Ranger, D-Max or Colorado

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 06, 2011 at 23:37
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A Mate is due to trade in his 4x4 V6 Rodeo & has made a short list of either in no order the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max or the Holden Colorado.
He has asked me to post this hoping to get any good or bad feed back about any of the above 4x4's.
The end choice will be a diesel duel cab with style side.

Thanks in advance for any help with this one.

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Reply By: westozal - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 08:30

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 08:30
I have a 2009 SX Dmax Dual cab. Had it from new and so far no problems. Great fuel economy and tows my caravan well.....good gear ratios for towing (man). Approx 9 ltr per 100km. Last tank 40 lts for 478 km travelled.
I brought the Dmax ahead of the Colorado simply because the holden is due to be phased out at some stage. The main difference are looks to a degree and the Isuzu has a different head and turbo despite power outputs being the same.
I,m sure the Ford Ranger /Mazda bT 50 are good cars as well....heard/read gearboxes are not as robust but no first hand information.
Either way value for money on any of the above hard to go past them compared to cruisers/patrols etc in my opinion.
If your hard core 4x4er then maybe a live axle car would be better.
Regards AL
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Follow Up By: Member - Tanka (NSW) - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 16:02

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 16:02
How are the head and turbo different? All vehicles are phased out eventually.

Cheers Tanka.
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Follow Up By: westozal - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 21:57

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 21:57
We are all due to be phased out eventully depending on our use by dates I guess...
I was told the Isuzu has a twincam head and a different turbo to the Holden, this was by my Isuzu service manager so I guess he would know.
He also said others would try and say there was no difference ....only going on what was relyed to me.
Regards AL
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 10:38

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 10:38

I have had a Ranger for two years and nothing has broken or fallen off. It is used as a daily driver and for weekend/weeklong camping and seems well suited to the task. There have been reports on here of gearbox and clutch problems but I sometimes wonder if these are a) any more than any other vehicles and b) related to use. My fuel economy averages in the mid 8s per 100k.

Main thing about the Ranger/BT50 is that is an older design than the other utes and lacks a bit of their size and a few bells and whistles inside. A new bigger Ranger is due in the second half of the year with a larger engine. That may be worth waiting for or it may be worth taking advantage of the deals being offered on the old one. Less than $40k drive away for a dual cab (advertised here in WA) is pretty good value for money I reckon.


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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 18:00

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 18:00
Isuzu D-Max or the Holden Colorado - Well made truck & with a few mods a very capable 4 x 4.

No real issues to date with my 07 Rodeo (3ltr common rail) and have put 100k of tough driving on the clock.

Cheers Tony
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 18:23

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 18:23
Hi David, as you know I am looking at the D-Max and the Ford Ranger. The new Ranger is due out around June, so the current model is very well priced at the moment.
Also I have had this feeling that a new D-Max is on the way to...in the latest 4X4 Trader they are saying there is a new one coming this year, probably why they have dropped the prices on them as well...manual LSU (top of the range) $38990, I think they were around $42000 about six months ago.
Naturally I would buy the D-Max, but I wish they would bring out a Space Cab with suicide doors like the Ranger.
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