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Hi

I am planning a cross sahara with my unimog 416 with a om352 motor.

please ciontact me at loot@pungwe.co.za to compare estimates in fuel consumption.

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Hi

I am planning a cross sahara with my unimog 416 with a om352 motor.

please ciontact me at loot@pungwe.co.za to compare estimates in fuel consumption.

Loot
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Toyota consumption

Hello Dan,

My Toyota 4.2 non turbo uses on the highway, 100 kph 1L to 8 km, in easy terrain (hard surface), 30 to 60 kph, 1L to 6km. In the sandy deserts (really soft sands) however, I remember an impressive 1L to 3km at 20 to 30 kph!

When you are planning a long trip and you still have to buy a vehicle, it is well worth considering a turbo engine like the 80 or even install a turbo on a 4.2L Troopy (cost Euro 2500,-) which will probably squeeze another 1 to 2 km out of each liter. Subject to the fuel prices of the area you are going to, the math is simple.

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Mercedes publishes figures for the new U500: 20L/100km + 8L/hr.
At 60 mph I get a very close 27.5L/100km with a gross weight of about 12000kg. Using this formula, at 25 kph one would require 52L/100km.
I think you could figure on ~10% less in a U416 with camper due to lighter weight, assuming the motor is in good shape. What is your baseline consumption on highway, at what speed?

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Hi Dan
I would go with 20 mpg, but this depends on speed, are you going to potter at 40 on the road or boot it to 60? Your route won't include much soft sand, but the fuel price will vary dramatically.
Turkey is UK prices, Syria is 7p a litre plus $100 dollar tax, Egypt is 10p a litre (March 06)
If you are mostly camping I would budget about £1000 per month for 2, and have a contingency in case something breaks.
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Thanks again guys good info.

Looks like my estimates are safe but sound!
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