musso fuel economy

Submitted: Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:08
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Hi all,

New to this so forgive me if i don't use the right terms or references.

I own a Musso (dont laugh!) it's what i could afford and given the specs very much value for money. It's a 98 3.2 petrol model and automatic.

My question is fuel economy. I see various reports saying the guiness book record holder for deisel and circa 14 kilometers per litre for the version i have. I currently am getting shocking k's per litre. The tank i believe is a 72 litre, on a well rounded trip i.e town and frewway i get circa 430 - 480 k's per tank!!!! Now for those who want to work it out thats 6.31 kilometers per litre !!!!!

Help please someone ! ( yes it gets regularly serviced )

Thanks in anticipation and excuse an typo's (iv'e had a couple of beers :)

Mark
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:30

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:30
Hi Stupps
To get an accurate figure of fuel use it is really - how many litres u put in the tank
x How many Klm's actually driven.
Cheers Prado TD Auto
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Reply By: Andrew(WA) - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:31

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:31
Stupps

I think you will find that's fairly average and normal I'm affraid.

Doesn't sound too bad actually for a modern (ish) 4x4. Petrol. Plenty out there getting worse.

Not what you wanted to hear, sorry. Others may be more positive.

cheers
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Reply By: Will - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:42

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 00:42
sounds about right to me. 100/6.31 = 15.84L per 100kms or thereabouts.
Will
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Reply By: tessa_51 - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 08:59

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 08:59
G'day
Could I be so bold as to suggets you have confused litres per 100k's with kilometres per litre. If you fund a 4x4 with 3.2l engine that returns 14 k/l please let me know about it and I'll buy a couple!!!

Tessa
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Reply By: Mick - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 09:04

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 09:04
Sorry to agree with the others Stupps, but that sounds right to me too. If you had a petrol cruiser or patrol you'd be very happy with that. Even a Prado or Pajero would be in that range unless 100% highway use when it would go down to 12-13 l/100. Diesel is the only practical way to get good 4wd economy. Diesel Prado 11l/100 highway and 12 around town. 1200+ km around town before you even consider refilling. Only have to go to Safeway/Coles once a month for the discount coupon.
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Reply By: Julian - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 10:35

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 10:35
Stupps

This, as previously mentioned, equals 15.84 litres/100kms. Yes, that's about right.

My 2.5 TD5 Defender does 10.5 litres/100kms under most conditions - hardly varies.

We also run a fleet of Mercedes vans, all diesel and 2.5 litres. They all do 8.5 - 9.5 litres/100kms.

Our old fleet of Toyota Hi-Ace vans ran at 17 litres/100kms (dual-fuel)

Diesel is the way to go!!
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Reply By: stupps - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 13:26

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 13:26
Thanks all for a prompt response.

Geez i didn't expect any answers let alone the amount i did get. Thanks :)

Yep your all probably right. I re-visited the figures and they are 13.4 litres per 100k's on the site i viewed. I must have miss read it.

I am off to Albany and Warpole (Tree Tops) next month and then up North at Christmas (Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Coral Bay and Exmouth :) for a long awaited holiday. I am going to try some real off roading at the gorge's and other places to see how the car performs. I will keep a diary of the mileage travelled and fuel used to give a real indication of economy. (If anyone's interested of course ....lol) and no i am not a sad git.... just curious.

So if anyone else is going on holidays around the area and time say hello.

Thanks all

Mark
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Reply By: uppy - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 16:35

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 16:35
hi stupps ive got a patrol 4.2 efi ,which is a great wagon,i get around about the same milage as you on a good day.Im going to get along range tank soon so i can get a better travel range. Also i dont want to get into petrol vs deisel. But the good news is that you have saved a few 1000$ on the purchase price of the car. My advice is run with what you have got . When you are in sand or mud the extra power is always helpful.
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Bob - Saturday, Aug 16, 2003 at 23:19

Saturday, Aug 16, 2003 at 23:19
Oh uppy! Torque low down is what it's all about in tough conditions and that's what a diesel has! Typically produce max torque at around 2000rpm cf petrol at near 4000rpm. Prado diesel is the same price as the petrol so the savings start at day 1!
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Reply By: Andrew(WA) - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 20:53

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 20:53
stupps

Just a side issue...

I had a good look at the same car a few years back and totally agree with the value for money side, as you stated.

After speaking with some people in the know, including some owners, one change you could make to the vehicle to ride and hadle better would be to rip out the suspension and relace it with something of good quality.

If your not experiencing rear end sag already, wait till you load it up! Rear springs are way too soft for the off road stuff, from what I hear.

Less that $1500.....drives like a million dollars

Good luck. Let us know how your economy goes. Your the only guy I know of on the forum with a Musso.

cheers
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