What do you think about this troopy?

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 12:52
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Found it on ebay... am still undecided weather to go pop top or hard top for travelling australia... other than that it looks like a good vehicle and owner swears it has had no towing in 5th gear.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:18

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:18
RedBook..'98 vintage??
200000-300000 kms private sale $14700 to $17100
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Reply By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:28

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:28
Benny,

It is hard to tell from those photos. It looks like it is an RV troopie, which means it will have a few more extras (factory fitted) than normal troopies. It should have central locking, a brake light above the rear door, rear door window wiper, map pockets in both the drivers and passengers doors, rear fuel tank, disk brakes all round, forwards facing rear seat, which I think is in its folded up position as you can sort of see what would be the underside foam and looks like it has a black seat cover on it. The passenger door should have a second latch, which is accessible from the rear seat. The passenger seat should have a second latch near the handbrake so it can be rolled forward so the rear passengers can get out. The passenger seat should also not only slide forward but slightly twist so that passengers can get in and out easier.

As for KM I believe for Aus vehicles 25 k per year is about average, so it has done just over that.

There is no way of telling if it has been used for towing in 5th gear, they can tell you what you want to hear, but there is no way of telling, unless you can figure it out using his fuel usage note!

There is no service history mentioned. There are no pictures of the engine bay. There are no pictures of the cabin. You can't see a bull bar although it mentions one. You cant see the wheels, although I would guess they are standard split rims. There is no pictures of the rear door.

Personally, if I were thinking about spending $16500 for a buy it now or bidding $15000 of my hard earned cash (or worst still that much in a bank loan) I would be asking more questions than if it had towed in 5th and I would be wanting a mechanic to look over it, me having a test drive, or at least an independent person doing a thorough written report on the vehicle if you can't get to Tassie to view it yourself.

It is a vehicle you want to keep for a tour of Aus, I would not be buying a vehicle I didn't have the chance to look at myself, but that is my opinion!

Good luck with it!

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Follow Up By: Member - Barnesy - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:35

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:35
That's right Beecroft, it does look nice but it would be unwise to spend $16000 on a 10 year old 4wd without having a look at it. Ebay is even riskier than normal private sales.

When i was buying a 4wd from the country (car was in city) i organised an inspection with a local specialist 4wd mechanic and asked the dealer to take it there for me. He did it and the inspection was good. If he had refused to take it to the mechanic then he would have lost the sale.

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Follow Up By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:43

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:43
Barnesy,

Beecroft is where I live, sdr00y is my name (well on this forum it is my name!) !!! LOL

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:29

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:29
It does look like a nice vehicle. Personally i would go for pop top. The inlaws hired a hard top troopy, it was hot, and the wind resistance was like driving a sail boat. The pop top would be better for cruising and the canvas would be cooler at night.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bill F (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:52

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:52
I Love my Hi top for travel in the winter and summer in the Victorian hi country and Tassie. no wet canvas, plenty of window ventilation and who wants to cruise all day

Its not that much higher, Its rare that I have to trim the vegetation on the tracks

Stop often and enjoy the trip

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Reply By: Member -Signman - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:00

Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 20:03

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 20:03
I just traded a Troopy for $19000 it was on a $40000 TD 100 series, The car was a 2000 with 153000 km.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: benny_11 - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 11:34

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 11:34
geeze mate i wish you had of advertised it on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Tim Owen - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 21:38

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 21:38
Are you sure you don't want a full camper with fridge, sink, cupboards etc? I like being able to stand up inside the vehicle which you won't be able to do with that false floor set-up.
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Follow Up By: benny_11 - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 11:33

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 11:33
i was going to ditch the false floor setup and make my own setup to suit :)
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