80 series cruiser

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 14:05
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Hello, l am looking at buying a standard 80 series cruiser but l do not know a lot about them, l don't really want to spend more than $23000 and l have looked at several and the prices do not vary much between all of them. Is this because the earlier ones are better or the same as the new ones? As an example one car yard had a 92 with a bull bar and full service history and done 130000 k's for $19999, another had a 95 with b/bar, mags and 190000 k,s for $23 000 and another had a 97 with 220000 k's for $23 000. If any one could give me some advise on what to look for and what to watch out for, or even point me in the right direction of a bargain, l would appreciate it very much.
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Reply By: Eric ( Melb.) - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 15:18

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 15:18
if you want a standard , then for the 93 to 95 you dont want to pay more than 18 k for around 190 kms for 23 k I would expect that you get a GXL with 97 40 th aniversary with 180 kms approx , or a standard with 100 to 150 kms . for 25 k you are now starting to look at 100 series

what state are you in ??

if in Melbourne , send a email to wholesalecars@optusnet.com.au
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Follow Up By: stuart - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 16:45

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 16:45
Eric, l am from Castlemaine, Victoria. I was after the standard one because they are a 6 seater and we have 2 kids with twins arriving very shortly, which means the GXL and all of the others with the seats in the back will be no good because we will have no room for prams and all the gear you carry when you have a baby(or 3,we also have a 16 month old). But l will give the wholesale cars an e-mail and see what they have to say for themselves.
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 18:25

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 18:25
100 Series for $25k? I will have 6 please.Cairns Offroad Training & Tours
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Follow Up By: Eric ( Melb.) - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:40

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:40
ok so where do you want them delivered ???
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Follow Up By: Eric ( Melb.) - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:43

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:43
Are you in Cairns ? if yes , I could see why you think its not possible ,

if you like I have a GXL in silver 100 series for 28 K or would you prefure a standard . Dipending on Kms , prices start from 23 k , I have had some logging vehicle ( very ruff ) for alot less
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 23:10

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 23:10
Ok, what sort of price are we looking at for a GXL 100 series turbo diesel in good nick ?
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Follow Up By: Eric ( Melb.) - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 07:34

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 07:34
I havent seen many turbo diesel's come through at all . The last one I saw was 2 weeks ago , it was a 2001 or 2002 , ( sorry to many cars ago to remeber exactly ) turgo diesel auto ARB bar 45,000kms , we sold it to a dealer for 56 k approx .
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:43

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:43
Exactly my point, petrol 80 series are a dime a dozen and are cheaper !

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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 17:43

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 17:43
Depends if you want petrol or diesel,

The petrol 80 series are easer to come by and is cheaper than the diesel.

Basicly stay away from the early petrol engines (4.0L) as they are too thirsty, the 4.5L engines are beter.
As for diesel i would try and find a turbo model as the standard diesel are slow.

Because every one wants a turbo diesel they are hard to find as people wont let go of them, this means higer prices and compertition to get it.
I found that the prices stated in redbook.com were lower than what people were willing to let there 80 series go for.

You will only find a petrol 80 series for the prices Eric stated, even so i think he's off the mark abit !

Kev.
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Follow Up By: stuart - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:28

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:28
defiately want a diesel
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Follow Up By: Eric ( Melb.) - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:52

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 19:52
I havent seen a turbo diesel standard , i think you guys need to take in acount that I am a wholesaler , this means I supply the dealers you love to hate . I am more on the mark than you think . If you want the true value to a car , ring a dealer and tell him you have a car to sell , give him the details of the car you want to buy . ( insiders tip )
happy hunting
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 21:10

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 21:10
Eric : brilliant ! ..thanks for that one .... i'm sure the readers will use this tactic !
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Reply By: Member- Rox - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 00:03

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 00:03
stuart, Ive got a std deisel, did you know that you can have the seats recovered at a motor apolstrialer(speeling?) for around $700 Happy searching!!Have 4WD will Explore
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Reply By: mrdesmo - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 08:20

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 08:20
Hi stuart,
I’ve just been through the process of buying an 80 series in Sydney, it took me a good 6 weeks and many km’s to find a good one. I ended up with an 11/92 turbo diesel, 5 speed, 200,000km on the clock, bog stock except cruise control, turbo timer and bullbar. Had an NRMA inspection and he said it was one of the best he’d seen. Full log books, was a country car with I believe only country K’s on it. Found it through carsales.com.au in a yard for $27000 (talked him down from $30k). Got plenty of advise from this site ie what to look out for, the differences between turbo/non turbo, also took a printout from redbook.com.au on what the dealer would have paid for it (around $22-23k my guess) which ended up being my trump card when he whinged about how much I was offering him for it! If you do a search under mrdesmo you will find the same questions you will probably want answered…
Saw countless petrol auto’s in immaculate condition with low km’s with all the winks and wanks, very tempting but I wanted a diesel. I agree totally with Eric about people not wanting to part with turbo diesels, and when they do they may have had a hard life so to be avoided.
After test driving a standard diesel, the turbo is definitely the way to go.
Also, if you buy a GXL you can just unbolt the rear seats and have just as much room as the STD, but with all the trimmings of the GXL. The other advantage/disadvantage to take into consideration is barn doors (STD) vs tailgate (GXL).
I originally budgeted the same amount as you, but was getting very disappointed with what was available for that much so had to strrrretch it a little higher, don’t forget everything is negotiable!!! Be patient and the right one will come along, guaranteed, and make sure you get an NRMA (or whatever the Vic equivalent is) done on it. It’s a lot of money to throw away on a lemon. Its also another good haggling point.

Happy hunting…..
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Follow Up By: Jim - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 09:14

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 09:14
But he wants six seats without the back ones. DOesn't that only leave 5 in the GXL?
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Follow Up By: mrdesmo - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 09:31

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 09:31
Hmmm...duuuhh...silly me, just got home from nightshift...can't count..ignore my above ramblings then!! Could do what we do, and buy a trailer for trips away!!
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:52

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:52
Hey mrdesmo,

I spent the best part of 6 months finding my Cruiser and found one verry similar to yours (with a few mods & extras) and payed the same price.

Quite hard to find a good one, especialy in the north so i ended up finding one in Brisbane.

You should see the ridiculous prices they put on them up here in the car yards.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 22:59

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 22:59
Gday Stuart
I would consider buying a GXL. I know you are thinking of upcoming events, but the 1.5 passenger seat can be fit in a GXL fairly easily,see them for sale ditched for a bucket all the time in the tradingpost.
When the twins are old enough to be out of prams, the back seats mean a space between all 4 :-)
When they start going to school, some friends can come over with them in the car, and standards dont have the seatbelts/rear sliding windows or seat mounts to put the 3rd row seats in later.
Best t/d to buy is a 95 plus, best petrol is 93 plus, best std is a 90 plus
Pre 95 std cruisers had problematic shift changing with the gearbox, there is a DX version earlier than 95 with cloth seats and subtank on the roof/tacho dash aswell.
Check out pickles.com.au, and you might pick up a std 100 for that price:-)
Andrew wheredayathinkwer mike?
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