Ford Everest

Submitted: Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 13:03
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Starting to think about the next tow vehicle to replace the Prado 120. The new Ford Everest looks very interesting and will provide a lot more torque/power than the rather outdated Prado. Should add that we usually tow an off-road hybrid with all up weight of about 2200 kg.

Looks at the Everest specs, small fuel tank will require additional capacity and also heavier springs and shocks needed.

Interested in feedback from people with an Everest about how you have found them for towing/4WD especially on roads like Plenty highway, Tanami etc. Also, how have you found availability of options like fuel tanks, suspension and under body protection.

Thanks in anticipation

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Reply By: Malcom M - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 13:25

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 13:25
Did you see the last unsealed 4x4 emag? They did a comparison between them.
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 22:26

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 22:26
Basic story was the prado beat the everest in the off road stakes.
And the everest has a superb engine but rather lacking low down but the prado motor was linear with more drivable power even though a lesser of a motor.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Sunday, May 01, 2016 at 15:02

Sunday, May 01, 2016 at 15:02
I have copied an Everest owner's thought about the 'test' below:
"The video that goes with the article tells the real truths. The section tested was the cross axle, angled exit of the creek crossing, as the Prado went through it was put into low range, centre locked, and up it went with minor wheel spin. The Everest however was put in Mud/Snow, which is a H4 setting, and of course without the lowrange control appeared to spin alot of wheels, which of course would be in apparent high range, especially in a vehicle with a rear diff lock which is not engaged. In the Everest there are 3 H4 settings and 2 L4 setting, and not all can be used with L4.
That video only proves that a lack of education can definitely sway the outcomes of any review."
A review of the everests terrain management system.
I'd say the truth lies somewhere between the two reviews, but being surprised when the rear end starts breaking out and not hitting the rear locker switch much less even mentioning it seems a bit contrived.
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Reply By: GREG T11 - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 20:33

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 20:33
The most important question you should be asking is how is the reliability and are owners happy with their dealer service ! Being a newish release from a brand known for cutting corners here and there a review by a magazine means nothing.

2.2 tonne and the extras you are considering may put you over weight especially for r the intended use.

Good luck with it but seriously do your research first ,
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Monday, May 02, 2016 at 17:00

Monday, May 02, 2016 at 17:00

just because Toyota has had a few embarrassing recalls doesn't mean they deliberately cut corners.

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Follow Up By: GREG T11 - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 19:30

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 19:30
Cheers Bob, but I was referring to the other brand,
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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 22:59

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 22:59
be careful when fitting an extra battery and charging system it may turn into an incandescent globe
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 19:53

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 19:53
Yep, Ha. Ha, don't trust auto sparkies to do the work. LOL.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, May 02, 2016 at 22:58

Monday, May 02, 2016 at 22:58
The Everest needs adblue. This may complicate things if you are thinking of a larger/additional tank, and it's something else you will have to find at a servo, or carry with you.

Personally, I would look for a vehicle that

(a) does not require adblue,

(b) does not have a DPF and

(c) has an EGR that is easy to blank off.

I don't know how prices compare, but suggest you look for a second hand 200 Series Landcruiser 2015 or earlier, because the current 2016 update has a DPF.

At least it's easy to fit an EGR blanking plate.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 08:11

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 08:11
If you are contemplating trips like Plenty hwy etc, a major consideration for me would be the dealer network.

Things do go wrong. While Ford's dealer network was pretty good, it was no where near as good as Toyota's and the situation is surely about to get worse after their pull out of Australian manufacturing.

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Reply By: Member - Garry57 - Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 22:36

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at 22:36
I'm looking to get back into a 4 x 4 after selling my Prado 120 series 5 years ago after some long trips at home but then switching to overseas (Europe) trips. Now I have revisited the Prado, New Hilux, Ranger and the Amarok. They all have pros and cons as we know but today I say the updated Amarok (late 2016) is getting a 165kw V6 Diesel and will be waiting to drive this before buying anything. I like the way the current one drives but was hoping the bigger V6 would come one day...and now I wait.
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