AU$20,000 for ex-britz toyota hiace?

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i'm looking at a 1999 ex-britz toyota hiace hitop campervan for sale at AU$20,500 with 250,000km. is this a okay buy for such a vehicle? is it generally okay to buy ex-rental vehicles? i'm using it for a 1 year tour around Australia.

this is my first vehicle, so no experience at all!


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Reply By: Voxson - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 20:23

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 20:23
We hired a camper last year to travel the eastern states with. Wont mention who from. It was given to us with zero kms on the clock... "Brand New"....They told me to get it's first service done at their Sydney workshop if i get time... I said ok....
I get to sydney and ring them to book it in and they say no time and just to keep going on the trip and tell them in adelaide when we get back what happened.........
6500kms before initial oil was dropped................*food for thought*...
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 20:52

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 20:52
Ex Britz... does this mean u are buying from Britz or someone else using their name ? ex rental really means that the users have little or no experience in the limitations of the vehicles and are probably once only users ! Reckon the mileage would be long trips as opposed to city/short rune.... it would n't worry me that the speedo read these km's !! It's probably had a busy but not hectis life !! Has it got a service log book and what do you think of it ?
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 22:10

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 22:10
Ex Rental = No care....

They dont really give a shiat about them.... Not long term things anyway.

Look at photos everywhere of tourists stuck up to roof in water, stuff like that.. some may be good but I wouldnt go near one.. look at what Voxon says above 6500 without oil change from new??? Could have been 30,000klms who knows!
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Reply By: diamond - Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 23:17

Sunday, Feb 16, 2003 at 23:17
i once had a car. valve bounced every gear never needed to check the oil no reason what so ever to check the water in fact took it to hell and back now let me think what car that was .i remember now it was a hire car.just be carefull.
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 15:21

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 15:21
There's some very interesting theories that go around about running in. I know 2 guys who both bought the same motorbike at the same time - and a third had bought a similar model (same engine) earlier. One babied it from new during the running in period to current date and one thrashed the crap out of it, with our original buyer treating his in the normal manner.

Strangely out of the three - the guy who had the least problems was the thrasher and the most was the babier.... Theory should suggest the exact opposite to what we saw.

It could be due to differences in the production. Tossign around ideas in the workshop while bleep on one night we had theories about the bedding in process suiting the style of use or that the "babier" was too careful and led to glazing due to excessive choking and under-revving.

Having said that - any rental car is likely to have been abused and I would be taking this into serious account when assessing the purchase price adn any "reserve funds" required - I doubt the example above fits the normal process or factories would be telling us to do a couple of burnouts as soon as we buy the car to "bed it in better".

Actually on second thoughts the Holden dealer near my work always had line after line of burnout marks from the Gen 3 engined cars out on the street - I was never sure if if it was the mechanics on test drive, new buyers or owners. I'll have to look in the workshop manual to see if it says 1000k service: 200 metere burnout and oil and filter change.....
Actually - come to think of it
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Follow Up By: Suzuki Viagra - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 15:25

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 15:25
As an extra I knew one of the guys who assembled Harleys out of the crate for a well known company and his pre-delivery service and bedding in process was to fill them with oil, roll the front wheel up against a walll and drop a burnout.

Obviously I can't mention the company. Hope none of you own Harleys....
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Reply By: bruce.h - Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:14

Monday, Feb 17, 2003 at 23:14
Gday limweech
ithink with this decision it must be one of commen sence,all of the above comments are posible but have had to ex rental vehicle in the family to date 1 an ex 4wd rental was owned for about 3 years with little going wrong out side what was considered normal for a vehcle of that age,the second has been in my fathers care for about 2 years it an ex rental transit camper van & agian so far no problems out side the normal
so dont exclued this car just becauce its an ex rental ,just be aware that all of the above is posible but isnt that the case with all second hand carshave it checked by a desant machanic &judge it on that report
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