fuel consumption

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:03
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So much info on diesel which is very informative but I now have a V8 Landcruiser Sahara Petrol. Wondering if any one has a petrol vehicle towing a van around 3 ton and availability of unleaded and premium around the country. What sort of economy you get and I know it varies between drivers.

Thanks in advance. Ron C2
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Reply By: Axle - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:25

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 09:25
G/Day Ron,....Good Vehicle to pull 2t,,19-20ltrs/100ks

pulling 3t...Wouln't surprise me if it was up around 26ltrs/100ks

Wrong vehicle unless the wallet can cope with it.

Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: baz&pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 16:14

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 16:14
OH come on Axle, how can you say its the wrong vehicle, its the best.
As stated in a previous thread our van is 2250ks, but loaded would be about 2750ks to 2800ks (max is 2950) and we are averaging 23ltrs to the 100 ks which i'm more than pleased with.
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

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Follow Up By: Axle - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:01

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:01
LoL!..Baz,...The 100s V8 Petrol is a beautiful machine ..Agree...But if your going to tow and depending how often, and how far and with a weight between 2.5 &3T.,The last of the diesel sixes is a superior thing, Roughly the same HP But a Lot more Torque which equates to a big difference in economy over various towing conditions .. I know purchase costs are higher but you get that back at the end anyway.

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Follow Up By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 20:44

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 20:44
The difference $$ for petrol to diesel for the 200 series is $10000

That's a lot of petrol

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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 10:15

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 10:15
Have you considered a LPG conversion ? I have been told that LPG is even available in birdsville these days.

If you search the forums on www.lcool.org/forum you will find information on which LPG systems best suit the V8 petrol cruisers.

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 14:16

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 14:16
Hi Ron,

A good mate of mine had a V8 petrol Sahara cut down into a dual cab if that makes any difference. I think a 2004 or thereabouts. He has a 24 ft Jayco which I guess would go all of about 3t loaded. On a trip to Esperance WA he encountered a pretty strong headwind and wound up getting 34l/100kl. He reckoned it was scary watching the fuel gauge dropping. On the return trip the wind had dropped off almost completly but was now behind him and he got 24lt/100kl.
He has traded it for a 2011 V8 diesel trayback and on a trip to Coral Bay says he averaged around 18-22lt/100kl regardless of wind direction and pulled the van just as easily as the V8 petrol. Now one thing to keep in mind, this bloke usually sits on 100kl/hr so uses whatever power is available but he reckons the diesel feels like it is doing it much easier.
No Ron I am not trying to talk you into petrol or diesel, just someones experience.


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Follow Up By: Ron C2 - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 15:40

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 15:40
First up I would like to thank everyone for their replies. I will probably be towing closer to 2.600 tonne. I have had a Toyota 80 series diesel 1Hz greatwagon , then to a Nissen 3liter wagon hand granade witch we traded on a 2003 Sahara. Love the power and comfort, I am geting 12.5 to 13 litres around town Macleane NSW, towing 2 tonne to Tamworth I averaged 18-20lt/100kl nomal driving at 90-95kl/hr. 34ltr/100kl sure is scary, Thanks again for the replies appreicate the advice Pop. Have a mate with a Toyota 80 series diesel towing 2.7 tonne and coming back from Karumba in a head wind when he got to the first road house said he was going to sell it. The fuel was going down rapidly and it was also scarey. Headwinds are headwinds and diesel or petrol burn quickly.


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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 16:44

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 16:44
Good luck with whatever you choose Ron, I guess at the end of the day if it gets you out exploring our great country it's doing its job.
Oh by the way my mates good lady still hasn't forgiven him for selling the Sahara..lol

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Follow Up By: Member - Keith Berg - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:45

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 19:45
Why does everyone talk about how much less fuel diesels use, but nobody mentions their higher running costs. A year or so ago when I last looked, a late model V8 petrol 100 series cost almost twenty grand less to buy second hand and less than half the price to maintain than the same in a diesel. I did my own sums and found it would take me between 150,000 and 200,000 just to break even.

That being said, diesels are a vastly better proposition for towing, but I sometimes wonder whether the true comparative costs are ignored.

But I tend to forget all that when I see over 30 litres per 100K lead footing with a bulky trailer on the back. If I had the dough, I'd have a diesel.
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