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Reply #15 - Apr 17th, 2010 at 7:28pm
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Nor-West wrote on Apr 17th, 2010 at 7:10pm:
How about the Landrover Discovery 2.5 diesel? some low k ones look good value. Undecided


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Reply #16 - Apr 17th, 2010 at 7:56pm
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Nor-West wrote on Apr 17th, 2010 at 7:10pm:
How about the Landrover Discovery 2.5 diesel? some low k ones look good value. Undecided


Hard out off road but with all the bells an whistles if anything goes wrong with it it's going to be expensive
  
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Reply #17 - Apr 18th, 2010 at 12:54pm
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Get a nissen patrol or landcrusier, go any where,good on road ,off road ,no repair bills,plenty of room.Dont get a surf, prada,landrover,range rover,hilux,vitara,mitsubitchi,end of story. Wink
  

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Reply #18 - Apr 18th, 2010 at 5:52pm
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We have over a thousand 4wd's here on site,  plus however many are up the mines, another thousand at least, 80% are Toyota, 20% are Nissan or other, suppose that tells a tale in itself.
  

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Reply #19 - Apr 18th, 2010 at 6:16pm
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I have a 97 surf 3L intercooled 210,000km's

If you want a surf I'd advise:

- pressure test head.
- check cam belts change - do it if unsure.
- Check water pump at the same time, old coolant will allow cavitation and poor performing pumps cause overheating.
- Around about 170,000 poor head batches start to show up. Mine was ok but heard lots of stories about eating oil and water.
- Change std Toyota thermostat at the same time for new one. Old ones can stick and go from med to HOT instantly when you're towing a boat or working it hard.
- Change coolant and flush entire system incl radiator once a year. Radiators silt up and overheating again Undecided
- Hose down front of radiator when engine cold if washing the truck - stops dust building up on outside.
- oil changes 5-7500kms depending on where you drive. Do both filter and oil same time.
- Use Bendix front pads, check front disks for lips and get them machined with first set of new pads to bed everything in.
- Once a year do a gearbox flush - use oil changers as it's pretty good method and cost effective.
- Air filter at end of every season is enough unless you're running a lot of gravel roads.

- Engine off, check steering rack. Get someone to twist the wheel and look for rack play. If it's there replace the bushes with nolothane ones. More direct feedback but longer wearing.
- replace front and rear suspension bushes and tie arms with nolothane.
- Surfs suffer from rear suspension sagging. I fitted heavy duty Cobra springs.
- At Front brakes service check 4wd engagement motors. Grease if necessary.

Hmm. If I think of anything else I'll let you know.
  

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Reply #20 - Apr 18th, 2010 at 8:14pm
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Actually if your after something with better road handling a Mazda Bounty or Ford Courier (same car). Ride is pretty hard due to stiff spings but they handle well onroad and can carry quite a bit in the tray. Alot cheaper  thun Hiluxs but aparently not quite as good offroad (in my experence both can take some pretty scary country on).  Huh Could probably get quite a recent model one for 20k
  
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Reply #21 - Apr 18th, 2010 at 9:43pm
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"Thankyou" just the kind of thing I've been thinking of, actually I think Alfie or Meat Hunter has one and bought it on the first Old Farts Tahr Hunt......... must check the photos, just showed a couple on Trade me to the Wife who gave the thumbs up, thanks fulla's Smiley
  

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Reply #22 - Apr 19th, 2010 at 9:50pm
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Nor-West wrote on Apr 18th, 2010 at 5:52pm:
We have over a thousand 4wd's here on site,  plus however many are up the mines, another thousand at least, 80% are Toyota, 20% are Nissan or other, suppose that tells a tale in itself.

80% cant handle a nissen,most nissen owners hang on to their nissen for many years so not many come up for sale,so when one comes up for sale theres such a rush to buy it, a lot of people miss out on buying a nissen so they got to wait a few more years till the next one come up for sale.  Wink
  

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Reply #23 - Apr 19th, 2010 at 9:53pm
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scottrods wrote on Apr 18th, 2010 at 6:16pm:
I have a 97 surf 3L intercooled 210,000km's

If you want a surf I'd advise:

- pressure test head.
- check cam belts change - do it if unsure.
- Check water pump at the same time, old coolant will allow cavitation and poor performing pumps cause overheating.
- Around about 170,000 poor head batches start to show up. Mine was ok but heard lots of stories about eating oil and water.
- Change std Toyota thermostat at the same time for new one. Old ones can stick and go from med to HOT instantly when you're towing a boat or working it hard.
- Change coolant and flush entire system incl radiator once a year. Radiators silt up and overheating again Undecided
- Hose down front of radiator when engine cold if washing the truck - stops dust building up on outside.
- oil changes 5-7500kms depending on where you drive. Do both filter and oil same time.
- Use Bendix front pads, check front disks for lips and get them machined with first set of new pads to bed everything in.
- Once a year do a gearbox flush - use oil changers as it's pretty good method and cost effective.
- Air filter at end of every season is enough unless you're running a lot of gravel roads.

- Engine off, check steering rack. Get someone to twist the wheel and look for rack play. If it's there replace the bushes with nolothane ones. More direct feedback but longer wearing.
- replace front and rear suspension bushes and tie arms with nolothane.
- Surfs suffer from rear suspension sagging. I fitted heavy duty Cobra springs.
- At Front brakes service check 4wd engagement motors. Grease if necessary.

Hmm. If I think of anything else I'll let you know.

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Reply #24 - Apr 20th, 2010 at 9:12am
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Trout wrote on Apr 19th, 2010 at 9:50pm:
Nor-West wrote on Apr 18th, 2010 at 5:52pm:
We have over a thousand 4wd's here on site,  plus however many are up the mines, another thousand at least, 80% are Toyota, 20% are Nissan or other, suppose that tells a tale in itself.

80% cant handle a nissen,most nissen owners hang on to their nissen for many years so not many come up for sale,so when one comes up for sale theres such a rush to buy it, a lot of people miss out on buying a nissen so they got to wait a few more years till the next one come up for sale.  Wink


Got to drive both regularly in Aussie. I would sulk if they sent me a Patrol. Not in the same league as the Landcruisers, not even close.
  
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Reply #25 - Apr 20th, 2010 at 9:22am
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Leaves the Landy at the start of the Canning stock route.
  
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Reply #26 - Apr 20th, 2010 at 8:05pm
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Patrols and 308s for ever. Grin Grin Grin
  

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Reply #27 - Apr 20th, 2010 at 8:14pm
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Trout wrote on Apr 20th, 2010 at 8:05pm:
Patrols for ever. Grin Grin Grin


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Re: What 4WD commuter?
Reply #28 - Apr 20th, 2010 at 11:15pm
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Been looking at the Bounty and then the BT-50 with the 3litre turbo diesel, is there a lot between them? probably 15k money wise would it be worth the extra dosh Undecided

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Reply #29 - Apr 23rd, 2010 at 8:24pm
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I think that depends how much space you think you need, dont think the bounty is underpowered tho. Just the BT-50 gives more space. All i can really say is go and physically look at them both / drive them. You'll soon decide whether you need it.  Smiley
  
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