Buying a Troopy? Need advice? Put your Q & A's in here!

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Tips for buying used Troopy

Unread post by Troopy <3 » March 23rd, 2009, 1:57 pm

Hi guys.
New to the site.

I'm in the market for a Troop carrier of the late 90's. Being a truck widely used as a workhorse or off-road/ touring rig i have concerns about making a bad buy and having to spend $$$ on otherwise unnecessary repairs.

Can anyone offer advice specific on what to look out for/ tell tale signs of abuse or problems in troopies or to just 4wd's in general? Appealing to guys with troopies, what has gone wrong with your rigs that i can watch out for? The k's on what im looking at are around 200,000 - 300,000.

Any replies much appreciated.

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Unread post by DesertCruiser » March 25th, 2009, 5:25 pm

Troopy<3, hop in the drivers seat, check the inside front pillars (both sides)for cracks. about a couple of inches back from the top right hand side of the front window. about 2" up from the grab handle. they appear right on the bend from bottom to top, make sure it hasn't been painted over. It's a common problem.
mine was there when I got it, 2" long crack, never got worse.
Appart from that, Ive done over 435,000km no dramas, execpt the usual maintence, as with all 4x4's
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Thankyou

Unread post by Troopy <3 » April 1st, 2009, 11:17 pm

Thanks for that. But i suppose you could say i went soft. i bought an 80 series gxl.

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Unread post by jason tincey » November 4th, 2009, 5:56 pm

wouldnt mind starting this thread up again as it never really took off and this could be extremely usful to me and alot of people.

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Unread post by troopymad » November 8th, 2009, 12:13 pm

if buying the late 90s troopy and its a 78series get the VIN and ask toyota if the shaft from the box to the transfer has been replaced
the early ones were crap and can strip there splines

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Unread post by JDs » November 8th, 2009, 11:46 pm

Good choice mate nothing wrong with them quite like em myself!:thumb:
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Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by oncedisturbed » July 19th, 2011, 11:37 pm

The wife and I are looking at buying a troopy for touring etc and are limited on funds at this stage. Upto around the 10k mark, admittedly a bit more should the right one come along.

What we are chasing is a 3 seater to accomodate munchkin as well.

Just chasing pro's / con's for petrol v diesel etc and ballpark figures for 2nd troopy's.

I have a done a fair amount of hunting around 2nd hand sites etc and prices are a bit mind boggling from $5500 early 80's with high k's etc right through to the bigger $$$ and everything in between.

Any pointers on what to look for etc would be a bonus as I can do some mods / repairs myself and others would go to the pro's.

Cheers

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by stretch4x4 » July 20th, 2011, 8:30 am

So there are a few models you can choose from.
HJ75 Has the 2H Diesel motor slow and reliable, leaves all round
HZJ75 Has the 1HZ diesel motor also not a rocket ship (same motor as in the 80 series and 100 series) again leaves all round
HZJ78 Has the 1HZ motor again but this time has a coil front end and longer leaves in the rear for better ride (possibly a slightly longer wheelbase..?? that might have only been the ute though)
HDJ78 Has the 1HD FTE same turbo diesel 6 as in the 100 series electronically injected and goes really nicely! Again has coils and longer leaves.
I think there was also an FZJ75 and an FZJ78 (78 with coil front and longer leaves 75 leaves all round) But I know very little about those..
A HDJ78 will likely cost you 30k still although if you are patient you might get something cheaper with quite a few ks on it.
Not so sure on prices for the others but I would expect them to get cheaper as you go back down the list..
78s were made from 1999 till 2007 (after 2007 they went to the VDJ78 which has the V8)
not sure exactly when they changed from the 2H to the 1HZ..

Hope that helps a little bit..
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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by Redfox355 » July 21st, 2011, 11:09 pm

2H to 1HZ was 1990 or end of 89 I think. The 90/91 troopies had the 1HZ but still the old rear tail lights and rear bar.

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by Tassie_Troop » July 21st, 2011, 11:29 pm

Just to give you an idea, mine is the HJZ75 (1HZ - and leaves all round) 1994 OD-350,000 and i got it for 10k last year.

You can check my build to see what condition it was in, there was fair bit of rust (As most older troopys do) but had a few mods which was a bonus.
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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by nilla60 » July 23rd, 2011, 11:05 pm

The older revisions ride pretty rough due to the short springs, I'd go as late as you can. Certainly I'd try cadge a test ride if you haven't ridden in one before.

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by oncedisturbed » July 25th, 2011, 9:45 am

cheers for the info, will check your build Tas

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by oncedisturbed » July 25th, 2011, 3:50 pm

any major pitfalls to look for between 2h / 1h motors etc?

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by nilla60 » July 25th, 2011, 11:12 pm

1H was never in the 70. Anything with a 2H in it will be very old indeed and likely to be on the tail end of its life span.

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by TroopiePete » July 25th, 2011, 11:29 pm

If you have not already decided, stick with Diesel - turbo if you can but I don't think there were many done factory before mine.

I have spoken to owners of the Petrol troopys and they are mostly sorry that they did not go Diesel - but due to this the price often reflects the market.

I would say go for the HDJ78R like mine but it's still going for between 30 and 40K unless you are very lucky.
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