One of the interesting aspects of the DII is it's relatively narrow mileage range between town and highway driving. There's still a gap, but not as much as one might expect. There's a sweet spot in there, but it's also pretty narrow.I have a 2003 D2, highway at 70mph I am lucky to get 16 mph, more likely 15 mph. But slow down a few mph and the mileage gets better. Even when the limit is 70 and everybody else if going 75, I am the slow guy doing 70 mph in the right lane. On a road with a lower speed limit, my mileage gets quite a bit better.
Aerodynamics are not the strong point for the D2, you look at the back door and it is a huge area to pull a draft behind.
I do not recall my tire size, but when I replaced the tires I got ones that had a half inch taller sidewall, that geared up the vehicle about 5 percent, but the mileage stayed about the same.
Yup. Just like a G Wagon, Land Cruiser, or any other contemporary vehicle in the class with at least one solid axle, a transfer case, a ladder frame, geared AWD, and utility body.To compare a similar vehicle, I also have a 2001 Dakota AWD 4.7 V8 (6000lbs) which gets about 19 Imperial mpg highway, almost identical to my 1997 P38 4.6 V8. I haven't had the 2001 Disco 4.0 long enough to have a real good idea, but it seems to be 17-18, probably because it pushes a bit more wind. All in all, it seems these vehicles get pretty similar gas mileage.
I would argue the comparison is invalid from the very start; even on an engine stand the Land Rover would consume more fuel than the MBZ because of the very nature of how the engine and fuel system were designed.Thanks
All valid but with fuel injection and ecu mngt it isnt even close to a Mercedes 430 v8 station wagon almost the same weight.
Cant all be aero and poor Cd
The Mercedes isn't exactly stealthy
I'll put it on the analyzing machine and record the BSFC must be miserably high for an engine under 5Liters