Waiting time for new Prado

Submitted: Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 19:13
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Hi All,

Can anyone give me feedback on how long they waited for delivery on a new Prado (or new 4bys in general). I have ordered a GXL Turbo-Diesel in the Gold Shimmer colour with Manual Tranny. At this point Toyota are saying April 15 as they need to order from the factory. At least it will be an '04 model!

Is this fairly normal? Seems like everybody wants one.
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Reply By: Joe - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 20:37

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 20:37
Hi Steven,
Last August...to order a specific package was 12 weeks as it had to come from the factory, I decided to take the only stock item left in white.Delivery 7 days.

It was the V6 petrol auto,and I'm really happy with it, yes smooth and quiet.I test drove all combinations (on some short steep rough tracks without telling the dealer)
By the time I decided 10days later they were all sold except the v6 auto,which was my choice anyway.

I have only today dropped it off at ARB outlet for extensive upgrades to finish the job.
Rear ARB diff lock,suspension upgrade and 40mm lift,dual batteries,snorkel, diff and trans breathers,UHF.

I spend a lot of time out photographing the landscape and camping and have found these upgrades will suit what I do as I travel only with my wife most of time, so I need to be able to get myself out of trouble.

Why do'nt they set them up right from start?
Worst feature,plastic rear bumber.
Regards
JOe
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 21:09

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 21:09
Sounds like you have got a fair accessories budget! If they set them up right from the start then where would ARB, TJM and Kaymar be?

I'd love some detail on the suspension upgrade - cost/how much it improves the ride (or is the The RIDE) / off road ability.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 21:41

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 21:41
Worst feature,plastic rear bumper

I would agree 100% with this on ANY 4wd!!!!!!!! Whats up with it! I know 99.9% will end up as toorak taxis, but come on fair go!
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Follow Up By: Joe - Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 23:40

Monday, Jan 19, 2004 at 23:40
Hi Steven,
The suspension upgrade cost $1430. I'ts rated as "medium" as I travel reasonably light, and they assure me that I will not be disapointed in ride/smoothness/cornering... "it will not be a problem",and off road the extra clearence and wheel travel BLA BLA BLA. I will let you know...
(OME springs Nitro shocks if I have it right, all ARB products.)
The total cost of the above upgrades including bullbar and roof rack already fitted,$9,000. Not counting hand winch all associated bits,exhaust jack and fridge. (roughly $1,800 more)
Ive been doing it in stages since last August, and this is the first time of totalled it...scary...I'm sure pleased my wife likes going out on trips with me,but I'm not going to tell her the total spend!
Regards
Joe

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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 00:03

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 00:03
Geez it is alot when you add it all up.

I'll stick with stock for a few months to see what it can do but will be very interested in your feedback on the suspension. I got the bull bar for free as the "deal clincher" but there is so much you can add.

The priorities will probably be UHF, suspension, metal rear step, racks, lights and 2nd battery (in that order). We'll see. I may need to space out the spending a bit!

Steven
Prado GXL TD Manual
It's on order, Delivery in April '04.
This pic will have to do till then. Can't wait!!!
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 00:04

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 00:04
Steven.
Check out 120 Series 'Cruiser Owners On Line Specialist group for 120 Series Prado

They will answer more questions already. ;)
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Follow Up By: Joe - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 09:18

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 09:18
Truckster and others gave me some feed back on rear protectionlast week.
Darren Mcrae, has a wab site w.the-shed.net/ . He does upgrades and is building rear protection steps for the earlier model. The 120 series is next, cost $1200.
I also just joined 120COOL
Regards
Joe

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