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I’ll freely admit the torque/horsepower thing is a little beyond me, I get it but not completely.
 
But I’ve driven 4wd pickups starting with the non turbo hilux in 98 to now.
The improvement in power is amazing, towing a 3.5 tonne load was nerve racking back then, up and down the box, dreading hills on the motorway, an embarrassment tbh, these days a pice of cake.

Yeah they’ve come a long way.

My first hilux was a 3 litre surf. Lovely car. Way underpowered by my current ones figures though. Would struggle towing the same weights.
I mapped the invincible to 230 ish bhp. It’s been a superb vehicle.

Had defenders etc etc. Non of the vehicles are perfect. The pickups are the best compromise in 4x4 terms for me. Hilux just happens to be the flavour I like best but they are all decent these days. All have their faults and good points.

My transit is only a 125bhp 2.4. As a tow vehicle on the road it’s probably my favourite. It’s geared well and the big wide long wheel base and extra weight really irons out the pitch/yaw effect of a trailer on the tow bar especially down bumpy back roads.

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i bought a 2011, 2.4 TDCi Transit double cab tipper 12 months ago,  i was aware that in 2012 the MK7 went from having the 2.4 to the newer type 2.2 which could potentially be troublesome and i'd seen a few go bang in Transits and Rangers.  I got lucky as i had some spare dollar and simply phoned up a local independent Transit specialist and he had it for sale,  he'd been servicing and MOT'ing it for 6 years for a customer.  It was very clean and tidy and i 'lucked out' as it was exactly what i was after spec wise.  115PS, fairly low ratio rear diff,  leccy windows, hill start assist etc. Spent a few quid on it recently having the inlet manifold removed and cleaned out, egr blanked off etc. I have a very fussy mechanic who looks after it for me and that i like.   It may see me out despite being now 11 years old as i'll most likely hang onto it 'till the end'.

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On 09/01/2022 at 17:53, lux said:


Horse power is a misleading figure in working vehicle terms.

A 1.8 golf will have more bhp than the Ford Ranger.

An 18 t lorry has the same sort of horse power as a sporty estate car

Not even worth looking at horse power figures on vans. Down to torque and how it’s geared.

Modern engines are more efficient and burn cleaner with less pollution but they use more fuel to do it.

Anyone buying a new tipper just needs to buy the best they can realistically afford. The least abused and most looked after

My mk7 2.4 transit has been superb. Hard to find a good clean sensible mileage one now though.

Worst thing I’ve driven of late is the 1.9 Isuzu grafter. What a miserable van that is in every respect.




 

Hi 

Can you explain how an engine can be more efficient but use more fuel? I was under the impression an engine being more efficient ment it used less fuel?

Thanks

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Hi 
Can you explain how an engine can be more efficient but use more fuel? I was under the impression an engine being more efficient ment it used less fuel?
Thanks


It’s more efficient from an emissions standpoint point which is all the gov care about, the fact it uses more fuel and add blue to do this they don’t care about, as they make more money due to the taxes on those products

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Hi 
Can you explain how an engine can be more efficient but use more fuel? I was under the impression an engine being more efficient ment it used less fuel?
Thanks

Some Exhaust gasses are passed back through the engine and more fuel is used running hotter to give cleaner overall emissions.

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