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Old 08-05-2014, 02:24 PM
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Hi everyone I'm in Brisbane Australia. I've had the G C Laredo 3 Litre Turbo Diesel, 8 seed Auto for about a month. Loving it - mostly I'll be using the vehicle to tow my 2800 Kg caravan and do a bit of off road work. Love the 3500 Kg towing capacity and anti-sway. overall 8/10

Engine: Smooth and powerful 10/10

Transmission: Smooth and quiet 10/10

Tyres: Changed from OEM to Yokohama All Terrains as I will be going off-road.

Exterior: - Great design - Got to be best looking off-road vehicle around. Can only carry 68 Kg on roof racks. Doesn't come with Mud flaps or side steps as standard. No under body protection at all. 7/10

Interior: Looks and design really good especially the 7" HD screen, subtle blue LED lighting and the keyless ignition. Love the electric heated mirrors & comfortable seats. Hate small glove box and really small bin between front seats 8/10.

Ride and Handling: Haven't done any off road yet but on road is sublime, no squeaks or rattles. Love the small turning circle. 10/10

Wish List: I wish there was room for an Aux (2nd) Battery under the rear seat. Actually the cranking battery could be there as well - one on either side. Lift the seat get at both??? The spare wheel should be under the vehicle behind the rear axle. That way you wouldn't have to unload if you had a flat tyre. You could also put a set of after market draws in the rear. I wish the glove box and bin between the front seats were quite a bit larger.
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Chiv, it is this humor that kept us from losing our minds a year ago. My how time flies.
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Hi everyone I'm in Brisbane Australia. I've had the G C Laredo 3 Litre Turbo Diesel, 8 seed Auto for about a month. Loving it - mostly I'll be using the vehicle to tow my 2800 Kg caravan and do a bit of off road work. Love the 3500 Kg towing capacity and anti-sway. overall 8/10

Engine: Smooth and powerful 10/10

Transmission: Smooth and quiet 10/10

Tyres: Changed from OEM to Yokohama All Terrains as I will be going off-road.

Exterior: - Great design - Got to be best looking off-road vehicle around. Can only carry 68 Kg on roof racks. Doesn't come with Mud flaps or side steps as standard. No under body protection at all. 7/10

Interior: Looks and design really good especially the 7" HD screen, subtle blue LED lighting and the keyless ignition. Love the electric heated mirrors & comfortable seats. Hate small glove box and really small bin between front seats 8/10.

Ride and Handling: Haven't done any off road yet but on road is sublime, no squeaks or rattles. Love the small turning circle. 10/10

Wish List: I wish there was room for an Aux (2nd) Battery under the rear seat. Actually the cranking battery could be there as well - one on either side. Lift the seat get at both??? The spare wheel should be under the vehicle behind the rear axle. That way you wouldn't have to unload if you had a flat tyre. You could also put a set of after market draws in the rear. I wish the glove box and bin between the front seats were quite a bit larger.
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I got a MY 13 Limited 3 lt diesel
But i ordered it with the adventure off road pack which came with all the factory protection plates as well uprated rear diff and axles.
Since then i have fitted Mopar rock rails and two Chief recovery points for the front
To date happy except it runs hot when towing caravan 2.9 ton up hills


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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

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Good to hear from another Brizzy Boy. Thanks for responding. What are you towing???

I would have loved to get something better (like yours) for off road other than the Laredo but money is tight and I wouldn't have been able to convince the misses. However I've added a few extras: Side Steps, Roof racks, Mud Flaps, GME 80 Channel CB, Yokohama Geolander A/T's, Reversing Camera for the van. I'm getting an ARB bull bar and Light Force Spot Lights on the 18th. Also thinking of an Aux Deep Cycle battery. I'd probably put it on the floor behind the drivers seat???

As far as getting HOT when towing up hill - I thought the GC had a transmission cooler. Isn't the 3L Turbo Motorini engine good for 580NM at 190KW with a towing capacity of 3500 KG - That should tow a house, shouldn't it???

Mine looks pretty well the same as yours except its Granite and I have stainless side steps.

I'll post a pick when I get the Bull Bar.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

Took our longest road trip so far and was impressed with the mileage. Portland to Central California with mostly freeway and highway driving between 60 and 75 MPH hand calculated at 30.2 MPG. We took the scenic route back home through central Oregon and averaged 30.8 MPG. The EVIC had us at 32 MPG for the whole trip so that 1.5 MPG higher than hand calculations although we were above the EPA estimate for 4WD. The mountains should lower our mileage a little bit as I had to shift down into 6th gear to stay near the legal limit on the downslopes.
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Why should you shift down??
If you have your cruise set at the limit, the cruise control should keep your speed AT the limit, going up or down hill. Therefore, there is no need to shift down.......
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How's that super awesome paint job holding up for you?

Looks awesome. If I could just go a week after washing it before all the bugs built up again. Love the Jetseal paint sealant from chemicalguys.com. Make washing the gunk off very easy.
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Good to hear from another Brizzy Boy. Thanks for responding. What are you towing???

I would have loved to get something better (like yours) for off road other than the Laredo but money is tight and I wouldn't have been able to convince the misses. However I've added a few extras: Side Steps, Roof racks, Mud Flaps, GME 80 Channel CB, Yokohama Geolander A/T's, Reversing Camera for the van. I'm getting an ARB bull bar and Light Force Spot Lights on the 18th. Also thinking of an Aux Deep Cycle battery. I'd probably put it on the floor behind the drivers seat???

As far as getting HOT when towing up hill - I thought the GC had a transmission cooler. Isn't the 3L Turbo Motorini engine good for 580NM at 190KW with a towing capacity of 3500 KG - That should tow a house, shouldn't it???

Mine looks pretty well the same as yours except its Granite and I have stainless side steps.

I'll post a pick when I get the Bull Bar.
Regards
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I am towing a 20' four winns speed boat. Weighs about 5000 lbs loaded. Towing is a breeze. With my old jeep, I definitely knew I was towing. With the EcoDiesel, I can hardly tell. So much torque, I have no problems passing while going up hill. It has the cooler, but am hearing (and seeing) higher temps, but from what I am reading in the forums, it is not a problem, as this engine and transmission can handle these temps.
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Re: 2014 GC "EcoDiesel" OWNERS!!! Review..

chevyboy_711, have you ever gone through all of the posts in this thread and provided a summary of the overall score by category or average ? That would be cool to see...37pages of posts is a bit to go through from start to finish.
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