Advice for new 4WD purchase

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 18:21
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Hi I am new to this forum and was wondering if someone could give me some advice. I am after a family wagon to tow my new boat. The boat weighs 2600 kgs and is on a tandem trailer. I need something that has room for the kids (3 teenagers) and has a video screen for long trips. I want something that the wife will enjoy to drive also. Should I get a petrol or diesel. Automatic or manual?? fuel economy is not an issue as my company pays all of the bills. I want a powerful vehicle. Any help would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 18:28

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 18:28
One would have to think of the 100 series TD. Second hand is better value. Get the DVD after market. The V8 would also do the job, but I'd go for the TD (even though I have a V8). Don't even think about manual.
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Reply By: Exploder - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 18:33

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 18:33
Nissan Patrol 4.8LTR petrol Will tow the boat easy, drink a shi* load of fuel doing it, can get in auto or Manuel the company will love you for it

No video screen but you can easily get one put
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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 19:52

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 19:52
G'day See You NT

Another good vehicle, and probably the best for towing, is the 7.3lt V8 ford F250 dual cab, might want to let SWMBO go for a drive in one first though as it is a rather large vehicle, you never know though, she might love it. I know the kids will! If she starts trembling and throwing things at you at the sight of it then I have to agree with Bob and go the TD 100 toy...oy...oy...sorry just can't say it. Whatever you decide, definately go with an auto.

Happy test driving.

Avagoodn
Pezza
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:03

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:03
Yeah a
F250 if that can’t pull it, it is not worth pulling. No shortage of power either, But will it drink enough fuel!! Remember the company is picking up the expenses
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Follow Up By: See You NT - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:12

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:12
Is this V8 a petrol or diesel? As it is my company the vehicle will be leased as a tax reduction.

And what is a SWMBO? It looks like secret code for someone.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:33

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:33
Diesal

F250 7.3ltr v8 Diesel
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:34

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:34
Sorry See You NT, should have explained it a bit better, the 7.3lt is a turbo V8 diesel, at 7 hundred and something nm of torque, it's the same vehicle a lot of the ambo's are using now. If you go onto carpoint.com and select Ford then F250 you will get a few pop up to give you an idea of what they look like.

Avagoodn
Pezza
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Reply By: Member - AVA 191 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:21

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 20:21
SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed

I would go for a vehicle at least the same weight as what u r towing. And Diesel.
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Follow Up By: madCrow - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:43

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:43
Not to be forgotten:

the OSWMBO version = "OH" she who must be obeyed.

Put the "OH" in front is more venerable, with a touch of humility signifing the persons place of godly honour as one bows to her commands.

(Now I just hope she does not read any disrespect in the above statement)

Oh blessed is thou.
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Reply By: trendy - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 21:33

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 21:33
See You NT,
If you are not going to do many km's in it or trade up in a few years, there would be not much advantage in buying diesel as it would work out heaps dearer to run a diesel over petrol. 4.8 petrol patrols have plenty of power for the job, but a much more refined 4.7 v8 petrol Cruiser would be a step up from the Patrol in my opinion. If you are going brand new maybe the yet to be tried and tested Discovery may be worth a look ?? But as said above if it's all about power then the 7.3 F250 stands alone for towing without drinking that much more than the other vehicles mentioned. Just don't expect to get a park in those inner city car parks, they are seriously BIG.
You have plenty to think about but happy hunting in the meantime.
Regards Trevor.
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Reply By: RobEG - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 23:24

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 23:24
I've got a 2t Cairns Custom Craft on a dual axle which goes about 2t (possibly a bit more with 4 pax, the beer for 9 and gear for 4 on board) and have just bought a LC100 TD auto. Travelled from Brissy to Limmen Bight River and back in that config just after easter - went like dream. 15l/100k on the way up but a little thirstier into a 30k headwind on the way back. Did the rough between Cape Crawford and Lim Bight like a limo. ABS brakes on the dirt a bit tricky and will be talking to Toyota to see if there is a legal override for dirt. Parts, tyres anywhere in the bush not that I needed any. Rear springs soft and you will require upgrade to heavier. On same trip a mate had a 3t Bushtracker van behind his (and he tells me that is in light mode) also went like a dream but more like 20l/100k. He has the heavy duty rear springs. For me it was a toss up with the Patrol. 2 used car mates of 30 years experience in 4wd said LC only from resale perspective. One of the two said if not worried about fuel cost go petrol but I wanted the range. Hope that helps. And we bagged out on barra!
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Follow Up By: trendy - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 20:16

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 20:16
"Hope that helps. And we bagged out on barra!"
You lucky b@stard, wish I was your decky on that trip.
Trevor
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Reply By: babs - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:19

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 17:19
One word PATROL my preference any 4wd Diesal, though petrol has plenty of power, think of resale the diesal will be more sought after and hold its value better in any make 4by, a better chance of selling a diesal patrol or 100series quicker in a diesal. The ford series great but not a wagon. Anyways good luck...

Babs
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