Gone to bat for the other team

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 23:40
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Well Iv'e done it now. gone and bought a new Nissan Navara 3lt STR . After 15yrs of toyota ownership (sniff, sniff) Ive changed teams. The trouble now is I wont want to get the newy dirty (not).
I will be going bush for a few days next week , nothing serious just some fire trails and farm work. But I cant wait for Sept. when we are going to Mildura for a couple of weeks, Hope to spend a bit of time in sunset or hattah N/Ps.
I have a mate who may be interested in the hilux but if not I will post an add. It comes with a canvas canopy and fully self contained camp setup.

Athol.
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 00:07

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 00:07
Geesh Athol !!!

When you said you were "gone to bat for the other team", you scared me!
I thought you were fessing up to the world that at this stage of your life you were changing your sexual orientation !!!!!! LOLOLOL

I've never met you, nor do I care about your sexual orientation, but welcome to the other team, er, now that I know what team you're talking about.

I too was a Toyota man, but changed sides with a 3.0 GU patrol. I test drove the 3.0 Navara and was impressed with the power, buy ultimately decided on a car I can sleep in the back of.

I'm sure you will be happy with your new bus, but now you will experience the nissan knockers from the other side of the fence.

Cheers,

Muzz
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Follow Up By: RAGS AND DAGS - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:11

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:11
Geez you must be a short bugger to sleep in the back of one of those .

Not that there is anything wrong with that.
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Reply By: Member - toohey - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 08:08

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 08:08
good onya athol,you will love it.
regards toohey
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 14:31

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 14:31
Geezus , You jumped ship, so you were willing to sacrifice the new Common Rail Turbo diesel with more power and economy, you were willing to sacrifice the build quality of a Toyota, the dust free zones , even the famous Hilux name, but how could you sacrifice "UNBREAKABLE"...? How could you..?? Now when people ask you what you drive, you'll go to roll HILUXXXXX off your tongue and realise you'd be lying , so you frown and say ahh, navara, you know the Nissan thing that looks the same...! LOL
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Follow Up By: Brian - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:04

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:04
Navara $43,500
Hilux $50,000
costs 15% more

Brian
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Follow Up By: RAGS AND DAGS - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:20

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:20
Good point Brian.

Navara owners always buy on price and Hilux owners get what they really want first time around.
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Follow Up By: Brian - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:33

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:33
The question is do you get 15% more?

In the past that may well have been true!

Brian
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:07

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:07
So the Navara costs 15% less Brian, jeez thanks, I didn't know that. I think the Navara is a fine vehicle, but if you think the Hilux is dearer for the sake of it, you are sadly mistaken, you get what you pay for..!
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Follow Up By: RAGS AND DAGS - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:22

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:22
Exactly.

Open up all the doors on a navara and go around and count the weld marks and then do the same with the Hilux

None in Hilux and 8 in Navara ,

New one is out of Spain as well which is not exactly the mecca of car production.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:25

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:25
It woul dbe the same as all Yotas, overpriced compared to competition and no better.
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Follow Up By: RAGS AND DAGS - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:27

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:27
A matter of opinion.

My company would not touch a Navara with our shareholders money and would get shot for doing so.
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Reply By: RAGS AND DAGS - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:09

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:09
It is a shame you did not wait for the new model coming out. Looks good on paper .

Enjoy.
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Reply By: Redback - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:44

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 15:44
Toyota better than Nissan Toyota better than Nissan Toyota better than Nissan Toyota better than Nissan Toyota better than Nissan blaa blaa blaa blaa blaa blaa blaa.

What a load of tripe.

Most of your type wouldn't know a good car if you fell out of it.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 16:31

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 16:31
Athol,

Hope your happy with the Nissan. I am on my third Patrol and have loved them all. None have let me down and they have all taken me to some great places.

Now about that little jaunt to Mildura in Sept.

We visited the National Parks in that part of the world back in 98. Travelled from Mildura to Halls Gap did about 600km and most of it was in 4wd. Just zigging and zagging through the parks. There are some lovely places down that way.

The camping at Broken Bucket was beautiful and we had a memorable day trip to Red Bluff (I think)44km each way took over an hour each way but was worth the effort. Pink lake was actually pink the birdlife was fascinating and we were pretty much on our own.. The driving was not challenging but enjoyable Just what we wanted at the time. Camping in Hattah was also nice, a little less quiet but still good.

I recommend you visit Nihll and visit Westprint, nice people and very helpful. Probably worth a call to help with points of interest in the area.

Enjoy the trip and the new car.

Duncs
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:20

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:20
Welcome to the Nissan Brigade.

It matters not what you drive as long as it's a 4b with BIG bull bars.

You have picked the best of the bunch.....ENJOY.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 19:42

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 19:42
Another one gone to the Dark side. Not surprising after Toyota came up with the 2nd ugliest 4x4 ever. The Navara's are far better looking & cheaper too but then there's more to a car than looks & price;-)
Could it be that Nissan have caught up or is it Toyota are going backwards, alas after another blown diff on the weekend I think it the latter...............
Cheers Craig...........
HZJ105 (diff #4)
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Reply By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 20:30

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 20:30
What if you were batting for the other team before and you only just realised it.

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Reply By: Member - Athol (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:08

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:08
Thanks for all the replies, if I get as good a run out of the nissan as the hilux I'll be happy. As for the new lux's yes they are to dear but toyota have always realied on their name to justify the price I think.

Athol
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Reply By: Kumunara (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:56

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:56
You will always get arguments about which is the best Toyota or Nissan.

I have owned both and they are both good vehicles. I prefer the Nissan.

I used a Hi-lux for a short time at work when living at Penong. They are not unbreakable - it broke. I also used a Troop Carrier - didn't break that - they are almost unbreakable. Tried to use an F100 - that broke and broke and broke.

I own a GU Patrol. That won't break either - except for the 5th gear.

I would be interested in knowning what your Navara is like after you have driven it for a while.
Life's great and it just keeps getting better

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Follow Up By: Member - Athol (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 23:42

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 23:42
Kumunara,
Yes well I dont think any vehicle is unbreakable ( I broke mine a few times) its how you treat them mixed in with a lot of luck. Hopefully I'll get time to do a bit of touring and see how it goes.

Athol
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 09:29

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 09:29
Hi Athol, good luck with the new beast a great choice of vehicle, and the best bit is fitting her out with all the good stuff.

The best vehicle is the one you choose to drive :-)

Baz.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:23

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:23
Nissan has always been cheaper than Toyota and off course there is a market for that. As I said the Navara is a fine vehicle and you will be happy with it. It's the beauty of having a choice, me personally I'll take the Ugly Hilux any day, did I say ugly..?? Geezus , no way, the Lux is a beautiful thang..!
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 13:18

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 13:18
Interesting article in the August Edition of Overlander comparing the new Hilux with all the other dual cabs including the Navara. Worthy of note were the comments that the current Navara was designed in 2001 and is showing it's age, much was said of the new model coming and it's expected to be priced up to $50,000, almost on par with the Hilux. What was also hilighted was the Hilux had by far the strongest and quietest engine, and by far the best fuel economy. Now this isn't really that surprising but before we compare Navara's for 15% less than the Hilux we should note it's really a no comparison until the new model comes out and by the sounds of it, will be on par with the Hilux price wise.! Now why would that be..?? Perhaps it cost more to get the new Navara closer to the Hilux in performance and specification. The article finished by saying the best vehicle by a long shot was the Hilux, it is streets ahead of the others.! Sounds to me like the 15% saving wasn't a saving at all, and the real comparison should be when the new Navara comes, and even then it will be up to $50k..! End of Story..!
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