which to purchase, hilux or izuzu dmax

we are in the market for a new vehicle , what are peoples thoughts of the hilux or dmax. it has to tow our camper van but we do not do a lot of serious off roading.
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Reply By: Mark&Sue - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 08:22

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 08:22
i went through this exercise last year Hilux seems overpriced, D max I found a bit tinny too drive and shocking turning circle , price was right , Nissan seem to have too many engine , clutch and other problems on the internet forums, we settled for the Glxr Triton Mid priced great warranty not many issues listed on internet , we have had it for 7 months now and only main issue has been rear spring sag which most of these types do. We tow our windsor rapid van , no problems towing. Hope this helps Mark,
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 08:54

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 08:54
I agree , vote for the triton ...but would be much the same as dmax. tinny
I have single cab triton I find rear springs to stiff ..maybe we could swap !!!! LOL
re towing we also have 100 series L/C I would prefer towing with 3.2L triton for power & fuel consumption .
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:15

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:15
Agree Triton single cab and if the springs sag put air bags on it. Have mine for 6 months and it has been on some rough tracks and no problems with it.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 22:56

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 22:56
beware-look into the problems resulting from airbags on leaf spring utes used with heavy loads and/or towing+off road use.
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 09:11

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 09:11
Hi fisho64, If you only put 30 to 40 psi in air bag you will have no problems with bent chassis, you just help the springs a bit. But if you put 100psi you will have trouble in the end. Mine rides like a dream with or without a trailer.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:57

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 21:57
My single cap triton (1ton) has 2 helpers on each I think the twin cab as only one !!!
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Reply By: GT Campers - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:17

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 09:17
Three good choices but when you take a look under a Hilux, everything is a little bigger and stronger: In general the suspension arms are tougher, the spring shackles are thicker, the springs themselves are wider and, the dampers are larger to resist fade longer, the pins they mount to are a bigger diameter. Even the aircleaner is bigger. That's where the extra purchase price goes, the extra performance and durability comes from and why the resale is so strong (if that is a factor). Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: gbc - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 10:20

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 10:20
Dmax has a bigger chassis and more crossmembers - how much time were you under them? They've won awards all over the world as a commercial vehicle. (and they sell more than lux's as well - 37.5% of the world's market share of 1 tonners).
Hilux front struts are getting a good rep for failing on corrugations.
Thai built 'lux, thai built dmax.
I'd drive either, but for the money Dmax/colorado flogs the hilux.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:12

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:12
If you want unquestioned reliability and Toyota safe the Hilux is a great vehicle despite claims it is overpriced or a little out of date. It is the number one selling vehicle of it's kind for very good reasons. There are other choices that may have bells and whistles or may be cheaper but I'd still take the Hilux. This is not to say the Dmax, Triton , Navara, Mazda BT50 or Amarok are worth considering, it depends on what you want from a vehicle? In my opinion the 4WD magazines and auto magazines do not road test and report vehicles correctly, they never report on long term reliability or reliability issues, the 2nd most foremost issue after safety.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:25

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:25
The decision was easy for me.

I saved $12,000 on the cost of a new Holden Colorado due to employee discount:-))

After almost three years, I have no problems with the vehicle and it does everything I "ask" of it.
The diesel engine is fantastic returning approx. 8.5l/100km towing my camper.
It creeps up to 8.9l//100lm with long uses as a daily drive around the suburbs.

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Follow Up By: Member - Grant- Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 20:57

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 20:57
Yep, no what i'd prefer, but the photo probably gives it away......and the fact it pulled out a Colorado from a water hole. The Colorado sat in 60cm of water for 15 mins running. The motor needed to be replaced and it had done 20 000ks. My brother has driven Colorados, Hiluxes and now is in a Triton, (for his work.)
He'd choose a Hilux followed by the Mitsoo.
My dad had a Colorado ute, 2WD. Got rid of it, constant problems. Swears by Mitsoos, but he's never sat in a Tojo.

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Reply By: Larry P - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:11

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:11
Have had the Dmax for over a year and it is excellent, I have the diesel manual.
The Torsion bar front suspension alone is reason enough to bypass Hilux etc.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 00:49

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 00:49
As your comparing the Dmax with a Hilux I'll assume your referring to post 2005 Luxes.
They are not torsion bar-you may have bypassed it for no reason....
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 21:35

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 21:35
I think people that say Toyota's are tougher & better than others need to send some time working around vehicles ......

Vehicles ....They are different but all the same ... and I own a landcruiser as well .

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Reply By: adadu - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:37

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:37
Strange?...No one has mentioned the Ford Ranger?

There are 3 in this caravan park and the owners all swear BY them (probably at them when no one is around!)

Any thoughts on these?
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:05

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 22:05
That's right adadu " herd mentality "

as i said .. there all the same but there all different !!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - tdv - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:39

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:39
I did a "review" on the new Ranger a while back (maybe a month ago). Find it here Ranger Review
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