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bloodybutterflies
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PostSubject: normal or turbo?   Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:55 pm

Hi there,

I've just started to look at the super custom - they're so cool, but I doubt I need say that here... I'm really trying to get to a 4WD camper but with more than two 3-point seatbelts and I think this'll make a good place to start (I have boats and kids in my life).

Just got a question though, hope you can help.
This seems like a common question for newbies (like me) so I'm sorry if it's been covered elsewhere but I couldn't find it in a search.

Is there much difference between the normal and turbo engines?
Any pros and cons?
I tend to do fewer but longer journeys, and often pulling a lightish trailer.

I spotted this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280161438302&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:uk
But, living in Liverpool, I think an import should be an option too.

Any advice would be great.
Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: normal or turbo?   Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:36 pm

Go for the 3lt turbo every time, no contest. This will spoil you for any other Hiace. I have 2 other ' business' Hiaces both 2.4D,excellent workhorses,but I am now glued to my 3lt turbo, the others are like donkey carts by comparison.
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PostSubject: Re: normal or turbo?   Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:37 pm

i've only had the 3.l and only use occasionally for towing but its GRRRREAT
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PostSubject: Re: normal or turbo?   Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:24 am

"Is there much difference between the normal and turbo engines?"
Same engine block/heads used for both. Stay away from the 2LT and 2CT as they have issues with the heads cracking. The 2L and 2C were not originally designed to have a turbo added hence the head cooling/cracking issues.

“Any pros and cons?”
If you are buying used... the odds are greater that a turbo engine will have been driven hard. Non turbos are slow and require slower driving habits which extend the life of the engine.

Now that said... If I found a used 3LT, with a stock turbo timer shut-off and a pyrometer (to measure exhaust temps) I would have no problems buying it as whoever owned it prior, likely cared about the vehicle.

Oh... and I really like the bumper gaurd on that Hiace for sale. If you buy it, let me know if it is a bolt on unit and if there are any ID markings so I could order one for myself.
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PostSubject: Re: normal or turbo?   Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:17 am

That's great. Thanks for your help.
I'm not the most car-savvy, so I appreciate your advice.
What's the fuel consumption like?

Sorry Zoochy, I can't help about the bumper guard. I couldn't get to see the van in time so didn't bid in the end. Now thinking about importing... maybe.

Cheers.
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