New 4wd Vehicle For a Mail-Run Contract

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:13
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Looking for some assistance in choosing a Vehicle for a mail run contract, mostly gravel driving will be conducted, my wife would like an automatic car as she iss getting her auto license only, i have looked at the new
Mitsubisi Outlander,
Hyundai Santa Fe,
Mazda Tribute

any other sort of vehicles would be suitable. any assistance would be greatly helped

thanks

Steve
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Reply By: Brett - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:39

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:39
Not familiar with thise vehicles but the postie on the Bloomfield track, between Cooktown and Daintree was using a Nissan Patrol.

I also think that the mail contracts stipulate a white coloured vehicle too.
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Reply By: glenno - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:42

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:42
my friend has a small country mail run . after looking at all sorts of 4wds he decided on a diahatsu terios . not too big and easy for anyone to drive if you have to get some person to take over the mail run due to sickness etc . there cheap to buy and run .
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Reply By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 21:56

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 21:56
Steve,
Have you thought about a Ford Falcon RV, (increased height and diff lock). Creature comforts of a car, auto with plenty power, can run on gas, with canopy have lots of room in back and engine that will do the type of Km's you would be looking at. A guy out of Darwin runs one. Remember a story a while ago where he had lots of Km's on the clock doing a run of 800Km's per day.
Rolande
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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 23:01

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 23:01
Steve & Shelley.
The subaru forester will give you more k's per dollar, many have done 300k on the original motor. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 22:05

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 22:05
The Subaru Forester is the go. Comfortable, reliable, economical and if you got GT model you'd get the mail delivered in half the time.
Craig..............
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 06:18

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 06:18
Hi
Nissan Patrol or Landcruiser
Good reliable trucks big motors and safe to drive.
You want a work truck not a toy
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Reply By: jeff-wa - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 13:37

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 13:37
All depends on the kms of the run! Without that I would hate to recomend a terios, might be perfect for a shorter run, but as mentioned before I don't think it would handle the 800kms a day run for very long ;-)
Can't go past a troopy, but no auto and rough ride, the three above would probally be ok as long as the kms aren't too high and the terrain not to harsh.
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 14:01

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 14:01
Hi,

Remember that on a country mail run you will be working to a schedule. This means going out even on those crappy weather days so you need a vehicle that can handle these days. Your pref from the ones you mentioned seems to be soft-road/car like so I would go with the Forester in XS spec w auto. That way it is comfy and cruises well but has low range AWD for those muddy days. Cargo barrier behind front seats and you've got all the room you need.

StevenLPlaydoe GXL TD Manual
It's on order, Delivery in April '04.
This pic will have to do till then. Can't wait!!!
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