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  • Originally posted by gazzasa View Post
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ID:	739333 ​​​​​​​14 months and 38,000km later, Prado blowing white smoke due to a blocked DPF. No reasonable person expects a new vehicle to be in a workshop for days at a time to remedy multiple faults. I've lost days on the road due to vehicle issues and lack of support.

    I've lost all faith in this brand, never again.

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    Well, it was at the 14 month mark and 42,000km's I lost faith. Ordered a different brand and could not be happier. I'd had a total of nearly two months off the road by then - and as you say, that's your time and your money. There's a limit as to how much you can take from what is supposedly a brand that bangs on about it's reliability all the time. The only reason I went to 18 months and >60,000km's is because the new car took just over 4 months to order.

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    • I apologise if this has been posted already, but have you seen this video?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaW1XFxgrOM

      This guys talks a bit of crap, but it's an interesting video to watch.

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      • Hello cam jam,
        sooooo...out of great interest. What car did you get?.... I and others would be interested then in your comparison, apart from the major issues you had ....how does your new car compare to the Prado?
        love to hear the pros and cons

        best wishes with new car
        SE Qld: GX 150GD Auto, (Feb'16 build): TJM T15 steel b bar, 9,500lb TORQ winch, TJM s steps, Rhino Pioneer Platform (42102B 1928X1236mm), front recovery points, Wynnum towbar, P3 brake controller, TNN Underbody guards, UHF, TREKtable & LED striplight, Custom Fridge & Drawers, Waeco CFX50, 9inch illuminator 160W LED spots, 40mm lifted Dobinson Suspension (Zordo's), ScanguageII, 30 Sec Wing Awning

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        • Hello cam jam,
          sooooo...out of great interest. What car did you get?.... I and others would be interested then in your comparison, apart from the major issues you had ....how does your new car compare to the Prado?
          love to hear the pros and cons

          best wishes with new car
          SE Qld: GX 150GD Auto, (Feb'16 build): TJM T15 steel b bar, 9,500lb TORQ winch, TJM s steps, Rhino Pioneer Platform (42102B 1928X1236mm), front recovery points, Wynnum towbar, P3 brake controller, TNN Underbody guards, UHF, TREKtable & LED striplight, Custom Fridge & Drawers, Waeco CFX50, 9inch illuminator 160W LED spots, 40mm lifted Dobinson Suspension (Zordo's), ScanguageII, 30 Sec Wing Awning

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          • Originally posted by CamJam View Post

            Well, it was at the 14 month mark and 42,000km's I lost faith. Ordered a different brand and could not be happier. I'd had a total of nearly two months off the road by then - and as you say, that's your time and your money. There's a limit as to how much you can take from what is supposedly a brand that bangs on about it's reliability all the time. The only reason I went to 18 months and >60,000km's is because the new car took just over 4 months to order.
            Do tell please ...love to hear abt he's car and how it compares etc
            SE Qld: GX 150GD Auto, (Feb'16 build): TJM T15 steel b bar, 9,500lb TORQ winch, TJM s steps, Rhino Pioneer Platform (42102B 1928X1236mm), front recovery points, Wynnum towbar, P3 brake controller, TNN Underbody guards, UHF, TREKtable & LED striplight, Custom Fridge & Drawers, Waeco CFX50, 9inch illuminator 160W LED spots, 40mm lifted Dobinson Suspension (Zordo's), ScanguageII, 30 Sec Wing Awning

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            • Originally posted by brogers View Post
              Hello cam jam,
              sooooo...out of great interest. What car did you get?.... I and others would be interested then in your comparison, apart from the major issues you had ....how does your new car compare to the Prado?
              love to hear the pros and cons

              best wishes with new car
              G'day Brogers. The requirement for petrol narrowed the search considerably - Y62 Patrol V8, LC200 V8... and that's about it. If I didn't need the 6th/7th seat - then I would have looked at Jeeps as well. I was purposely steering clear of naming the car/ hijacking as this is a Prado forum. But since you asked so nicely ;

              For $68K drive away I got a Patrol Ti. That's only a little bit more than the price I paid for the Prado - but it comes with leather (I hate leather, it's got sheepskin on now ), DVD, Satnav with free updates, sunroof, 33" tyres, a V8... you get the picture. It's got a lot. It's a very similar spec to the LC200VX I owned before the Prado (went Prado as it's got a payload of 780-odd Kg's versus my LC200 at 610Kgs - Patrol has 785Kg). More importantly (for me) is what it doesn't have - DPF, Turbo, EGR, AdBlue etc. Just 8 cylinders putting out 298Kw and 560Nm.

              What I miss that it does not have but the Prado does have;
              1. Range. 150L tank in the Prado got me 1300km touring as I had it set up. 140L tank in the Patrol gets me 950Km in the Patrol as it's set up (similar, but a little more sh*t on the Patrol).
              2. The really, really well thought out 4WD things in the Prado. Space for a spare battery already made (I had an air compressor in there), side swinging door, clip on/off panels etc, 17" wheels
              3. Size. The Patrol is enormous. Surround camera's tend to help, but I don't trust them. Prado was a sweet spot in size for me. This Patrol, with a Front Runner + awning, is now 2.05m tall - without any lift and the standard 33" tyres.
              4. Flat folding 6/7 seats. I get a lot take them out - but I need them. The Patrol's go up at an Angle towards the back, which is annoying.
              5. Accessories. It's a no-brainer with the Prado, you know what you want and you can compare multiple different sellers to get a best price. In Aus, there's one group who do Recovery points for the Patrol (Road Safe is now about to become a second), and one mob that does a lift - because it's got HBMC suspension (like KDSS I guess, but different).
              6. Spring/ Shocks. I never rated KDSS, and the HMBC on the Patrol, while excellent, narrows the field too much on after-market lifts or adjustments. But you cannot get the Patrol with just Shocks/Springs.
              7. The Forum. This forum is one of the best out there, full of awesome knowledge and peeps all wanting to help. I've found it great (and obviously keep coming back). The Patrol ones often focus on power/ V8/ Hooning etc (there's even people asking about lowering the damn things on there!) and the like. There's a fair amount of small Dk syndrome on it too - some's just anti-Toyota good ol' banter, but some you can tell people take things way to seriously.
              8. 17" wheels. The brake callipers are too big for a backwards compatible wheel on the Patrol for all bar one specific set of steel wheels from the US.

