Are you still running standard size tyres? I found tyres to be the biggest killer in economy. Especially if going more than one size up and putting the gearing out.All this is making me question the diesel consumption in my 80 Series factory turbo. I'm right at gvm with Bull bar, rock sliders and Kaymar wheel carrier, old ARB steel roofrack with a rtt etc and getting mid-13's on camping trips. This is a mix of freeway, cruising on dirt roads and low-range tracks. And honestly, I think the freeway is where I really drink the juice.
I'm fairly anal about calculating my consumption figures on a trip. I use a gps for distance and the fuel bowser figures to work it out. Surely modern 4wds are getting much better figures than a 30 year old lump.
Been doing some reading on the Forscan forum at saeb.net, and it seems even though my speedo is currently spot on to gps, the engine management software uses actual road speed for odometer and therefore fuel consumption, but adds about 4-6% to the speed, something to do with ADR compliance. So while my speedo is accurate my odometer etc isn't.Have you adjusted your wheel circumference in the cars settings? As @John U says the larger actual diameter will be travelling further than the car thinks it is, and hence skewing your consumption upwards.
I somehow missed this post which describes exactly what I just wrote...Not sure about all modern ECU controlled cars but the speed displayed is not the same as the odometer.
With both my 4wds running bigger tires makes the speedo run almost exactly the correct speed when compared to the GPS but the odometer runs less than the actual distance traveled by about 5km less per 100km when compared with a GPS in the Disco 4 and 7km with the Disco 1.
Not a huge amount but if calculation fuel figures over a 1000km average it all adds up
Yep, exactly. Putting the ACTUAL value of your tyre circumference in will yield a fault code. I basically just got to the "correct" value by trial and error so that my speedo is -2% (eg. 98km/h actual @ 100km/h speedo) for 265/70R17. I can look that up up if it's helpful.the 3.2 auto won't accept a circumference higher than 2423mm or it throws an error, check engine light stays on. My tyres are 2559mm, which Ford "corrects" to 2475 for some reason, so I'll still be reading 2% lower distances than actual. I find this a bit annoying, the tyres are within the legal limit (less than 50mm larger diameter than stock) so why would Ford put some arbitrary limit in the firmware?