What 4x4 to buy

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 12:40
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Am thinking about getting a 4x4 to tow a 17ft van and also to do a bit of off road like the Simpson desert and a few other oz Tracks. I have know idea what to get, Have looked at a Navarra but am wondering about petrol consumption as the vehicle will be used around town as well. Has any one some idea as to what I should consider petrol
or Diesel ? Thanks johno
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Reply By: Danna - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 13:31

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 13:31
Hi Johno
This is very personal choice,
but remember Troopies are still "The Kings of Australian Outback"

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Follow Up By: coonick - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 14:48

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 14:48
troopies....king of outback ??????
plenty of 4wds that have succeeded them.
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Follow Up By: Danna - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 14:22

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 14:22
Which one?
There are more Troopies in Outback than any other 4WD.
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 14:02

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 14:02
Hi Johno

If you are towing, then modern turbo diesels are probably the way to go in my opinion. They make for much easier towing due to their torque, and fuel consumption in a diesel is generally much better than the equivalent petrol. Lots of good Diesel vehicles in the market these days.


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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 14:06

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 14:06
Everyone will have their own opinion as to what is best. Are you buying new or second hand?

Our first 4x4 is our Dmax LSU, can't fault it and is powered by Isuzu's small truck motor.
I wanted a dual cab because our adult son travel's with us, so the rear seating had to be comfortable and roomy. I also wanted to have room in the back to carry stuff.

I prefer diesel over petrol, easy to get in out of the way places, the Dmax does 12l/100 around town with things like, canopy, roof rack, bullbar, winch ect.

When looking at a vehicle, don't forget to look at towing capacity as well as how much it can carry while towing.

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Reply By: bluefella - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 17:27

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 17:27
Hi Johno
There's is a few variables here, some 17ft vans can weigh 2.5 t or more, I had a 17ft van that weighed1.4 t. This will have a big impact on which vehicle you choose, the tare weight will go up maybe 300kg's or more when loaded with your gear.
Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 21:25

Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 at 21:25

If you are towing the only way to go is a diesel. They have a lot more nm than a petrol and far better economy towing.

I have an Amarok and towing my camper (tare 1.5) I get abt 12 ltr/100km sitting on 100 km/h. You won't get that from a petrol.

I purchased my Amarok about a year ago but did a lot of research first. I looked at all 4X4 utes and test drove the ones I liked. I have also driven a lot of 4X4s as work vehicles.

I rated the Amarok as number 1. The vehicle that was my second choice was the BT50/Ranger. They are basically the same vehicle with different styling and slightly different suspension tuning. The BT50 pricing represents better value for money. Third place was the Navarra with the 3 litre Renault V6 turbo diesel. The Amarok was the most comfortable, refined and pleasurable to drive.

One of my problems was that there are so many vehicles on the market and I was only looking at utes.

The final decision is yours. I hope I have helped.

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Reply By: coonick - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 14:51

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 14:51
Most important question is how much is your budget ?
then what do you want or think you want ?
Ute , Wagon....etc etc.
process of elimination....what suits YOU .....
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Follow Up By: johno59 - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 20:06

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 20:06
Thanks Guys, Lots to think about here. johno
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