New ute

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 08:55
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Before I bought my new ute, I had plans to be adventurous. I have just done 2000kms and my ute is still fresh smelling and I am driving it like I am still breaking-in. Am I wierd or is this common.....?
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:01

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:01
Ahhh new ute syndrome.

It all goes away after you get the first big scratch or dent.

cheers
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:22

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:22
Every time I get a new ute I take it bush and fill it with red dust. You get over the new precious stage straight away and start using it for what you intended
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:24

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:24
John Cleese showed how to add patina to the duco - he thrashed his delivery van with a stick.

Sounds like you've seen too many Hilux adds on TV.
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:33

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 09:33
Hydrocarbon emissions from the interior ARE a toxin, that may be affecting you a little.
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 10:19

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 10:19
Gday
Throw a shovel in the back and go for a drive, there is still 8 hrs of daylight .
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06
Drive it like ya stole it. It'll thank you in the long run.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 13:45

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 13:45
Like Rosco said. Stop babying it or it will want to be babied for the rest of it's life.
OK, the first 2000 k's done. Now start using it for what you bought it for. As others have said, put the first dent in it and you'll stop worrying.

Cheers
Pop
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 11:31

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 11:31
I never get that feeling with a company ute!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 14:37

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 14:37
But we all know Co utes are like hire cars ... go faster and harder than anything you actually have to pay for ;o))
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Follow Up By: dreamerman - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 07:00

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 07:00
Its my own ute. Vacuumed it last evening and still sweet smelling. My baby.......
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:09

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:09
If you vacuumed the tray/tub, then that's definately wierd and not common... I've found that the most common question asked by ute owners is "what's a vacuum, and why do you need it"?
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:27

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:27
I managed to put a dent in the passengers side sill two weeks after getting my new 78 series Dual Cab out on a station track east of Mt Dare, just before I fitted the side rails/steps.

Had a bloke the other day comment that I should be careful putting a chain in the tray or I'll scratch it, I just laughed & said that if your worried about scratching the tray in a ute then you shouldn't be driving one!
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Follow Up By: dreamerman - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 16:46

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 16:46
Actually I vacuum the interior and swept the tray. Its getting a bit dusty in spite of the canopy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 16:51

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 16:51
PSSST dreamerman ........ don't tell anyone, but I spent a fair amount of time cleaning our rig on our return from our recent Kimberley adventure.
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