G'day from Brisbane, Australia.
Picked up my new White Laredo 3 litre diesel on Friday morning.
It was built in January 2014, Australian compliance plate March 2014.
Condition at delivery was perfect. Panel fit and everything else, flawless!
Dealer fitted towbar package, and aluminium 'roo bar.
With a family wedding to attend, we did over 400 kilometres over the three days, in everything from heavy stop start traffic, to freeway driving at 115 kph (70 mph), and a winding country road with long sweeping bends, and some much tighter bends, in dry weather, then drizzle, and some heavy rain yesterday. (Auto wipers got a good workout, and worked a treat! I couldn't fault them.)
About half of the mileage was with five adults in the car.
Result: I am in love
with this car. From first pairing my iPhone at the dealers, to parking in our garage back at home late last night, everything worked flawlessly, a total delight to drive.
Engine is superb, and the ZF 8 speed gearbox absolutely bloody brilliant.
Fuel economy over the 400 klms of varied driving was 7.85 litres per hundred klms (about 30 miles per US Gallon), excellent given the conditions, and I know it will get better as the engine is run in. I was NOT driving for economy, varying the speed and gears to get a good run in.
(I did notice the fuel consumption rise for a little while by about 30%, whilst freeway driving. I'm pretty sure it was doing a DPF clean, though there were no messages.)
I can honestly rate this car as 10/10 at this point!
I could not possibly be happier!
We will be clocking up more kilometres before towing our 2.8 Tonne caravan next month. That will be the next test, though given the performance thus far, I'm expecting it to go equally well.