advice needed on buying 2nd hand prado

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 19:05
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We are looking at trading our maz trib on an 03 4l prado with 130k on the clock. Looks to have been off road but seems in good nick. Thought there was a bit of a strange air intake noise which I could no longer hear after it was warmed up. In any case I will have to get someone to check it, would RACV be a good choice for this?
The sales guy says it's previous owner was the RSPCA but was a bit cagey about giving me contact details - he said I should contact the dealer it was serviced at.

130K is very high but for $31K might be a good buy.
it is the base GX model with cruise, twin a bags & ABS added. Are the steel wheels / narrow tyres etc much of a disadvantage to the alloys?
ANY feedback would be greatly appreciated
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Reply By: greenant - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 19:36

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 19:36
Just for a comparision a mate of mine bought a february 2002 3 litre manual patrol at auction last thursday for $22,000 94,000 klms with log books
Bull bar winch tow bar cargo barrier full length roof rack twin air bags cruise control etc previous owner Ergon Energy there is bargains out there

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:53

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:53
At least $22000 for the Patrol leaves some dough in your pocket for engine repairs in the future.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:28

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2006 at 21:28
Hi there Steve, did you have a look in the glove box for log books etc, I wouldnt touch one without them for your own sake, you want to know yourself that it has been well serviced. I had an inspection done on a patrol few years back in melbourne by racv and they were fantastic, inspection took 3 and half hours and went over it with a fine tooth comb and had 6 page report. Some things only minor like the light above ashtray not working but thats how thorough they were. Worth the money and I didnt end up buying it as there were some major problems with it. I was here in sydney and I just rang up gave all details and within the week had it sitting in my letterbox. Only problem that I know of with the prado (not really a problem) is that there a bit thirsty, and when you go to fill it up chockers of fuel be prepared to hand over $200 + to fill it if both tanks are sitting on empty they have 180L tank standard otherwise I think there a great vehicle. Mate has the I think its called GXL middle of the range 4Litre engine and loves it. Just have a good look around plenty out there especially petrol ones.Check out some web sites just to get an idea. EG and dont forget the sales on this site as well. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Mudness - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:23

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 07:23
Hi Steve & Mish, my brother has a 99 Prado (limited edition"Snowy") 4sale. Has 120 000 on the clock, V6 5 speed, Full service history, 8 seater, Smart bar, Alloywheels (good tyres), A/C, Power windows and mirrors, Remote locking, Cruise control, Cargo barrier Alloy side steps, NSW Rego to August 06 and is truely in immaculate condition (probable been on about a dozen dirt roads (not tracks) in its life. He is asking approx $25000 but I am sure you could pick it up for a fair bit less than that (he has taken delivery of his new one). If interested let post reply and I will pass on his contact details. Cheers
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:07

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:07
To give you a comparison .... I will be selling my 03 120 GLX this December when the lease runs out for arround $25k. It will have 120K on it, log book serviced every 10K by the dealer ($$$), it will have new tyres, Toyota bullbar, spots, roof racks, dark window tint, towbar. It is white in colour, in exellent condition, with not a mark on it. It has not done any serious off-road work as it is mainly used for towing two quad bikes about. I will be listing it on this site later in the year.
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Follow Up By: Steve & Mish - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 13:57

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 13:57
that sounds great. We will possibly wait till then and buy it from you. is it auto or man?
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Follow Up By: Capt. Wrongway - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 20:22

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 20:22
Steve & Mish,
It is a V6 petrol auto. If your still in the market for one between November to early December, I'll be happy to hear from you. Look for it Trader.
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Reply By: Browser - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:45

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 09:45
Hi Steve & Mish,

You don't mention whether it is an automatic or a manual. According to Redbook the price is about right for that model.


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Reply By: Anthony - Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 13:59

Thursday, Mar 02, 2006 at 13:59
To help compare price and value, I bought a '03 GX TD manual last week off the site. I'm in Melbourne.

It has 64,000kms, factory ABS & crusie control added by the previous owner, ECB alloy b/bar, milford barrier & tow bar for $34,500 plus on road. All up cost $38,500, incl 12mth rego.

There are quite a few GX models on the above site, priced from low $30's to low $40's. I searched on the Prado model KZJ120R (turbo diesel & looked for manual transmission only)

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