GU 3.0 auto Patrol with DTronics

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 14:07
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Hi all,

I'm starting to look into the future a bit and am thinking about replacing my Monterey with a new GU 3.0 diesel auto. I'm stuck with an auto because my wife can't drive a manual.

I'm a bit concerned about the low down torque of the 3.0 TD engine and have read about the Safari Dtronics delivering some very worthwhile improvements in torque and power.

Has anyone tried the Dtronics unit in 3.0 auto Patrol and is it a worthwhile thing to get? Any feedback, good or bad, welcome.



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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 14:59

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 14:59
Not sure about an auto, but I know of several folks that have the Dtronics fitted to their manual 3.0 Patrols. They cant stop raving about how good they are, and they fitted em from new.

I've driven one of them and its impressive. I dont know the figures sorry.

Other then the Warranty issues with fitting them, IMO they are a worthwhile investment.
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Reply By: Bonz - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 17:47

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 17:47
I have had ravers for the DTronic too.

I also fitted two HiClone units to my manaul 3.0L patrol and have got 3l/100km better economy, smoother idling and the turbo comes in about 600rpm earlier which has improved driveability amazingly. In an auto they would be great as the auto already has an excellent drivetrain.

All the best

Bonz
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Follow Up By: Hoffy - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 11:54

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 11:54
Bonz
I am interested to know where you fitted the Hiclones to your vehicles.
I fitted a pair to my 3.0L GUII auto as per the recommendations of HiClone and I experienced an increase in fuel consumption, in the old language it went from 27mpg down to 25mpg on highway use.
maybe I need to fine their location. I had one fitted close to the air cleaner and the other one close to the motor in the air intake from the intercooler.
Would be interested in your thoughts.
Thanks

Hoffy.
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Follow Up By: Bonz - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 18:26

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 18:26
Hoffy,

Mine are fitted just out of the air cleaner (just inside the end of the first plumbing joint) and just before going into the engine after the intercooler as recomended by the manufacturer.

Hope you get these things sorted as I am rapt with mine

Regards Bonz
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Reply By: Member - Lex - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 15:42

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 15:42
I feel that the 3.0/auto combination works better than the manual version because the characteristics of the auto transmission allow the torque to build more progressively than slipping the clutch in the manual. I was very surprised how much nippier the car felt after fitting the d/tronic also---highly recommended

Regards
Lex Franks
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Follow Up By: Bonz - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 18:27

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 18:27
Lex,

What was the damage? How much did it cost? I want one now!

Bonz
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Reply By: Savvas - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 16:15

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 16:15
Thanks all .... sounds like it's worthwhile.

I'm mainly concerned about the warranty implications. But my plan is to have it fitted by the dealer at delivery, so I have one central point of contact if things do go haywire.

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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 19:09

Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at 19:09
I have an auto Patrol and after an IFS (I had one and won't go back) 4wd you wont know yourself. Climbs hills like they're not even there ( my wife says it's cheating!!!). Why not try the car before you decide on a Dtronic? $1500 may buy a front locker or a bull bar. Have a look how many radiators behind the grille.
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