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safarica 31 Dec 2010 11:03

LC 100 Diesel or petrol?
are there any opinions wether to choose a diesel or a petrol car?
Reliability or other conserns appart from the cost of diesel vs petrol?
Any major difference in distance covered on a litre of diesel vs petrol?

Much appriciate any comments

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moggy 1968 1 Jan 2011 17:20

depends where you are taking it in the world but I would go diesel everytime. more economical, inherantly more relaible, safer to store fuel and fill from jerry cans.
I would only consider petrol if my main place of travel was to be eastern europe, then I'd get an LPG conversion

safarica 3 Jan 2011 20:23

other coments og views or does everybody agree with Moggy ?

also, would you prefer the 100 og 80 for a serious overlanding expedition (east africa and the arabian peninuslar to India..)


graysworld 3 Jan 2011 21:57

Get the best vehicle you can afford with the budget you have and I would use diesel every time.

There are goods vehicles everywhere and they are mostly with the exception of some very cold places, diesel. it is also much safer to decant from cans.


moggy 1968 4 Jan 2011 00:32

buy on condition not age and try to minimise the amount of electronics in the vehicle

rclafton 4 Jan 2011 13:10

Diesel often increases your range for a given amount of fuel carried (my 101 with a petrol engine did 8 mpg, with a diesel 22mpg)

Diesel is a safer fuel to carry in cans I've seen photos of a jerrycan showering petrol 15ft when opened in the heat of the day, it'd only take a static spark .......... booom !

ChrisC 4 Jan 2011 21:22

Wholeheartedly agree with the above, IMHO:

Diesel - everytime!

The best vehicle you can afford - 60, 80 or 100

JulianVoelcker 7 Jan 2011 10:55

As already stated, go for a diesel for economy and reliability.

A well prepped 100 would be just as good as a well prepped 80 for your average overlanding trip and a lot more comfortable :-)

ilesmark 7 Jan 2011 11:18

Isn't an 80 more durable than a 100 because of the solid front axle and the lack of engine electronics?

JulianVoelcker 13 Jan 2011 23:32

Not necessarily - the 100s have durable electronics and suspension :-)

ivanbrgic 14 Jan 2011 07:29

I have done east Africa in Toyota LC 80 diesel. And it would do it again.
Petrol is hard to find in some places. or it is a bad quality of it.
My LC has a 1HD engine and I think some 100 have the same one as well (in Saudi Arabia) but if not I will stick to 80s. It is simple to fix and service, it can take any diesel (even cooking oil).

All the best

ilesmark 14 Jan 2011 11:35


Originally Posted by JulianVoelcker (Post 319463)
Not necessarily - the 100s have durable electronics :-)

That may be so, but it won't count for much when it's conked out in the middle of the Sahara with the nearest diagnostic equipment 3961 kms away!

moggy 1968 14 Jan 2011 19:18

but if its 3960 you'll be ok:thumbup1:

john12121 9 Mar 2011 06:13

Diesel cars cost more to buy than a petrol, but cost less per mile in fuel.Diesel Engines are very complicated because the combustion and functioning mechanism is very different from petrol ones. This engines are more efficient and often as powerful compared to petrol engines.And thus petrol cars are beneficial for those people who uses less car .But Maintenance costs are high for diesel cars and their life is smaller compared to petrol cars.I would suggest diesel cars for those who’s usage is high.

ilesmark 9 Mar 2011 12:05

Dunno if I agree with all of this. I'd sooner have a mechanical diesel injection pump than the electronic fuel injection found on a petrol car - using my 'in the middle of the Sahara' benchmark at any rate. And you couldn't run a petrol on cooking oil!!

Also, I think most people on this forum would agree that all other things being equal the average diesel engine lasts longer than the average petrol one.

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