Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

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Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by kd883 » February 2nd, 2012, 8:55 pm

Hi guys,

I have been driving a Suzuki Sierra everyday for about 8 months now and I have just about had enough. Don't get me wrong, she is an AWESOME little truck - 30 inch muddies, extended shackles and a 2" lift in the springs - she goes pretty much anywhere! But unfortunately, the limited space, need for a kidney belt, and maximum average speed of around 90km/h have just gotten the better of me.

Budget is around 8K or so. I would love to get a V8 4x4 on LPG, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Ideally the new truck just needs to be reliable, a bit bigger, comfier, reasonably economical (being my daily driver) and obviously capable off-road.

Any thoughts, opinions or wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

KD883.

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by solidute » February 2nd, 2012, 9:39 pm

my hilux, its advertised in the shed and on carsales heres the carsales reference id SSE-AD-528287

its bigger, reliable, i spent 10 hours at the wheel and got out happy so i call that comfy enough, economy is around 10-11l/100km, and what solid axle front hilux isnt capable off road?

also a v8 on gas will not be economical, just coz gas is cheap to purchase doesnt mean its cheap to run, cheaper than petrol yes but still too thirsty

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by nilla60 » February 2nd, 2012, 11:11 pm

Sounds like a Rangie to me. But "V8" (even on gas) and "economical daily driver" might require some tradeoffs (but my uncle in law manages to do just that with his Rangie and he's not a millionaire or anything).

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by aussiehiphop » February 3rd, 2012, 12:15 am

my mate has a disco V8 LPG/fuel drink a lot but about 300 km to a gas tank about $40 a tank BUT petty goes fast just not as fast as gas

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by kd883 » February 3rd, 2012, 9:38 am

Thanks for the input fellas. Yeah I have been looking at the Disco's and Rangies, but I've heard they can be a bit unreliable and that their diff's aren't the strongest things in the world. Any Disco or Rangie owners out there who can shed some light?

solidute - sounds like you are getting good economy there. Is your Hilux a diesel? If so, is it n/a or turbo? What tyre dimensions are you running?

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by cac » February 3rd, 2012, 10:26 am

SWB GQ diesel or LN106 Hilux....
LN106 Hilux Project

http://www.4wdaction.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=82487

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by Lewy » February 3rd, 2012, 10:42 am

cac wrote:SWB GQ diesel or LN106 Hilux....

Couldn't agree more... The LN106 what a wicked 4wd they are. Mine went for years never had a problem and with fount and rear lockers it went any and every where

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by cac » February 3rd, 2012, 11:09 am

I've got an LN106 as well that I'm in the process of getting back on the road.....it will have a rear locker in it, and I might get a front one a bit further down the track...one of my gripes with it is the turning circle, and on really tight tracks, the sierra would be much easier to manoeuvre.....a shorty GQ would probably be a good compromise between the two......
LN106 Hilux Project

http://www.4wdaction.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=82487

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by kd883 » February 4th, 2012, 11:04 am

Hm, a shorty GQ would be like a bigger and better version of the Sierra I would imagine. That could be fun! Can anyone comment on economy for one of these?

I've heard that GQ's pretty much go forever - how true is this? What sort of kms is considered 'low' for one of these?

Cheers.

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by white-knight » February 4th, 2012, 12:08 pm

GQ shorty TD42 will average around 14l/100km but goodluck finding one for the right price. I would look for something with a decent service history and no more than 275,000 - 300,000kms. Ive got the petrol TB42 and it goes great offroad it just drinks alot more.

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by solidute » February 4th, 2012, 8:25 pm

hey mate yeah mine is a diesel with aftermarket turbo, running 31 michelin a/t. i love the thing but its gotta go to make room for either a gq patrol or 80 series cruiser as i need the extra room for the kids car seats (3 seats just dont fit in a hilux)

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TD Pajero?

Unread post by kd883 » April 25th, 2012, 6:42 pm

What about a Turbo Diesel Pajero? There seems to be a few of these out there for around the 8K mark - does anyone own or know anything about these?

Cheers,

KD.

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by hopeful hac » April 25th, 2012, 8:33 pm

coming from a suzi i would steer clear of ifs trucks (not hard core enough) fule consumption all comes down to how you drive the thing v8s are ok if can manage to drive like a nanna

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by cac » April 26th, 2012, 9:08 am

depends on how far you want to go off road.....the Pajeros are still a capable vehicle, just not quite as capable as something with a solid front end....
LN106 Hilux Project

http://www.4wdaction.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=82487

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Re: Time to upgrade - but what to buy?

Unread post by Aussie_Dan » April 26th, 2012, 1:30 pm

cac wrote:depends on how far you want to go off road.....the Pajeros are still a capable vehicle, just not quite as capable as something with a solid front end....
True to an extent but it completely depends on the type of terrain you intend on driving.
Sand as an example, no issues whatsoever with IFS in the sand.
Obviously for serious rock hopping you want solid axles front and rear but that seems to be pretty much the only scenario where there is a major advantage over IFS.
Cheers, Dan.

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