Engine oil

Submitted: Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 18:22
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wondering if anyone else towing with a 79 series Landcruiser has found using a full synthetic oil reduces oil consumption
if so which brand and what grade

toyota say the new oil they are using may fix the problem
our toyota is due for its 70k service and had full synthetic in at 60 k and still used 3 lts between service intervals with only around 4k of that towing

cheers kev & chris
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Reply By: Gone Bush - Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 18:28

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 18:28

have you asked your Dealer about what fixes they can do?

My 200 used to use oil but they replaced the vacuum pump and that solved the problem.

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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 18:42

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 18:42
I bought my 08' model 79' when it had 56k on the odo, it has now travelled 127k majority of that has been towing the BT. I have used Caltex Delo 400 since i have owned it except for one time when i tried Penrite, that was the only time i have had to add oil between changes.

I don't see the advantage of synthetic oil versus the extra cost over good quality mineral oil, i'd rather change the oil sooner.

Toyota put suspect vehicles on a Oil Watch were oil use is monitored, have they done that with yours.
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Reply By: Gone Bush - Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 20:47

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 20:47
I just tried to upload 2 files to the Members File Swap section regarding Toyota's Oilwatch.

The links don't bring them up.

I also tried to send a message about this to the Committee but that wouldn't work either.

Maybe they can read it here.

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Reply By: Dynamic Duo - Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 08:04

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 08:04
Hi again,
yes we have harrassed the dealer and all we have ever got is" yes we are monitoring the issue" , but what are you going to do about it "we will continue to monitor the issue "
talk about banging your head against a brick wall

we have just recieved our oil consumption report emailed to us as we have recently moved and will use this with the new dealer
noted after the 50k service we had used 1.4 ltrs of oil in 4000k so we need to try different oils

we recently talked to the caltex rep and may change to delo 400 for the trucks and diesel work utes but they recomend a full synthetic for the landcruiser

love to hear what anyone else uses and if it has made a difference to the consumption
cheers kev & chris
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Reply By: Bow & Nan - Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 18:51

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 18:51
Toyota fitted new rings and pistons to our 200 series to fix the oil consumption problem.
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Reply By: Pam and Les - Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 18:55

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 18:55
Without commenting one way or the other on this matter, maybe the following will ease your concerns. I have a VDJ79 and notice that between services when little towing is involved, I use around 1 litre. But recently when I towed the van for 7000km between the services, I used 2.5litres. Maybe I should expect this as the engine is under higher throttle, is hotter and is revving harder due to lower gears needed.

If you have the same manual as me, look at page 147, where it states OIL CONSUMPTION: Max.1.0L pert 1000 km. I however, think that 1lt/1000km is far too excessive.

My last vehicle, a VW Touareg used similar to this vehicle. Every 5000km without fail the oil light bleeped on. When I asked the dealer about it their immediate reply was "That's normal. VW says it can use 3 times that before they consider it an issue".

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Reply By: R&R Leisure Time - Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 22:56

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 22:56
I sold my 79 series with 52K on the clock and over half of that towing heavy
The oil I always used was Gulf Western which my mechanic had tested before he started to use it
I serviced the ute every 5000klm and I never put any extra oil in it towing or not
I had a 3" exhaust and DP chip installed but I dont delieve would have made any difference

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Reply By: Sawtybt - Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 00:13

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 00:13
Our 2011 VDJ79R now has nearly 20,000 on the clock. Have towed the van for just over 8000 of these and to date (touch wood) we have not used any oil. Toyota here in Coffs Harbour and Longreach where we have had the 4wd serviced are using a 15w/40 oil.

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Reply By: aubs. - Sunday, Dec 09, 2012 at 16:32

Sunday, Dec 09, 2012 at 16:32
I used to work as a Castrol Distributor, we noticed that anyone who changed their oils from different grades, and different brands, the engine would chew oil for the first 2 or 3 changes then settle down.

I dont own a toyota but had a patrol that I towed a 3 ton excavator around CQ it never used oil.

I am currently towing a 20' BT with a Misti 4x4 dual cab Canter, the truck has 200,000 kms on the clock the first 175,000 towing a pheonix 18', the other 25 towing the BT, It has always towed long hauls about a 15 around OZ trips one every year since new in 98. It still doesnt use oil.

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Reply By: Elvis - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 17:37

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 17:37
Hi Kev & Chris.
My 2007 76 series V8 Land - Cruises was one of the first vehicles to be put on "Toyota’s oil watch" in the Wide Bay area in QLD back in 2008, Toyota came up with all sorts of explanations, “More like excuses” I wasn’t happy with all the buck passing so I had a chat to the local Caltex dealer where he suggested I used Caltex Delo 400 and change the oil every 5,000 KS, especially because of the amount of KS I do are mostly off road. “Problem solved” The vehicle has now clocked up 100.000 KS. We just got back from WA using the roads less travelled. Plenty Highway/Great Central Highway/Newman to Marble bar/ Gibb River/ Barkley Tablelands, just over 6 months on the road with our 2011 / 20”Bush tracker in toe, some 18,000 Ks I dropped the oil 3 times while on the road nil used between changes. "Thats my Toyota’s oil story Mate", I hope it suits your vehicle as well. Kind Regards Elvis
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