Cruiser Suitability?

Submitted: Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 17:55
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Well O Knowlegable ones, I know you have all heard this before.1996
4.5 ltr petrol auto Cruiser. Any good or what? Fuel consumption figures on road and towing a 15 foot Viscount Poptop. The Cruiser would take us places that my old Ford Fairmont would not.
[dont laugh] Only 18 months to retirement. Still a busdriver at the moment, possibly hang on for a diesel or gas or something. Any help, thanks heaps. Cheers for now Dave.
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 18:16

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 18:16
IMHO, the 80 was the last of the great cruiser range. You won't even know the poptop is there (unless of course you take a peek in the mirror...........)

But like ALL the petrol cruisers from F to present, they are not known for their economy.
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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 18:33

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 18:33
A vehicle that age I would definitely go in diesel, I have owned an 80 series diesel It was bullet proof.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 18:49

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 18:49
Horses for courses, in the Vic HC, think forced to do a U-turn(shudder), in the wide open spaces not a problem (diesel for towing)....depends on your back yard IMHO.....cheers....silverback
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Reply By: Ray - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 19:56

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 19:56
I have an 1994 80 series on petrol & gas and tow a 17' 6" caravan (not a pop top) and I have no trouble in towing but my son-in-law had a 100 series diesel and he just could not keep up my pace towing a medium size boat.
The 80ser. petrol are not cheep to run but they have a great engine
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Reply By: Hairs (Lawrence,NSW) - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 20:17

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 20:17
Hi Dave,
I've a 91 TD with 386 000 km's and it is a good old girl for now,pulling the horse float and my work trailer about plus the campier, but if diesel keeps going up the reasons for buying a diesel are disappearing just as quick.
If I where to be doing a lot and I mean a lot of Km's I would probably consider a gas kit for the diesel.
A chap I know has a 96 troopy TD and tows a 22 footer from northern NSW to Vic quiet often and has installed the gas and he swears by it.I don't have any consumptions figures for you although it cost around $4000.00 and he reckons it's just about paid for it''s self in just over two years.
Just something else to think about.

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Reply By: Debbie_115 - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 23:12

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 23:12
Dave, We have a '96 cruiser on gas it's a manual 4.5ltr and we tow an 18 foot pop-top with it (caravan weighs 1445kg empty), loaded up well, with all the junk, clothes and food that goes along with 4 young adults, 2 older adults (and the dog) we average 330kms to 90Ltrs of Gas towing, can't say what we get on Petrol, we only use it when we run out of gas and to get to the next fill point, and it's that long since we've run it any great distance on Petrol that we can't even remember what mileage it does! We've now done almost 320,000 in this vehicle and yes we've had to put a clutch in it and have done the heads, (re-done with gas values) but it's still going strong, doesn't use oil or water and we are very happy with it.

Hope this helps
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