4 wheel Drive Vehicle Help

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 01:06
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I am going to buy a 1999/2000 Toyota LancruiserGXL to pull a 20ft Van, am I better off buying a Turbo Diesel in either Auto or Manual or a Petrol in Auto or Manual? (The extra price for the Diesel is no problem) I will leave it you experts to advise me, Regards, Mike
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 01:12

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 01:12
Drive them all, see what you like the feel of first..

Turbo Diesel, Auto are good...

Think how often you are going to use it for towing 10% of its life?? then work on what would be better for the other 90%
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Reply By: Mike - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 01:59

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 01:59
I intend to use it for the around Australia trip..........mike
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Follow Up By: Chris (W.A.) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 06:50

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 06:50
Hi Mike,

I agree with Truckster, it sounds like you'll never take it off road which is a good thing for a 100 series. I'd go the diesel for fuel efficiency but if you don't care the petrol has more grunt for the highway (you talking the 6 cylinder or V8?) Either way they're both good.
This site is more for those that actually take their vehicle off road and that's not just a gravel track. As long as you have the allmighty cruiser that will save me pain sitting behind somebody on 80 km/h from Perth to Broome b4 they expose themselves on Cable beach.!Nice southerly coastal fishing trip someday.
Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 10:24

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 10:24
Chris,
the home page of this site says:

"ExplorOz is purpose-designed to provide campers, caravanners and four-wheel-drivers with access to unique services and information about Australia not available elsewhere from a single source.

Australian Destinations - we focus on places in Australia where you can get away from cities and get into the open bush, desert or national parks and enjoying camping. Many are suitable to 2WD, camper trailers and trailers however some are more difficult and require high clearance 4WD vehicles."

I sense that the major interest in this site is from bush travellers, not just rock crawlers.
Bob
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 18:22

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 18:22
Bob you'd have to be on the money in my book. 1999 Pathfinder
17ft Evernew 'All Roads' van
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 21:54

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 21:54
Mike, Bob is as usual, spot on. You will have no problems with your 100 series even off road despite Chris' comments. Don't know why he said it as he drives a 80series. Somethings may have been softened up but the 100 is still a very capable vehicle.
Since your towing a van, You will find the turbo'd desiel very capable.
The standardmotor will be a bit slow on even slight inclines.Dare to Lead not to Follow
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Follow Up By: Chris (W.A.) - Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 16:10

Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 16:10
Rock crawler?

I guess caravans and discos are ideal for the GRR, CSR, Cape York, Mitchell Plateau etc.

This site is good for the soft stuff but is definitely better than any other site for the more challenging treks. Treknotes, GPS readings etc. I'm sure there's a site somewhere for caravanners in particular.

I was taking the mickey out of the 100series as two owners have told me that they'd prefer their ol' 80 series due to several different problems.

Remember as a general rule, the harder it is to get to, the fewer people you have to share it with.Nice southerly coastal fishing trip someday.
Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 08:49

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 08:49
Chris,
I don't think you should take your 'van to those places, but in my experience they pose no problem for bog standard Pajeros, LX470 (aka 100 series), or Disco TD5s. Interestingly, the 80 series that I crossed the travelled the Colson track with fell apart (front shocks disintegrated) while the Disco towing a trailer had no problem at all. The same 80 series has now got a burned out piston/cylinder at 250,000 km despite careful maint by well known diesel experts.Bob
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 08:22

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 08:22
Turbo diesel/auto, best all round option IMHO
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 11:01

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 11:01
Mike,
Turbo diesel for me too, dunno about the auto, but from all I've heard they match the T/D engine really well. Have had 2 turbo's, 80 series, and wouldn't have anything else(except a Subaru WRX!!)

Economy is good too, we got 13L/100km, averaging 120clicks, on a recent trip to Kakadu, from Dunmarra to the Isa.

Petrol is only for chain saws and lawn mowers.

Hooroo...
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 21:56

Sunday, Jan 04, 2004 at 21:56
Good one Bob Y lolDare to Lead not to Follow
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