4X4 Canter versus Isuzu comparison reviews

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 13:13
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I've been a grey nomad on the road for twenty years in Landcruisers, now overloaded and thinking of upgrading to a MWB Fuso 4X4, or smallest 4X4 Isuzu. Are there any independent reviews and or comparisons of these options.

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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 16:02

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 16:02
Don't know if there are reviews but from experience the Isuzu is the better truck, you can bend the front diff in the canter.
This is why I used isuzu diffs in my coaster instead of the canter ones.
Also quite a few tour busses built on the canter platform have had repeated chassis cracking.
Of course the Isuzu is dearer so it will depend on your budget.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 18:12

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 18:12
Gday Dave, Do you know the weight of your coaster?? and fuel consumption?? Michael
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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 18:29

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 18:29
It is true that the Isuzu is a stronger truck. However, it now has a catalystic converter, as large as an automatic car gear box, being part of the exhaust system. This is connected to the engine management system and cannot be legally removed. The Isuzu has central locking and driver/passenger air bags - possibly a problem with remote travel. An electric servo selects low range which can give problems with dust and water.
The Fuso's technology is 40 years old eg vacuum hydraulic drum brakes, mechanical selector for low range. Very soon the catalystic converter will be mandatory on this truck too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:04

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:04
At a guess it would only be 100kg heavier as the front diff is only about 50kg heavier than the old IFS and multiple steering linkage setup. The transfer is around the 40-50kg mark.
Fuel consumption would still be around the 14-16l/100km like it used to be but it is geared slightly lower to suit off roading but with larger super singles on it you could easily gear it back up (diffs now 6.1 the old toyota diff was 5.7)

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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:08

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 20:08
Charles,
you are correct with the current model trucks there is a bit of a gap in technology. Most modern 4bys have all the same tech as the truck so I doubt if it would be a problem as many mines use the isuzu in as harsh conditions as you can get.
The reviews of the 2010 canter still commented on the noisy transfer case, not real good in this day and age.

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Reply By: 3GoBush - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 23:48

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 23:48
If you want a fair dinkum 4x4 truck, go the OKA, OZ made Oz tough.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 15:55

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 15:55
Yeah but just watch out for the lebs in Sydney selling old writoffs with the speedo's wound back by about 700,000km.
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Reply By: balko - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 20:59

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 20:59
My 04 Canter been to hell and back never had a problem. Heard all the rumours about rear cracking chasiss but never front diff had them for 15 years now and love all that 3.5 t payload Cheers Tony
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