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

oncedisturbed
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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by oncedisturbed » July 26th, 2011, 9:38 am

o_O

Bugger...hmm time for some more reaserch, Cheers for the info :)

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by heuer » July 28th, 2011, 6:27 am

I recently bought mine - 1996, 1HZ with just on 200 000k's, no real rust to speak of, bull bar warn winch, draws in back (ex telstra) and a few other extras, RWC with 10 months rego for 11500. Very happy with it. Of course this was a private sale, a car yard will screw you.

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Re: Troopy Query - Looking at buying

Unread post by oncedisturbed » July 28th, 2011, 6:58 am

cheers for the info :)

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buying a used troopy

Unread post by aaronriley90 » July 31st, 2011, 1:13 pm

hi im getting rid of my hilux and looking at getting a troopy 16k budget most of them on the internet have 300000kms plus any know issues with the 1hz motors? as i have already had to rebuild my hilux and would not like to go though that experience again. thanks

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Re: buying a used troopy

Unread post by heuer » July 31st, 2011, 3:06 pm

16k should get you a very good rig if you're patient.

To get the best deal:

1. Get your money ready so you can offer cash (not have to go and arrange a loan)
2. Look at a few. Even ones above and below your budget. Go and actually test drive them. Get a feel for what's good and bad.
3. Check out Redbook on the internet. Find out what the Redbook valuation is and don't go over it.
4. Be patient. There'll always be someone just around the corner who's sick of their rig and just wants it gone.
5. Don't buy from a Car-yard. They're in it to make money. If they can buy a car cheap then so can you. Car yard warranties are rubbish and you can do the same revs checks/police checks they do for little cost.

I'd expect 16k to get you a good mid/late 90's HZJ with under 200k's, no rust and extras. If you're patient....

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Re: buying a used troopy

Unread post by MJtroopy » July 31st, 2011, 3:57 pm

^^^ what he said! And yes, the main thing is be patient. It took me a while but eventually got myself a 94 diesel model troopy in great condition with 200K on the clock for $12000

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Re: buying a used troopy

Unread post by Flava » August 1st, 2011, 3:01 am

If you are looking at one with 300 000ks on it, make sure you test drive it. Test the clutch well, "IF" the clutch has been looked after, you will be looking at clutch replacement around the 350 000k mark.

Other then the clutch change between 300 000-350 000 ks, there isnt anything else i remember that needs to be sorted. As long as the truck has been looked after, you should see 500 000+ out of the engine with out to much trouble.

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Re: buying a used troopy

Unread post by dieselpower_28 » August 5th, 2011, 7:27 pm

rust rust rust rust rust. check for rust. i know it's a given but don't get stuck having to cut rust out of it in hard to reach places.

park it on the dirt and do a little burn out to see if you've got yourself LSD as well. yota LSD's aren't the best. take a torch and get under the car. there is a whole story waiting under there that's for sure. the previous owner of mine in all their infinite wisdom welded the gearbox bashplate to the chassis. well done idiot!!

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Re: buying a used troopy

Unread post by aaronriley90 » August 6th, 2011, 5:34 pm

what a retard he must of been dieselpower so far i havent known anyone to blow a 1hz but i dont know anyone with over 300000ks on the clock!

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Re: buying a used troopy

Unread post by Tomac » August 6th, 2011, 7:41 pm

dieselpower_28 wrote: the previous owner of mine in all their infinite wisdom welded the gearbox bashplate to the chassis. well done idiot!!
Wow, why didn't I think of that :D
Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene.'

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stressed out bloke needs help - how to pick a good troopy?

Unread post by sacksoverheads » September 20th, 2011, 4:21 pm

can someone with experience give me some advice
in the near future i am looking at selling my nissan patrol due to mech issues and i am wanting to buy an fj75 troopy diesel. i have $9000 to spend and want something that is major rust free, reliable, good condition with no mech work to be done and with a few extras like 2" lift & snorkel
u know the rest: one - is this possible and 2 - what do i look for when i am looking to buy one say sitting in a used car lot?

any hints tips anything would be helpful i am sick and tired of looking buying then 12 months down the track have a huge mech bill and having to sell a p,o,s for 1/4 of what i paid for it........hhheeeellllppppp :mad:

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Re: stressed out bloke needs help - how to pick a good troop

Unread post by popeye » September 20th, 2011, 7:26 pm

why a petrol troopy.
they'll be rare and chew the fuel.


all 4wds will needs service, matinence.
its impossible to buy a car that wont need something replaced here and there. plus what your driving does to the vehicle. wear and tear.
best suggestion is get every car your interested in checked a by a specialist 4wd workshop and see what they have to say.


unless u pick up a near brand new troopy there all gonna need matinence

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Re: stressed out bloke needs help - how to pick a good troop

Unread post by BigDutchy » September 20th, 2011, 8:14 pm

There are a few threads about this.
I think its possible to find what you are after but I hope you have time to do so!
If a car looks like a pig it most likely will be a pig. If it looks great, have it checked (as above) If it all works out go for it.
I just bought a Patrol for 3G no rego no RWC but it looked good it drove OK and it felt good. Selling story made sence. So I bought it. I had a budget of 2G to spend. It will pass RWC tomorrow after a first fail. I spend $1875. So I have now a 1991 GQ ST LWB with less then 200K on the clock no rust, very clean and done for less then 5G. It took some time to find the car I was after but they are out there!!Same for the Troopy!

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Re: stressed out bloke needs help - how to pick a good troop

Unread post by sacksoverheads » September 20th, 2011, 9:25 pm

iam not looking for a petrol troopy i know thay drink u out of house and home just like my patrol, when i got her she drove like and looked like a new car i made the huge mistake of buying it when it had 303000k on it. all engine work was newly done then six months after perch the clutch had to be done had no gears then then the ignition went south then the muffler exploded out on the hwy then the frount drive seals then had the carby done 4 times now its jumping and jerking like its haveing fits and getting 200k out of a 85 ltr tank:crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: anyway thats my sob story what i would like to know is what should i look for signs sounds etc etc good and bad befor handing over $$$$$$ besides looks good outside and fairly clean engine bay this i know thanks.......

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Re: stressed out bloke needs help - how to pick a good troop

Unread post by Redfox355 » September 20th, 2011, 10:24 pm

Popeye must've seen that you said FJ75 instead of HJ or HZJ75. FJs are the petrol motor, and can be had for pretty cheap nowadays. If you are looking for a troopy without rust, you may be looking for a while, especially if you only have $9k to spend. Most troopies will have rust developing somewhere, most likely in the gutters, rear doors, rear panel behind the rear wheels, top of a-pillar, front foot wells, or even firewall. If you can find a good condition troopy without rust, then my guess is that it'll be going for more than $9k and will be one of the newer ones.

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