Prado Economy

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Hi All,

I am considering buying a 2005 Prado petrol. I have heard alot of figures for fuel economy, mainly from the guys trying to sell me the vehicle...
Can anyone who currently owns one, please let me know what the actual figures are for fuel economy.

Thanks for any help given.
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 12:15

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 12:15
I have a 2006 V6. Over 90K it's average 15.6L/100km of which 30K has been towing our wind-up camper (uses about 18k/100km but I'm a bit of a lead foot... does much better if you slow down to 90-95kph), and the majority of the other K's is around 'town'. When I've done decent hwy runs, it's around 11-12L/100km.
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 12:48

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 12:48
hi hgmonaro
interesting but could you actually tell us what windup camper you tow to give us a more specific idea as there are about 250 different camper trailers out there on the rds
thanks and cheers
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Follow Up By: Paul - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 14:43

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 14:43
Thanks.
Is everyone happy with the prado?
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 14:02

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 14:02
Ours is a Goldstream Wing 3, one of the larger ones.
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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 13:19

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 13:19
My FIL has a 2004 V6 and on our last trip away towing his off road soft floor camper (1000kg) he averaged 12 litres per 100 km for the 5 weeks away.

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Follow Up By: daverobbo5 - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 01:23

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 01:23
Hello, can i confirm that towing a 1000kg trailer with more than 1 person in the prado on regular unleaded you or FIL used 12L/100kms. were you driving t the speed limit? roof rack?

that economy is like highway with no trailer and no load. i believe you, but it seems very low (and good)?
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 08:01

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 08:01
Yep, 2 adults (and occasionally our son), at the speed limit.
His prado is a GX manual which would be lighter than a gxl but basically the same inside only missing the wheels, flares and some electronic traction type gizmos. No roof rack but loaded to the hilt. Regular unleaded, but at home he does use premium every 2nd tank, maybe that helps.
At the time I think it only had about 90,000km on the clock.

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Reply By: Davo_60 - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 16:11

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 16:11
A mate had the same model (petrol) as you are looking at and joined us for a trip in the Kimberley last year. He used 12-14l/100km depending on the terrain. Not towing but had a roof rack. Very impressive petrol engine, heaps of grunt and I thought the economy was outstanding.

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Follow Up By: Paul - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 17:43

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 17:43
Sounds good to me!!

Did it handle the rougher stuff ok?

Thanks for everyones responses.
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Follow Up By: Davo_60 - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 08:51

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 08:51
Yeah, no dramas. He went and bought the same vehicle (GXL petrol) again new before the 150 series came out. The second hand petrols are great value in my opinion.

Good luck,
Dave
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Reply By: RobAck - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 17:47

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 17:47
We have a 2005 VX which weighs in at 2950kg for a 14 day Simpson crossing for example. Around town the recovery drawer is always full and we run LT tyres with a dual battery system, winch and full drawer setup. Around town we average 15.7, in the Simpson around 17 and with the roof basked full and towing the Ultimate around 18 give or take

Would we swap it for a diesel? Nope. A better engine all round including off-road and if you are going to use if for a daily drive then much quieter and certainly more performance for overtaking etc.

Diesels by efficiency will always be around 15% more fuel efficient. But if you purchased a 2005 Prado diesel it would be the old 90 series engine and 4 speed auto in a body that is 200kg heavier than the 90 was so not a good combination

If you use the vehicle for touring I doubt you will have a problem at all and if you are not off-road and in low range every day of the week then your fuel efficiency and cost will not be a penalty for a better drive

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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:43

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:43
Hi Paul. I have a 2004 upgrade model with the 5 speed auto. Just clocked up 75000 K and I have kept a fuel record since it was new.It averages 16l/100km around town.(Wife uses it mainly as the shopping trolly/ school bus) The best I have had on a trip is 11.5l/100km, normally 12 to 13, and I have towed a 2 tonne boat where it got up around 19l/100km. Hope that is a bit of help. Bob.



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Follow Up By: Paul - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 07:43

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 07:43
Thanks Bob. Have you been happy with it?
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Follow Up By: Willykj - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:03

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 10:03
I have a 07 GXL & over 54K my experience is almost identical to Toyocrusa. Also kept a spreadsheet since new. I regularly tow a 1.7T Poptop & am totally happy with the Prado. Willy
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 20:22

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 20:22
Paul, I have been very happy with the Prado. Previously had a 100 series 4.5l petrol on LPgas and the Prado runs rings around it. It is a much easier vehicle to use all round, especially when parking. The only thing I would like is Climate control air which the later models have. It also flows through vents to the rear seat passengers, much more comfortable for them. Bob.



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Reply By: bgreeni - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 11:50

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2010 at 11:50
I have a 2009 model petrol auto. Bull bar and roof rails. I normally drive at the speed limit. A mixture of city and country driving.

Lease report shows life to date fuel usage of 15.614 l/100km
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