Good Value Troopy???

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 21:24
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Hi All,

I am looking at an 08/2000 build 78 4.2L 11 Seat Troopy at an Adelaide dealer. It has steel bull bar, Cargo Barrier and Air. It's ex Defence and has 24,000k's. Dealer is asking $39,000. Looks good to me and drives OK. Looking for opinions on value for money. Are there any common issues with these that I should be checking up on?

Many Thanks!
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Reply By: Member - Ken - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 22:21

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 22:21
Evening Steven

This is what I did 3 years ago.

I went to Fowles vehicle auctions in Melbourne and bought a 3 yr old 75 series Troopy.

It was a 1hz diesel, clear rear (no seating), milford cargo barrier, TJM bull bar with warn 9000 winch, air and a few other things. Oh! it was an ex Vic Govt Department of Natural Resources and Environment vehicle with 30,000kms on the clock and was built in Oct 1997.

Got it for $28,000.

Dealers were all over the auction place, however wouldn't go over $27,000 as there was ' nothing in for them' if they had to buy them over $27,000.

The one I bought was the only one sold that day out of six put up for auction.

Maybe I was done like a dinner. However as it cost $54,000 to buy the same thing brand new I really couldn't give a bleep and reckon I am ahead by a mile.

So! ecstrapolate that experience out over your machine and figure out where you fit into it.

Only you can make that decision.

Regards

Ken Robinson

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Reply By: Rowler - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:02

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:02
Hi StevenL,

On dec 10th I bought a 2002 GU st Patrol 4.2td cab chassis with plenty of extras (bullbar, towbar, cruise control, etc. at the gov auctions.
I also live in SA & checked the gov. auctions for a couple of months & got a great car for a great price $36,000 incl gst ($54,000) new without the extras.
The car yards will tell you that they give you a warranty........ oh & they wash the car for the thousands of dollars that they add to the price....... perhaps the car was only bought last week at the auctions? Do you really want to give away your money?
Check out the auctions www.auctions.sa.gov.au
You can search the last 8 weeks sales prices too, you will not regret it, just look at the books & check the service history, ring the place that serviced it in the books!

Cheers Rowler (dave)

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Follow Up By: Rowler - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:12

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:12
I have just looked at the auction site for wed. next week & there is a troopy for sale & its a ripper!
TOYOTA TROOPCARRIER RV HDJ78 MAN
Lot No: 111
GST: GST Inclusive
Engine: 4.2L Turbo Diesel
Kms: 48763
Colour: FRENCH VANILLA
Reg No: WQV807
Engine No: 1HD0230674
VIN: JTERC73J206000148
Ex: ANANGU PITJANTJATJARA SERVICES (bit of dirt I think)
Salvage Advice No: 944431
Options: Air Snorkel, Bull Bar, Cargo Barrier, CD Player, Tow Bar, Running Boards, Air Conditioner, Luggage Rack, Power Windows Front, Driving Lights

& I bet you will not pay more than 40K for this baby!
& 2 years younger too!
You can see a picture online at the site & visit them there during viewing times as listed on the site.

We have bought our last three cars at the Govt. auctions & will buy the next three there also.

Cheers Rowler (dave)
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Follow Up By: StevenL - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:36

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:36
Good looking rig in the pic. I didn't know you could get power windows in a troopy. I've not seen a chrome/silver grille/indicator surround before either. Looks the goods.
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Follow Up By: StevenL - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:39

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:39
I just checked the auction site. This vehicle went for $37,300. That is much better than the deal that I was looking at.

After much umming and ahhring and budgeting I placed an order for a brand new TD GXL 120 Prado Manual. ($58K on road, I got it for $53,500 with Alloy bar fitted free). While there was more rear carrying space in the Troopy I was not sure I could live with the agricultural cabin as I am looking to keep the rig about 8-10 years.

Thanks for all the advice. I I had not done the deal on the Prado last Friday I would most likely have been bidding on that Troopy on Wednesday!

Now I just have to wait till April to take delivery. Seems everbody wants a Prado!
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Reply By: Rowler - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:15

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:15
PS. if you do get it ...... Draught will be fine
Cheers Rowler! (dave)
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Follow Up By: Rowler - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:18

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:18
This is what I got.

