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Thinking smaller

Asked by Hilton Brown

WE ARE retired and on a pension, and now tow a 5.2m caravan weighing about 2000kg loaded, using a 1993 GPatrol 4.2-litre diesel automatic with an aftermarket turbo and oil cooler. We have owned it since new, but it now has 260,000km on the clock and we have been thinking of updating to a 2000-plus model. Would a 3.0-litre diesel, or smaller, be adequate?

Answered by CarsGuide

28 Apr 2005 Graham Smith

YOU could tow your outfit with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel, but I couldn't recommend the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel GU Patrol because there are too many reports of engine problems. They seem to have problems running at high loads on the highway. See this week's used cars report.

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