Prado 3.4lt Petrol consumption & Tanks

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 16:25
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Just back from a trip with fully loaded Prado towing Camper Trailer, Wife & 3 kids and are unsure if all is well - Only ever got about 750km out of the two tanks (total 159lt) and there was not much differnec between dirt and highway.

Does this sound about right ??

Also has anyone used the tank replacements offered by 4WD Systems which increase capacity in the main 90lt tank to 155lt's ??

I would of used the Long Ranger but they are yet to make one for the Prado....

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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 16:59

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 16:59
If you were basically on bitumen or good dirt, were travelling at 100kph or less, had highway pressure in tyres, no roof rack and camper around 1 tonne then you probably have something wrong. Should get at least 17mpg on the old scale under these conditions but if you drive over 100, roof rqack loaded, head wind, heavy 4wd then that is a different story.We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: Member - Bear - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:01

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:01
David

With a fully rack loaded with Thule Coffin, Half basket with Bushranger Bag maybe I am not to far off the mark.

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Reply By: tessa_51 - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 19:08

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 19:08
Hi Bear
I agree with David. Did you by any chance have a spare tyre on the roof rack (sea anchor)? I tow a Jayco Eagle outback and carry a full load including small load on the roof and 750 k's is about average. I did find that the sea anchor reduced that by at least 100k's. I should also say that the fuel tanks usually still have about 20 (90litre) and 15 (69 litre) left when they show empty.

Tessa
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Follow Up By: Member - Bear - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:05

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:05
Tessa

Not so much a sea anchor but a Thule coffin, half basket and full bushranger bag ontop so that was possibly the probelm.
I normaly run the tanks out to check on economy so that was about the best i could get.
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Reply By: glenn - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 19:56

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 19:56
Hi Bear
Just got back 4 weeks ago from a 8000km trip to the centre in my Prado 2.7
4 cylinder towing a camper trailer,loaded with wife and 3 kids kept arecord of fuel all the way.I only have a 90 litre tank and only use premium petrol(if available)
Worst was 460km from tank into a headwind up the Stuart Hwy and the best was 670km coming back from Broken Hill to Dubbo.Along the Oodnandatta Track, which
was in excellent condition I got about 17l/100km.Average speed 90 - 120km/h.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bear - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:08

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:08
Glen
The 670kms is outstanding! I only averaged about 435km with the 90lt tank but did have a bit ob the roof..

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Reply By: AK - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:43

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 21:43
Bear
In our 3.4 v6 auto full loaded with camping gear and no trailer we can just about squeeze 600km out of the main and 400km out of the sub when on the highway.
Cheers
AK
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Reply By: Martin - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 23:14

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 23:14
Bear you really need to fill the tank and see how much it takes to get an accurate figure. I'm assuming you did't drain the tanks to get 750km and therefore the most important and not stated figure is how much fuel did you use? When mine showed both empty I usually had about 30l left! My advice is go diesel. I now have 180l of diesel and can easily do 1500km with camping gear and about 1000km with a fully loaded 16ft caravan on the back!
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Reply By: Graeme - Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 14:51

Friday, Nov 14, 2003 at 14:51
Hi Bear - we have also just returned from a 7000km trip (Sydney - Bourke - Darling River Run - Flinders Ranges - Innamincka - Camerons Corner - Tiboorburra etc) towing an Ultimate Off-road camper with our 2000 GXL 3.4lt Prado. Petrol consumption averaged 16.7 litres per 100km. I usually drive at around 90 - 100km & the trip contained lots of dirt, headwinds, & hills.
Hope this helps.
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