PATROL ST GU III MY2002 SEPTEMBER 2002 MAN Kms: 49832 $36000.00
Engine: 4.2L (Diesel Turbo) Colour: GOLDEN SAND Ex: WATER RESOURCES
Options: Bull Bar, Cruise Control, CD Player, Running Boards, Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Aluminium tray, Front & Rear Coil Springs

Cheers Rowler (dave)
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Reply By: Rowler - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:21

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:21
These are the prices for the last 8 weeks!
TROOPCARRIER HZJ78 FEBRUARY 2000 MAN Kms: 92481 $29000.00
Engine: 4.2L (Diesel) Colour: WHITE Ex: POLICE
Options: Air Snorkel, Tow Bar, Running Boards, Air Conditioner, No Cargo Barrier, 11 seats
TROOPCARRIER HZJ78 OCTOBER 2001 MAN Kms: 56657 $32000.00
Engine: 4.2L (Diesel) Colour: FRENCH VANILLA Ex: ANANGU EDUCATION SERVICES
Options: Air Snorkel, Cargo Barrier, Tow Bar, Running Boards, Air Conditioner, 11 seats
TROOPCARRIER HZJ78 OCTOBER 2002 MAN Kms: 51248 $31000.00
Engine: 4.2L (Diesel) Colour: FRENCH VANILLA Ex: AMATA SCHOOL
Options: Air Snorkel, Cargo Barrier, Tow Bar, Running Boards, Air Conditioner, 11 seats
TROOPCARRIER RV HDJ78 OCTOBER 2002 MAN Kms: 52846 $41000.00
Engine: 4.2L (Diesel Turbo) Colour: FRENCH VANILLA Ex: DOG FENCE BOARD
Options: Air Snorkel, Bull Bar, Cargo Barrier, Cruise Control, CD Player, Tow Bar, Running Boards, Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front

Good Luck Rowler (dave)
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Reply By: StevenL - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:26

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 23:26
I see, I see!

Keep this up and you may qualify for Cooper Pale!

I did like the idea of walking into a dealer and getting a warranty but is it worth another $5 to 10k for them to drive it from the auction house to their yard and give it a detail?

Maybe I will spend the time and look at the auctions.
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Follow Up By: Rowler - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 09:31

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 09:31
Now that I think of it coopers dark ale is my favorite!

Cheers Rowler (dave)
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 09:40

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 09:40
Steven,

You said "I did like the idea of walking into a dealer and getting a warranty

If you buy a late model it's under manufactures warranty anyway. Most cars these days are 3yr/100k. Thats the beauty of buying a late model at auction, it's still under warranty!!

Leroy (VB will be fine)

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Reply By: Rowler - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 09:34

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 09:34
The government auctions are the only ones for me as they have a good assortment of late model vehicles, some of the other auctions are full of crap!

Cheers rowler (dave)
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Reply By: Member - Andrew O - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 12:13

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 12:13
Even the Qld govt auctions sell their troopies for around $31K - I was having a look at them last month.

Cheers
Andrew
So much to see, too little time ...
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 14:04

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 14:04
Isn't Eric, a member, a car wholesaler in Melbourne? I reckon his sign off is 'Venus Bay'.

(I seem to recall that he has been away on hols recently.)

However, I would be giving him a call also. He recently did the right thing by me on some accesories & was very good to deal with.

CheersRick ( S.A.) - ' All things considered there are only two kinds of men in the world - those who stay at home and those who do not '
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Follow Up By: victor - Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 21:13

Friday, Jan 09, 2004 at 21:13
Hi Andrew,
like you I am from QLD and I am looking at troopies ex
govt., late model. Keep me informed if you would.
regards Victor
Prefer turbo model
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Reply By: StevenL - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:42

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:42
Thanks All for the advice. I ended up with a new Prado TD GXL Man. Look forward to chatting all about it on this forum. So much reading, so little time! Keep up the good work guys.

StevenL
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Follow Up By: Rowler - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 17:03

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 17:03
A brand new car..... that would be nice :-)

Seeya round & good luck with the new one!

Rowler (dave)
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