Thoughts from owners of new tritons.

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:52
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Hi all thinking about getting a new triton duel cab glx-s diesel auto just after some owners thoughts on the things any feedback would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Graham B (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:03

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:03
Hi Rick

Just purchased a 3.2 litre for one of my employees, have had it six months, not long enough for any major problems to surface.
He has used it to tow a 20 ft van,and it has plenty of grunt.

I have been driving it myself the last couple of week as he s off doing speed things in SA on some lake, I find it very good.

Its a auto with all the extras and top of the range, shall be buying more, find them very good. No experience off road.

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Follow Up By: Rick james - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:19

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:19
Thanks Graham for your reply i dont need it for off road ive got a 100 series for that im just after one for the missus to drive and to tow a enclosed bike trailer so far they sound good maybe i need to come work for you if your buying them for your workers.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:54

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:54
Had one for 2 1/2 years and 55,000 ks, great vehicle, tows my 2 tonne van with no problems at all. Replaced 3.00 Nissan and the performance is chalk and cheese, better performance and economy.

Love my "Truck"
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Reply By: landed eagle - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:02

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:02
Hi Rick, I've bought a GLX/R 3.2 T/D Manual.
Only has 1500 ks on it at the moment , but used it to tow my JAyco Eagle to a yard for sale last week.
Drove up a couple of long steep grades on the way there and it went like it had nothing on the back.

I looked at all the competitors vehicles but was swayed by the very comfortable back seats. Teenagers to cart around means keeping them happy too.If you're likely to have passengers check the seats out.
Mate of mine has the previous shape triton and now wants mine. He's had a great run with his.

The all wheel drive option is good, especially on rainy days.

Buy one mate, you wont go wrong.I'm stoked with mine.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 05:02

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 05:02

It depends on whether your priority is load carrying or people carrying. They have a much smaller tub than most of the others but better back seat room and comfort.



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Reply By: donks1 - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 07:17

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 07:17
G'day James

Have a look around here

Fairly light harted forum, but some good info as well

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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:22

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:22
My Triton is 11 months old. I replaced a Landrover Discovery with this vehicle. Only complaint I have is that the suspension is hard, though I was probably spoiled with the Disco.

I tow a 20 ft. Jayco van & all of the other junk we use, and it does this with relative ease. To date no problems though I've only done 15000 km.

I had to replace the rear lid, and other bells and whistles that came with the vehicle as they were not suitable to my needs. Put on an ARB bull bar, and canopy. I found that the depth of the rear section was not enough to stand a jerry-can upright and close the lid. Similarly, a lot of other camping & off-road stuff wouldn't fit.

What I do like is the rear cab window being capable of going up & down. The vehicle's computer & visual display is not the best, I think they could have done better here with a clearer easier to read screen.

Otherwise Rick, value for money, it's a good vehicle. I'm happy with the fuel economy, and as I tow I went for the manual. I don't know how their auto goes towing.

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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:42

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:42
I don't mean to hijack someone else's post but what is your thinking behind "as I tow I went for the manual". I also tow and find the auto fabulous for that purpose. I never tow in overdrive and have had no problems. Have had occasion to go into low range while towing and once again never a problem.

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Reply By: snow - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:26

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:26
Hi Rick,

I bought a new manual TD Triton in Nov '07. I would have preferred the auto but regardless was quite happy with performance, power to weight ratio, towing capability (for what I needed), fuel economy and rear seat room.

My previous ride was an '03 TD Navara which I liked immensely with the exception of th ewoeful rear seat space (or lack of it).

The Triton is not my daily drive any more but it has 50 thousand trouble free km on it and it spends 80% of it's life on dirt/bush tracks.

Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 15:03

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 15:03
G'day Rick

Not to sure about the current model but these photo's are of our friends Triton getting towed by our old trusty Pathy. The Triton dropped a tailshaft on the way out of Boggy hole NT. Uni joints just spat it with the load he was carrying. We got them to the bitumen just out of Hermansburg before it got piggy backed to Alice.
They have had the same problem another 2 times under warranty. IMO they just cant carry a load on standard leafs.
In all fairness, since then he has beefed up the rear springs and hasn't had a prob. Other than that I think they are pretty decent.
He will probably kill me If he see's his ute on here like this...hehehe
Sorry mate, couldn't resist!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 15:07

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 15:07
Sorry, forgot to mention It is an 05 model

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Follow Up By: paulnsw - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 12:20

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 12:20
previous model Triton is nothing like current 3.2 model. Check out the size of diff and drive train on current model. You are not going to break that.
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Follow Up By: tdv - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 16:01

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 16:01
Just food for thought, if it happens again you just remove the tailshaft, put it in 4wd and you have a front wheel drive vehicle that will get you out of trouble....

No towing or flatbed.

It's not perfect but it works.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:49

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:49
Gday Tez,

the only problem with that is you loose all of your gearbox oil out the back where the imput shaft was. We towed them out of Boggy hole and into Hermansburg where I started to split the centre bearing this way you can leave the input shaft in the rear of the gearbox and not spew out the oil but then we gathered quite a large group of our Indigenous friends displaying what they do with there money on pay day, even the guy in the servo didnt want us there hence the reason to tow them out of that S - hole of a place.
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Reply By: paulnsw - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 12:19

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 12:19
we have the 3.2 Tritons at work and cop a bit of a flogging off road. To date nothing has broken or gone wrong. The first one was when the 3.2 was released and now has 90k. Fuel eco is great and have heaps of grunt towing. Work wont buy anything else but Tritons now. So far have 11 in fleet and more on the way. Some are single cab and some dual cab. Tritons have been heaps more reliable than Hilux or Navara. Tritons are that good going to buy one for myself in July.
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Reply By: kend88 - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 16:29

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 16:29
Good to hear the positive responses.
I have a Mits Challenger and it has been really good.
I intend to upgrade to a diesel Triton in due course so happy to hear the good reports.

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Reply By: Rick james - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 19:43

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 19:43
Well i took one for a drive yesterday and i wont be buying one it had the worst steering of any vehicle ive driven plus it was way to stiff in the suspension for the missus to drive all the time, the problem is she drives a statesman at the moment and its a bit hard going to something like that so it looks like it will be a caprice instead.
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