2.8 TD GU Patrol Fuel consumption

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 14, 2003 at 23:38
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I am about to buy a 2.8L GU turbo diesel and was wondering about what sort of fuel consumption to expect around town, and when towing a 6x4 camper.
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Reply By: ray91 - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 01:35

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 01:35
Hi I had a 2.8 GU patrol for while and got about 6Ks a litre best 7Ks a litre.Made no difference on / off road long /short trip or towing my camper trailer.
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Follow Up By: ray91 - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 01:38

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 01:38
Also ask If you can test drive it towing your trailer, not to quick you may have to slip the clutch to get it to move.
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Reply By: Hugh - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 01:52

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 01:52
Hi Roo,

I get:
~ 13 l/ 100 km around the city - short trips to/ from work of ~ 15 minutes duration.
~ 12 l/ 100 km on highway trips
~ 12.5 l/ 100km when towing our 7'x5' camper trailer (both fully loaded). The 2.8 towes our camper w/out any problems and is a great touring vehicle.

Regards, Hugh
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Reply By: Member - Bob W - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 10:06

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 10:06
Hi, I get 12-13 l / 100 klms on trips, not fully loaded and not towing, can get better by driving slower (90 kph)
I would want to test tow any trailer as power is short at take off, I have a Motson chip and run 15 psi boost and it is still only just enough.
Bob W
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Reply By: Luke - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 20:27

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 20:27
I used to get around the 12lt/100km mark on average in my GU 2.8TDI.

Above comments about towing are correct. The 2.8 is short on take off power (turbo lag doesn't help either), and I beleive this is a major cause of many clutches failing prematurely.

I tow a Quintex 4.2 Getaway (not a large or heavy boat), and found significant revs and clutch slip was often required to get going when pointing uphill.

That issue was largely overcome when at a boat ramp by selecting low 4WD to get out of the water, but that didn't help elsewhere.

My clutch failed at 80,000.

$1329.00 to have it replaced.

All round - I liked my GU 2.8, but it was short on power when towing, and on the highway.

.....Just my humble opinion :-)
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Follow Up By: Peter Guy - Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 13:47

Thursday, Oct 09, 2003 at 13:47
Hi my 2.8 Gu has towed my camper trailer all trips combined for over 30 - 40,000 k's and it is a very heavy trailer and I have found the 2.8 to be overall very good and on average we get 12-13litres /100 k's if you sit on 90 - 100 kph. If you exceed 100kph the economy goes to 15 - 16 litres/100 klm's. Once going, the 2.8 pulls well but it is a bitch to do a hill start fully loaded. You do need to ride the clutch but I have found that now the Patrol has done 170,000 k's it seems to start better under stress than when it was new! The clutch touch wood, is still the original and it has never slipped.
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