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    Hey all,
    Looking at finally getting my dual cab ute and I'm interested in some input from the knowledgeable crowd in here.

    I am looking at either Nissan, Isuzu, Holden, Mitsubishi (but happy to hear opinions on other makes) in the dual cab turbo deisel style. I am looking at around $22,000 mark and don't want to go much older than 2004 model.

    I know Toyota have a great reputation but think what I'm after will be out of my price range.

    This will probably take a few months to sort out as I have to get a new family car for it all to work but it will give me plenty of time to research.

    Go for it team, if you had your choice with the criteria above, what would you get?

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    4WD or 2WD?

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    4WD

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    go rohdeo, should pick one up for around 10k, drives like a car not a truck

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    Can't help with your choice, but the problem I came across when looking into dual cabs, was my need to be able occasionally fit three child seats, and it was difficult to get any information about which ones would take 3 seats. Of course that may not be an issue for you!
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    Childrens seats aren't an issue for me rhancock, have an 8 & 10 year old so past that stage. Have heard that the new Triton's have good rear seats for comfort though. That said, it won't be our family car so comfort on long trips won't be a huge issue.

    Gaza, Holden Rodeo is pretty high on my list.
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    Corbs, you should be able to pick up a decent Nissan Navarra diesel dual cab, around 2004 model for $22,000

    I bought one new in 2003, it has only 90,000 km on the clock and is barely run in.

    When the time comes to replace, it will be very hard to go past another one.

    I had a few hilux's before I bought this one, and never thought I would have anything else, but at the time the $15,000 price difference on a new one, 30% more power in the Nissan, plus having Nissan giving me a test vehicle for a week, vs Toyota giving me a test drive that lasted 30 minutes changed my mind.

    Nothing since then has made me think I made the wrong decision.


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    Thanks Geoff,
    at the moment I am swaying towards an 04/05 Navara. I like the new Tritons but the new model is still a bit to expensive for me on the second hand market.
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    Have a look at a Great Wall.

    Don't laugh!!

    Apparently the new ones ar a decent vehicle and have good safety rating. Brand new, warranty, on road for around the 20 g mark.

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    My partners dad bought a navara about 4 years ago. He towes cars and such with it. He's blown at least 2 clutches and had a LOT of trouble. The clutch issue is well known. They aren't great off road either. He's looking to ditch his.

    Last september I bought a new forester. I started by looking at utes.

    The hiluxes are incredibly uncomfortable and I don't think the old quality is there anymore. They and the mazdas/fords are built in tailand now. That in itself isn't a problem, but I'm not convinced toyotas post 98 are the same as the old ones.

    The mazda was a better thing to drive but still too hard for me. The diesel will rip your head off and the manual 3 liter has 3 tonne towing. I've read of some problems with the ford (same car) but they seem to be few and nowhere have I read of trouble with the BT50 version.

    You couldn't pay me to drive a mitsubishi. YMMV. A friend of my partner bought a pajero new about 6 months ago, had nothing but trouble. Very unhappy customer.

    The great walls seem to have no more problems than the modern japanese things. They use mitsubishi engines, with all that entails, and the chassis/brakes/suspension etc is a generation or two previous japanese technology. Be aware though they aren't always THAT much cheaper. The V240 is $24k 2wd. I could have bought a hilux workmate with air and cruise for $27. No leather and mags but a lot more power. The X240 is a better deal offering dual range 4wd for the korean 2wd price. The diesel auto is due at the end of the year at about $29k drive away. If I haddn't bought I'd give that a go.

    It depends to a big extent on your priorities. Towing, comfort, luggage, offroad ability.

    I started with utes and ended up with a forester. Started at $25k and ended up paying $32. I needed a car right then and had clear priorities, but I wouldn't buy the same car again.

    If your buying new you need to get 10% off retail or your being ripped off. Most dealer accessories are about 100% overpriced and paint and seat protection are a criminal rip off. You can get the same thing (assuming you want it) for half the money at aftermarket providers.

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    Thanks guys, I had looked at the Great Walls but they don't have a turbo diesel engine and the front ends just look terrible. Would need a bull bar to hide it

    We have a Forrester already and are looking to replace it with a new one (diesel turbo).

    I want the dual cab as it will let me take the family of four comfortably. It will do some light towing but I only have a small 6x4 trailer so nothing bigger than the capability of the trailers capacity. I will also do some 4WD'ing but not huge trips. I want the ute so I can throw small loads into the back without ruining the inside of a car. Some of the things I have put in the back of the Roo really shouldn't have gone in there
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    Son in law bought a Ford same as Mazda BT50 but a bit more luxurious. Great car handles well, for a ute, and goes like the proverbial

    Tows his Whitney cabin cruiser with it, streets ahead of the Discovery he had before.

    Lots of extras included, including moulded plastic liner for the ute tray, beaut bull bar as well as roll bar with rear facing lights on it.

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    I have the 2wd dual cab BT50, wanted the ground clearance but didn't need 4wd, have a patrol for that. The Ford / Mazda 3ltr turbo diesels are certainly a good unit. A mate has just bought a new diesel dual cab Rodeo and it is a big improvement on the older one I had some years ago. I would reckon most of the later model utes will give good service, they have come a long way over the last few years with power and comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corbs View Post
    We have a Forrester already and are looking to replace it with a new one (diesel turbo).
    Have a careful look over it before you buy. New foresters aren't like the old ones. The paint on mine scatches at the drop of a hat, the gearbox is appauling and you can't yet get a diesel auto. At least with the diesel you don't have to put up with the electronic throttle. Ranges from annoying to dangerous. As I said the diesel has a hole below 1800 you can fly a 747 through. The 2.5 is annoying that way also. Tear your head off above 1800 but below that you'd think it was a turbo.

    What should have been a great car only averge because of stupid stupid mistakes.

    Big Shed: Did he get a better price on the ford than the equivalent mazda ? Curious because the mazda dealers were willing to talk money when I was looking. didn't talk to the ford dealer about the ranger. After the BT50 test drive we decided it rode too hard.

    Mazda has the crew cab 4x4 on special at th moment I think.

    Mazda Australia Zoom-Zoom - BT-50 4x4 Dual Cab Utility DX from $35,990*

    $36k drive away. Could do worse Ford want $38 in qld.
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    I own two TFR9 Rodeos and I can certainly vouch for them. They're a bit outside your age range, the last ones being made in 2002 but they're still fantastic utes. The 3.2L V6 models have plenty of power and ground clearance.
    I wouldn't be buying a new ute, all the makers have started designing them like American trucks ie. Big and thirsty. I much prefer the pre-2007 range.

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