Trading in the HJ 60.

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 16:07
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I don't wish to start a forum war, but I was about to trade in my trusty 83 2H diesel Sahara which is fitted with a after market Turbo (that will out perform a 80 series turbo in a straight line) on either a new Nissan or new Toyota. But after reading all the problems with chips - fuel pumps etc in the new models I am beginning to wonder as to the sanity of this. The old beast has done an original 230,000 k's and starts first time even if left for a month. It is a bit thirsty but reliable. The point of the matter is that it may be old and probably worth nothing to a dealer, but to trade it in on a new one seems only to get a little more comfort at the expense of thousands. Guess I will be keeping the beast.
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Reply By: Simon - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 16:14

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 16:14
So you answered your own question?
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 16:57

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 16:57
Hi Chris
Is the 80 parked or are both being pushed off a cliff?
Having owned a 2h with a hair dryer, i still had to put chaff bags over the headlights when a hill came up.
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 10:01

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 10:01
Seriously now Chris
i had thesame feelings when buying the 80. If you want a diesel 80, then look for a 95 or better. My 60 was a 88 model, and all the bugs were ironed out in them aswell (roof rust, transfer, 5 speed etc) The 95 plus is still a mechanical diesel with more power than my petrol, and no problems with bigend bearings.
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Reply By: Mark from Getaway Portable Refrigerator Hire - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 18:34

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 18:34
Chris, I have a HJ61 1986 with 485,000 km on the clock. It is a good vehicle with a host of accessories which would cost a bundle to transfer over to a new vehicle. The leaf springs are bit of a pain at times and it would be nice to have coils but that would be about it. Is it worth $40k or so to change over ---no. Regards Mark
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Reply By: Member - Donald L- Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 23:17

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 23:17
I had the same difficult choice 3 years ago and due to a limited budget I picked up a special 2.8TD GU ST Patrol (new) I have only done 50000K so far I don't like some troubles mentioned. At that time the 4.2 Diesel turbo was $10,000 dearer. I don't think the Bog standard diesel came out in the ST, it was only in the basic unit.
It broke my heart to part with the old HJ60 with non turbo engine.
I had just re-built the engine & ther gear-box & diff's were on the way out plus I had a crook back & the GU is a smooth ride.
If I had my time again, especially now that we have a retirement caravan, I would of shopped around at financial year-changeover period & pick up a superceeded naturally aspirated diesel (Toyota or NissanGU) and fit an after-market turbo to it
Hope this is of some help.
Get out there and use it.
Life is too short not to.
All the best...
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 23:28

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 23:28
Every time I fork out a $1000 or 2 on my old 2H girl, I just consider it cheap to keep it going.... much cheaper than cost of replacement. ...if you could!Royce
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