it checked out. I would be doing wheel bearings and front swivels before embarking on any trip (unless it has been done recently). As for changing? - really depends on the price & condition.
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Reply By: ThePublican - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 18:18

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 18:18
The father inlaw recently sold his 60series turbo diesel, had 550,000 on clock ,no pun intended but it still ran like a swiss watch, serviced every 5thou since new, bought an 97 80series turbo diesel 175,000 on clock,,asked why change ? his answer is 175 thou is " barely " run in and the 80 has power windows!!
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Reply By: jason_poole - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:59

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:59
if well maintained engine and diffs not a problem.i've heard of the deisel's doing 750000 before an overhaul.(very well maintained i might add).gearbox? 5th gear is not strong for towing and the seal between the gearbox and transfer case have a habit of leaking.(oil flows between the 2 which can overfill one and leave the other half full.about $2500 to fix.to test if this is occuring check oil levels to make sure they are full then park the car with it's nose pointing down a hill for a day then drive it onto flat ground and check the levels) get it thoroughly checked out.do swivel hubs as well.if you were to buy it,i would drive it around home for 6 months to maybe uncover any gremlins that might spoil your trip.remember the 7 p's. bleep Poor Preparation Provides bleep Poor Performance.if it was me i would stick with the vehicle i know.
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