navara or hilux

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 16:22
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looking to upgrade to d40 navara or d4d hilux, auto turbo diesel. what are both the pros and cons of both these vehicles. which would you choose and why? cheers
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 16:40

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 16:40

Stick with the Nissan is my initial reaction as it has a better tow capacity than the Hi-Lux.

But have you considered the Triton or the Isuzu ?
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Follow Up By: molzy - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:16

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:16
i dont mind the triton but want to put an 1800 tray on, a bit long for the triton unfortunately.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 13:53

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 13:53
IMO The Nissan towing capacity whilst legal is misleading. I would not want to tow 3 tonnes with either vehicle. The Hilux offers more room and is a better overall vehicle however dearer. The Navara is good value for money. Test drive both vehicles and make up your own mind, I have 2 friends that have the Navara and when they jump in my Lux and drive it they love it, and feel it is a better drive. Having said all that this is a matter of opinion however Hilux sales figures are so strong, almost outselling Commodores, that speaks for itself.

Off course you can buy the Isuzu and Triton however one needs to take into consideration overall reliability and build quality. Toyota lead the field here IMO followed by the Navara, Triton offers the best warranty to gain sales, Isuzu is a little unknown but has good reports during vehicle testing.
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 20:16

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010 at 20:16
Go the Triton in my view... shorten the 1800 tray if your going to tow and carry heavy loads in the tray as bent chassis could be the result. as for TerraFirma posted: "Isuzu is a little unknown." not true, guess who made the Rodeo.
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Follow Up By: TerraFirma - Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 01:43

Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 01:43
What about the Navara? Yes we all know who makes the Rodeo but there is still no track record?
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Reply By: ajd - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 16:50

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 16:50
I think the most important aspect of buying either of these cars is that neither come in British racing green.

This is just one of many problems associated with buying any of the Japanese utes.

The Defender 110 and 130 both come in ute varieties and are available in British racing green.

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Follow Up By: molzy - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:17

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 17:17
defender, mmm, i like my elbow inside the vehicle in winter, with the window up!
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Reply By: fitzie - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 18:34

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 18:34
I recently bought a d40 navara turbo diesel manual, because it better suited my needs. I use it to tow a camper trailer and goes well.
I had a 2006 hilux as a work vehicle for two years and is required to tow various equipment and i was not impressed with its capabilities. but other than that not much different between both vehicles. just pretty much comes down to which vehicle you like
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Reply By: Member - Thomo - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 19:23

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 19:23
I own a Navara STx and the timing belt let go at 111,000 Km. No parts in Australia had to come from overseas. They are as rough as guts, jump all over the road.

Also know of others that have had engine issues and diff issues.

For me, never again will I have a Nissan, about to buy a Toyota.


PS Ran into a couple of poor Bast...ds 2 years ago on the Anne Beadel Highway aprox. 300km west of Coober Pedy with the diff hanging out of their Navara STX. Had been there for 2 weeks parts in Australia and new diff had to come from, I think it was Spain.

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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 09:39

Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 09:39
Hi molzy,

We have a auto diesel D40 Navara, just done 90,000kms and is a little over three years old. We bought it with 40,000kms on the clock almost two years ago.
We purchased the extra 3 yrs Nissan warranty to cover us up to 150,000kms just before the initial 3 yr warranty expired, as last year in WA we had a problem with the tiiming chain/belt?? and were held up for three weeks while parts were sourced from Spain.
(This was all paid for by Nissan under warranty, as was hire car to replace it while off the road but it was very inconvenient at the time.)

It tows our 2 1/2 tonne van without any problems and we also carry a tinnie and all the other gear - motor, fuel etc plus generator and fuel and extra diesel.
Just returned from a 10,000 km trip to Qld, towing for most of those, without any problems.

There is loads of space and it is comfortable to travel in, easy for me to drive.

Our only problem is the small fuel tank (80 litres), and it is pretty thirsty when towing too as you would expect I guess.

Cant comment on any other dual cabs.

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Reply By: Mark S (cns) - Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 16:08

Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 16:08
At the moment, neither in my opinion:
Ford Ranger top spec XLT d/cab is currently $37990 driveaway for the manual ($2k more for the auto), incl towbar, trayliner & 4 airbags etc. It is no less capable than the toyota or Nissan, and at that price ($16k less the hilux, $10k leass than Nav) the resale arguement is dead in the water.....
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Reply By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 08:56

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 08:56
My personal opinion? neither. Just got back from a month desert trip along the Kidson/Gary Jct Rd/Sandy Blight Jct road and the tough little DMAX didnt skip a beat. 11,000 k's, some of the worst corrugations i have ever witnessed and absolutely nothing went wrong or broke. We were loaded up with rooftop tent, 120lt of water, 175lt fuel, food for a month plus all the recovery gear, camping gear etc you would expect and we still averaged 8Km to the litre on the desert tracks, simply amazing in my view, i cannot rave enough about this little car with a huge heart. As for 4wd capability, people we met along the way were getting themselves stuck and in all sorts of trouble on some of the same roads we went on yet at no point did she look like having a problem. Very tough, very capable, very comfortable. I will be keeping her a long time.
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