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    Isuzu Bighorn or something else?

    Iím wanting to get a 4x4 diesel of some sort & have been looking around for a while.

    Iím not wanting to get into serious 4x4 driving, just to have the ability of driving a bit off road down farm tracks when need to with the kids as we have a bigger need for a 4x4 now that weíre here in the south.

    Iíve been looking at a few Isuzu Bighorn 95-99 models as I have $5,000 at hand & not too keen on getting into finance although I donít have a problem getting finance for $15,000 or so Iíve just never owned a vehicle over $9,000

    One Isuzu with 260,000 km Iím looking at has an oil leak of some kind underneath & without getting it into a mechanic I wonít know what the exact issue(s) are so I was wondering to those who have owned one... is there a common issue with them for oil leaks? What to look out for... recommendations etc when looking at the Bighorns?

    Iím open to ideas... thinking of others options like a Toyota Prado as another option or a good ol double cab Ute of Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200

    Anyone recommendations of vehicles & if anyoneís seen one lately then feel free to PM me

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    Older autos can be hit and miss with them good units but tiny filter and never gets changed. Also something about injectors apart from that they go real well.

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    For the record. I have a 2004 mitsi challenger with 262 km on the clock. Not serviced as much as it should be, but I do keep up on oil changes etc .
    LWB, so can (and has) given a couple of headaches, but with good rubber it gets me where I want to go and then some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    For the record. I have a 2004 mitsi challenger with 262 km on the clock. Not serviced as much as it should be, but I do keep up on oil changes etc .
    LWB, so can (and has) given a couple of headaches, but with good rubber it gets me where I want to go and then some.
    My SWB Pajero is 11 years older than yours, been drowned in a river (Ashburton) twice by its owner and still goes ok but it aint new or tidy. I would buy another in a second,

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    if looking at a bighorn diesel get something under 200k and sell before 320k or be prepared to find new motor. if you don't find anything soon my swb one will be available in a few months has 241k on it and running m/t s it will be about $2.5k

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    The Bighorn is a great 4x4. LSD's are built the same as Safari/Patrols and from the same factory, much better than the Nissan and Toyota offerings of the same era/class. The engines and gearboxes are well proven. Oil leak could come from anywhere, you'd need to clean it up and find out where.
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    we had a bighorn, but the isuzu mu beat it hands down offroad
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    we had a bighorn, but the isuzu mu beat it hands down offroad
    Pretty much Same running gear and half the weight....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    we had a bighorn, but the isuzu mu beat it hands down offroad
    Had an old mu, brought for 1000 spent 200 getting on the road and then thrashed it for a couple of years, got good at replacing cvs and bearing.... Well worth putting LWB leaf springs in and winding the front up for a bit more clearance. Was a 2.8 and had plenty of get up and go, the 3.2 would have been impressive.

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    I notice you left Terranos off the list??? we've had a good run out of ours and touch wood it continues.

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    I had a Mu 3.1, intercooled it and put 33s on it and with open diffs it was near unstoppable, certainly embarrassed a lot of higher spec'ed and higher priced rigs.
    with the 3.1 and the intercooler a little extra boost it was bloody grunty as.
    I would have another in a heartbeat if I didn't need the extra seat as it only seats 2 in the back

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    now that I am in the older car owner category the one thing I have learnt is that all the older diesels (pajeros, surfs, nissans and isuzus) all start to give you dramas when they get up to 300000k's.
    Mitsi's 4m40 and Toyota ikz are bad for cooking heads once the cooling system is neglected and people tow with them when they are nudging the 3 coin mark
    I've heard the 3.2 Isuzu diesels are more problematic than the earlier 3.1's.
    Same goes for the Nissan 3.2. Go like the clappers but they can cause expensive dramas but I cant remember what it was.
    best old school diesel was the 2.7 Nissan with the cast (not alloy) head. Very hard to kill. Once every manufacturer went to alloy heads they just don't last as long compared to the iron head units.
    3.2 mitsis need the egr system thrown away and the intake cleaned right out. They clog up with crap form the exhaust soot and oil mist from the breather. This is probably indicative of all of them probably. EGR is a PITA.
    the 2.5 mazda/ford engines are also as bad if not worse than any of them. Some of them have metallic layered gaskets. Once things get hot and they lose a little tension
    its no good.
    I do know that the older 3.5 Toyota diesels didn't like getting hot either. Acquaintance had one years ago. If they got hot the lip on the top of the liners got weak and could break then they went up and down with the piston causing all sorts of dramas. he did it twice.
    Cant say I've heard issues about the bigger 4.2 Nissan and Toyota engines but if they are a cast not alloy head maybe that's the reason.
    I own a 2.8 94 Pajero. Done the head gasket and then a year later a whole other timing case, cam, timing chain and some gears, couple of valves and guides after a timing chain went on me and put a whole in the case.
    If I didn't get a bunch of stuff for basically nothing and do all the assembly work myself (engine reco mob did the head repair work) it would've been a throw away.
    Cost more to fix than practical.
    Had a 3.2 v6LWB bighorn years ago. very comfy wagon and went well. Geez did it like a drink of petrol if you give it the jandal though.
    I was told they are only 200 kilos lighter than a Nissan patrol/safari. They had a very heavy and strong chassis.

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    i had a swb 94 big horn and it ran like a trouper never broke down but i did service it every 10000 km got it at 89000km and sold it at 250000km ,then got a 04 lwb pajero at 195000km and is still going strong at 350000km .both diesel powered ,did all services myself,the pajero might be up for sale soon as looking to get a newer truck

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    Have a Nissan Regulus 1996which I purchased off here, 3.2 Diesel Turbo 290,000 on the clock. Great vehicle, used for hunting and down the shops. Owned for 12 months straight thru 2 wof checks. Would buy another tomorrow. Have had new utes every 3 years for the last 20 years as a hunting wagon. Usually costs $15000 to change, if I get 3 years out of this Nissan it's cost me $5000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    I notice you left Terranos off the list??? we've had a good run out of ours and touch wood it continues.
    They had a bad habit of rusting out under the back seat. The engines were god though.
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