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  Reply # 1771764 28-Apr-2017 11:19
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cleggy2: That's because the new Hilux is disgusting inside and out. Looks like they stuck a tablet on dash! Ranger is good looking but I do like the colorado better at this stage.


I hear of issues with that touch interface being slow to register and being inaccurate.





 


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  Reply # 1771774 28-Apr-2017 11:38
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I have a 2016 Hilux which we got because it was on special as it was a V6 Petrol. I looked at second hand at the time but all had higher milage for similar money. I didn't like Colorado (previous model) as it was quite rough. Amarok was great but pricey and basic for 30k. We do limited mileage 10k per year basically taking dogs out and camping trips and I sort of think the Hilux will last a good 10 years. The Dash screen is a great reversing camera but so disappointing that it doesn't have CarPlay etc and no app available for it Toyota seem asleep in the whole in car tech front. But at the end of the day the car is great to drive has auto transmission so despite its size the wife finds it great as well and it is perfect for out specific use case (dogs stink out back of SUV and lots of bikes fit in the back)


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1771779 28-Apr-2017 11:47
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cleggy2: That's because the new Hilux is disgusting inside and out. Looks like they stuck a tablet on dash! Ranger is good looking but I do like the colorado better at this stage.


I hear of issues with that touch interface being slow to register and being inaccurate.

 

 

You mean that touch interface: http://nztechblog.net/2016/06/08/review-2016-toyota-hilux-sr5-ute/ ? I found it pretty smooth to be honest.

 

And speaking of the new Colorado, it certainly does look nice especially in the red colour. Steering was very light, suspension wasn't bad either, but I'd have to say it felt like the Hilux absorbed a bit more shock than the Colorado LTZ.. Both entertainment systems worked well, but the Colorado has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which the Hilux' doesn't. Didn't like how the Hilux' entertainment system 'juts' out of the center console. Also, don't think the Hilux has safety features such as Lane Departure Warning or Forward Collision Alert like the Colorado does.





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  Reply # 1771814 28-Apr-2017 12:26
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cleggy2: Wheelbarrow, do you by your ex lease Ranger at turners auctions or from lease company?

 

Mine was being sold by a small dealer/wholesaler in Christchurch who got it from the lease company.

 

This one is a bit over your budget but it's in the Canterbury area and not bad kms either at 128,000.

 

You should be able to get one with around 200,000+ kms on the clock for the budget you have. What part of the country are you in?

 

 




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  Reply # 1771866 28-Apr-2017 13:15
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That a tiny bit over budget plus I would have to spend another 3k getting a canopy.

I'm in Invercargill.

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  Reply # 1771871 28-Apr-2017 13:30
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We've got a few different utes at work that I drive.

 

I don't like the Holden colorado/rodeo much. 1st gear is very low ratio, 2nd gear is comparatively high ratio, so the 1st change into 2nd has a bit of a kick to it.

 

My favorite is the Nissan Navara ST-X. Very powerful, and the stiff suspension handles well on sealed roads. Has all the bells/whistles and has nice ergonomics and aesthetics inside & out.

 

Ford Ranger is pretty good too, but doesn't feel as grunty as the Navara, and I've heard that the drivetrain is not great for towing.

 

Not a big fan of the recent Hilux, they seem a bit average in every sort of way.


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  Reply # 1771897 28-Apr-2017 14:17
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Dairyxox:

 

Ford Ranger is pretty good too, but doesn't feel as grunty as the Navara, and I've heard that the drivetrain is not great for towing.

 

 

In what way is it not great? I have quite a heavy Bayliner Capri power boat and none of my Rangers have/had any problems towing it - even up steep hills in 6th gear due to the Ranger's impressive torque. I can overtake with plenty of acceleration, as if the boat isn't even there, without even changing down a gear.

