which bakkie to get...?

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  1. danimal

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    So I'm looking to upgrade my Bantam bakkie and am not sure what to get. This will be my primary vehicle, used for running around town etc, as well as a trip from Durban to Maritzburg once a week where I will normally have two passengers.

    It will also be used to do a fair amount of bushwhacking, I do a lot of surf and diving trips out of town where sometimes 4x4 access is required, as well as white water kayaking upcountry where it is a necessity.

    So it needs to be comfrotable and capable.

    Originally I looked at the Ford Ranger 3.0 diesel supercab 4x2 as I have two mates who have it who both swear by it. Supercab because the bin is longer, and you can take passengers in the back. But after sitting yesterday in the back of one, I wouldn't want to sit in the back of that supercab for longer than 10 minutes (and I'm short!)

    So now I'm thinking double cab. But which one???

    My price range is the R150k region.

    I know a lot of you guys do lots of bundu bashing so there must be some experience here I can draw on... :p
     
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  3. danimal

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    the best would be a second hand Toyota Hilux, look at the 4x4community forums here www.[B]4x4[/B]community.co.za/

    these guys give great advice
     
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    Nevermind didnt see it needed to be 4x4
     
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    thanks :) just had my account activated and posted a question
     
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    The VW AMAROK looks cool
     
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    his budget is R150k, you find me a working amorok for that i will take 2
     
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    I drive a Ford Ranger DC (2,5 TD)...I also dive , camp , kayak and even fit the kids cycles...hell I can fit a MX bike on the back...really a nice vehicle.

    With the 4 x 2 , I have never felt the need for 4 x 4 (actually helped a landy or two :))
     
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    If you can get a hilux go for it they are really strong. I have had two different hiluxes one was 30years old and it was still going strong and the new one I had also gave me no hassles.
     
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    thanks guys. its pretty much down to the hilux and the ranger :)
     
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    The Ranger a good buy. I would buy one with low kilos and full service history. Better also to buy a GP car as they have no rust. Hilux are pricey and your price range will have high kilos and older model.
     
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    Im looking at getting a Mazda BT50, bloody tough bakkies.
     
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    4x2 diff lock is pretty good for most off roading, but if you are going places with lots of soft sand, then the 4x4 is a better option.

    Give my mate, Ray (Used Car Manager) at Stanger Ford a call: 082 300 6915
    He may have something in your price range
     
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    Do you like Blonde, Brunette or Dark hair.

    It really depends on what is available on the dealer floor. 4*4 Double cabs looses the most value in terms of original value within its first year, compared to all other classes of vehicles. Up to 45% of original value within first year. Worst than a Golf GTI. (Used to be in auto industry wholesale side)

    So you can "score" big time, buying a secondhand bakkie. Prices are also influenced by sales per month, giving the volume sellers a disadvantage. Nowadays you do not get crap vehicles as end-user expectations are so high. Any manufacturer who brings out a completely scaled down stripped cheap version of a any vehicle type, quickly burn their fingers. Unless you go for new entries into the market with unproven reliability - (Chinese and Indian).

    Unless you really need the 4*4 capability, then the 4*2 with difflock is another option.

    My Grandfather had Fords, My Father had Fords, so I'm more inclined towards Ford. Toyota is good, but completely overpriced. Poor guys who bought the Legend35 lost 60grand the day the new Hilux came out. New top of the range came out that mush cheaper plus with motorplan.
     
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    thanks, did that, he is looking for me

    :thumbup:

    ok well im pretty much decided - going to go for the ranger doublcab 2.5TD 4x2. now to find one...
     
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    so after much searching, a deal that fell through, more searching, etc etc etc... I found my baby! :)


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    2006 Ford Ranger 2.5TDi DC 4x4 - I'm very stoked!

    Now a question - I need to fit roofracks, a mate gave me these from a Colt:

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    I understand the clips are vehicle specific and so need to get different ones. Is that a worthwhile exercise? Or should I get the ones that drill through the canopy?
     
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    Well done nice find, it looks in really good condition.:thumbup:
     
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    Check on the thule website they mention wich RR fit wich vehicle , and some models usually fit a range of vehicles. There is a thule branch in springfield park that may be able to sell u just the clips/feet for ur specific vehicle as the crossbar is universal accross there range.

    If u keen go to stealth kayak in highfield road, they also do roofracks from both holdfast and thule, and im sure they can make a plan.
     
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