What tug would you buy for $28K ?

Submitted: Friday, May 21, 2010 at 14:46
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Have got $28K to spend (new or used) and was seeking advice & assistance in purchasing a vehicle to tow a single axle, 17' pop top ATM 1550.

Would prefer but not necessary:

4WD
Diesel

Necessary:

To travel around OZ
Need to keep for at least 10 years
Low kms (up to 80,000)
2006 or later model
Very reliable
Parts easily available



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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 15:09

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 15:09
I would go a Diesel Troopy :-), but as for being newer than 2006 and under 80k you are dreaming for the price you want to pay.
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Follow Up By: JAZZY - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:22

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:22
Just need advice on purchasing a vehicle within those specs, not something that is out of my price range (or dreaming as u would say) thanks.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 15:32

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 15:32
NP Pajero.
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Follow Up By: petengail - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:39

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:39
we recently purchased a 06 holden rodeo 4wd diesel auto with 60,000ks on the clock for $21.500. having a limited budget i got up early every morning and logged on to carpoint and a few other sites and when the vehicle i wanted came up i jumped on it. personally i wouldnt buy a vehicle any other way than on line searching. eliminates car yards and used car salesmen and you can really modify your search using the advanced search option. good luck and cheers
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Reply By: skulldug - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:35

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:35
Jeep Grand Cherokee. They are brilliant tow vehicles but expensive to repair, and difficult to work yourself. I guess this is why they don't hold their re-sale value.

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Reply By: Steve - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:56

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:56
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Follow Up By: Steve - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:58

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 16:58
a slightly older version of that
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 18:50

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 18:50
Hi Jazzy, the one I like is the Rodeo, but that model is probably not best of the breed (explain that some where down the track)
More info like wagon/ute etc....I am going thru the same dilemma, a little up the price range though....up to $40K....so I would think better to up the vehicles Ks a bit and look to the twin cab brigade ....so just did a search on carpoint.com and a Hilux diesel 2003 twin cab tray back $27,900 with 149 Ks and am not into Toyota's but there is a lot here who are so thought that was the best one.
I will probably buy a Isuzu D-Max but would love to be game to buy a used Jeep Grand Cherokee, great motor and power. Hope you find what you want.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 19:55

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 19:55
I was looking at 2000 model patrol prices the other night, 4.2 turbo diesel ST, around 180,000ks on the clock, around $28,000.. New they were worth $54,900.. Now thats a vehicle that holds its value 10 years on.. And tough as nails.. Michael
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Reply By:- Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:17

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:17
3.0L GUIV Patrol: will fit all of your criteria

Once they have been modded in they are very reliable, econmical and will tow yout van with ease.

Ignore the naysayers (who in 9 out of 10 cases have never driven one and repeat the dribble the other naysayers said) and head over to patrol4x4.com and talk to owners.

Atleast with a patrol you wont have to worry about an asthmatic 1HZ, the notorious toyota front diff or the piddly little prado gear box.

PS: I dont own a 3.0l GU but I dont have my head in the sand.
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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 23:01

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 23:01
""piddly little prado gear box"" Never seen one with problems yet, this is coming from someone that runs an auto transmission shop, as good a box as an 80 series cruiser, check out the specs !! And yes I own one, and had one previously as well. Regards Steve

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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 04:33

Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 04:33
Umm... I think he is referring to the manual gearbox, the 100 series non turbo diesel (1HZ) has the R151 gearbox (same as manual Prado) while the turbo diesel 100 series had the H151, a much stronger gearbox (same as ALL manual diesels in the 80 series had). It especially becomes a weakpoint when an aftermarket turbo is added to the 100 series 1HZ engine - the cynics reckon Toyota did this on purpose to discourage aftermarket turbo fitments to the 1HZ...

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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 20:22

Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 20:22
Hi Captain, fair enough not up to spec with the manual boxs. Regards Steve
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Reply By: Matt M - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:23

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:23
JK Jeep Wrangler..dont beleive the hype...totall capable out of the box and every aftermarket acessory you could Imagaine!

One of the last true 4WDs, solid axle front and rear!

Goodluck with whatever you choose!

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:46

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:46
X2.. They are the most capable thing stock standard!!....And i'm a landy owner...Lol.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: freedomseka - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:29

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:29
Patrol definately.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 21:59

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 21:59
In the bush, if it is not a Toyota, it is being driven by a tourist.

Cheers,
Peter,
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Follow Up By: Tonyfish#58 - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:57

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:57
Give us a break tourist :-)
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 14:49

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 14:49
I reckon you could get a decent Diesel Hyundai Jerrycan for that kind of money , a lot earlier Pajero bits fit apparently.

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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 22:00

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 22:00
jazzy Just bought my son a New navara str desiel duel cab for $31.500 drive away & it was a 2010 model & a singal cab in a 09 should be cheaper great price for new 4x4. Theres some great deals about for old stock
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 13:45

Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 13:45
Last week I bought a 4800 Ti petrol 2002 GU Patrol, for $ 29 K incl GST & stamp duty.

It has heaps of grunt, in excellent nick, alloy bull bar, window tinting, towbar, tyres half worn, 114,000 km.

I tour extensively in the arid lands and am not concerned about being non- diesel in terms of range. I am fitting a 2nd hand 140 L Lone Ranger fuel tank which solves the range issue well enough. I am alert & prepared re the risk of fires in petrol vehicles in the deserts.

I am expecting that this vehicle will be cheaper to run than a diesel, and it is close to half the capital cost of an equivalent standard diesel.That buys a heap of extra fuel !!!

I will be towing with it, but don't need to drive over 100 kph and so expect that fuel economy will be in the order of 20 to 22 L/100 km.
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Reply By: OREJAP - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:42

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:42
NP I/C T/D auto. 3.2 Diesel great car to drive around town & general touring & will go anywhere (Some places like sand & mud easier) than Patrols & cruisers. My wife loves driving it & as we all know "If the wife is happy. I am happy" My friend has a GU Patrol & calls my Pajero "A Lady's car" He doesn't say that when he gets Pootrol bogged & asks my wife to help out with her "Lady's Car"
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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:58

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 16:58
I Recon you could nearly get a 2007 Rodeo for that.

It will do what you are after and has the new Common Rail 120Kw Motor
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