Prado consumption

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:04
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I have a 4000 cc petrol engine Prado (auto) and a 16 ft caravan. When towing and travelling at 80/90 kph over several hundred Ks I burn between 19 and 20
litres of petrol per 100 kilometers. It seems too much ? Anybody with similar comments. Thanks. Ian
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:15

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:15
I have similar issues with a diesel, no wonder Toyota fitted 2 x 90 litre tanks!

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Reply By: rusti2 - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:41

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 18:41
hey,did a trip 10000 klms last year in my v6 120 prado towing my 18 foot offroad van mainly on the blacktop and the best i got was about 20 ltrs per 100,but worth it with no problems and very comfortable and that was in 4th gear,regards
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Reply By: RobAck - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:10

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:10
Nope that sounds about right. We owned one for 100,000km and covered most of Australia including towing our Utlimate XTrak and with that on the back we were in the range of 19-23l per 100km


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Reply By: 4running - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:27

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:27
yep, have to agree with everyone else, they are a thirsty car and more so when towing...from adelaide to sydney with a camper trailer and a headwind we chewed through 2 tanks at around 800km!. I love the car but the one thing i miss is having the trip computer in them that tells you the average fuel consumption etc..maybe toyota didnt want its customers seeing average fuel figures of 20 litres per 100km!
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:43

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:43
Last year,Wilcannia to Broken Hill towing a 2.5tonne full height van into a 90k headwind. 200km used 70litres of petrol. The worst i've ever had. Normally around 24l/100. Still love the car though and for what it does I don't think you could beat it. Wollongong to Silverton, 1250 Ks in two days reasonably comfortable although slept well the 2nd night. Cheers,Bob.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 20:58

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 20:58
Which is why you should swap over to a diesel.
My 2003 KZ motor gets 14's average towing a 4 metre Rapid weighing around 1.6 t. I started at 15.5 and after two years travelling around the island I now get in the low 14's.
I put the improvement down to Caltex RX oil and using Chem-tech each fill up.

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Follow Up By: Kimba10 - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 22:30

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 22:30
Hi Bill use to use that around town with my 1kz, now own 4L petrol 120 and yes its around 16L per 100 round town but on a long trip not towing is 11.6, 3 on board, loaded, and doing the speed limits even up hill which the 1kz struggled to do, then the head went 4g later on the 1kz and was extremely well serviced so wasnt neglect . Dont regret my petrol one bit, AND if need be it goes when requested and punches through sand dunes i only wished the 1kz would do. D4D different story but plenty of dramas with them too, stuffed injectors, engine mounts, clogged up oil pick ups (not from lack of servicing either), no thanks Ill stick to my petrol for now........................
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Follow Up By: desray (WA - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 07:51

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 07:51
I am with Kimba 100% with this. Ianwa you could think about puting your car on gas /LPG. My Prado is on gas ,still does around 20litres/100 ks but gas is 65 cents a litre in Perth while Diesel is still $1.50 a litre. There is a tax going on lpg but it will still be heaps cheaper than diesel (which seems to go up daily ).
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 14:12

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 14:12
I'm with you also Kimba. Had a turbo diesel cruiser previously and never stopped spending big bucks on it. Now have a V8 petrol cruiser and it rockets up hill and I definitely do not have to worry about Exhaust gas Temperatures. Even with 2.5 tonne on the back. Love my petrol cruiser and will never own another diesel.

Gas is a consideration although, on alloy heads there is a cost waiting to be paid in the future when the head eventually needs doing, the sums have to be done carefully as it is becoming line ball.

Cheers, Bruce
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13
My 2007 Prado D4D Auto is not thirsty.
Figures from trip round oz
Travel & Fuel statistics for the trip

Total Days away 97
Distance -kms 16580
Fuel used Liters 2561.96
Average ltrs/100km 15.62
Average Klm per Litre/MPG 6.5 / 18.4
Dearest Fuel/ ltr $1.80
Cheapest fuel/ltr $1.12
Average fuel price per Litre $1.41
Average cost per Klm $0.22
Average Daily expenditure $140

Of the 16580 travelled 13554 was towing a Jayco freedom 16ft about 1.8t

I always tow in 4th and never use Cruise Control.
Have a scanguage fitted and, if consumption starts to creep up , I simply pull back on the peddle.

Previously had an 80 series L/C on petrol/LPG and that was a thirsty beast.

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Follow Up By: Nimibre- Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 18:05

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 18:05
I agree with you Peter R after owning a 80 series pet on gas my 120 Prado D4d is a great car to drive and I love the little diesel she's a beauty. On a 7000 k trip across the Anne Beadell, John Holland track to Hyden, Cape Arid Nat. Park and back across the my average for the whole trip was 12.3 l/100. Now fully loaded my car wieghs full of gear and fuel 3100 kgs so I'm really happy. The 80 series was up around 19-20l/100. I've been across the Simpson 3 times and always carried 4 Jerry's on the roof rack. Prado is a great bus. Ive modified my back tank to hold 105 l now i'm considering making my own rear tank she'll hold about 150 - 170. You can buy one from Brown Davis but tharts to easy. and expensive. Tell u what after 10 years with a petrol LC prado is very frugal. I love my girl cruiser. Doing the Madigan lline and the Hay river in 3 weeks time cant wait to get out there
cheers Marty.
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Reply By: GT Campers - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 15:23

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 15:23
I reckon that is excellent economy for a 2.4 tonne (?) petrol vehicle towing a another tonne or two of caravan
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Reply By: Geoff H (Q - Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 18:43

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 18:43
Diesel isn't the magic fix unfortunately, we spent the extra for a diesel but it still chews 16Litres per 100 k when towing a 1.5 ton Camper. Our old petrol 80 was cheaper to run on gas but very expensive on petrol.

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