Ford courier 2.6L petrol economy, heavy load.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 20:47
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Does anyone know how these go for lt/100km with half a tonne or more on deck(stowed not towed) for open road cruising? Am thinking of a standard dual cab 03'04 or so since I can pick them up really cheap.
Any guesses or experience with other variants welcomed too(except I can't get the diesels by the same deal).
Thanks for any replies.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:16

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:16
They adapt well to LPG.

In fact Mazda/Ford did a dedicated LPG version.

Disclamer: LPG may be expensive and/or difficult to access in remote regions.



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Reply By: kcandco - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:52

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 21:52
On an lpg conversion mine gets 290km from 56 litres of gas round town. This is unloaded. Not sure about with a load but was getting about the same towing 1 ton trailer at highway speed. Sorry dont know about petrol but know they are thirsty.

regards Kc
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Reply By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 22:30

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 22:30
Fuel economy will depend on how fast you drive. Driven arround 90 to 95 mates mid 90s 2.6 use to do 11s even with a load of camping gear. Sit on 110 and watch the gauge go down.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: brizmatt - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 22:39

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 22:39
I have a 99 Bravo dual cab manual 2600. Before I converted to LPG about 18 l/100ks towing open road, 16 1/100ks open road not towing and pushing a bit and no lower than 14 l/100 ks taking it easy. Round town about 16 l/100 ks. Would expect about 16l/100ks open road with a bit of a load without trying.

Now on LPG, just got back from 2000k trip towing Jayco Finch at 100km/h (in 4th) and got 20l/100ks. Around town and also on open road not towing I get around 18l/100ks.


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Reply By: disco driver - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 00:34

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 00:34
I have never owned one, couldn't afford the fuel, but at one time they were the vehicle supplied under contract for the WA Govt agency I used to work for.
I drove one for around 3 years, all country work, and while it was comfortable and could be bloody rapid if needed, it was definitely not the most economical vehicle we ever used. (That honour goes to the Diahatsu feroza diesels.)
My work diaries show that running around with a bit(150-200kg) in the back (extracab) we were lucky to get 6.5km/litre. Stick a reasonable load on or sink the welly a bit and that dropped markedly.

When we were working them hard cross-country and fully loaded the fuel comsumption could go as low as 3 km/litre.(The extra cabs, as supplied to our agency, only had a 45 litre tank as standard, which meant a few jerrycans on the back all the time.)

Hope that helps.

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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:50

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:50
previous ute I owned was a 1991 B2600 4wd , it was dual fuel and outback touring it would get 300 km on LPG and 350 km on petrol when loaded. Watch out if on LPG as back fire can and will destroy the air flow meter so ignition system needs regular servicing. Lpg tank was 60 lt & petrol 70 lt. Regular servicing at 10,000 km it had done 360,000 km with 210000 km on LPG. Was a good ute just wore it out or close to it.Later models had an 02 sensor and these got slightly better economy but still heavey on fuel. Dollars conpared to similar hi lux or navara still good buy as send savings on fuel

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Reply By:- Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 22:18

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 22:18
Thanks for all the replies! that pretty much sums up what I wanted to know.

I was wondering if it was too much to ask whether a 6cyl Holden Rodeo(non deisel) of similar vintage will be better or worse than the courier in general regarding fuel? This is the other vehicle choice I have.
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