Chinese 4x4

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 19:36
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Hi, the other day I saw a good looking 4x4 of which I'd never seen before. On investigation I found it to be a Foton, apparently made by the chinese with a 2.8 Cummins motor. The owner came along and really talked his truck up although he admitted he wasn't really an off road man. He reckoned it was nice to drive on the road and could carry a good load and had plenty of power. Can anybody add anything to the story, have they been tested off road? 4 wheel drive magazines don't seem to want to test these new machines coming out of left field.
It's just amazing the information that comes out of this Forum, there's some really knowledgeable folk with some great stories and information out there.
Safe driving
Thanks
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Reply By: Slow one - Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 20:38

Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 20:38
2 mates have Great walls, one the Chinese diesel the the other the Mitzi powered petrol and I spoke to both of them today. They are basic but neither has given any trouble at all.

I think Foton will become a force in the LT truck market in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 23:28

Sunday, Oct 05, 2014 at 23:28
I know of a dealer who was selling the Fotons and dropped them after 18 months as they had too many issues with them
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 08:39

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 08:39
They seem to be all right if you understand they are a real basic ute that offers less then the main stream players.

We have customers who have them and most are happy with them and have not had much problems with them BUT they all say the same thing; comfort, NVH and other things like the headlights and air conditioning is not up to scratch and lacking.

Most who would buy them more then likely came from an older vehicle so anything new is going to be good or they want a cheap ute that is going to get knocked around and after a few years no matter what they will buy they are going to loose a lot of money.



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Reply By: Honky - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 11:37

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 11:37
Had a test drive and felt very similar to the Ranger that I have just purchased.
Felt good on the road and the mechanicals stacks up with the best of them.
The deal I could have got without to much trouble was very good.
steel bull bar
tow bar with electric brakes
long range tank
canopy
$38,000
Was considering prior to getting a new job which now pays car allowance thus could not take a change in regards to reliability.
i have heard that the troubles are mainly electrical.
Could only find reviews in Africa, none in Australia.
Its a shame they get lumped with the other chinese brands as I understand they where designed by ex Toyota people.

Honky
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 22:27

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 22:27
Honky,
$38K? You'd get a Triton with that gear on it for that sort of money.
I know which one I'd rather.
Fab.
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Reply By: Emerging I.T. - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 12:55

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 12:55
Personally if I was trying to buy a ute to a budget I would buy a second hand one like the Ranger, Hilux etc rather than buy a chinese model. I just don't see the the point otherwise. If it's a lease and you need to buy new then that's another matter. The Great Wall's seem to be hanging together and I haven't heard of any major issues nor have I driven one they just don't appeal to me.
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Reply By: Emerging I.T. - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 12:58

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 12:58
Foton arriving anyday now. From $21,990 Single Can, $26,990 Dual
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Reply By: bigden - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 21:34

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 21:34
i saw a tricked up new foton at a dealer a little while back. big wheels and a lift, bbar and winch and a fancy paint job
it certainly looked the part, but i have no idea how it goes

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Reply By: Honky - Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 23:36

Monday, Oct 06, 2014 at 23:36
As I am getting on this reminds me of when I was a kid and the new datsun 1600 and 1200 came out.
Until you drove one you were against them.

Honky
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Reply By: Member - Nutta - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 at 20:12

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 at 20:12
With the price of a new diesel triton being around 28-29k I wouldn't mess around with a chinese ute, at least the tritons are tested, reliable and plenty of dealers around oz.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 at 21:06

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 at 21:06
I agree with you on that one, it is great to get a cheap buy but you still need after sales support and the resale on a Triton would be substantially better so total cost of ownership will balance out in the long run
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