patrol or landcruiser

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00
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how about some help with my choice of bus, shall i go patrol or cruiser, im confused.
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Reply By: Dick - Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00

Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00
Steve
It is really a matter of personal preference - and of price. The Cruiser has better suspension and running gear for hard off-road work - but you pay for it. However, many of my mates are happy with their Nissan - but for my money the Cruiser provides greater comfort and versatility, both on and off road..
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Follow Up By: Mark - Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00

Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00
gee I dont know about that. the cruiser has gone independent which is a hindrance in the real hard stuff.the patrol is a far better thing for all round outback touring.
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Reply By: Nigel - Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00

Sunday, Nov 04, 2001 at 01:00
Both are good vehicles. GQ & GU Patrols have stronger gear boxes and running gear than 80 and 100 series cruisers. If you are touring on gravel roads but not going serious offroad then you may be tempted by the extra comfort of the independant front end cruiser (the cost is wheel travel). I spent the money I saved by buying a Patrol on a good aftermarket suspenion system, as that is better than both nissan and toyota factory suspension.
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Reply By: James - Monday, Nov 05, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Nov 05, 2001 at 01:00
Steve,

I was in this same situation a little while back. I hadn't owned either of these vehicles before. I friend gave me some advice which I found quite worthwhile in helping me make my decision.

He suggested that I contact the 4WD Rental companies regarding the various trucks' performances and maintenance histories. Where possible I tried to speak to the managers or senior mechanics. Along with all the other advice I got on this sometimes heated debate, it helped me make my decision. I made my enquires about 18 months ago so it would probably be worthwhile getting more up to date information to help you with your decision.

Good luck, James
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Follow Up By: Charl - Tuesday, Dec 04, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 04, 2001 at 01:00
so what did buy????
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Follow Up By: Charl - Tuesday, Dec 04, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 04, 2001 at 01:00
so what did you buy????
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Reply By: The Real Steve - Monday, Nov 05, 2001 at 01:00

Monday, Nov 05, 2001 at 01:00
Confused --- or trying to find a cheap alternative??

If you want the goods you pay the price, -- buy a Landcruiser and you also have the resale value, stick to the standard Diesel with all the basics- Barn doors etc and you will never regret your parting with hard earned dollars for the best vehicle that money can buy if you want to travel throughout Australian Outback with as little if no interuption ! Mate they are the best, not the cheapest, just the best.......

The Real Steve !!!!
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Reply By: Will - Tuesday, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:00
Steve,
The patrol is better value for your money but it comes down to personal preference...(it also depends on which Patrol you buy and which cruiser).
I have a GU 4.2 Turbodiesel. Boujght it new done $85000km since july 99 did the VIC high country several times, Cape York etc.
Not a single problem, excellent vehicle.
Out in the bush, mechanics say they fix more Cruiser diffs and gearboxes than Patrols.
Also Cruisers are going softer on each model...
Warranty and support is better on Toyotas.
I hope this helps on your decision
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Follow Up By: Bc - Tuesday, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:00
Interesting comment.."Out in the bush, mechanics say they fix more Cruiser diffs and gearboxes than Patrols" This could mean that there are more Landcruisers out there doing it tough..(which there is!)...My suggestion - buy what ever suits you the best - and have a great time. BC
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Reply By: Richard - Tuesday, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:00
The previous 5 responses are just as would be expected,its like Ford vs Holden! Ive got a 3.0L Patrol after having a 4.5L one,both had no problems.Make a choice and if youre not happy after 2 years or before 80000 kms trade it in on the other, you shouldnt lose anything in that time.
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Follow Up By: Alex - Wednesday, Nov 07, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2001 at 01:00
Set the cat among the pigeons - get a Landrover!
Valiant has now entered the Ford V Holden debate
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Follow Up By: Richard - Wednesday, Nov 07, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2001 at 01:00
Sure, as long as its a purple one with fluffy dice.
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