Nissan 4.2 turbo towing?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:04
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I've heard that the Nissan 4.2 isn't that good for towing. Wanting to tow horse float with a couple of big horses.
Is the intercooled version much better?
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:07

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:07
How much weight all up (maximum) do you estimate that you want to tow.
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Reply By: howesy - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:24

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:24
well its gotta be better than pushing the 3.0lt grenade with all that weight. The 4.2 std may not be a powerhouse but its a stayer.
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Follow Up By: Nutta - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 22:07

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 22:07
Couldnt think of anything slower than a 4.2!
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:49

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:49
A Std 4.2 patrol may be slow up hills, but I'll tell you its got more pull than any float at this years Mardi Gras.!!
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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 19:11

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 19:11
LOL
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Reply By: uneekwahn - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:49

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 18:49
I've got a 2001 GU Patrol with the non-intercooled 4.2 turbo diesel and have towed a tandem float with a single horse (horse is used loosely, she's a 14.2 hand arabian mare!) from Katanning to Perth with no problems.

In fact, you can barely feel the float on the back!
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 19:20

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 19:20
Mates daughter tows a two horse float with a GQ naturally aspirated, slow but it gets there with no problems.

have a good one
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 22:10

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2010 at 22:10
I have towed horses, 2 and a heavy Karakar float and the 4.2 tows ok but not fast. I have had a non intercooled 1999 4.2 as well in the past and that was ok also. The main problem is that first gear is way too high. An equivalent Toyota has a lower first gear and is a better tow vehicle for that reason alone. If you want to get a 4.2 TDI going, you probably need to spend a few grand on a new exhaust system. The main thing going for the 4.2 is that it is ultra reliable, mine has 297,000ks and not a spanner on it other than normal service and my old one, my ex wife still has, 400,000ks, still untouched and towed plenty of float trips. I think Nissan could have done something to it to so it could make reasonable power and give it a bit of "get up and go".. when they put it into the GU's in 1999. They are lacking somewhat. If you want power and if you own a healthy wallet, buy a petrol 4800 Patrol,,,, all the power you will ever need.. Michael
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Reply By: Mad Cowz (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2010 at 18:09

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2010 at 18:09
How are ya twinkles?
as you know we have a 4.2 turbo patrol. it is fine for towing provided you're not in too much of a hurry. Hills do slow us down as does a serious head wind. I have towed our hay trailer with 11 rolls of hay, that was pretty hard on the patrol but towing 7t with any fourby would be tough.

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Follow Up By: Mad Cowz (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2010 at 18:11

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2010 at 18:11
talking to a local mechanic who says the standard intercooler does little more than improve emissions. He did a trip in a non intercooled patrol and was tagging along with an intercooled one, they changed gears at the same time on hills, they used the same amount of fuel, not much seemed to be different performance wise
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 00:20

Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 00:20
Whoever told you the 4.2 isn't good for towing is telling porky pies. The 4.2 naturally aspirated will tow anything without hassle. It won't be fast, but if you wanted to go fast you would buy a V8 Commodore and not have horses!

As for intercooled versus non-intercooled, sorry can't help.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 07:59

Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 07:59
The intercooled version is way less effective than my petrol 4800 as a tow vehicle Twinkles.
The petrol delivers more torque at 1000rpm than the diesel does at any speed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barnesy - Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 14:44

Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 14:44
Robin,
what sort of fuel consumption figures do you get from the 4.8 when towing fully loaded? My GQ 4.2 diesel gets at worst 15l/100km. That's fully loaded, with tinny on roof, into a strong headwind up and down hills.

Others I have spoken to get around 25-30l/100km when towing on a flat surface in a petrol tow vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 15:01

Thursday, Apr 08, 2010 at 15:01
Hi Barnesy

I guess the real question should be life cycle cost of ownership about which we have thrashed through before as about the same for diesels and petrols in Patrols.

Your worst consumption of 15 is about my best , and the report I did of towing across the simpson with a 900kg load came up with about 25lt/100km but typically I get 18 to 19 towing.
I have recorded every drop of fuel thru the car over 8 years now and it comes out as 16.5lt/100km but then mine is a manual same as 4.2 , some of the horror stories you here about cars like this are from people hot-footing it thru the sand in auto's.






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