automatic cruisers need advise re towing

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 22:09
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dont know any people that has 100 series petrol cruisers that tow aprox 2.3 tons have heard turbo disel is the best option but out of my budget . is petrol auto capable of doing the job without any or many problems will only be towing a boat locally and 2 x2000 klms trips a year i believe petrol consuption is horrifying is this true and if so how bad . thanks neil.
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Reply By: koh - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 22:42

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 22:42
I have just bought a Auto V8 LC 3 months ago.
it has done about 6000ks so far most of which is towing about two tons..
performance wise it does it with ease.. i have a mate with one as well, he has done a few more ks 30,000k's or with his and has had no probs, hes also an engineer and with the LC specs he couldnt see any reason for concern with long term towing ,,with fair comments like what i have heard locally from a few ppl was the reason why i chose the LC V8 petrol option as was the TD was also out of my budget.
the auto option because im getting lasy as the years go by

days are early yet though for serious comment but i hope this helps a bit

fuel consuption towing @ 100kph is about 21lts per 100kms / normal driving 100kph is around 14lts/100ks and getting better

good fishin to all

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 08:12

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 08:12
I have the V8 but with the old 4 spd auto. The engine is capable of towing anything but the transmission lets it down - kick-down points feel wrong to me. Using cruise control is painful - it kicks down at the slightest incline, and often two cogs, so that it revs its head off and then holds the lower gear for some time even after level cruising. Its so bad that I often turn it off and use manual throttle. I wish someone would come up with a programmable gearbox/cruise control combination. Like that stupid ad on TV where those dorks sit around a table saying stuff like "Why doesn't someone invent a car where the wheels talk to each other?" ("Hello. I am the rear passenger side wheel. Front drivers side - can you hear me?")Bob
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Follow Up By: koh - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 10:27

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 10:27
The cruise in the new 5 speed it no better.. almost dangerous when it kicks down going up hill and around a corner at the same time , some i guess we shouldnt shouldnt be in cruise in those conditions ,, maybe but a slow pod through a sealed windy track at 70 ks shouldnt involve 3 gears, take the cruise off and it will stay in the same gear with out a problem. needs some work.. a bit less sensitive would be better
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Reply By: Brad - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 21:36

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 21:36
Recently took my brand new V8 LC 100 auto out to Mungo NP towing 1000 kg camper.
Got 23 l/100kms at 100 -105 km/hr. Get 14-15 at 110 km/hr without trailer.
Have bullbar and 285 75 R16 ATs which prob hurt consumption.
Agree that cruise control is a prob, found the trick is to knock it from 5th into 4th gear when you see a hill coming up and it does the hill easily (if you leave it in 5th on cruise control the speed drops and it rapidly goes to 4th, than 3rd and revs it head off !!! - mind you it has a ton of torque when it revs up high !!! ).
Still think I'm way ahead in $ compared to the TD.
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Reply By: dp - Saturday, Aug 16, 2003 at 19:40

Saturday, Aug 16, 2003 at 19:40
I have V8 5 speed autocruiser with 10000 k on the clock use it for towing horses (2 - 3 000 kg) and think it is brilliant. (We are talking 100k per hour up hill!!!) Only thing to remember is keep lt in 4th around town (recommended by toyota with heavy loads) and only let it into drive on freeways on the flat or down hill. Mixed towing around town I have got between 16 and 20l per 100k. Unloaded in the bush close to 13l per 100k. I am completely sold
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