toyota or nissan

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 09:50
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which is the best new twin cab turbo diesel to buy for a trip around oz and why will tow a caravan maybe about 1600 kilos loaded up still looking for one not sure what to buy thanks
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 10:09

Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 10:09
For towing the Nissan is just supurb and in a twin cab unbeatable for power/torque.
Personally I believe the Nissan Navara is also the better vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Brian - Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 16:22

Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 16:22
Ozi What things make you favor the Nissan. I am currently looking to upgrade the wifes car and she wants the Dual cab, but we are not sure Navara or Hilux?
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 16:54

Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 16:54
Brian if you look at the new model Nissan they have really attended to all the issues which were few from the previous model. The diesel engine in the Nissan is superior in every way to the Toyota engine. 110kw for towing from a 3.0L diesel is excellent and there is no substitute for power when towing. You don't necessarily have to use it all the time, but when you want it to overtake it is far safer to have and you spend quite a reaonable amount of time less on the wrong side of the road.

Considering that Nissan is still made in Japan and the Toyota is fully manufactured in Thailand, interesting how the Nissan is cheaper than the Toyota.
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Reply By: Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 12:52

Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 12:52
Its hard to buy a bad late model 4x4 vehicle these days, They are all very good. Your main consideration should always be codition over price. Any of the major players Hilux, Navara, Rodeo Triton or Bravo will serve you well. You will notice some of them use the same body shell with only minor cosmetic differences. Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 17:02

Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 17:02
Yes, It is hard to buy a 4x4 vehicle these days. I personally bought a new Triton 2.8L diesel, which is possibly the toughest of all the present 4WD's, but is not ideal for towing a caravan of that weight on a long trip. Sure some will do it, but I personally would prefer the extra power of the Nissan 3.0L TD. The Nissan dual cab with their 3,000kg towing capacity have proven a great tow vehicle.
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Reply By: dc - Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 18:48

Sunday, Jan 26, 2003 at 18:48
my brother in law brought a nissan 3l turbo diesel and let me tell you from driving it that they have guts 2burn. off road in the sand they are simply awesome,onroad the nissan isnt that far behind my challenger inthe legs race.he tryed all the models you mentioned and said for power and especially torque nothing came close.
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Reply By: Old Soldier - Monday, Jan 27, 2003 at 11:32

Monday, Jan 27, 2003 at 11:32
I'm also in the looking game at the moment, and want the power for towing my off road camper in moderate to rough off road situations in FNQ and across the top.

I have had my eye on the Navara TDI for some time and it is good to be reading all this info.

I honestly cant see the extra dollars in the Toyotas. You could buy a few extrea "goodies" for the Nissan with the difference in price.

The Navara has always been one tough little truck. My eldest son has one and he fluctuates between working as a ringer in The Gulf area and working on oil/gas rigs out in Western Queensland. He swears by his little monster and says you couldn't smash it with an axe.

Their only problem has been in the power department and it looks like the turbo diesel has fixed that.

I think I will be looking very closely at the Nissan when it comes to my decision time.

Enjoy the bush

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Reply By: Eric - Monday, Jan 27, 2003 at 22:34

Monday, Jan 27, 2003 at 22:34
I agree the navara is good if you have small pasengers in the rear seat.
The back doors and head room are the smallest of the dual cabs. otherwise brilliant. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Toonfish - Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 02:53

Thursday, Jan 30, 2003 at 02:53
i have 1 99 3.2 litre diesel and is great with the turbo but i do have to agree with rear leg and head room but i only have a little 14 month old tacker who loves the view
wish i could upgrade to a 2002 model but i have similair power output with my safari turbo
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