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ok guys and girls, still looking for a new forby, and there is that many i don't know what to go for any more. looked at navara's,rodeo's,patrol's and now jackaroo have got me looking at them, your veiws on them please, petrol over diesel auto over manual and so forth. looking around 98/2002 there abouts. thanks. we are gearing up to head off on the big trip around oz ( working our way round of course) towing a 17 foot van and all the camping gear as well. petza
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Reply By: 80scruiser - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 17:35

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 17:35
Go and get yourself a 97 or 98 turbo diesel 80 series.
Most of these have only been to shuttle the kids around and you can usually pick up a low km one.
Best 4x4 ever made. Oh but I am biased.
No seriously even the 100 series diesel with after market turbo are good trucks. Stick with the llive axle front.
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Follow Up By: petza - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 17:45

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 17:45
thanks for that bit of info about the live axle, i hadn't given it a thought. good point.
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Follow Up By: Wetty (W.A) - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 22:10

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 22:10
I'd have to agree with 80scruisrer on this one. . . .I have a 96TD Jackaroo, great vehicle, till you put something behind it (unless you like travelling at 80km/h) Had a lot of trouble with the transfer case and I am currently looking at an 80 series with a 6.5 chev diesel in it. (love the idea of twin turbos!!!)
Good luck with your decision
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Reply By: foxy - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:12

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:12
If Crew Cabs are a considerationI have had a New Mazda Bravo SD-X for the last wo months and it's a great package!!!

I went for the turbo diesel which goes very well and tows well too.

Best of luck,

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Follow Up By: petza - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:28

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:28
thanks for that foxy, mazda is one i didn't even think of. trying to find something that will do the job and is comfy and most of all the wife likes....?
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Follow Up By: foxy - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 17:53

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 17:53
Yeah, I nearly missed it too!! The SD-X is the new High end "sports"model and is roomier than all the others in the back, has a big ute section and is VERY comfortable and car-like, my wife loves it!!

I drove all the major crew cab contenders and am extremely happy with the Mazda.

Take an SD-X for a spin, you'll love it!
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Reply By: NissanNut - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 20:25

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 20:25
wouldnt go past an 80 Seriess turbo diesel 95 to early 98 model, or 100 series turbo diesel....
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Follow Up By: petza - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:31

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:31
they are good at that , is why they hold there own for resale. thanks . where do you draw the line, everyone has good and bad points.
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Reply By: ianmc - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:38

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:38
Do you want to pay an extra $10-15000 or more for a 2,25 tonne tank or save & buy an easy to drive & park smaller vehicle for all round city/country work?
There seems to be issues with m,any of them & a live axle Tojo/Nissan solves any f/end problems particularly if U go Nissan. Fuel differance would add up over big kms too & maybe insurance.
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Follow Up By: petza - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:49

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 21:49
yeh, there is so much to take into account. people who have one sort say it's the ducks guts and someone else says the same about theirs and bags the other. in the end it's the best deal you can get i think.
thanks all for your help.
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Reply By: Member - Nobby - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 08:57

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 08:57
Petza.. I have a 2001 Jack, Auto, Petrol and couldn't be happier. I reckon you could not go past one of these as long as the K's are right. I tow a Campomatic CT and I hardly know it's there(I realise that it is lighter than your Van) so you shouldn't have any worries. To ask this kind of question you obviously get (which you have got) the old "Forget the rest and buy a Toy/Nissan argument".
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Follow Up By: Willykj - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 13:15

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 13:15
I agree. Have a 99 Jack - Auto - Petrol and it is great. I tow a 17ft Pop Top - been everywhere with no trouble at all.

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Reply By: Kevint - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 11:49

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 11:49

Here's my bit for what it's worth, I own a 1999 3.0L turbo diesel Jack (manual) and tow a 17'6" tandem caravan which weighs around 1800kg when loaded.

The Jack does an excellent job of towing, comfortable to ride in, good fuel economy, on a recent trip to Walpole (WA) over Christmas averaged 13.5 L/100 towing and touring (20.9 mpg) touring without van 11.1 L/100.

If you get one, make sure you use the right grade of oil as this effects the performance of the injectors and early morning starting.
I use Penrite HPR Diesel 5.
Like you, I will be heading off around Oz this year, not working though, nobody wants old blokes anymore.

