Troopy or Wagon

Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 20:50
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Hi all
Well I have been given the approval to get a new (brand new) car!! Great news yes but I need some advice/thoughts. I like the 70 series landcruiser but should I go the gxl wagon or gxl troopy?
Stef
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Reply By: Harry - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 21:10

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 21:10
G'day Stef,
It depends on your needs. The Troopy has heaps of head room and loading space. I'm on my 4th Troopy so you could say I'm slightly biased.
There's air bag safety now, but the Troopy or wagon are tall enough and big enough to tough most problems out. You can outfit the rear of the Troopy with more options because it is longer.
I have storage both sides and clear passage in the centre all the way to the front. This area can also be loaded if need be. I can carry extra jerry cans or my generator there as well. I don't like crawling around false floors. One side has a single bed on top of the cupboards, but the dogs use this for travelling now.
Quite a sizeable console can be made for radios and overhead lighting from the windscreen back.
Roof shelving is handy around the roof sides for the fiddly nicknacks such as clothing, towels, ropes etc......
I have a water tank underneath behind the rear 90L tank.
Send your email and I can tell you more with pics.
Harry
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Reply By: Rod W - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 21:37

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 21:37
Go the Troopy. But I wouldn't go for anything after 2008, as this was the last model that has the decent dash in which you can place/fix things to it.
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 22:23

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 22:23
Ounce you own a Troopy you won't own anything else.
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Follow Up By: Twintrail(W.A.) - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 23:36

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 23:36
only because you did not pay for it in cash .not jealous just a2007 troopie owner
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Reply By: GT Campers - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 22:33

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 22:33
Troopy. The wagon is the size of a Camira
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 19:34

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 19:34
Tis not :-(
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 08:27

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 08:27
yeah - maybe you're right. The Camira has more load space...!
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:08

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:08
Good one
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Reply By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 22:36

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 22:36
Troopy............come over to the dark side......with us.
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Reply By: Michael A (VIC) - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 23:19

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 23:19
Troopy also has a larger payload..... Easy decision.... But I have a Troopy
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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 06:05

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 06:05
Troopy all the way, so much room.
Cheers,
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Reply By: Bigfish - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 07:07

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 07:07
Troopy. Best vehicle Toyota made. Mine is a 1997 model, turbo, low klms and as simple as. No ridiculous electronics that cost thousands to fix. If something breaks it is normally a job I can do.
Whichever way you go you will get the v8. Wouldn,t mind a dollar for everyone that has either an alternator, starter motor or fuel injection system go kapput! Hopefully buying the newest motor will see these problems sorted.
Whatever you get, ensure you get an extended warrantyand good insurance to safeguard your investment.
Love the troopy mate...Oz,s best 4wdto discover in.
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Reply By: Kanga1 - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:13

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:13
We have found for 2 people travelling, the Troopy is perfect for us. Good luck with your choice. Kanga.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 13:22

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 13:22
If you are towing a large van the Troopy will sway less due to its longer wheel base.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 19:39

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 19:39
It sure does.
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Reply By: gbc - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 15:27

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 15:27
Troopy over the wagon. If I was in that price pracket at the moment I'd be looking fairly hard at a 200 series standard wagon.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 20:58

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 20:58
Why a Troopy?
As the Harley owners say - "if I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand"
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Follow Up By: gbc - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 08:44

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 08:44
76 is a cut down troopy.
As per above posts: troopy has a longer wheelbase, better payload, better space, more stable towing and has not had it's long range tank stolen like the 76.
The only thing a 76 has going for it is rear passenger doors, and if its rear doors you want in GXL trim then the 200 standard wagon is going to blow it out of the park for bugger all extra $$.

The 76 standard should be no more than $50k imho.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:28

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:28
I misread your post – I have a V8 Troopy and it suits my purposes more than the 200 series.
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Reply By: Rod W - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 21:56

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 21:56
I was in the local Toyota spare parts shop this arvo and one of the blokes who works there came in asking who owns the Jeep? One bloke told him to "wash his mouth out", whilst another said "so someone did buy one". We all had a chuckle.

I know its nothing to do with subject.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:15

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:15
I got one for ya. We were in the Byota/other dealer. We sat in the GXL 76 when the lady working there came over and asked if we liked the pajero? Cant post what we thought.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:18

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 19:18
Should read (Biloela Toyota)
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Reply By: PJR (NSW) - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 08:56

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 08:56
An option to those above.

We got a GXL 100 series and had a set of drawers with what they call a "bed extension" installed as well. They take the second set of tyres out and install a full shelf at the level of the top of the drawers which reaches up to the rear of the front seats. It takes me about half an hour to take the "bed extension" out and refit the rear seats. So ina way we actually have both a troopy (kind of) and a wagon.

With the bed extension in we carry two fridges, a portable toilet and our clothes and bedding on the top with all the loose camping, tentage and "hard" stuff under the shelf. The fridges and toilet are either bolted or strapped to the floor. Anything else like bedding and clothes just sit there. No cargo barries as we do not think that a pillos or doona would hurt in a prang.

Or put the setas in for when we take the grandkids. I can also put a single mattress in the back next to the fridge and sleep there. No tents or anything to set up.

We can also put a roof top tent on the roof.

Best of both worlds.

Phil



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Reply By: Pebble - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 22:10

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 22:10
No kids I reckon my Husband would go with a Ute for sure, me I'd go with a Troopy particularly if the idea was to sleep in the back in some way.

We have had several Utes (75 & 79 series) have had an 80 Series GXL wagon (91 model from memory). An old troopy as well.

Currently our "family car" is a '08 GXL Troopy. Certainly rides better than a ute, more comfortable and not as harsh even taking into consideration the troopy has draws in it and the ute was only sometimes ladden with reasonable weight.

GXL model in a Troopy is great if you have kids (or occasional passengers) because it has the 3 seater bench in the back like a normal car. Sliding the passenger seat forward for our 2 kids to get in is no hassle at all.
Mounting draws in the back pretty much makes it like a wagon though, but with more load space and capacity.

The old style troopy we had (when it was just the two of us) actually replaced a ute because it was easier to get in and out of and more secure for travelling. But once the first kid was born we thought it wasn't practical....sideways seats and baby seat for a start, and then picture additional kids and climbing over grocery bags in the back to get to them etc! That was when we got an 80 series. The other utes we owned were 2ndary vehicles after that.

With a wagon if you accessorize it for those big trips (bar, winch, draws, fridge etc) you run out of capacity for carrying passengers and any other gear pretty quick (keeping withing gvm legality and safety etc). That's what we found with our 80 series.

What I like about the troopy is that it's that bit more versatile, we can throw swags on the roof and not have to take a camper trailer with us finally. Larger payload capacity compared to a wagon. And after the kids leave home I'm sure we could rip out the seats to make it even better for just the two of us....hmmm one kid is 9 and the other 7, counting down for a while yet!

If we knew the Troopy came in the GXL version with a 3 seater bench in the back we probably would have got one long before now! Geez we even tried a Jeep Wrangler 4dr before buying this troopy!
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