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HBS Guy

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(truck in yankspeak)

Looking to trade the Mazda in on a 3/4–1ton ute. Move crap to new block, move trees to new block from old block and from landscaper looking after new trees. Carry useful amount manure, loam, bags gypsum etc, carry secondhand doors, windows etc as house is built.

Any suggestions?
 

johnsmith

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You can't go past a toyota but anything Japanese will keep going long after you stop provided you keep up your scheduled maintenance.
 

HBS Guy

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Toyota eh? Do I have to jump in the air when I get because my joints are a bit fucked.
 

SethBullock

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If you go with a Toyota, go with the Tundra for the 8 ft bed and more power. Sounds like you need it. But the Tundra is rated at the low end of 1/2 ton trucks as far as hauling and towing.

If you want a 3/4 ton truck, I would say to go with a Dodge. It'll do everything a Chevy or Ford will do, but they don't cost quite as much, and I think their quality is very good.
 

greggerypeccary

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If you go with a Toyota, go with the Tundra for the 8 ft bed and more power. Sounds like you need it. But the Tundra is rated at the low end of 1/2 ton trucks as far as hauling and towing.

If you want a 3/4 ton truck, I would say to go with a Dodge. It'll do everything a Chevy or Ford will do, but they don't cost quite as much, and I think their quality is very good.
That's a mighty big ute.

https://www.performaxint.com.au/showroom/toyota/toyota-tundra-trd-pro

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing HBS doesn't need a dual cab.

Do you want something more like this Isuzu ute, Monk?:

 

johnsmith

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I had a Isuzu when I was painting, pretty much identical to Gregs photo ... great ute.

The only thing you might need to consider Monk is if you're going into a rural area and are going to drive on dirt tracks etc, you might need a 4WD version ... Especially if you're gonna get snow down there.
 

HBS Guy

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Not snow, but black ice. No intention of going higher than 90–150 metres, snow generally falls to 300m.
 

DonDeeHippy

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Go the Nissan or the Mitsubishi.. The new Toyota are both expensive and annoying because they "clean " the injectors every couple thousand kilometers and a literal cloud of white smoke is left behind you...
Mitsubishi have the best warentee..
Nissan have the best fuel economy...
At work I've driven all the Utes and the Mazda/fords are the best but terrible on fuel, worse fuel economy and expensive to fix..
I got the nissan becouse of fuel economy and also this is my 4th new Nissan and never had any issue's with them. My ute before this one was a Mitsubishi though and it never had a issue either...
The isuzu is a good ute as well, although the air cons play up on the ones I've used and friends that have one...

Although not a problem for you Toyota also cheat with he Hi lux and the 1st gear is really high and terrible for towing, I think they want people to spend double on a land cruiser.. Never get a hi lux as a tow vehicle or any hill you will be putting it in low range every time...

For second hand the bigger the motor the better so the old Mazda/fords or even holden's with the isuzu motor....
The bigger the motor the less gadgetry to get huge power .......

If you want just a run around and cheep, get a Great wall, they are unbelievably cheep and low kilometers , get a mechanic to check it out though first, really well....
 

HBS Guy

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I want it because I have to shift trees and if I need to buy sheep manure better to buy 12 bags at a time. When you live in a small town transport of what you want cost heaps—$70 just to transport a couple cubic meters soil from the big town to where my block is. Thinking of buying second hand doors, windows etc, load into the ute, save money.

Ute not station wagon because I can put trees in treebags in the tray.
 

SethBullock

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Any opinion on petrol v diesel?
They would both work for you as long as the size of the bed and power are adequate for your needs. Not sure why, but diesel engines cost more in the U.S. than gas engines. Diesels tend to get better fuel mileage than gas engines, and they can last a long, long time. Probably boils down to cost of purchase and fuel and personal preference.
 

johnsmith

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Mitsubishi have the best warentee..
I was under the impression Monk was looking for 2nd hand, not new.
If new then yes, Mitsu offers a 10 yr warranty and the things are virtually bullet proof


If you want just a run around and cheep, get a Great wall, they are unbelievably cheep and low kilometers , get a mechanic to check it out though first, really well....
I would say avoid the Great Wall no matter how cheap. I know two people (unknown to each other) that bought one and then traded it in, one after only a matter of weeks and the other after a few months. They both preferred to take the loss than drive around in the GW .
 

HBS Guy

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FUCK utes are dear! Apart from some with ≈ 300K on the clock!

Maybe get a van instead, make it a live-in van when I am there.
 

SethBullock

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FUCK utes are dear! Apart from some with ≈ 300K on the clock!

Maybe get a van instead, make it a live-in van when I am there.
Hell yeah, they’re expensive! Especially if they have 4WD and diesel engines. It’s crazy what they cost.
 

HBS Guy

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Don’t need 4WD. Just a one ton ute. Diesel as apparently they last longer but if it carries me and my stuff around petrol would do.
 
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