DIESELS ONLY........Usage, Reliability and Longevity.....

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Re: DIESELS ONLY........Usage, Reliability and Longevity.....

Post by Tripping Away » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:14 pm

Lance wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:06 pm
Diesels have long been the preferred tow vehicle for most applications.
I'm curious as to your thoughts on your usage of a diesel.
Not so much concerned about make and model, more of a general question.

Why did you choose a Diesel ?
Does it do all you want ?
Cost effective ?
Maintenance issues ?
Pleasant to drive ?

Anything else you can throw in ?
Good & Bad, Bouquets & Brick Bats............

Please don't bring in Petrol V Diesel.
If you drive a Petrol please start a similar thread referring to petrol engines
So Lance, Did you get the information you were after, you haven't offered your thoughts yet either.

What are you towing with and do you ever see a time you might change??

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Re: DIESELS ONLY........Usage, Reliability and Longevity.....

Post by Lance » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:37 pm

Gooday TA.
I bought my first Diesel about 5yr ago, an '05, NP Auto Pajero.
I have many doubts that I will ever replace it.
It's done a mountain of work, both local and distance and I've had no issues what so ever.
Have I just got a good one, are all Pajeros reliable ?
I reckon they're all pretty good from what I read on the Paj Forum.
Mine's done 280k with all necessary servicing as far as I can tell.

Yep, I like the Pajero and am a big fan of their Diesels.
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Re: DIESELS ONLY........Usage, Reliability and Longevity.....

Post by Frank & Brenda » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:57 am

We had a 99 MrsBitchy Challenger petrol on lpg when we decided to upgrade
Bought a 2013 Triton 2.4TD and found that it got about the same fuel mileage as the challenger and cost the same as on LPG
BUT, then I had the engine remapped, boy what a difference an extra 21kw of power on the dyno and from 400km on 60lt (300 towing) to 590km (480 towing)

On our Qld trip we were down to 280km (60lt) and I rang our mechanic who went through a few steps with us then asked me what fuel I was using. I told him that it was what ever was cheap, mostly Liberty, he told me never to use that unless there was no other option and to use BP ultimate or Caltex Votex only
First tank we got 380 next 420 then 480, this was northern NSW, central Qld

Shell has brought out diesel (extra, I think) Mobil super diesel as has Liberty but I'll only use that if I have to
I shop around but get BP, Caltex or Mobil and get great mileage (Shell is far too expensive)

The EGR was disconnected in the remap but damage had been done to turbo before that was done (the car was second hand) and I had to have the turbo replaced at 245000km, the guy who did it said it was all the recirculation of the exhaust gas that had caused the soot up and damage

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Re: DIESELS ONLY........Usage, Reliability and Longevity.....

Post by Engel » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:29 am

Lance wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:37 pm
Yep, I like the Pajero and am a big fan of their Diesels.
I expect you would have done your homework but I was talking to my mechanic after I fitted a catch can to my Dmax and he said that no vehicle was immune to blocking up the intake manifold but the Pajero by far the worst.

I dont know if it was a specific model or not as I never asked him.

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Re: DIESELS ONLY........Usage, Reliability and Longevity.....

Post by Lance » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:05 am

Yes, intake blockage can be an issue, but some have blocked the EGR valve which helps the situation. That may not be acceptable to some though.
Removal and cleaning of the manifold would probably cost $5-600 to have done if you couldn't do it yourself.
I'll be doing mine when I retire.
The biggest issue with my model Paj is the Fuel pump.
They have a bit of a history of failing but mine shows no sings as yet. Cost of replacement about $4k and if mine fails I'll spend that money.
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