Dual Cab Options

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 16:24
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Hey All,
Looking at getting back into 4wd ownership. We have the need (Small Business) for a dual cab ute and also like to go camping and 4wding (simplish stuff...not hardcore). Budget would be up to 25K and would rather something newer and nicer. In that price range would I be right in assuming that a PK Ranger would be the best option? Hilux is out of that price range :-(

Any advice. Ranger seems like a solid option
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 16:41

Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 16:41
I've had no issues with mine from new July 2011 purchase date.
Now at 136k.

I have a few mods and setup well for long range touring.
Motor has catch can, and Ozbush EGR mapper (both well worthwhile for engine longevity).
Have broken 2 rear ifs torsion bar mounts, but those had a fairly good reason to go with some fairly extreme off road done in remote areas, standard use you will have no issues.

They are really good with load capacity, even with 80lt water and 205lt diesel on board, and loaded for a desert trips with all gear / food, I am still at between 2.6 to 2.7 tonnes, the GVM is 3.019 tonnes.

$25k will get you one with plenty of good accessories fitted.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 18:35

Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 18:35
Andrew .

Isuzu Imax would be my choice if the Hilux is out of your price rang , but both will give many trouble free km .

Cheers
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Reply By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 19:59

Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 19:59
I have had the last Rodeo, the last Isuzu Colorado and now own a D-Max as work/outback 4x4's. Got me stumped why everybody assumes Ranger and Hilux are their only option. Only options are Bullbar, winch, towbar and custom heavy duty standard height springs

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Follow Up By: AndrewTy78 - Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 20:02

Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 20:02
D-Max is absolutely an option mate. Just not seeing as many of them. The are certainly in the mix though!
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 20:58

Sunday, Apr 02, 2017 at 20:58
D-Max will give you longevity - don't know about the other 2 already mentioned.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 07:37

Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 07:37
Doesn't really matter what dual cab, there's also Navara, Triton, and numerous others.
But they will all five years of good service if you know their weak points (they all have them), and look after whatever you choose.
I also like the dmax, once I had the Ranger, this would have been my 2nd choice, but in the extra cab.
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Follow Up By: Member - WBS - Sunday, Apr 09, 2017 at 08:54

Sunday, Apr 09, 2017 at 08:54
Don't overlook the Mazda BT50. They are identical to the Ford Ranger after the front pillar. In fact, every bit of the BT 50 is marked as FoMoCo. They are also cheaper.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 12:27

Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 12:27
Hi

Don't know about other brands but access to rear seat in a PK Ranger dual cab was a challenge for me as a tallish adult.

Check it out if you might be carrying grown ups in the back.

cheers

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 13:20

Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 13:20
Other makes of that era are pretty much the same . . . 'space challenged' :D
The next era from 2011 onwards saw most crew cab utes grow a little, with the new PX Ranger generally having the best interior room all round.

I'm certainly over dual cabs though, after the daughter came of maybe half a dozen trips with us in the first couple of years, it was then early teens, goodbye to her on trips, hello to just me and the wife.
Back seat was out pretty quick, fridge in there with arkpak 2nd battery, room for gear behind seats etc.

That's why I love the Ranger / Dmax extra cabs of that era, complete side opening up on them with the suicide doors, makes it ideal for my setup, and a foot more tray in the bargain.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 13:48

Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 13:48
Les

Agree on the extra cab, I had a PJ Ranger for eight years and it took me everywhere I wanted to go.

For solo (like me) or couple ideal.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 13:55

Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 13:55
For sure rocco.

Something made me think the OP had children or needed the full rear seating, but looking again at first post maybe they don't.
Could be something to consider.



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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 20:47

Monday, Apr 03, 2017 at 20:47
I have just got one of these & its the best thing since sliced bread !!!
but not so if carrying people in the back for long periods .
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Reply By: 410 - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 at 18:41

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 at 18:41
Nothing wrong with the old Rodeo or Triton. Rodeo proven truck with 4-500k kms with no problems. Also the MN Triton has proven itself.
Good luck.
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