              What I rate above the Prado with the Patrol
              1. Power/ Torque. I don't need to wait behind caravans or truck for that 1 - 2km stretch of clear road. I can just floor it past and continue on my merry way.
              2. Room. This thing is like a lounge in the back seat. And with the 6/7/8 seats used, I have space for 2 x 50L Engels and a box/bag of recovery gear. In the Prado, behind those seats, you couldn't put much. Perhaps a towel.
              3. Ride/ Handling. It drives beautifully, is flat in the corners, and the wheel travel of the HBMC is far greater than what I thought IRS would do. As one wheel raises, HBMC pushes the other one down (similar to solid axle) without the diff needing to be so low as in solids...
              4. Interior. It came out at $92K+ inroads when introduced - and the interior was made to suit. Then they dropped it to where it is now, at $72K+ORC (don't pay this) but have actually added gear to it (TPMS, sunroof and the like). I bought it for $68K drive away - a pretty standard going rate.
              5. Towing. We're looking at getting a 2.4T camper van - yes the Prado would take it (even before the magical upgrade of the new one), but you'd bloody well feel it. Not so much in the Y62.

              Now - the question everyone asks. Fuel. The driving I do hasn't changed really from my 200VX (where I got around 13.3L/100 - low thirteens anyway - memory's a little hazy), my Prado (11.4L/100) and now onto the Patrol (14.8L/100). I bought the car not believing the fuel that everyone was getting - so I budgeted for around 18L/100 - so you can see I am pretty happy. And yes, I behave a little silly every now and then with the V8 - but other than that I am just driving as I would the other cars. So I budgeted for 5L/100 kilometres more, and I now do 30,000km a year or thereabouts - so 1500L. That was going to cost me $2600 per year more than the Prado. Yes, Atherton, if you read this far that's a true reading of my fuel! Like I say though - I'd still be happy if it were up around the 18/100 mark.

              For all the benefits, I'd take that in a heartbeat again, and think I should have done it sooner. All I would add is don't discount petrol over diesel. It MAY be to your detriment.

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              • Y62 is amazing value for money. I know a couple of people who bought them. Same comments pretty much as yours. Neither l'ove' them, size, looks etc but at the end of the day nothing came close to the bang for buck.
                My 150 build - http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread.php?27423-A-Random-approach-to-a-Bluestorm-150-GXL-D4D-automatic

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                • Saw first hand the DPF smoke issue when I was following a Hilux last week.....they really do throw out a lot of white/greyish smoke. Certainly can't miss it!

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                  • I found this DIY link very helpful. A guy post a 1GD-FTV DPF step by step cleaning tutorial video on Youtube. He sprayed DPF cleaner thru first temp sensor hole and manual DPF burned after . We may need to do this at some stage.
                    2015 Prado 2.8 D4D

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                    • I found this DIY link very helpful. A guy post a 1GD-FTV DPF step by step cleaning tutorial video on Youtube. He sprayed DPF cleaner thru first temp sensor hole and manual DPF burned after . We may need to do this at some stage.

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCvqnsAD0w
                      2015 Prado 2.8 D4D

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                      • That procedure is ok , but does not guarantee the cleaning fluid will get into every part of the DPF. And if its fully blocked the operation may have to be done a few times

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                        • Hi, After all this DPF issues I've armed myself with the scangauge and observed regeneration process. I should say it went very smoothly, at 100% temp jump to about 750 with the speed over 60. However, with the speed reduction between idle and 60 temp when down to about 550 but % still continue to reduce at slower pace until till 6% mark. If it wasn't for the scangauge I would turn the engine off hence we just came back from the shopping I should mention that I own 2018 model with only 6k on the clock

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                          • Originally posted by netjam View Post
                            Hi, After all this DPF issues I've armed myself with the scangauge and observed regeneration process. I should say it went very smoothly, at 100% temp jump to about 750 with the speed over 60. However, with the speed reduction between idle and 60 temp when down to about 550 but % still continue to reduce at slower pace until till 6% mark. If it wasn't for the scangauge I would turn the engine off hence we just came back from the shopping I should mention that I own 2018 model with only 6k on the clock
                            I'm interested in the scan gauge also, have you used it to do a regen yet?

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                            • Originally posted by Bushbasher View Post
                              This one fell off at 350km.

                              What was your solution when your DPF "fell off"? Did you have a custom pipe made or just purchase a Manta Exhaust?
                              They seem to be the only ones making a turbo back exhaust for the DPF Prados.
                              I want to know in case mine falls off.

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                              • My Prado has been blowing white smoke and has been in to CMI Toyota Christies Beach, SA. They are still doing manual burns cleaned the injector in the DPF as this is the new fix from Toyota and keep coming back with the DPF is not clogged. it is a 2015 model with 90,000 km on it I have had it since new and do at least 50 km every time I start is up.

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