Regards KevinT
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 13:44

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 13:44
Go the 98 onwards TD 3.0 auto jackaroo, if you want easy towing, they are an animal when you stick a load on them , they love it. A lot of guys tow tandems with big loads with them and they never miss a beat, a lot more go than the earlier 3.1 td . The 3.5 v6 is also great to tow with but the fuel cost will hit you a bit, still well short of a cruiser/patrol consumption. They are also a bloody nice car to drive around town etc.
If you get a 3.0 td then the best (and only correct) oil to use at the moment is
Mobil Delvac1, full syn 5W 30 CH-4, its the right viscosity and rating for this motor, Because if you put the wrong oil in them you will have all sorts of trouble.

Great value for money too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Darryl - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 21:55

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 21:55
For the 3.0ltr t/d you can also use Penrite HPR5 Desiel semi syn 5w 40 and is CH-4 rated .I have great success with this oil over last 3yrs with no fouling of TPS and good starting, and considerably cheaper than Mobil Delvac 1

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Reply By: PAULL - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 16:00

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 16:00
I have a 99 Petrol manual Jackaroo and tow a 17' pop top millard, Jackie has never missed a beat, its got heaps of guts, towing it will still accelerate up hill if you need to overtake some slow trucks for instance, very stable on the road , good handling, got the Hayman Reese load distribution hitch which is great, the van is sooo stable on the road and we have been out in rain, hail , wind , lightning , dirt top , etc .
I'm happy.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 17:11

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 17:11
Cant add much except that my sister and brother in law recently traded their td jack in(approx 2000 vintage) on a new petrol prado it had done a few decent trips and they were members of a fwd club so it saw some action in between the mums taxi thing. I pumped her for info to share on this website and there was no dirt to be had, very good and capable vehicle by all accounts it just had to make way for something shinier with petrol stonk for their new camper trailor
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Follow Up By: petza - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 20:43

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 20:43
want to thank you all for your very helpfull comments. haven't heard many bad reps on the newer one's. have to better then my old maverick on petrol though, i watch the speedo go up and the fuel go down about the same rate it seems sometimes, just as well she's on lpg. thanks again, the wife seems to like them more than any of the others we have looked at. the other thing is they seem to be a bit cheaper down vic way or not.. thanks again everyone.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 23:35

Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at 23:35
To balance things up with the TD Jackaroos, see posts 18844 and 19607. Sorry but just being honest. They are good value for what you get but unfortunately can be very expensive and mine has been downright unreliable.

Speedo - $600
Window Winding mechanism $400
Sand/Water in Clutch - $2000
Sand in alternator - $800 (aftermarket, genuine $1600)
Diff seal not working and rear bearing gone $700
Injector harness snapped $230

All in 12 months.

But apart from that it has been a really good vehicle!
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Follow Up By: petza - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 09:50

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 09:50
thanks d-jack, thats what i want the thruth about them. i think they are like any thing though you can get lemons, not saying yours is by any means. you know what i mean don't you. hope you got all your problems sorted out with it, you hear a lot of bad blood about the other main ones as well, nissan,toyota,etc.it comes down to the best deal at time i think.
looking a lot like a jack though, they have jumped out in front of me every where i look now. thanks . petza
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Reply By: Chucky - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 12:09

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 12:09
Hi petza,
I use to have a petrol jackaroo equip. Went hard towed great but was VERY heavy on the fuel. It was a auto, but around town with a empty car I was getting 17-19L/100Km and towing a 750kg trailer it went to over 22l/100Km avg from melbourne to Brisbane. And that was with the car unloaded. I ended up selling the Jack and getting a 80series TD. The saving on fuel was huge and if you are traveling this would add up heaps. Also, there are a few aboriginal land areas where you need permits to enter and they will ony let diesel vehicals in. I have heard a few reasons for this from too hard to get both diesel and unleaded into the area to the locals putting screwdrivers into petrol tanks so they can steal the petrol and sniff it. Which ever truck you end up getting IMO a diesel stands above petrol anyday for the uses you have described.
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Follow Up By: petza - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 18:23

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005 at 18:23
ta chucky, i am looking towards diesel and after the maverick fuel isn't rearly an issue anyway, the way i look at it don't matter what you have you still have to buy fuel and you will always buy it. . this sure is the best site for getting info on anything, best i have seen, am thinking of becoming a member, petza
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