Dual Cab 4x4

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:12
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Morning All,

Something to ponder - what are your thoughts (positive and negative) on the most appropriate Dual Cab 4x4 for travelling throughout Australia's bush with camper trailer on tow?

Currently looking at Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara.

your thoughts on these and others worth considering would be appreciated.......
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Reply By: westozal - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:31

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:31
If you wish to read up on Tritons there is a forum which has only Tritons and their owners on it.
They talk about all the differing issues,best bits to buy etc. I test drove a 3.2 did man and they go very well, also you can get them with a rear diff lock from the factory for a fairly minimal cost.
Good Luck with the hunt.
P.S I didnt buy one as i decided that a wagon is more me.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:50

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:50
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:56

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:56
How much money do you want to spend ?

Petrol or Diesel ?

Mazda ???????

They've all had good models and lemons.

If your after new it might be worth watching what Govt departments start buying in preference to the V8 landcruiser. Apparently they want something with matching front and rear wheelwidths that wont fall over.

You could always try the new kid on the block and let us know how you get on with a Mahindra. ( lololol )
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 12:17

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 12:17
I've owned a Triton 3.2 Common Rail DID for 18 Months now and towed the 2 Tonne Van for most of that.

It is a great tow vehicle, very economical and heaps of low down grunt.

Economy without the van on a recent trip from Forbes to Burwood Melbourne return, average fuel cons 8.3 Litres/100 Ks at ovcerall average 90kph

With the van on between 12 and 14 litres/100ks towing around 85-90 ks

Mine has the factory locker and only used it once but worked for me!

Overall, love it.
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Reply By: Lachie - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 17:32

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 17:32
The thing I don't like about double cabs is their low seating position.
Why can't they lower the floor or raise the roof so your legs are not just stretched straight out.
Making the seats higher would also give you more room in the back seat.
I went from a 2000 TD Hilux DC to a 2002 TD prado.
Also with the DC the fuel tank is pretty small compared to wagons.
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Reply By: donk - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 19:36

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 19:36
Have you looked at a new landrover defender 130 dual cab

It is reasonably priced,practical,has a large load carring capacity & is capable off road

The jap duel cabs are good vehices but the rover is a bit bigger & better off road but the jap utes are a better drive on road

I am not a rover owner (4.2tdi gu patrol dx wagon) but if i was looking at something to tow a camper trailer i would look at the rover

Regrds Don
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Reply By: bms - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 21:13

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 at 21:13
Navara has terrible crash rating @ 2 stars if it's lucky once the air bag fix is done.

Hilux has a bit of a prob if required to swerve suddenly

Imho the Mazda/Ford are built a little on the light side in the front end (had one before the ML Triton I've got now)

As said above I now have a new Triton and are very happy with it bar a couple of minor issues.
Have nearly done 30K now and even with 265/75/16's, ARB bar, susp lift it will still return 8.8 lt /100 km on a run.
Defiantly worth a look imo
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Reply By: sjp - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 06:16

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 06:16
went from a l/c wagon 100 to a dc,yea the driving position takes abit of getting used to ,too flat,but with a canopy they carry more gear then the cruiser and are cheaper to run
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Reply By: neil&brenda - Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:16

Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:16
Jay, Don't know too many specifics, However, we have done a little research and have purchased a '01 Rodeo twin cab turbo diesel. At face value, it should get us around the clock towing a pop up without too many problems. No real help. Good luck in your search.
Neil Brenda
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