HIACE 4wd

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 at 22:06
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I'm after a four wheel drive van and my limitation is that I want 3m of load space in the back to take my canoe so I think the Delica is too small. I understand that the HIACE 4wd is only a 4 speed automatic. Has anyone seen a manual with low range? How robust is the 4wd capability of the? Any owners out there who can tell me? I want to be able to get in and out of steep dirt roads such as the Kowmung River in NSW.

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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 07:37

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 07:37
I would think that all the 4wd vans are grey imports and most if not all would be autos. Unless you go for an older aussie sold mitsi express, they came in manual and had low range.
What about a troopie?

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 15:30

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Or maybe even a 4wd Coaster ;) hehehehe


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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 15:53

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The coaster will still kick darkie's ar5e and I won't get wet sleeping in the back..lol
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Reply By: Fab72 - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 09:41

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 09:41
I would have thought a LWB Delica would have been long enough. Maybe not I suppose.
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Follow Up By: Keith Binns - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 16:51

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 16:51
I think I saw one the other day and it's shorter than my swb hiace which is only just long enough. It's real pain. If the Delica was a metre longer it would be awsome.


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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 15:00

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 15:00
Gday Keith
There is a car yard in White st Mordialloc that sells 4x4 High Ace vans. Might help to try him.
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Follow Up By: Keith Binns - Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 16:50

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 16:50
Wouldn't have a name would you Murray? I can't find them in the Yellow Pages. (Assuming you mean the Mordialloc in Melbourne)

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 06:11

Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 06:11
Gday Keith
Yes Melbourne.
I am going down there today and will send the phone number and address.
My factory is just down the street. Call in for a cuppa. F9\95 White st Mordialloc.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 13:25

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Follow Up By: Keith Binns - Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 13:27

Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 13:27
Thanks Murray. I'm in Goulburn NSW so it's a bit far for a quick cuppa. I'll give them a ring.

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Reply By: Trevtassie - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 17:54

Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 17:54
The Hiace 4wd is available in manual and auto, I've driven both...the manual has heaps better performance than the auto, but is much harder to find in good nick, as they were almost all used as commercial vehicles in Japan.
Pre 1996 they came with free wheeling hubs and Hi/Lo range, but only in a 3L 2.8 there are a few 2.8 turbos getting around in the early part time models, but they have a soggy coil sprung rear end that craps itself on rough roads.
Post 1995 they had the 3L for a while then a 5L with a constant 4wd system and no low range. It was the same deal with the turbo on those too.

The running gear is a mix of Hiace and Hilux IFS, front CVs/ brakes are Hilux, rear axle is Hiace. They are as tough as old boots, with a set of Mud Duelers on them you'd be amazed at where they'll go if ground clearance isn't an issue. I used them up in PNG to go to the Goldie River (past the southern end of the Kokoda Track) I'd often go past Landcruisers struggling to get up steep muddy hills. I think the engine and transfer box being so far back made for a good weight balance...at least until it got high centered on the front axle. They'd do it with 5 drums of diesel and some guys in the back too! That was with the pre '95 models with part time 4wd. The full time ones aren't too bad either, I think they have a viscous center coupling because you can get across a ditch even if one of the back wheels is off the ground, so power is still going to the front diff. They are great on the gravel however. They do use more fuel and are slower than the part time jobbies.

So all in all they are a good thing. If you could find a pre '95 manual you'd be a lucky man. I'm looking to buy one at the moment to replace my LH66V which was the early model 2.4L 4x4.
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