Buying a HxJ78R Troop Carrier

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 00:01
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Hi all,
I am looking to buy a HDJ78R or HZJ78R wagon that I can deck out and use to travel Aust over the next 20 years. I need some help as I'm pretty new to 4WD's and I want to get something that I can rely on. If you can shed some light on these questions I'll be very grateful....
1. To my belief, the only (major) difference between the HD and the HZ is that the HD has a Turbo Diesel and the HZ has a non-turbo diesel, is that correct?
2. I found several 2004 78R's with less than 50k kms for prices ranging between $26k and well over $40k. For such low mileage I would expect to pay closer to the $40k mark, so what's wrong with the cars that cost below $30k? There are a few of them out there and I wouldn't think they would be in too bad nick with such low mileage. Can anyone shed some light on this or tell me what price I should be looking at for a well maintained Troop Carrier with less than 100k kms on the clock?
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 07:35

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 07:35
Purely on the reliability side, hdj because they have a heavy duty gearbox behind them, economy wise, hdj as they get better economy, power wise, hdj as they have double...resale, hdj as they are sought after, purchase price wise....hzj :)
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Follow Up By: Roscoey - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:23

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:23
Hi Andrew, now everything makes sense. Looks like I will need to break that piggy bank and go for the hdj.... Cheers mate.
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Reply By: wild dog - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:03

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:03
Jeez that's an early post, 1 minute after midnight!!

Thinking of the same vehicle myself now, originally went on this site to ask about GQ Patrols and have read enough about their overheating problems to put me off them.

Looked at a Troopie the other day ( admittedly with a lot more than 50kms on it) checked out ok untill I gave the front drive shaft a try. Seemed to have way too much backlash.
Are you looking in Qld or another state?? Some of them here have done a bit of beach work.

Most of the Troopies I've investigated seem to be well over the 100kms, best of luck and hope you find the right one.
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Follow Up By: Horacehighroller - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:26

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:26
Backlash in the front is not necessarily the diff.

More than likely with the toyota's it is slack between the cap on the hub and the drive stubb axle.

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Follow Up By: Horacehighroller - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:28

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:28
I forgot to mention - it can also be the swivel joints

Peter ...... again
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Follow Up By: lizard - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:32

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:32
GQ Patrol overheating problems ?
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Follow Up By: Roscoey - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:41

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:41
I'm in Adelaide and there isn't much around at the moment, found a HZJ with 43k kms for $29k, but now that I'm looking at the HDJs I'm suddenly in a new price range. I looked at the Patrol as well but research led me to the Landcruiser. ( Also looked at the Wrangler Unlimited for a toy, but you can't even put roof racks on it so nay). All the best to you too mate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 15:01

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 15:01
The SA Goct auctions is a reasonable place to get a HDJ78. Need to have a close look though - particularly the service records - most have best part of 100,000k and have been used by police or commujnities to the north.

Prices over the past 8 weeks are listed HERE. Auctions are on Wednesdays.
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Reply By: troopy 2005 - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 20:23

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 20:23
We bought our hd turbo diesel new in 2005 .as I like you i want to keep it a long time.We knew someone and got it for $59600.
It has plenty of power and has commodores move over on steep hills,its done 70000 km in all conditions, from snow to +50 at rabbit flat ,and it has been faultless.Its been throught water 100mm up the windscreen not a problem.Coils on the front,black polyairs on the back and wider tyres ,and some extra foam under the seat covers gives a very comfortable ride in any condition.
Have a look at a new one as some second hand troopies have had a hard life ,cost divided by 20years is pretty cheap for such a capable wont be disapointed.
And yes I am bias
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