Buying a Jackaroo

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 18:17
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I am looking at Buying a 1992 - 1994 Holden Jackaroo... This vehicle meets my needs and seems to fit into my price range. I was wondering if anybody has any ideas on what to look for with the Jackaroo's. Eg. What are the common problems etc. I am also interested to hear any feedback between the Turbo Diesel or the Petrol. As I live in a small town I was thinking a Turbo Diesel for Fuel economy, but what about a Petrol with Gas conversion.... Anyhow any thoughts would be valuable. Cheers Guys
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 18:37

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 18:37
Hi Jammo,

What price range are you looking at?

I am thinking of selling my Jackaroo

I have a petrol Jackaroo, and it has been a very reliable and ecominical vehicle.

I am in NSW

TonyG
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Follow Up By: Jammo - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 18:41

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 18:41
I am in Western Vic. Depending on the quality of the Vehicle the K's and other accessories I have been looking between 10 - 15k. But I have looked at a couple of, what I think have been decent 1992 ones for $11K...
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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 19:06

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 19:06
Jammo,

I think the TD is the way to go. The petrols like a drink and have heaps of go. I wouldnt consider a gas coversion. Heads needing doing up as little as 40k after conversion!! But if you like the power and dont mind paying for the petrol then go for it.

Leroy
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Reply By: WDR - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 20:45

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 20:45
New Jackaroos values drop like stones in bottomless pit. If you can afford it see if you can get a later model that has done excessive non bush miles - eg if someone has a 2000 model and has done more than 35,000 K per annum then they are well over the 100,000 mark and provided the car has been well looked after and serviced correctly you should get it fo around $24 or $25 if you stay awayfrom sharks.
The good news is it will probably give you another 100,000K before you even start looking at major probs.
They are a damned good truck bolted together well.

Good luck
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Reply By: PAULL - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 09:56

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 09:56
Either go for the 2000 onwards diesel - its the ants pants of diesels , or the 1999 onwards 3.5L ( maximum bang for your bucks ) , in either of these you will get more features , heaps more. Jacks are very reliable , ramp over ability not the best due to the transfer case, smooth on the road.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 10:41

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 10:41
Valve lifters and timing belt tensioners can be problems on early 3.2 v6 but there are easy fixes for that, diesels are fairly good, pre 98 ubs update the gearboxes were better, update was only really the front panels / dash and engines/ gearboxes, drivelines very strong, newer diesel has an a/c frequency injection system which causes hassles with am / hf radios. great vehicle , big brakes - vented discs front and rear. Petrol with the right mods will not need gas to get ok economy can get 12l / 100k fairly easily. Saw one dealer was trying to clear a new jack the other day for $36 . Wish i had the cash to screw em on a new one..... Only real problem with the jacks - Holden never supported the vehicle or bothered to learn how to fix it properly, plenty of aftermarket places that do though. Go for it you won't regret it.Moo... everyone knows what a Jackaroo looks like :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 14:30

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 14:30
Bradley.
I have a petrol Jack. What are the modes you speak of?
Always interested improved economy.

RegardsThis 4WD stuff is addictive,
time consuming & expensive.
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Follow Up By: PAULL - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 14:41

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 14:41
Yes ditto for me - tell me the mods to get that 12l / 100km !
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Follow Up By: dogart - Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:03

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:03
mod no. 1. - lighter foot!!! (-;

it's hard I know but it does make a diff!

wolf
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 14:21

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 14:21
have gone through it too many times already - search for previous posts on similar subjects, 12 and under is easy enough on open road ( manual vehicle ) autos suck heaps more..Just killin time till easter...............go and play in the dirt, instead of workin in it......
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Follow Up By: dogart - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 14:30

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 14:30
Bradley hi,

You mention valve lifters and easy fixes for that.
I have noticed with my Jack (94 auto pet 3.2) it has
what sounds like noisey tappets (or are they lifters).
I am going to see if it can be adjusted as I'm sure it's
not spose to be this noisey!
Can you enlighten my with any info on this.
Problem/Cause/Cost?

cheers
wolf
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Reply By: dogart - Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:00

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:00
Jammo

firstly good choice!

I just recently (12/03) purchased a 2nd hand
94 Monterey Jackaroo Petrol 3.2 with 150K km's on the clock.
Auto with electric everything, ABS, sunroof, full barwork.
Very good condition in and out.

Drives superb. It's thirsty but that has a lot to do with how it
is driven. Heaps of go, which is good. Heaps of room.

One little thing that I like about this model after
driving it for a while now, is the stereo is at the
top of the instrument stack. Easy to see and change
whilst still having your line of sight towards the front.
Not having to look down to change volume is heaps safer.
It's only a small point but makes a differance!

To give you an idea on pricing...
After trade in it cost me $16100. ($1800 for old 84 Jack)
The pevious owner payed $22K for it about 14months ago,
he then got $16K as a trade in on a newer car.

I couldn't be happier.

good luck

wolf

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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 15:26

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 15:26
g'day Wolf, there are a few things it could be, the lifters get blocked up or flogged out, usually only 1 or 2 go, Jackaroo world has exchange units from memory, You could try changing to a high grade oil with high detergents to try and clean em out, these motors love a 5w 50 synthetic like f.u.c.h.s. or mobil, if the noise is loud and present when cold but goes away after 5 minutes then it is most likely the timing belt tensioner, it is a small gas charged damper and the early versions suffer from the seals hardening and losing pressure internally, you should change the tensioner at the same time as the belt as it is a fair job to open it all up and it only adds a small cost overall. Just killin time till easter...............go and play in the dirt, instead of workin in it......
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Follow Up By: dogart - Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 15:39

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 15:39
Cheers for that Bradley.
I'm in Perth so no cold cond for a while!!!.
The timing belt has been done by previous owner through
Mills over here in Perth. Was done at 114K km's as written on the
cover. Don't know if they would have done the tensioner,
Mills have a good rep so I'd fig they would have.

So they don't have tappets?
Can the lifters be removed and cleaned manually or are the two options
you have mentioned the only ones?
Exchange units, how much are we talking about...roughly.

thanks again

wolf
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 15:52

Monday, Feb 16, 2004 at 15:52
The book doesn't call for the tensioner to be done , only the experienced guys have come up with it, ring Mills to trace work order to find out for sure, try running the detergent oils through it first, then go to the good stuff, cheapest option. Friend exchanged a few lifters a while ago, think this is the only option. not cheap but.. few hundred in parts only i think. Go the oils first..Just killin time till easter...............go and play in the dirt, instead of workin in it......
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