New V8 troopy - oponion's

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 22:36
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I am looking for all opinion's on the new troopy. I am intending to buy in the next 12 months - second hand.

I am interested in the workmate troopcarrier or wagon for a work vehicle and family tourer ( 2 kids ). I will be towing a camper most of the time and trailers for work. I would like any advice on

* Real fuel economy
* Reliability
* Any problems popping up yet?
* Comments


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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 23:19

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 23:19
Search the Forum Archives, been stacks of info posted in the last 12 months.

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Reply By: 3F62 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 21:17

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 21:17
I have a V8 workmate at work with 25,000 k's and at full GVM alway's.....previous troopy was 2006 TD6 with same load and same tyres.
On road performance is very much the same, off road prefer the 6cyl by far. Strangely the V8 dosn't have the ability to "lug" along in 2nd low like the 6cyl did. The new one seams to get to the stall stage & dose, OR if given the herbs brakes out in wheel spin.

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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 22:50

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 22:50
Purchased a new V8 Troopy, delivered in Feb 2008.
What would you expect - It has a stack of grunt and didn't miss a beat.
Traveled 25,000 ks around Australia including tip of Cape York.
Towing 3 tonne caravan for 15,000 ks
Offroad in tent and sightseeing without caravan 10,000 ks
Duration 5.5 months
Diesel used 4,250 litres - $7,650 (ave $1.80/Litre - ranged $1.65 to $2.25)

Diesel used breakdown (25,000ks)
3,500 ks Off road and gravel – no caravan
(Cape Yorke QLD, Frazer Island QLD, Point Sir Issac South Australia). 6.7 k/l
7,000 ks On bitumen mixed highway and town roads – no caravan. 8.25 k/l
15,000 ks On bitumen mixed highway and town roadswith caravan at 80 k/h 5.25 k/l

Consumption trials - 4.5 litre V8 Troopy Diesel
Highway - no van 110 k/h 8.5 k/l
Off road (Varies greatly with load) 4 to 7 k/l
24’ 3 tonne van 80 k/h no wind 5.5 k/l
24’ 3 tonne van 110 k/h and head wind 4.0 k/l

Tyres were standard issue skinnies on split rims at about 40 PSI.
If I got bogged in soft stuff, I dropped down to 18 PSI and climbed out without a problem.

On this trip I traveled with another couple who had about the same size van towed wiith a 2006 70 series tray back 6 cylinder- 4.2 Turbo Diesel.

His fuel consumption was about the same as mine but he had less power.

I also went to Fraser Island for a week with a group of others in half a dozen 4WDs (I won't mention the makes for the sake of harmony), all with fatties, who they couldn't out do me with my skinnies.

The extra torque that the V8 Diesel puts out well and truly made up for the lack of tyre width.

Currently clocked up 35,000 ks in the past 13 months and headed for Broome (5000ks return) in 2 weeks time.

Regards Dennis
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