3.0l Patrol towing 2t van

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 16:27
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Would like to hear from anyone who has a 3.0 TD Patrol who may have possibly towed a 2 tonne van or similar (over long distance). i.e. ease of towing, fuel consumption etc. We test drove a new one today and are very interested.
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Reply By: Nav 80 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 18:39

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 18:39
Gday Biggy,, We have a 3.0 L TD Navara same engine but not intercooled as the Patrol is @ 116Kw, Navara 110 Kw. We tow a 17 Ft van around 2 tonne loaded,and with portable boat trailer, 3.8 mtr dingy on the roof, 15HP outboard,2 Engel fridges and loaded to the hilt with all the other gear thats needed. The Navara tows all this with ease and with a fuel consumption of 13.5-14.5 L/100km if you dont push it eg: around 90-100Km per hr max. A few years back when they first came out I had grave doubts about there towing ability, but after talking with a lot of people who owned one and towed with one I was finaly convinced and now having owned one myself I can say it will do the job.
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Reply By: Mark - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 20:30

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 20:30
I have a GU 3.0TD and it regularly tows a 1.6T offroad van. Compared with my 80 series 4.2 cruiser (non-turbo, but extractors and 2 1/2" system), it has SO much more power and makes towing a real breeze.

I get ~15l/100kms towing, but have a roofrack and normally a kyack on top. Plus i stick to the 100+ limit, I don't drive for economy. I got 17-18l/100kms from my cruiser on the same trips (same rack etc...). Both vehicles had 33" tyres and economy is from GPS distance calcs.

I'm glad i didn't listen to the knockers of the 3.0TD, its been a real beaut 4WD. About the only critisism is the torqure from say 500 to 1100rpm. This is the only place the cruiser had an advantage. I plan to get the dtronics chip and have been told that this fixes this minor issue (but have not experienced it myself yet - $$$).

Cheers

Mark

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Reply By: Nomad - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 00:04

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 00:04
G'day Biggy,

I only tow an off-road camper trailer but usually gross 3.5t. Black-top with high speed and mountains thrown in for good measure gives about 12.7l/100k.

In the sand ( Fraser Island including very soft inland sand) 17.5l/100k.

As tough as nails. Very hard to beat. Great value for money.

Cheers
Nomad
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Reply By: chrisfrd - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 14:41

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 14:41
I've got a 2001 Manual and find that I could tow my 2T work trailer in low-range, more places than I could drive my 4x4 V6 Rodeo without said trailer!

On the highway it got a little difficult, but you just changed from 5th to 4th whenever you had any signs of laboring.

I tend to drive the truck at 90K's and leave it in 4th when heavily loaded.

Regards,

Chris Ford.
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