Jimny fuel usage - im not happy with

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 00:09
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Hi i have a Suzuki Jimny and my problem is the amount of fuel it uses. i did a heap of research on 4x4 when i was buying one and found on a few australian web sites how much fuel it uses.

my car is an automatic and the info i found said it would use 8.5 City, 6.2 Highway. 40 Fuel tank capacity (litres) .
but its more like 9 city, 9 highway. and i get about 400km to 450kms per tank.

weird i know, so maybe there is something wrong with my car.

does anyone else drive a jimny and have a better fuel usage.

any clue to my high fuel usage would be great
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Reply By: ozwasp - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 01:12

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 01:12
Hi,

I think they measure the highway cycle at 90km/hr, so try driving slower at highway speeds.

My 2.7L Hilux gets about the same on the highway as in the city - about 20mpg or 14L/100km

4wd motors are designed differently to car motors as to produce different power and torque characteristics. As a result they aren't as fuel efficient as car motors.

Will.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 04:48

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 04:48
Are you carrying a lot of weight? Cruising speed on the highway would make a big difference.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 08:08

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 08:08
Yep, have the same problem with the pajero.
11l/100k around the burbs and 11l/100k sitting on 110.
Pushing a box through the air is not the most economical.
If I take it easy on the hills and sit on 95, goes to 10l/100k, and sitting on 90 I can get 9.5l/100k.
Best I got is sitting on 85, 9.2l/100k.
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 08:43

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 08:43
Too many years ago, as part of my wages, I got a car allowance based on the number of cylinders, so I got a V8 (P76) as the allowance represented 1/3 of my take home wage. Around the same time, the Fraser Fed Govt introduced world oil price parity to encourage more domestic exploration etc. The price per gallon (4.5L) rose to $1 which was a big shock in those late 70's. So I fitted a Holley carby to it and taught myself to drive smart and cunning. I treated it as a challenge to get 21 - 25 mpg. It just means, don't drive on your brakes. Imagine you have 15L left to go 200 km to the next fuel stop, its pitch black and pouring rain....concentrates the mind....its a challenge and you never run into the back of anyone. Remember the accelerator use the petrol, but the brake wastes it.....cheers
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 09:03

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 09:03
Drewblack, My young bloke has a Suzuki Sierra 40lt tank 38lt usable & gets about the same, 400km to 450km per tank sounds normal to me.
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Reply By: troopyman - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 10:15

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 10:15
My first 4x4 in 1980 was a new suzuki LJ80V with the 798cc 4 cylinder engine . It cost me $8 to fill the tank .
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Reply By: madfisher - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 12:14

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 12:14
Gee I would give anything to get 9s on the open road. lol. That is as good as you are going to get out of a 4wd. My old lj80 use to do 12s.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 13:39

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 13:39
I'll join you there Pete. Being checking my'n over the last few weeks and averaging around 17 around town 13 open road. Has gone up a tad since fitting the A/T tyres, bullbar etc. Use to be about 15 town 12.2 freeway. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: madfisher - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:49

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:49
I am not game to work out mine arround town Steve. Have put pretty tame ats on to try and get some economy. Is yours auto?
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 18:59

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 18:59
Yeah mate mine is auto, I have put the power button on but I reckon its uses more as it holds the gear longer and wont let it drop into O/D untill about 80 k so is reving that bit higher. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 13:36

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 13:36
When I was looking for one when they first come out I found at 110k they were reving there nut off over 4 grand in the auto and that with the overdrive on, I would imagine that would have some thing to do with it. I think the only way to get it down is as said above lift the right foot a bit. Does yours rev over 4 at 110k ?? I found it to be extremely high, thought I hadnt put it in over drive when my wife and I took it for a run. Great vehicle though will get you everywhere. We had one come along with the tag along one day he had the water over the bonnet just above his wipers (did have a snorkel fitted) I thought he was going to drown it but no out the other side coughed a bit but kept going didnt even have a blind across the front great reliable things. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: zook - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:45

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 15:45
That fuel usage is about right. You will find that the fuel usage is pretty much the same on highway as off (even though the engine sits on about 4000rpm).

I think you have to remember that it has very short gearing and you are therefore unlikely to be able to get better consumption.

Have you run the tank empty? because I think you will find that even where the needle is just above the red you will not be able to put in more then 35 L.

It is not the most aerodynamic car, so remember that as well

zook
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Reply By: madfisher - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:52

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 17:52
Just had a though could be worth while fitting extractors and a sports exhaust to let it breath easier if it is doing 4 grand at 110. If it is low geared sitting on 90 will save you heaps.
Pete
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