Which vehicle??

Submitted: Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 20:13
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I am concidering upgrading my 4wd.
I currently have a 2H 75 series troopy which has been an extremely reliable and "cheap" vehicle to own. With 330000km still on the original clutch gearbox etc I cant complain.

I am looking at spending up to 30k and that is going to hurt a bit but my greatest dilema it whether I should consider anything other than a Toyota.

I like the troopy due to its toughness and huge internal space but might be tempted with a little more comfort.

Diesel only. Live axle preferred4.2ltr.

80 series or 100 series? or possibly a Nissan patrol?

I use 4wd on a weekly basis and tow a camper trailer and boat etc teh vehicle will not be an urban "offroad" taxi.

From my initial research it appears that I can get a later model Nissan for the same money than if I were to get a toyota. Why?
Are Toyo's overpriced or are Nissans cheap. ??

Which one is more reliable?

I welcome all feedback and don't want to stir up a Nissan vs Toyo debate.
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Reply By: Evan - Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 20:31

Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 20:31
Nissan's are cheaper to start with is one reason.

I have owned a GU patrol (98 model 4.5l petrol) and thought it was great.
Although i do think toyota have better interior fit and finish generally.

I found the patrol better towing. (Rear axle being closer to the rear, no need for weight distribution hitch in my case with patrol but would need with cruiser.) And better departure angle because of this as well.

$30k will get you into a nice patrol, and also a 100 series cruiser but the patrol will be newer.

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Reply By: Member - Ross - Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 20:59

Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 20:59
Brett

Be bold .. take a quantum leap into the realms of competent 4WD's. Uncompromsing in ergonomics and creature comforts .. (read non-existent), but do not require after market add-ons e.g. big tyres, suspension lift, lockers ... minimal plastic, minimal panel rust, no carpet, hose out to clean ......

................... ;-DFidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: thomo - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:14

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:14
A quantum leap backwards.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:33

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:33
Aaaah

The wafflings of the great unwashed .... ;-DFidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: thomo - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:39

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 21:39
That didnt take long "bravo"
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 22:49

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 22:49
Don't worry cobber. I'm off fishing next week and decided to bone up on my skills.Fidei defensor

Rosco
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 23:09

Monday, Jan 05, 2004 at 23:09
Brett,
I'm might be biased, but I'd get a late model 80 series, factory turbo. Never get hot, economical and you can option them up to the eyeballs. A 4.2L Nissan is same, but I did say I was biased!
Hooroo...
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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 14:25

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 14:25
I think the reason the Nissan Patrol is cheaper is that the bodywork isnt up to the standard of a landcruiser.They seem to rust more and get broken floor welds when driven hard.
Now before I get accused of being a one eyed landcruiser man, I dont think the Patrol is a bad car,in fact I know they are very competant on/offroad .
Its just that there is a reason why they are cheaper and thats it.
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Reply By: Brett - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 22:43

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 22:43
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Reply By: Zita - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 23:56

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2004 at 23:56
Obviously you have done a few miles in your Troopy. Why would you even bother to consider anything else.
My wife and I have not long returned from the Gibb river and beyond and the only vehicles that we saw that didn't have the Big 'T' name tag on them were broken down or something more serious.
We have a 98 Troopy that is set up for travelling and we have been to a lot of places including the Simpson and a lot of the top end and I can say that if ever there was a vehicle that was made for the adventurer it has to be the Troop Carrier. Forget abouit all the modern electronic missfits and get another troopie
Doug
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Reply By: Brett - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 22:43

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 22:43
Thanks very much you guys. It is a difficult decision.....too much to choose from I guess.
I think I will go with what I am familiar with and that will probably be another troop carrier although if the right 80 series turbo diesel presents itself.........who knows?

Once again thank you all for your opinions

Brett
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Reply By: gordon g - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 01:39

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 01:39
Brett I agree with Zita as after owning a Troopy I cannot imagine why tou would cosider anything else.I am now on my fourth Troopy and have travelled most of Northern Aus. including Cape York with no problems.I have recentley gone right around from Perth ,Kimberlys, Northern Territory, Gulf Region, Daintrie(including the Crebb Trek) and back--20000kms with one flat tyre.There is no other conventional 4wd with the room for camping and the new suspension is a treat on the rough roads. My advice is stick with the Troopy and enjoy hassle free outback travel.Remember you get what you pay for!!
Happy Days
Gordon
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Follow Up By: Brett - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 18:46

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 18:46
Thanks Gordon,
I too am on my 2nd Troopy with the existing one being an 89 model with 330000km on the clock with very few repairs needed over that time.

Yes the space is fantastic.

Popular opinion appears to be keeping me on track.

Cheers

Brett
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