Choices, choices what to buy?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:06
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Hi guys,

Looking at selling the Prado and buying another car. I figure that i still want a 4x4, And i need room for the wife and kids, and i want a ute this time. So i'm thinking of buying a Hilux Dual Cab Ute. I was thinking a 96-97 2.8ltr deisel or 3.0ltr deisel. What do you think of my choose in the Hilux? What are the advantages and disadvantages, likes and dislikes of the Hilux? all comments will be useful.

Pete

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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:35

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 23:35
You will be going from Luxury to strapping on a kidney belt when driving the Hilux. Keep the Prado and buy a trailer to cart your stuff around. My opinion.

Cheers,

Willem

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Follow Up By: Peter from Rockingham 4wd Club Inc. - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 01:02

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 01:02
Willem

Ive decidied to sell because it costs to much to run and so on.Im looking for a cheaper vehicle thats easy on the pocket. Not worried about the comfort factor.

Peter
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Follow Up By: flappan - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 09:03

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 09:03
If you think the Prado is dear to run , then what makes you think a Dual Cab ute will be any better.

4wds by the very nature of them are expensive to run and maintain, REGARDLESS of what it is. Buying a cheaper older vehicle , to replace a newer 4wd because it costs to much to run , is false economics.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 09:33

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 09:33
With a 2.8 you will also have to get used to the extroadinary lack of power. The last one I drove went as fast in 3rd as it did in fourth and was not capable of doing the speed limit exept down hill - Just
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Reply By: desray - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 01:45

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 01:45
Peter how about a 95 2.8 diesel 4Runner.Use half the fuel still good to drive,Ray
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Reply By: jeff-wa - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 10:49

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 10:49
Look at the 3.0l TD Surf, cheaper than the 4 runner, pretty economical and all the mod cons your used to in the prado. That's what I ended up going for and couldn't be happier!
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 11:27

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 11:27
If you can get a copy of the 4x4 monthly magazine I think 2or 3 issues ago they did a good test of utes well worth a read befor you buy by memery the Navarra came out the winner , I was looking at the Hylux at the time and the artical/test put me off them99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Nav 80 - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 13:51

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 13:51
Pete,,I owned a 2.8L Hilux for two years,great vehicle for off road with good 4WD ability but on road they are a slug and as for towing anything only a person with lots of patience could endure a trip. The 3Ltr turbo is a bit better but in my opinion still not up to scratch.
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Reply By: troy - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:24

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:24
Hi Peter
I would suggest that if you where to get a hilux go the 3 litre or TD. For starters it has the IFS, slightly larger (wider and longer i think) then the previous model.
I have a '95 2.8 litre. I have no problems with it - yes it is slow up long climbs and it doen't tow like a cruiser or patrol, for crying out loud its a 4 cylinder engine.
I drove from Brissy to the Gold COast with the ute full to the brim of pebbles, sitting on 90km/h all the way, didn't miss a beat. You just have to know how to drive it.
It has been an excellent family 4WD for my family for the past 6 years, dirt easy to work on yourself if you want to.
Its a personal choice - i you have spare cash hire one for the weekend and go camping and see for yourself.
Just my opinion
Troy
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