Diesel/Petrol which to buy???

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 12:41
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I have been thrust into the 4wd market again after writing off my 94' Jackaroo.
Which is possing the question do I buy Petrol(which it was) or diesel/turbo diesel?
I would like to stay in the medium size market and would like to know what other 4wder's experiences, fuel consuption, cost for parts,repairs.I Have a young family and tow a camper trailer, perhaps on a decent trip once a year.
Cheers
ROO.
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Reply By: Stuart - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06
G'day, l have a 95 pajreo with a V6 petrol and it absolutely guzzels the fuel down, l have spoken to people with similar vehicals(all V6's)and they say the same. I live in central Vic and recently had to go to Brisbane, we would have had to take a trailer because there wasn't enough room in the car, but my brother-in-law suggested that we swap cars for the month because he had the larger patrol which is a diesel and has roof racks. We drove approximately 6000k's and l reckon the patrol used easily half the amount of fuel that the pajero would have! Needless to say, the pajero is going shortly and l will be buying an 80 series Cruiser---DIESEL! But that is just my opinion.
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Reply By: Stuart - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06
G'day, l have a 95 pajreo with a V6 petrol and it absolutely guzzels the fuel down, l have spoken to people with similar vehicals(all V6's)and they say the same. I live in central Vic and recently had to go to Brisbane, we would have had to take a trailer because there wasn't enough room in the car, but my brother-in-law suggested that we swap cars for the month because he had the larger patrol which is a diesel and has roof racks. We drove approximately 6000k's and l reckon the patrol used easily half the amount of fuel that the pajero would have! Needless to say, the pajero is going shortly and l will be buying an 80 series Cruiser---DIESEL! But that is just my opinion.
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Reply By: Stuart - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06
G'day, l have a 95 pajreo with a V6 petrol and it absolutely guzzels the fuel down, l have spoken to people with similar vehicals(all V6's)and they say the same. I live in central Vic and recently had to go to Brisbane, we would have had to take a trailer because there wasn't enough room in the car, but my brother-in-law suggested that we swap cars for the month because he had the larger patrol which is a diesel and has roof racks. We drove approximately 6000k's and l reckon the patrol used easily half the amount of fuel that the pajero would have! Needless to say, the pajero is going shortly and l will be buying an 80 series Cruiser---DIESEL! But that is just my opinion.
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Follow Up By: roo - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 16:24

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 16:24
Stuart,
the Jackaroo V6 also is a guzzler, I am going to test drive a couple of turbo Diesels to get a feel.
Thanks
ROO
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Reply By: Stuart - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:06
G'day, l have a 95 pajreo with a V6 petrol and it absolutely guzzels the fuel down, l have spoken to people with similar vehicals(all V6's)and they say the same. I live in central Vic and recently had to go to Brisbane, we would have had to take a trailer because there wasn't enough room in the car, but my brother-in-law suggested that we swap cars for the month because he had the larger patrol which is a diesel and has roof racks. We drove approximately 6000k's and l reckon the patrol used easily half the amount of fuel that the pajero would have! Needless to say, the pajero is going shortly and l will be buying an 80 series Cruiser---DIESEL! But that is just my opinion.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:45

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 13:45
I was getting 14/15 out of my 3.5 Paj, didn't seem to matter weather it was city or highway. I was quite happy with that, plently of power and torque and no need for a turbo. Is a diesel Patrol really so frugal as to achieve half of that ? ...just askingHooroo
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Reply By: simon - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 14:03

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 14:03
I have a 4.2L diesel patrol the best i fuel consumption i have gotten to date is 10.2L per 100km, norm seems to average around 13L per 100km although a always have my foot down
why not go to a larger size 4wd if you have a family the extra room never goes astray
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Follow Up By: roo - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 16:26

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 16:26
Simon,
mostly cost is the only reason for not going bigger, I am going to test drive a few different sized 4wd's, and try out some diesels, turbo and non turbo.
Cheers
ROO.
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Follow Up By: Stuart - Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 19:20

Friday, Sep 05, 2003 at 19:20
Mad Dog- My pajero is the older 3L and is an auto (the handbrake wont drive a manual), but yes, l believe the patrol would have used half the fuel.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 19:14

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 19:14
I thought they stopped making the Jackaroo now?

Anyway, spend a weekend driving everything you can. Paj's, etc etc etc, petrols, diesels, manuals, autos and see what YOU like... Narrows the options down then, then post what you liked and disliked, and people with them models can answer!

This is asked that frequently (23498029384023984 times a day) it could be under the FAQ page.
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Reply By: Mulga Bill - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 20:41

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 20:41
99 TD Jack around town 10.5 L/100 - on the open road with HD camper all loaded up for a trip @ 90/95 kph cruising - 12.7 L/100 - on the dirt about the same @ 80-90 kph. In the rougher tracks seems to top out at 16 L/100 k. The 3.0 diesel is a great motor - others might be better but. Had my time again ..... might go to Patrol TD... still the Jack has been very good to me.Get me outa these suburbs !
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Reply By: Jol from Direct Four WD Awareness - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 22:11

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 22:11
CR-D electronic diesel way to go

Jol
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Reply By: Paul - Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 23:04

Thursday, Sep 04, 2003 at 23:04
I registered a Fj45 with a H2 diesel swap about 4 weeks ago. I don't know how many K's I've done since then as I haven't fixed the speedo yet but I haven't had to put any more diesel in it since I screwed the plates on. Every weekend I've been out in it including one trip up to Crocodile River which must be about 200 k's from Mt Isa. Its got an extra tank in the back but I know from experience if the motor was petrol it would be well and truly empty by now.
A fellow at work has got a 91 (I think) Nissan Patrol 3 litre petrol he bought about the same time as I got the Cruiser on the road and he is always wanting to come along with me as he can't afford to keep the juice up to it. Had a 2.2 litre series 3 Landrover years ago and it was the same story, forever putting petrol in it.
I'd never even consider another petrol 4wd.
Paul
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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Sep 07, 2003 at 14:27

Sunday, Sep 07, 2003 at 14:27
As you are used to Petrol I reckon you'll go mad in a diesel. Take one for a drive, they are SLOW. As well as that they cost thousands more. Fit LPG to a Petrol and it will be cheaper to run than a Diesel and will perform much better. I fitted LPG to my GQ 3L a few years back and it paid itself off in under a year. Don't listen to the crap people will tell you about increased fuel consumption outweighing the benefits. The Patrol was giving 14 mpg on petrol and only dropped tp 13 mpg on gas. As for performance I couldn't notice the difference.

Petrol perfprmance on a Diesel budget, it's the only way to go.

Regards,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: duncs - Monday, Sep 08, 2003 at 23:19

Monday, Sep 08, 2003 at 23:19
Only problem with that is there are a lot of places in the bush where you can't buy gas and an increasing number, all be it quite remote, where you can't buy petrol.

Duncs
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