 

My current PXII Wildtrak also tows my new 6 metre caravan with ease, although it's a lot lighter than my boat. The trailer sway mitigation really comes into play here - I can feel it working to keep the caravan almost dead straight in very gusty Canterbury nor-westers at highway speeds.

 

I have plenty of mates (at least 6) in the building and horticulture industries who all do high kms and tow heavy loads, and have all had work Rangers for years. I can't say I have heard of any Rangers in my circle who have had any drivetrain failures, and we are talking about 25 or so Rangers between them over the last 10 years, plus the 3 I have had.

 

 


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  Reply # 1771910 28-Apr-2017 14:40
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Wheelbarrow01:

 

Dairyxox:

 

Ford Ranger is pretty good too, but doesn't feel as grunty as the Navara, and I've heard that the drivetrain is not great for towing.

 

 

In what way is it not great? I have quite a heavy Bayliner Capri power boat and none of my Rangers have/had any problems towing it - even up steep hills in 6th gear due to the Ranger's impressive torque. I can overtake with plenty of acceleration, as if the boat isn't even there, without even changing down a gear.

 

My current PXII Wildtrak also tows my new 6 metre caravan with ease, although it's a lot lighter than my boat. The trailer sway mitigation really comes into play here - I can feel it working to keep the caravan almost dead straight in very gusty Canterbury nor-westers at highway speeds.

 

I have plenty of mates (at least 6) in the building and horticulture industries who all do high kms and tow heavy loads, and have all had work Rangers for years. I can't say I have heard of any Rangers in my circle who have had any drivetrain failures, and we are talking about 25 or so Rangers between them over the last 10 years, plus the 3 I have had.

 

 

 

 

There was talk here and here, where people more knowledgeable than I were saying the drivetrains in Ford Ranger and VW Amarok were not up to par.

 

But towing in general is a tricky subject


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  Reply # 1771912 28-Apr-2017 14:44
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I have been looking for a Ute as well but probably next year at this stage.

 

the Ranger and the Hilux are out of my price range new, but what about the Mitsubishi Triton? I have seen them on special new for $30k +ORC

 

Be interested in peoples opinion of them.




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  Reply # 1771933 28-Apr-2017 15:05
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I personally don't like the look of the triton, but do know of a contractor where I work has had two and racked up high ks and had no problems. He doesn't see to look after them either. A very good advert for them.

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  Reply # 1771934 28-Apr-2017 15:07
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I would keep clear of older Nissans Navaras they are not good, the latest model is a lot better. I would also keep clear of the Holden Colorado due to Holden's woeful quality control and customer service. SsangYong is just no as is Foton and Greatwall. VW Amarok is OK just not great. I would punt for a Hilux being very careful with its history and later Ford Rangers.  





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  Reply # 1771943 28-Apr-2017 15:16
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I've got a manual double cab Triton. Bought it new in 2012 and the only problem I've had is the red paint faded but Mitsubishi have just repainted it under warranty.

We bought it for pretty much the same reason, wet dogs in back, bikes, camping gear, sports gear etc and I love it. It was a pita when they needed it for a week for the repaint and I got given a lancer instead. The kids are 12 and 10 and there is still plenty of room in the back of the cab for them.


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  Reply # 1771968 28-Apr-2017 15:25
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I've got a 2WD Triton VRX here at the moment and did a bit of First Impressions on this post here if you wanted to take a read: https://www.facebook.com/nztechblog/posts/1084037185033819 

 

Again, a let down by the lack of modern safety tech. However, the 10-year warranty on Mitsubishis really add extra value to their vehicles to be honest.





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  Reply # 1771970 28-Apr-2017 15:27
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The 10 year warrantee from Mitsubishi is appealing as well. I have a relative who is an engineer in the Air Force and he said to stay away from the Nissans as he is constantly welding them back together. I would imagine they get a lot of abuse however.

 

 


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  Reply # 1771992 28-Apr-2017 15:55
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No love for the Mazda BT50? Not used one myself but thought they had a good rep?





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