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    Reliability of late model SUVs/Utes

    A lot can be said for having a simple vehicle, no common rail diesel, no ECU to shit sensors every 5minutes and put you car in limp mode.
    But as nice as it is to drive an older simpler vehicle, there is no denying that new vehicles for power and comfort leave pre 2000 stuff in the dust!

    I'm wanting to buy a newer full size 4wd (landcruiser, Patrol etc), probably 2007 or newer, want something more comfortable and have more power for towing, but I'm a little apprehensive do to newer technology (mostly electronics) and its reliability.
    I know that the general thought is avoid European made, but I know of multiple cases of new (less than 20,000km) Holden Captivas transmissions failing, Nissan Xtrails transmission letting go with a costly bang.
    Commonrail diesel Hiluxs needing all new injectors and fuel pumps, and the general thought that new vehicles are just not as reliable as they should be.

    Am interested to hear in other peoples experiences, whether good or bad.
    Hoping to find out generally what makes and/or models are the best in terms of reliability, or if in fact you keep on top of servicing are most cars much of a muchness.

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    I have had my manual 94 HiLux 3 litre turbo diesel for 13 years now and wouldn't consider a new vehicle as a replacement. It goes eveywhere I point it (subject to me getting out and checking dodgy bits before plunging in), passes cars with ease, and is capable of cruising at well over the speed limit. I put on a new cylinder head when I got it, replaced the 'million piece' clutch with a standard one after 5 years, and service it myself regularly. The new vehicles look and drive nice but I simply have no faith in electronics when you are out in the boonies!
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    Im in the same boat not enjoying of spending 5k a year on keeping a vehicle going, was thinking of the new triton looks ugly, but they seam like the best deal for double a cab well side, got offered one for a bit less the 39k for the d/cab GLX R auto, thats part time 4x4 with a rear diflock, and I'm pretty sure they have a decent warranty over 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dansus View Post
    Im in the same boat not enjoying of spending 5k a year on keeping a vehicle going, was thinking of the new triton looks ugly, but they seam like the best deal for double a cab well side, got offered one for a bit less the 39k for the d/cab GLX R auto, thats part time 4x4 with a rear diflock, and I'm pretty sure they have a decent warranty over 5 years.
    They do a 10 year warranty but u need to service it every 6 months for 10 years

    with the price on new utes so low these days its hard to buy a 2ndhand new one as there isnt a whole lot of difference in price

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    good luck trying to find an suv in manual!! the only ones we found were great wall.
    most manufacturers are going CVT gearbox which is bloody awful and no good for towing. from what i gather the nissan cv-tronic is a bloody disaster
    we eventually bought a triton, but if you are buying 2nd hand the 10/5 warranty is only for the original owner. heres what to look for though, they have a fault where the gearbox moves from 3-4 ok but refuses to gate going 4-3.
    also definitely block off or electronically turn off the EGR valve or you will find your inlet manifold gets choked with tar.
    the triton out accelerated the ranger with no load on board, the colorado just felt bloody awful, slushy and an awful gearbox.

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    It depends on what you want to do with the vehicle. If you want to do off road work then go an older vehicle. If you are just using roads then the modern stuff is reliable and efficient, but if things go pear shaped can be very expensive to fix. I would not rely on the modern stuff off road, too much to go wrong.
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    I used to work at a Nissan wreckers. Do not buy a diesel navara, the 4.0 v6 might be ok as the VQ engine is good. The YD25s we could not get our hands on enough of as the timing chain would strech and crash the valves and pistons. And the ZD30 likes to make windows in the block.
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    I have a Colorado, not the newest but the one before. I wanted and could of got a manual, but got talked out of it. It's OK for cruzing like grandad but if I'm in a bit of a hurry I hate the auto.
    I hear the new one is a different trans but still, I think I'd try the manual. (Everyone else seems to like auto).
    They all have there problems. So far mine had a couple of basic things go wrong.
    Leak around the high stop light, and rocker cover wept a little oil.
    Not too bad.

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    I've had a Nissan 2010 sold it for a ranger which is now been traded for an Everest all were awesome but the ford 3.2L is leaps ahead of the Nissan.
    Had no trouble with any of them but traded after 3 years at about 50 , 000km. I wouldn't buy a manual the auto is way smoother and use sport mode on steep hills.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bully View Post
    I have a Colorado, not the newest but the one before. I wanted and could of got a manual, but got talked out of it. It's OK for cruzing like grandad but if I'm in a bit of a hurry I hate the auto.
    I hear the new one is a different trans but still, I think I'd try the manual. (Everyone else seems to like auto).
    They all have there problems. So far mine had a couple of basic things go wrong.
    Leak around the high stop light, and rocker cover wept a little oil.
    Not too bad.
    The current 6 speed auto it a lot faster then the manual and it much nicer i hate the electronic clutch cable give you no feeling. plus the Auto makes more power and it way better off road
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    For what it's worth the NZ army use Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara.

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    I had a Mitsi Triton GLX Manual until I - and i say I... Put the thing into a ditch. Guess that's what you get when a Truck looses a large amount transmission fluid on a road you're travelling on and it decides to rain.

    To make matters worse and this is the part I did I had it only running in rear wheel drive with a empty back deck to increase the fuel efficency.... Those utes don't like that at all and lose adhession real easy (as did my mates Hillux also BTW probably even worse... His would do it at a roundabout!).

    Anyhow slid into a ditch after a frontal drivers corner impact at about 60Kph (70 area) ripped the rear axle out of the transmission and moved wheel back in the wheel arch.

    Anyhow all the safety gear worked a treat air bags and curtains fired. After seeing it was in a bad spot for traffic exiting the corner I restarted it (first time) put it in 4 wd and drove it on the front wheel drive out of the ditch turned it around and parked it up in a safe spot on the other side of the road.

    Tow wagon and cop said it was impressive what the truck did and that i didn't really have a chance given the trans fluid and oil on the road.

    Then tried to get the Insurance company to replace it (13 months old) - NAH and wouldn't gave me enough to replace it or pay for the additional accoutrements I'd added as they were accessories and not covered - F that... Tow bar, Nudge bar and Fibreglass lid accessories - you guys suck !

    Long and short of it - Would I have another - IN A HEARTBEAT !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 199p View Post
    The current 6 speed auto it a lot faster then the manual and it much nicer i hate the electronic clutch cable give you no feeling. plus the Auto makes more power and it way better off road
    I hate the fact when you put your foot down just a bit, it often changes up which makes you go faster but it's not really what you want. So you put your foot down some more it changes down then goes faster.
    I don't like no engine braking. People tell me use it in tiptronic but it's still not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bully View Post
    I hate the fact when you put your foot down just a bit, it often changes up which makes you go faster but it's not really what you want. So you put your foot down some more it changes down then goes faster.
    I don't like no engine braking. People tell me use it in tiptronic but it's still not the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bully View Post
    I hate the fact when you put your foot down just a bit, it often changes up which makes you go faster but it's not really what you want. So you put your foot down some more it changes down then goes faster.
    I don't like no engine braking. People tell me use it in tiptronic but it's still not the same.
    agreed, auto is damn awful, engine braking is fantastic if the trailer/caravan gets the wobbles

 

 

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