Must be some Telstra Workers out there

Submitted: Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 15:12
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Not trying to stir up a tired old Nissan vs Toyota debate, but now that telstra uses nissans I would think these people would be in an excellent position to judge apples with apples as they have to take fully laden utes out to whereever and try and make it back. I mean you can argue sales figures and blown front diffs etc until you are blue in the face but not alot would beat a direct evaluation by the people that really use their vehicles rather than the odd picnic a few times a year. I use Toyotas for work and often wonder if I would notice the difference
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 16:16

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 16:16
You may have to change the subject heading.......

Must be some Telstra EMPLOYEES out there

I'm sure you'll understand.......

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 16:27

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 16:27
no replies yet perhaps there all broken down and havnt made it back (friday funny honest nissan lovers)
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Reply By: CraigQ - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:33

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:33
Not a fair comparison as Telstra used to have the old 75 series and 80 series and only a couple of 100 series. Now Telstra have the current model nisssans.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 18:47

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 18:47
didnt know that. i have driven plenty of 75 s and I can assure you the 78 is far better for comfort so I can imagine they would be glad if the nissans give a softer ride. Although it was more reliability I was wondering about as blind freddy can figure out during a test run which is the better vehicle when new but what about in 10 years time? as work vehicles I figure each year is equivelent to 2 or 3 years for a privately owned vehicle
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:34

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:34
I tell you one thing after having seen how these guys drive them in the outback I would not be buying one at the auctions after they have finished with them.

Its easy to see they don't have to pay for them drive them like mad men.
Scared the crap out of me on the Gary Hwy a few weeks ago absolute bloody reckless.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 18:48

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 18:48
thats why I figured there input would be usefull to determine whether the new vehicles take it as well as the old ones
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Reply By: Alex Callaghan - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:57

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 18:57
Davoe,

I have just recently purchased a 4.2 Nissan Cab Cassis for my L/scape biz along with 3 Hilux 3.0 to replace Some Couriers. Very happy with the Nissan so far as are my guys (FYI they drive it more than me) and is more than up to towing 2 800kg + comercial mowers or a 2ton + Tractor/ Slasher around all day plus the towing trailers. When loaded the trailing set ups for the bigger ute are heavy dudes indeed.
Never owned a 79-75 series so I couldn't comment on how they preform on a daily basis of yakka in the field. I did test drive a 79series when I was searching for a large ute and I probably would have gone the 79 if It wasn't beyond what I had budgeted for. It had better preformance from 0km onwards and seemed like It would have been a great H'way driver. The interior was better for a work orientated vehical to.
The Nissan is great though. No complaints here.

As for Telstra. I would say Telstra (or any other large biz that needs a large number of vehicals) makes a short list of what vehicals that would suit them and approch the manufactures (in this case Yota n Nissan) and ask them to tender for supplie of, for instance 2000 Patrols or 79 series optioned how they want and wait and see who comes up with the better dollar figure.It's more than likely they would work it this way.
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 23:13

Friday, Jul 30, 2004 at 23:13
One thing this evaluation wouldnt take into consideration, but anyone who has worked on 4wd's will tell you, a yota can be worked on with a hand full of spanners, even to the point where different size heads to nuts are used so you dont need 2 of each size spanner for a job, where as some of the other vehicles on the road need many more tools, and spanners etc to be able to carry out some work on them successfully.

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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 01:52

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 01:52
Try the mining industry over telstra. Toyota still going strong.
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Follow Up By: Coops (Pilbara) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 09:04

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 09:04
after almost 20 years on a few mine sites I can offer my thoughts but I'm sure others may have a different tale to tell also.
Hilux's are popular but I can tell you first hand that they're not worth a pinch of the proverbial after 25K km's. In fact I have one that's done 10K and I couldn't give it away I don't reckon.
I see a lot of Prado's these days but more to do with maintenance companies and will be intersted to see how they hold up.
Telstra have been using Patrol's here in Hedland & around for at least 6 years (that's as long as I've been here so I can't speak of before).
BHP still uses Toyota and from what I can tell it's a toss up between 100 series and Prado's with 2WD Hilux as site vehicles.
Basically I think you're right Chris but none of 'em stand up to the rigours of the NW or mine workers treatment.
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Reply By: Utemad - Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 11:12

Saturday, Jul 31, 2004 at 11:12
Telstra tossed Toyata for Nissan and Holden for Ford a while ago. Having worked there I would imagine that no thought whatsoever went into the abilities of the vehicles just the cost of them.

Utemad
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 18:50

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 18:50
I relize that the decision would not have been made by diesal heads but bean counters
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Reply By: phil - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 08:46

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 08:46
Here in Armidale, NSW, Telstra use mostly Mazda Bravo, with a custom back, and a few Patrols. I guess conditions are rather less rugged so a lighter vehicle is more appropriate.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 21:01

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 21:01
They use Navaras with the steel lockable work bodies in Qld. They replaced the Hiace vans. You can get the Navaras into undercover carparks with ladders on the roof unlike a van. There are some 4x4 Navaras used but mainly Patrols.

I remember the guys in Far North Qld complaining that they had the 75 Cruiser utes taken away and replaced with Hiluxs. Apparently the Hiluxs couldn't hack it up there. But on the upside they're cheaper!

Utemad
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