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    We've had a 2000 Rodeo Space Cab with the 3.2 V6 for over 15 years - now has 250,000km on it and still going OK. The Space Cab is a handy combo - room behind the seats for tools, shopping, or dogs, and the tray is still big enough to take a 1.8m gate or many bales of hay.

    No amount of tuning or tweaking will improve the economy I'm afraid. Even with a light foot we rarely see better than 13-14l/100km, and expect much worse from "spirited" driving. Motors are known to use a bit of oil as they age, and ours needs a top up of 0.5 litres or so every 2-3 weeks. Doesn't blow any visible smoke though.

    Water pump replaced a couple of months a go (a pig of a job to get at it). Again, a regular issue, and you'll often see these Rodeo's advertised with the comment "water pump and timing belt replaced".

    Apart from that, a pretty reliable old tank. Paintwork is surprisingly thick and high quality too (unlike my current production Ford Fiesta, where the final colour coat appears to have been applied over the primer by spraying a mist of paint into the air and driving the car through it as it left the factory....).

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    My VW T5 dual cab is running just under 10L to the 100km since I changed over to vortex diesel from Caltex

    It has a payload of 1.5 tonne and tow 2.2 I think?


    Dave TTC
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    Haha....I once drove our Rodeo back from Sydney with 900kg of floor tiles in the tray. Certainly makes driving interesting when you are pointing at the sky and can barely see the road over the protruding bonnet. Any braking needed to be planned well in advance.

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    Mr Brush

    Utes are a compromise vehicle and poorly designed. The rear wheels are too far forward. Any significant load needs to be placed ahead of the rear axle to prevent the very disturbing phenomena you describe. I also pay careful attention to tyre pressures and pump the rear tyres up to their maximum for a full load.

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    "Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely!"

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    On long trips I get about 200/300 km between coffees,
    Depending on my state of mind and company,
    Noting the cup holder is very well positioned best Iíve ever had,
    Mr Turning Cowboy may back this up.

    The French know about these important things.

    Cheers Matt,

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    Up holder!

    What cup holder?[emoji1787]

    DaveTTC
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