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Old 18th-October-2010, 17:32
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I noticed that the TD5 engine in our Defender is very responsive off tickover, by that I mean when you press the gas pedal it revs instantly, like a petrol engine.
So if you want to pull out of a side road (into a gap in traffic say)there's no delay, press the gas pedal, instant RPM, clutch up, and you are off.
I also have a Ford Transit Connect which is fitted with the TDCi diesel, same as Mondeo/Focus etc.
When you press the gas pedal on that it takes 2-3 seconds to rev up from idle, it's nowhere near as responsive as the TD5.
My brother has a BMW 120 diesel and that's the same...slow to respond.
Why is the TD5 so much better? The Ford TDCi engine in my Transit is sh*te in comparison. What's the Defender Puma engine like? Is it any better?
Both vehicles (Transit Connect and Defender) have done about the same mileage, 25,000.

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Old 18th-October-2010, 17:40
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you must have the only td5 in the country that responds instantly
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Old 18th-October-2010, 17:45
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Default Re: TD5 engine question

It does....press the pedal and the Defender rocks with the torque as it revs up.
We've had it from almost new, it was a dealer demonstrator.

I had the Transit engine "chipped" and while it was faster once it got going, it was no better off idle.
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Old 18th-October-2010, 17:59
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you must have the only td5 in the country that responds instantly
no he aint both of the td5 fenders i've had went like a greased pig off the mark
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Old 18th-October-2010, 18:08
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no he aint both of the td5 fenders i've had went like a greased pig off the mark
from tick over or after revs have built up
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Old 18th-October-2010, 18:14
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My TD5 is quicker than a quick thing off idle. I'll put it up against a Puma any day of the week. Virtually instant throttle response and pulls like a train right upto the rev limiter. Best diesel engine I've ever owned and I've had more than a few in my time. It has its quirks but what engine does not?

I've driven a Puma powered 90 and in my opinion its absolute shite. Its basically a Ford Transhit engine bolted in to the Defender purely to comply with emmision regulations. It has a different operating envelope which makes it slow to respond, way too noisy, and down on torque compared to a TD5.
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Old 18th-October-2010, 18:21
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Could it be to do with the 'Fly by wire' yokie the td5 has??
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Old 18th-October-2010, 18:27
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from tick over or after revs have built up
right from the first tickle
without touching the throttle or slipping the clutch you can pull away in first as well
would have a td5 90 over a v8 any day
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Old 18th-October-2010, 18:34
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i can pull away in my td5 just using the clutch and no gas but to pull away quickly i need the revs up, would that be due to my 35/ 12.5 tyres
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i can pull away in my td5 just using the clutch and no gas but to pull away quickly i need the revs up, would that be due to my 35/ 12.5 tyres
well just answered yer own question then is that on a fender or disco?
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